Fri. One of my favorites on the contemporary soul scene, Musiq, is at Dream (202- 636-9030). He can murmur and croon and set a laid-back, romantic mood as well as anyone, so take a date. . . . Washington's Ape House makes ephemeral but fun power pop and is celebrating the release of its latest CD, "Tired of Style," with a gig at Chief Ike's Mambo Room (202-332-2211). . . . Tres Chicas features three talented singers. Caitlin Cary was a member of the late, lamented Whiskeytown and has a couple of nice solo CDs to her credit. Lynn Blakely has stints in Let's Active, Oh OK and Glory Fountain on her resume. Tonya Lamm was a founding member of Hazeldine. Any of them would be worth seeing solo, so triple your pleasure and catch them in their Tres Chicas incarnation at Iota (703-522-8340).
Sat. Twista hit big with "Slow Jamz," a Kanye West collaboration, but there's nothing slow about his flow. He rhymes fast and furious. Try to keep up with him at Merriweather Post Pavilion (410-547-7328) . . . Tito Puente Jr. performs a free concert at the Lincoln Memorial at 12:30. Also appearing will be the Latin Jazz All-Stars, Frederic Yonnet and Orquesta La Romana. . . . Gretchen Wilson plays Sailwinds Park (410-228-7245) in Cambridge, Md. She's another member of Nashville's Muzik Mafia (an informal collective that includes Big & Rich) and she's hit big with the anthemic and clever "Redneck Woman." . . . Dubbed the "King of Funky Breaks," DJ Icey is spinning at Sonar (410-327-8333) in Baltimore.
Sun. Country crooner Allison Moorer puts on a good show and can belt bluesy country that sounds both traditional and contemporary. And her song "All Aboard" is especially timely with its take on what patriotism is and isn't. She's at the Birchmere (703-549-7500) with a full-on band that includes Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites. . . . There's a ton of talent at the Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500). Anchoring the show are brothers Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Damian Marley and Ky-Mani Marley. Joining them are Toots & the Maytals, Slightly Stoopid, Looner and Stone Love.
Weds. New York art rock godfathers Sonic Youth are at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930 ). Their live shows are consistently interesting and rocking, even after all these years.
Thurs. It could be called the "When Icons Collide Tour" but it's actually going by the more prosaic "Minor League Ballpark Tour." Of course, when Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson team up it doesn't matter what you call it. They're performing at Cal Ripken Stadium (410-547-7328) in Aberdeen, Md.
-- Curt Fields