Studebaker John & the Hawks perform some swell Chicago blues and they'll do just that Friday at Paddy Mac's (301/608-3360). Friday night at the State Theatre (703/237-0300), the Smithereens take the stage, along wtih openers the Danny Morris Band. The next night on the same stage, local zydeco heroes the Krewe of Renegades will romp, with lots of special guests.
After its low-power radio benefit Saturday afternoon, IOTA (703/522-8340) gives its stage over that evening to a Red Cross benefit, featuring local rockers LAVA and Arblemarble and rising singer/songwriter Garth Ross.
Sunday, the Garage (202/331-7123) transforms itself back to what it once was, a reggae club (remember the Roxy?), to inaugurate a series of reggae concerts, beginning with Bob Marley's son Ky-Mani Marley (with supporting acts Lavaska and Stable Roots). If you don't get to see Wynton Marsalis and his sextet Sunday night at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (in a benefit for the Black Student Fund) (202/467-4600), catch the group giving a free show Monday night at 7 p.m. in the the downtown Borders (202/466-4999). New York singer/songwriter Benna Cohen has a strong new set of songs, but she doesn't have a record label so the tapes remain unreleased. Hear her new stuff live Monday at IOTA (703/522-8340), with local rootsy newcomers Little Pink opening.
Enrico Macias, an Algerian-born Frenchman, performs songs of peace and brotherhood in French, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Russian, English and even more languages. He's recently been named a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and a U.N. Messenger of Peace, and performs Tuesday at Lisner Auditorium (703/218-6500).
Curtis Salgado has been called John Belushi's primary inspiration for his Blues Brother character "Jake." He's more than that. This superb soul and blues singer from the Pacific Northwest will prove it Wednesday night at Lewie's (301/652-1600).
Thursday, the engaging local punk/garage/rockabilly/honky-tonk band the Highwaters hold court at Chief Ike's Mambo Room (202/332-2211), along with the Hangovers from Frederick. Thursday is the first of two nights at the Birchmere (703/549-7500), by the ever-great Richard Thompson, whose latest, "Mock Tudor," is a rich addition to his canon.