Friday, catch one of the best tenor sax players of our era, Michael Brecker, as he wraps up a two-night stand at Blues Alley (202/337-4141). Delta 72 used to be based in Washington, but now it's a Philly foursome, and it's still playing bluesy, garagey groove music. Catch the band Friday, along with the Apes, at the Garage (202/331-7123)

The Ex-Husbands are a rock-solid rootsy band from Nashville, and perform Saturday at Paddy Mac's (301/608-3360). Churchill H.S. grad Angelina Reaux has toured the United States and Europe, wowing them with her interpretations of songs by Kurt Weill and his contemporaries. Saturday she begins a three-week stand singing at the Studio Theatre, and if you care about the art of popular song, you must not miss her. Saturday, local pop/jazz cats SuRu celebrate their new CD with a concert at Glenmont's Stained Glass Pub (301/933-4444). Local rockers Lava celebrate their new CD with a show at Galaxy Hut (703/525-8646) on Saturday, along with locals I See Spots and New Jersey's Selzers.

Local sax hero Ron Holloway will play his horn and talk about his musical art at a special session Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library (703/228-6340). The Ram's Head in Annapolis hosts a curious holiday show Sunday night with the re-creation of 1942's "Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall Christmas Show." Singer Jamie Zemarel will take the Crosby parts while Lynn McCune will interpret the songs that were sung by Mary Martin in the original radio broadcast. Many more musicians will take part in this ambitious affair (410/268-4545).

And Thursday at the Velvet Lounge (202/462-3213), hear Spottiswoode & His Enemies, a well-arranged jumble of fin-de-siecle cabaret and high-drama rock. Buzz band Lo Fidelity Allstars blend heavy beats with catchy hooks, and they perform Thursday at the 9:30 club (202/393-0930), along with glam/punk/techno/hip-hop collagists Space Raiders.