Fri. Salsero Eddie Santiago has been performing for more than 20 years now, and based on reviews, he's getting better with age. Catch him at H2O on the Waterfront (202-484-6300). . . . Hear the experimental soundscape electronics of Richard Pinhas and "laptop/sample artist" Jerome Schmidt at the French Embassy (202-944-6091, reservations by phone are required). . . . Wyclef Jean brings his entertaining and eclectic hip-hop sound to Dream (202-636-9030). How eclectic you ask? Well, his repertoire includes reworkings of "Staying Alive," "Guantanamera," "The Gambler" and "Wish You Were Here." He also performs Saturday at Baltimore's Artscape 2004. . . . And, speaking of Baltimore's Artscape festival, it has an impressive musical lineup. It starts off with such notables as Isaac Hayes and the Commodores plus the jammy Galactic. On Saturday look for Van Hunt, the fantastic De La Soul, the aforementioned Wyclef Jean and the Violent Femmes. On Sunday, there are performances by Arrested Development, Steel Pulse, Antigone Rising and Thunderball among others. (877-225-8466, or visit www.artscape.org.)

Sat. Q-Burns Abstract Message and J-Boogie are spinning at Club Five (202-331-7123). Both are also at Artscape, mentioned above. J-Boogie blends house, dub and break beats. Q-Burns also has wide-ranging tastes revealing themselves here and there in his music, which has a house/break beat foundation. Oh, if you get the chance, ask him about the phrase Tick Tick Tock. . . . Galactic, Nappy Roots, the Peoples Band and the Cravin' Dogs are the lineup for this week's Live on Penn concert. Of the four, the one that's a sure can't-miss is Nappy Roots and its southern-fried rap. Visit www.liveonpenn.com for more info. . . . The fun and lively Royal Crown Revue swings at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park (call the dance hotline at 703-359-9882). . . . Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver has been around for 25 years, and the group continues to shine on the bluegrass (and gospel) scene. The band is at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (703-437-1883) in Herndon.

Mon. Rappers D12 (of the hilarious "My Band" video) bring it Detroit-style at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).

Tues. Blues Traveler is giving fans the "Run-Around" and other hits at Lulu's Club Mardi Gras (202-861-5858).

Weds. Experience some well-crafted mixing at DC9 (202-483-5000) when the Procussions and Sharkey are on stage. Both bring a freshness to their approach. (Look for more on Sharkey in next week's Weekend.)

-- Curt Fields