Afro-Peruvian music is an overlooked musical intersection that Susana Baca has staked out as her own. The powerful South American singer comes to the Baird Auditorium Friday (202/357-3030). Friday at the Black Cat (202-667-7960), it's the rough and clanging blues of Fat Possum artist T-Model Ford, along with Robert Cage.
Sunday night, it's the punk rock fan's show of the year at the Black Cat (202-667-7960), Punk Rock Karaoke. Featuring members of Bad Religion, NOFX, Black Flag and Social Distortion, PRK plays any punk rock song (by any band) that the audience requests (yes they know all the songs), and the fan gets up to sing it with them. Amazing. Don't miss this.
Joe Stanley is one of the area's musical treasures. The title of his CD, "King of the Honky Tonk Sax," is no boast. He's an outstanding player who's made the area's roadhouses his musical home for nearly 50 years. He's also one of those musicians who doesn't have health insurance, so when he was diagnosed with heart troubles, his musical pals rallied: Be at Whitlow's (703/276-9693) Sunday night for a Joe Stanley benefit, featuring Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun; Big Joe & the Dynaflows; Tom Principato; the J Street Jumpers; Chick Hall; Rich Whitehead; the Stephenson, Mitchell, Previti & Hart Quartet; Billy Hancock; Tommy Lepson; Mary Ann Redmond; Dave Elliott; and others.
The Institute of Musical Traditions's concert (301/263-0030) on Monday will be the CD release show for talented folk music couple Al Petteway and Amy White who've just released their first joint recording, and it's a good one. At IOTA Monday night it's that crazed, costumed surf band, Los Straightjackets (703/522-8340).
Stephen Bruton, an Austin near-legend who's played guitar with Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt and many more, is a terrific songwriter himself, and he'll play a couple of acoustic sets Tuesday at Lewie's (301/652-1600). Wednesday, local group the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet will perform two sets at Blues Alley (202/337-4141). The next night on the same stage, it's the excellent jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton.
Jamaican roots reggae star Everton Blender performs Thursday at the Crossroads Nightclub (301/927-1056), after missing a show there due to Hurricane Floyd.