Friday at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium (202-806-7914), one of the greatest soul singers of all time, Teddy Pendergrass, performs along with the superb jazz and funk vibes player and vocalist Roy Ayers. Attention all Deadheads: former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart are joining forces with pianist Bruce Hornsby and performing Friday night as the Other Ones at MCI Center (202-432-7328).
Saturday at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566), it's a benefit for the National Hopeline Network, featuring local alt-country band One Horse Town, with guests Jon Carroll and Rickie Simpkins.
Harry Connick Jr. recently released an album of songs for kids, and he performs two shows geared toward the same audience Sunday afternoon at the Barns of Wolf Trap (703-938-2404). San Francisco's fine pop-punk band One Man Army plays Sunday at the Black Cat (202-667-7960), along with Madcap and the Explosion.
Joe Cocker has been making terrific soulful rock for more than 35 years, and comes to town Monday to perform at Constitution Hall (202-638-4780). Influential Brazilian composer and singer Caetano Veloso makes a rare Washington appearance Wednesday at Lisner Auditorium (202-994-1500) in support of his new CD "Live in Bahia," an overview of his nearly 40-year career. Local trombonist and band leader Eric Felten brings his excellent swing combo to Felix (202-483-3549) Wednesday night. Electro-pop avatars of the '80s Soft Cell will surely play "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?" Wednesday at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930), along with cuts from their new CD.
My favorite act anywhere in any style these days is the husband and wife team of Buddy and Julie Miller, who over the past seven years have released eight albums of their magical rock-folk-country blend. They perform Thursday and Nov. 22 at the Birchmere (703-549-7500), along with Peter Case. Thursday at Blues Alley (202-337-4141), local vibes masters Chuck Redd and John Cocuzzi perform a tribute to the legendary late vibraphonist Lionel Hampton.
-- Eric Brace