Fri. Jill Scott is fabulous and at the 9:30 club for two nights (202-393-0930). For more on her, see the Spotlight on Page 8. . . . Hip-hop heads take note. GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and Vast Aire from Cannibal Ox are at Ottobar (410-662-0069) in Baltimore. . . . If you're a fan of DJs and club music, this is the weekend for you. A man of eclectic tastes, Sharkey is spinning at the Blue Room (202-332-0800). For more details, see the CD review elsewhere on this page. . . . Another DJ in town is Miss Kittin, who will be spinning house sounds at Nation (202-554-1500).
Sat. It's a cavalcade of DJs at Starscape 2004 at Fort Armistead Park in Baltimore from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a host of DJs strutting their stuff in areas divided into techno/breaks/progressive, drum 'n' bass, hip-hop and other stages. Just a few of the folks performing are Bad Boy Bill, Donald Glaude, Scott Henry, Dara, DJ Craze, Faust & Shortee, Cam-One, Two Teks and Lovegrove. There's also a Taxidermy Lounge indie dance party area and G-Spot Art Gallery location. Tickets are available through a variety of outlets, including Ticketmaster (410-547-7328). . . . It's a funky good time at DC9 (202-483-5000) when Congregation starts playing. The group's songs are solid, and its playing is tight and fluid. . . . If you missed his recent well-received show at Wolf Trap, you can try to catch the superb Lyle Lovett at the Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six (410-547-7328) in Baltimore.
Sun. The Method and Result are a male-female duo that relies on electronics and odd samples (dripping water, scissors opening and closing) to create an indie-pop sound that's, well, pretty. And interesting. Catch them at the Black Cat (202-667-7960).
Weds. The fine Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men and the fun Los Straitjackets are at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). Alvin rocks with a dash of Americana flavoring while Los Straitjackets party with Mexican wrestling flair.
Thurs. Bernie Worrell has quite a track record. At age 3, he was playing classical music on the piano. He later studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and Juilliard. And, of course, he became world famous as keyboardist for P-Funk nation. His band, Bernie Worrell & the Woo Warriors, perform at the State Theatre (703-237-0300) along with special guest George Clinton, the godfather of funk himself. You know it's a party going down.
-- Curt Fields