Hot, young New York rock band Interpol plays Friday at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930), with openers Calla and Phaser. Excellent local hip-hoppers the Poem-Cees celebrate their new CD with a show Saturday at the Black Cat (202-667-7960), joined by two of the best freestylists in the business, Storm the Unpredictable and Priest da Nomad. The acoustic duo of Al Petteway and Amy White have moved from D.C. to North Carolina, but they're still performing their annual "winter celebration" concert, joined by Robin Bullock on Saturday. It's at the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring (301-754-3611).
Jamaican legends Toots & the Maytals headline a "Reggae Soul Shakedown" Sunday at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930), along with the Hipnotix and Can't Hang. On Sunday at 3 p.m., there's a great family concert at the Reston Community Center (703-476-4500) featuring the Texas duo Trout Fishing in America, one of the best kids' music groups anywhere.
Monday and Tuesday at the Velvet Lounge (202-462-3213), the incredibly funky Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans works its magic. Roots rockers Slobberbone can throw down the twang and the hard rock at the same time. Check them out Tuesday at IOTA (703-522-8340) with Mary McBride and Will Johnson opening. Tuesday night at Blues Alley (202-337-4141) it's the annual presentation of Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite by the Eric Felton Orchestra, always a superb show.
Thursday at the State Theatre (703-237-0300), it's acoustic guitar master Tony Rice with stellar fiddler Vassar Clements and the Larry Keel Experience, along with local openers Boney Fingers (featuring Sally Love, Chris Stifel, Mike Munford and Fred Smith).
Will Smith has created an excellent modern jazz combo with the W.E.S. Group, and they perform Thursday at Twins Jazz (202-234-0072). Also Thursday, at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566), three fine songwriters, who happen to have beautiful voices -- Terri Allard, Vyktoria Pratt Keating and Lisa Taylor -- perform their songs "in the round."
-- Eric Brace