Friday, local songwriter Suzanne Brindamour performs for free at the Borders Books & Music in White Flint (301/468-0259) to celebrate the release of her new CD. At the downtown Borders (202/466-4999) Friday, it's the astonishing French jazz harmonica player Frederic Yonnet (also free).
One of my favorite local performers, Clarence Greenwood (aka Citizen Cope) went and moved to Brooklyn recently, but is in town Friday for a show at the Velvet Lounge (202/462-3213), where he says he may announce his signing to a major-label deal. Throughout the '80s and early '90s Radio Blue was one of Washington's most stylish rock bands. Three-quarters of that lineup, including songwriter James Lee, return Friday to the Black Cat (202-667-7960) as King Mixer, opening up for 555, a strong local rock band with attitude.
Saturday, the free concert at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage is the CD release for engaging songwriter and guitarist Garth Ross. That night at Madam's Organ (202/667-5370), soulful bluesman Sam Taylor takes the stage. Taylor led Otis Redding's band for several years, paid his dues touring with many other big names, and is now Tucson's reigning blues king. Local hip-hop band the Hipnotics celebrate their new CD with a performance Saturday at State of the Union (202/588-8926). At the Garage (202/331-7123) on Saturday, it's Virginia band Earth to Andy, whose new CD is an excellent blend of songcraft and powerful rock musicianship. That band should be (and may yet become) huge. (Also on the bill, the Excentrics and Jack Potential). Walter Salas-Humara is one of my favorite songwriters, and he brings his band the Silos to IOTA on Saturday, along with another rootsy songwriter, Tom Freund (703/522-8340).
Thursday at Lewie's (301/652-1600), it's the near-legendary Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. And an up-and-coming twang band from North Carolina, Trailer Bride, plays Thursday on the small stage of the Black Cat (202-667-7960).