Fri. G. Love and Special Sauce's new album, "The Hustle," doesn't have anything to do with D.C. legend Van McCoy, but it should be a groove thang anyways: Love comes to town at the Merriweather Post Pavilion with fellow mellow fellas Jack Johnson and Donavon Frankenreiter (202-397-7328). . . . Saxophonist Ron Blake is at Twins Jazz (202-234-0072) for the first of two consecutive nights. . . . Clarence Greenwood, now selling tickets as Citizen Cope, unveils his new album, "The Clarence Greenwood Recordings," at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . The annual DC Sonic Circuits Festival features the second night of Carl Hancock Rux's ambitious "Mycenean" multimedia project at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Hall as well as the DC Improvisors Collective and the Makihara-Nakatani Duo at Flashpoint (916 G St. NW; 202-315-1305). . . . Postmodern mandolinist Sam Bush, recently nominated for musician of the year by the Americana Music Association, showcases his vanguard string band music at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . This year's Montpelier Cultural Arts Center jazz series, featuring all local stars, kicks off with venerable tenor saxophonist Buck Hill and his Quartet (301-953-1993).

Sat. Rock the Vote brings Paul Van Dyk to Glow in hope that fans who voted to make him "America's Favorite DJ" will also register to vote in the presidential elections in November (202-842-3401). . . . And house music innovator and producer Pete Moss is at Club Five (202-331-7123).

Sun. Showing what a good film concept and soundtrack can do, the Commitments are still touring off Alan Parker's 1991 take on Irish writer Roddy Doyle's paean to American soul music at the Birchmere Sunday and Monday (703-549-7500). . . . As godfathers of the grunge revolution, Aberdeen, Wash.'s Melvins can count Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden as progeny: They've been at it for 20 years, too, so join the celebration at the Black Cat (202-667-7960) with openers Convulsant and Vaz.

Mon. Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty performs with his daughter, pianist-composer Clara Ponty, at the Borders Books & Music at 14th and F streets NW (202-737-1385) at 12:30 p.m. . . . More Sonic Circuitry Backstage at the Black Cat: Techclub's Open Minijax (202-667-7960).

Thurs. Guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria, who got his start in Caetano Veloso's late '70s group Outra Banda Da Terra, remains one of the most underappreciated forces in Brazilian pop; appreciate him at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Gallery (202-467-4600). . . . Way back in the '70s, Al Johnson was lead singer for the Howard University-based Unifics while Barry White was sitting atop the pop and soul charts with love symphonies; Thursday Johnson pays tribute to White at Blues Alley (202-337-4141). . . . More Circuitry of the Sonics variety: Outputmessage, Doofgoblin, Siloen and Nick Normal at Flashpoint (202-315-1305). . . . Metric's edgy, new-wave style power pop can be measured at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).

-- Richard Harrington