Fri. Rootsy rocker John Fogerty is at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) doing an early show. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival lead singer has ducked in and out of the spotlight during his solo career, but he's got a voice made for rock 'n' roll. . . . Marcel Khalife fuses Middle Eastern music with Western forms for highly listenable results. He's playing at Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328).
Sat. Intelligent and insightful rapper Talib Kweli is at Sonar (410-327-8333) in Baltimore with "special guests." Kweli is also at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) along with boundary-blurring Saul Williams on Thursday. . . . The pop-rock of Matthew Sweet is like a sweet-tasting drink with a potent amount of alcohol. It goes down easy but has a kick. Take a swig at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . Sly & Robbie for my money are about as good as it gets when you're talking rhythm sections, and the drummer (Sly Dunbar) and bassist (Robbie Shakespeare) are at Kili's Kafe (202-232-1562). If those two are grooving, you're moving. . . . The second annual Divas of DC benefit concert, featuring Annie Sidley, Carol Gaylor, Melanie Mason, Indigo and Danielle Westphal, is at the Old Town Theater (703-683-8888) in Alexandria. Proceeds go to the Campagna Center and the Whitman-Walker Clinic.
Sun. Few live shows can equal a performance by hip-hop band the Roots, a group that combines high energy and incredible talent on stage. Catch the band at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House (202-397-7328). . . . You can also get it started with hip-hop crew Black Eyed Peas at George Washington University's Smith Center (202-397-7328). The group has been on a roll in the past year with one jumping hit after another. . . . D.C. singer Laura Baron has a show at Mayorga Coffee House (301-562-9090). She's done well in some songwriting competitions and has a lush style that should appeal to adult contemporary fans.
Tues. The Neville Brothers have had a long career of beautiful songs. It'll be impossible for them to sing all of their best numbers, but you know that no matter what they sing, they're going to be sounding good at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).
Thurs. Popular folk singer Richie Havens is at the BlackRock Center for the Arts (301-528-2260). Havens has released more than two dozen albums in four decades, and he's performing recent material along with old favorites on this tour.
-- Curt Fields