Al DiMeola, the king of nuevo flamenco, performs Saturday at Jaxx (703-569-5940), along with Happy the Man guitarist Stanley Whitaker. Karl Straub has abandoned his local garage-pop band the Graverobbers for a jazzier slant with his new Karl Straub Combo, performing Saturday at IOTA (703-522-8340), with openers Spotiswoode & His Enemies. At a Saturday afternoon show on the IOTA stage, area rockers Oddbox celebrate their fine new CD. Broadway-pop-cabaret chanteuse Melba Moore performs Saturday at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (703-218-6500).
Sunday afternoon, the astonishingly good Native American women's vocal group Ulali give a free concert at the Renwick Gallery (202-357-2700). And Sunday night, rhythmically adventurous rockers Skeleton Key return to the Black Cat (202-667-7960) after a long absence, with openers Pinko. Bobby Bare Jr. is the son of country singer Bobby Bare, and his band Bare Jr. plays a hot southern rock that will leave you breathless Wednesday at the State Theatre (703-237-0300).
Thursday is the opening party for Art-O-Matic (202-661-7582), the huge annual art/music/film/etc. event that runs through Nov. 30 at the Waterfront (formerly the Waterside Mall) at 401 M St. SW. The list of happenings is long, so check it out at www.artomatic.org, but the opening Halloween party is the "don't miss" event. Danielle Howle has a great last name for an Oct. 31 show, but don't be scared. She plays her moving acoustic indie-rock Thursday at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566), along with Mississippi songwriter Claire Holley.
-- Eric Brace