Chicago blues band Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials come through town with a fine new CD and play Friday at Paddy Mac's (301/608-3360). The State Theatre (703/237-0300) hosts songwriting master Warren Zevon on Friday night, with opening act Kevin Johnson. On Friday, the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church screens the 1922 film "Nosferatu, Symphony of Horror," and as it's running, you'll hear the world premiere of a brand new original score for the film, created by the local group Silent Orchestra. Late on Friday, groundbreaking hip-hop DJ Afrika Bambaataa plays a set at Sting (202/554-1500), during its Halloween masquerade party.

Speaking of masquerade parties, on Saturday, the Black Cat has booked Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire and the Flying Neutrinos for its Halloween Ball. Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom is the site of another masquerade ball Saturday, featuring the Blue Moon Big Band, in a benefit for the ballroom itself (301/340-9732). The Bethesda Theatre Cafe is hosting a Halloween concert Saturday featuring Jr. Cline & the Recliners, Caravan, Tommy Lepson & the Lazy Boys and Groovy (301/656-4581). Local band Big Village, the funky, folkie, global beat combo, is calling it quits with a final performance Saturday at Cerridwin's Coffee House (301/946-3731). Also Saturday, Kid Rock brings his rock-rap skills to the Patriot Center (703/993-3000). He might look a bit like a cartoon, but he kicks it live, as anyone who saw him rule the MTV Video Awards stage will attest.

On Sunday, the Metro Cafe (202/518-7900) celebrates its second anniversary, first with a performance of the crude but fun play "Cannibal Cheerleaders on Crack," then with musical performances from mellow newcomers Make Love, rock band 555 and Washington hip-hop heroes Opus Akoben

Superb jazz guitar improviser Joe Morris performs Monday at Mr. Henry's in Adams-Morgan (202/797-8882) with his quartet. Wednesday, excellent songwriter Steve Forbert performs at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville, if you're up for a road trip (410/795-1041). Thursday at the Barns of Wolf Trap (703/938-2404), one of the most creative musicians out there, guitarist Bill Frisell performs. And at the Birchmere that night, it's one of country music's greatest voices ever, Don Williams.