Since I couldn't fit everything into last week's listing of New Year's Eve events, here are some more ways to ring in the new millennium Friday (call for prices).
Some of Washington's finest hip-hop purveyors, Opus Akoben, perform Friday at Metro Cafe (202/518-7900), along with DJ Chi-Chi. The rave-up rock'n'roll band Blue Balls Deluxe will play Friday at the Royal Lee Bar & Grill (703/524-5493). Latin dance band the Ricky Loza Quintet performs Friday at Candy Apple Red (301/961-5580). Local heavy metal faves Spirit Caravan headline Phantasmagoria (301/949-8886) Friday, along with Iron Man and Earthride.
I got the DJs wrong in last week's listing of Friday's "Sting" night at Nation (202/554-1500), so here's the actual New Year's Eve lineup: Jodi, James Christian, Scott Henry, Lieven, John Tab, 1.8.7. Jordana, Ty T. and others. America restaurant in Tysons Corner hosts the Bill Eliot Trio and Rockin' Bones, along with swing dance lessons from Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg (703/527-6734).
And if you want to keep swinging on New Year's Day, head to the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park (301/340-9732) on Saturday for the big band Dr. Zoot. Also Saturday, it's one of Washington's best bands, Burning Airlines at the Black Cat (202-667-7960), along with Oswego and the Up On In.
Sunday, most of the members of the band War, including harmonica ace Lee Oskar, perform at the Birchmere (703/549-7500), but under the name SOB (Same Old Band) on account of a contractual dispute. Monday at the Institute of Musical Traditions' concert (301/263-0600), guitarist Preston Reed performs his singular percussive style of acoustic guitar. Local jazz combo Steve Wolf & Swing Speak can indeed swing, as its name indicates, but it can also play straight-ahead jazz with the best of them, with bassist Wolf leading the band through much of the century's jazz styles. You can hear them for free at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (202/467-4600).