Fri. Fans of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" take note: the Easy Star All-Stars are at the State Theatre (703-237-0300) with their "Dub Side of the Moon" version of the album. Also appearing is Trumystic. . . . It's the first of two chances to hear the light rock of Janis Ian when she plays the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111) in Annapolis. She performs at the Birchmere (703-549-7500) on Saturday. . . . Do you want it over here, do you want it over there? Well, it ("Freek-a-Leek" of course) is at Dream (202-636-9030) when rapper Petey Pablo hits the spot. So "Raise Up" and head to the club.
Sat. You can rock all day thanks to the WHFStival 2004 at RFK Stadium (202-397-7328). The main stage alone boasts a lineup of the Cure, the Offspring (check out the Spotlight on Page 6), Papa Roach, punk-pop group Yellowcard, rap king Jay-Z, '80s cult faves Violent Femmes, New Found Glory, O.A.R., Lost Prophets, rap-metal Christians P.O.D. and rappers Cypress Hill, for whom much respect is due. The Street Stage has the contingent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, the Living End, Lit, Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday. Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Jah Works are just two of about 10 bands slated for the Locals Only stage. Oh, and I haven't mentioned the Buzz Tent, which features Scott Henry, Juju, John Tab and Hybrid, among others. Whew. Gates open at 10 a.m., and remember, it's a marathon not a sprint, so pace yourself. . . . Donal Leace, who has built a strong local following over the years, plays selections from his latest CD in an afternoon show at Middle C Music (202-244-7326), about a block north of the Tenleytown Metro stop. . . . Dawn Kinnard has a voice that makes her self-titled release shine brighter than most new alt-country CDs. She sold her Harley to finance the CD, which she recorded in the basement of her father's Baptist church. It includes a killer version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" plus seven other sparkling tracks. Get to know her at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566) when she opens for the Brindley Brothers. . . . Kevin Norton's Living Language brings potent jazz to Sangha (301-891-3214) in Takoma Park. Norton plays percussion and is joined by Tomas Ulrich on cello, John Lindberg on bass and Louie Belogenis on reeds.
Tues. One of the best songwriters ever, Steve Earle performs at the Birchmere (703-549-7500) in a benefit for the Justice Project. He always puts on a great live show with fine songs and an engaging stage presence.
-- Curt Fields