Fri. Allison Moorer is a fine singer who can do a country croon or a full-tilt rockin' boogie. She's at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) along with country-roots rockers the Drive-By Truckers from Athens, Ga. . . . Guitarist and banjo player Doc Watson has put his stamp on all manner of bluegrass, folk and country recordings, either through his performances or through his influence on countless other players. Hear this venerable veteran at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . The Tarbox Ramblers play Americana with an old-time feel and are a fun live act. The Boston-based band is at Iota (703-522-8340) Friday and Saturday nights. . . . Malene Younglao and her band, Rebel Radio, are at Heritage (240-286-2129) with their hip-hop and rock fusion sound. Also performing are Mingo & the Ask for Mercy Orchestra.
Sat. Excellent contemporary soul singers Angie Stone and Anthony Hamilton are at DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328) doing two shows (at 8 and 11:30 p.m.) . . . Guitarist Rich Robinson (the Black Crowes) has gone solo, and his bluesy rock CD has gotten some good press. He's at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566) along with hard-rocking Antigone Rising, a group that plays with skill and passion. Both are also at the Funk Box (410-625-2000) in Baltimore on Sunday. . . . The quintessential Old 97's song is a fast, Americana-flavored piece of excellent writing. And they have a long list of quality songs that fit that description (and their slower numbers aren't bad either). Catch them at the Recher Theatre (410-337-7178). You can also see them at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) Sunday.
Sun. Check out the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George's Community College (301-322-0853). Performers on its multiple stages include the J Street Jumpers, Ruby Hayes, W.C. Clark, Little Milton, Warner & Jay, Blue Rhythm Boys, Cephas & Wiggins, the Southern Gospel Singers, the Smokin' Polecats and the Jewels. Cephas & Wiggins are also performing a free show at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (202-467-4600) on Tuesday. . . . If you prefer bluegrass to blues, then head out to see Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Band (which features Jim Watson and Jimmy Gaudreau) at St. Mark Presbyterian Church (301-530-1735) in Rockville. . . . Soprano Randye Jones and pianist Francis Conlon perform in "The Art of the Negro Spiritual" concert series at Church of the Annunciation (202-904-3635) in the District. . . . Pop-rock-alt country-indie (yes, he's done all of those genres) icon Nick Lowe is at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). The smart and distinctive Lowe also performs Tuesday at the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111) in Annapolis. Opening both shows is Geraint Watkins.
Tues. Wilco isn't afraid to take chances, and its fans love that, sticking with the band as it has moved from alt-country to more of an indie pop feel. Wilco is at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (410-547-7328) along with the Fiery Furnaces. . . . Gibby Haynes & His Problem is at Ottobar (410-662-0069) in Baltimore with Haynes's psychedelic sound.
Weds. Despair and depression is never as much fun as when it's a Morrissey song. Hear the often brilliant king of mopey pop at DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328).
-- Curt Fields