Fri. The fabulous Shelby Lynne is at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500) singing with her usual grit and passion. . . . Worth staying awake for: The Supersuckers do a late show at Jaxx (703-569-5940) with one country set and one rock set. . . . Fans of singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick have a few opportunities to hear her. She starts the weekend at the Funk Box (410-625-2000) in Baltimore. After that she's at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566) on Saturday, and on Sunday she is at the Capital Pride festival (at Third and Penn). . . . Also at the Funk Box, in a late show after Ferrick's gig, the Billy Price Band makes its first Baltimore appearance in two years (410-625-2000) playing the blue-eyed R&B that Price has been performing along the East Coast for 30 years.
Sat. Dido sings her atmospheric pop ("Thank You," "White Flag") at DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328).
Sun. Melissa Ferrick (see Friday) isn't the only performer at the Capital Pride festival. Others in the lineup include the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C., and Sophie B. Hawkins. Visit www.wwc.org for more details. . . . The often imitated, never duplicated Madonna is at MCI Center (202-397-7328) for the first of two nights of shows. . . . Enjoy some smart rock when Grant Lee Phillips and John Doe appear at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). Both have a wide repertoire of songs that incorporate pop, country and hard-rock shadings, and both are excellent live performers. . . . The veteran and still impressive Blind Boys of Alabama are at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500) with a boatload of soulful, gospel-drenched songs.
Tues. The intriguing voice of Neko Case fills the Black Cat (202-667-7960). She has added a smoky lounge vibe to her music over the past couple of years to go along with her original alt-country sound. But it doesn't matter if she's twanging it up, rocking out or getting bluesy, she's worth hearing. . . . Chris Knight is at the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111) in Annapolis. He's worth seeing if only to hear "It Ain't Easy Being Me." But he's also got an assortment of other good songs.
Weds. Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein are at Baldwin's Station (410-795-1041). Gaudreau has been a member of such groups as the Country Gentlemen, 2nd Generation, Country Store and Chesapeake. Klein has been in Rock Creek, the Seldom Scene and Chesapeake. Both are skilled bluegrass players.
-- Curt Fields