Fri. R&B band Mint Condition puts on an energetic live show so it's bound to be a fun night at the Lincoln Theatre (202-387-7328). Also on the bill is local group Zwei, quite good in its own right. . . . The Chuck Redd Quartet performs with guest clarinetist-saxophonist Ken Peplowski in an instrumental tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe (202-633-1000) at the National Museum of Natural History. This is the third performance in Redd's yearlong artist-in-residence series. There is also a 5 p.m. lecture and Q&A by Redd and Peplowski on Sinatra's influence on jazz musicians. . . . Jazz great Maynard Ferguson continues his run at Blues Alley (202-337-4141), doing two shows nightly through Sunday. . . . Two of the top performers on the country scene are at MCI Center (202-397-7328) when Alan Jackson and Martina McBride take the stage. Jackson is an awards hog who has scored wins in practically every category that matters over the years, understandable when you consider he's had 31 No. 1 singles in his career. McBride has her share of awards and hits as well thanks to a pure, strong voice. . . . Making his first appearance in the District is Osunlade at DC Sanctuary (202-399-4033). The DJ got his start on "Sesame Street" but has gone on to produce songs by such artists as Musiq, India.Arie and Eric Benet, and head up his own label, Yoruba, specializing in deep house music.
Sat. Sonic Youth has long brought a cerebral approach to rock. The group joins New Yorker music critic Alex Ross for a discussion about music at Georgetown University's Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium (866-666-8932) as part of the magazine's "college tour."
Mon. The low-key Luna is on a farewell tour. Expect the band to play some material from its latest and final album, but also lots of old favorites. Say goodbye at Ottobar (410-662-0069). By the way, check out the band's Web site at www.fuzzywuzzy.com for an amusing list of reasons why the group is calling it quits.
Weds. I'm a fan of the eclectic Chris Whitley, whose styles range from blues to electronica to country. He's at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). Some people are turned off by his refusal to sound the same from year to year, but if you're appreciative of quality regardless of genre, go check him out. . . . See-I is a talented dub reggae band that has worked a lot with Thievery Corporation on CD and in live shows. Hear See-I in an intimate setting at Eighteenth Street Lounge (202-466-3922).
Thurs. It's a live Blowoff performance at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). Bob Mould and Richard Morel DJ around town a good bit, but this evening marks what they're billing as their live debut. They introduce performance into the mix, with both men picking up guitars to augment their mixing. Should be sweet.
-- Curt Fields