Fri."Madrid, Madrid," a Spanish music and flamenco festival, takes place at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington (703-684-1949). The event runs through Saturday and features dance group Requiebros, castanet virtuoso Carmen de Vicente and singer Olga Maria Ramos. . . . Ex-Smashing Pumpkin, ex-Zwan Billy Corgan brings his solo show to the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). For more on Corgan, see Spotlight on Page 6. . . . DJ Kai Fikentscher is also an author, with the book "You Better Work! Underground Dance Music in New York City" to his credit. He spins house music and should keep the crowd at DC Sanctuary (202-399-4033) moving. . . . Talented singer and songwriter Caitlin Cary is at Iota (703-522-8340). You may know her from her stints in Whiskeytown and Tres Chicas. . . . Miranda Lambert was a third-place finisher on the "Nashville Star" country music competition show. Since then she's signed with Sony and is showing signs of finishing first in the long run. Catch her on the rise at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151). . . . Comedy duo the Hazzards, which had a hit with "Gay Boyfriend" once a dance-music producer did some remixing on it, are at the State Theatre (703-237-0300). . . . DJ Rap is spinning drum 'n' bass at Cubik at Nation (202-554-1500). Also moving the crowd is Micro, who has another installment in his popular "Tech-Mix" series out. Oh, one added attraction, for some of you anyway, there's a foam party planned for the multilevel patio area.
Sat.The always-rocking Sleater-Kinney is at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). Check out the CD review elsewhere on this page. Also, the group is scheduled to be on David Letterman's television show Monday night. . . . Singer Odetta has influenced too many people to list, but Bob Dylan and Joan Baez are a couple. She's a musical legend and she's at Blues Alley (202-337-4141). . . . The soulful sounds of Angie Stone and Urban Mystic are filling the Carter Barron Amphitheatre (202-426-0486). . . . The always interesting, difficult to pigeonhole Chris Whitley, a personal fave, is singing at Iota (703-522-8340). His songs can veer from twangy Americana to electronica-laced blues, from art rock to jazz-laced numbers.
Sun.The one, the only Rev. Al Green, soul legend, is at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . Rockers Wilco and hip-hop band the Roots share the bill at Merriweather Post Pavilion (202-397-7328). Both put on high-quality live shows.
Thurs.It should be a quirky night at the Birchmere when Nellie McKay and The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players perform. McKay is an engaging presence on stage (with fun between-song anecdotes -- particularly some involving much older pop stars). . . . D.C. pop-rock bands Cartel and Bicycle Thieves are at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . The unique Spottiswoode and His Enemies bring a campily entertaining show to Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). Also playing are the Grandsons and Danielle Howle.
-- Curt Fields