The late Charlie Byrd will be remembered with a performance of "the Charlie Byrd Quintet-Hot Club du Concord" Friday night at the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase (301/654-6874). The group consists of bassist Joe Byrd, harmonica player Heinrick Meurkens, violinist Frederico Britos and guitarist Frank Vignola. Nighthawk harp-man Mark Wenner brings his talent to the old-time rock of the Bel-Airs Friday at Lewie's (301/652-1600) and Wednesday at the State Theatre (703/237-0300). Austin-based singer/guitarist Teddy Morgan and his band the Pistolas will tear it up on stage Friday at IOTA (703/522-8340).
The Put-Outs are one of Baltimore's snappiest punk/guitar-pop bands and finally have a new CD out, which they'll celebrate by playing Friday at the 9:30 club (202/393-0930) along with the Push Stars and Phaser. Saturday at the 9:30, young soul singer Macy Gray brings her passionate songs and idiosyncratic delivery to town. Friday and Saturday, One Step Down (202/955-7141) is featuring the quartet of jazz saxophonist/composer T.K. Blue (aka Talib Kibwe), whose latest all-acoustic CD, "Another Blue," is a striking blend of old and new.
Saturday night, the Smithsonian's Baird Auditorium presents Persian kamancheh ("spiked fiddle") virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor in concert, along with Ardavan Kamkar and Ziya Tabissian. Saturday at Galaxy Hut (703/525-8646), it's the bar's owner Alice Despard, singing her heart out. More snappy guitar pop Saturday at the Garage (202/331-7123) from locals Anne Summers, New Yorkers the Hissyfits, Magnet and the Beans.
Dynamic group Shivaree is making big waves all over with its fine songcraft and theatrical delivery, and it'll try to garner converts around here at IOTA on Monday. Jez Lowe is a songwriter reknowned in his native northern England for his slice-of-life folk songs, and he'll perform them Wednesday at Sykesville's Baldwin's Station (410/795-1041). Wednesday at the Garage (202/331-7123), it's Jamaican vocal legends Culture (backed by locals Moja Nya), along with Baltimore's Jah Works.
Thursday it's the Louisiana legend C.J. Chenier at Paddy Mac's (301/608-3360).