Fri. Roots rock fans are likely to say yes to Dagmar and the Seductones when the group performs its '50s- and '60s-based music at the Washington Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel (for info, call the dance hotline at 703-359-9882). . . . Hear the melodic and smart pop of Groovelily at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). Opening the show is Paul & Storm, formerly of Da Vinci's Notebook. . . . DJ Icey, one of my personal faves, is spinning at Club Five (202-331-7123). . . . She's 18 and has a hot song, "Goodies," thanks to her work with crunk-master Lil' Jon. She's Ciara and she's at Dream (202-636-9030). . . . Waaaay back in the day when rap was all about block parties and earning neighborhood respect, the Sugarhill Gang brought "Rapper's Delight" to pop radio and the ears of a broader audience. Go show the group some love at H2O (202-484-6300).

Sat. Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Allyon has been entertaining listeners for three decades. Hear her at the Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328). . . . Rascal Flatts broke onto the country music scene in a big way back in 2000 with four Top 10 songs. The group's slick sound only got bigger with the release of "Melt" in 2002. Rascal Flatts is performing at the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Hall (410-293-8497) along with Chris Cagle and Julie Roberts.

Sun. Flamenco singer Rafael de Utrera has won over fans and critics alike with his commanding voice. He is at Lisner Auditorium (301-808-6900).

Mon. Crowd-pleasing, guitar-playing, pop-singing duo the Kennedys are at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (301-754-3611). . . . Kimberley Locke may have finished third on "American Idol" (behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken), but she is developing a winning career. Her "8th World Wonder" reached the Top 10 on the adult contemporary charts and her latest song, "Wrong," is making some waves as well. She's at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).

Tues. The WEDrock tour rolls into the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). It's a benefit for Freedom to Marry, hosted by Henry Rollins and featuring performances by Sandra Bernhard, John Cameron Mitchell, Bob Mould, Ben Jelen, Purty Mouth and Avenue D.

Weds. Influential DJ LTJ Bukem is working it at Club Five (202-331-7123).

Thurs. Kate Campbell writes a good song. For details, see the Spotlight on Page 8. Or just go see her at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). . . Two heavyweights on the R&B/hip-hop scene, Jay-Z and R. Kelly, team up for a tour that brings them to MCI Center (202-397-7328). They're also at 1st Mariner Arena (410-547-7328) in Baltimore on Oct. 8.

-- Curt Fields