The Melissa Etheridge concert scheduled for Tuesday at DAR Constitution Hall was canceled after publication of the Oct. 8 Weekend section. Tickets are refundable until Oct. 26 at the place of purchase. (Published 10/9/04)
Fri. The just plain fun Beastie Boys are at the Patriot Center (703-573-7328). For details, see the Spotlight on Page 8. Also on the bill is rap lyricist Talib Kweli, who deserves to be much bigger in the pop culture scoring system than he is. . . . Nick Hornby has written that Marah represents all that is good about rock. Find out why at Iota (703-522-8340) . . . Hot Snakes, featuring members of Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu and Delta 72, are rockin' at Ottobar (410-662-0069) in Baltimore.
Sat. Andy Caldwell brings a slightly different perspective to DJing, as he was a piano player before becoming a DJ. His style is mostly deep house, but with an ear for jazz and soul. He's at Club Five (202-331-7123). . . . After the untimely demise of Mark Sandman, the surviving members of the exquisite Morphine soldiered on. The core of the group now performs as the Twinemen. Hear their sophisticated, boundless sound at Iota (703-522-8340).
Sun. Rilo Kiley performs good indie-pop songs, often about relationships going wrong. The group doesn't lack for stage presence either. Bask in it at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . The Seagram's Gin Live Tour features the excellent Cee-Lo, who can rap or sing with equal facility; comic Dante Carter; singer Teedra Moses; and Tweet, who scored with "Oops (Oh My!)" a couple of years back. The show is at Fur Nightclub (202-489-9099).
Mon. Proving that the president is indeed a uniter, a diverse array of artists join together for the anti-Bush Vote for Change concert at MCI Center (202-628-3200). Rock, pop, hip-hop and country are represented when Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Mathews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', Babyface, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. take the stage. . . . It's John Hiatt week at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). Well, there hasn't been an official proclamation or anything, but the insightful singer-songwriter is performing a solo show there every night through Oct. 15.
Tues. Some people face a tough choice in deciding between Wynonna Judd at the State Theatre (703-237-0300) and Melissa Etheridge at DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328). Both women can belt out pop-rock and adult contemporary songs. Judd occasionally draws on her country roots for flavoring, while Etheridge hews more toward the rockier end of the spectrum, but their fan bases overlap. Judd's show will feature her hits plus songs from her favorite artists, from the Andrews Sisters to Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and Al Green.
Weds. Simply put, PJ Harvey is awesome (how's that for refined critical analysis?). See her at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
Thurs. If only on the strength of 1985's "That's When I Reach for My Revolver," Mission of Burma would qualify as one of the great rock bands. But the group had more going for it than one classic song. Catch its sonic assault at the Black Cat (202-667-7960).
-- Curt Fields