Fri.House music godfather Paul Oakenfold is spinning at Cubik at Nation (202-554-1500). The ever-popular DJ is a master at crafting a mood, whether he's working with trance, house or other genres.
Sat.Jamaican star Luciano is a superb reggae vocalist. You can hear him at H2O (202-484-6300). . . . Another bright light on the international music scene is Femi Kuti, son of the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Femi Kuti performs in the same driving Afro-beat style as his late father. The music is irresistible. Find out for yourself at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
Sun.Jimmie Van Zant fronts a "family tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd" at the Funk Box (410-625-2000). Van Zant is a cousin of original Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant. Also appearing on the bill is the band Cross Cut Saw. . . . Another installment of the experimental music series "Electric Possible" takes place, this one featuring D.C. area electronic and improv groups RDK, the Picture Is Dead Quartet and Sunwards. It takes place at George Washington University's Phillips Hall in Room B120. (For more info, visit www.panicresearch.com.)
Mon.Any time you have the opportunity to see three legitimate headliners on the same bill you know it's got to be a good show. Fabulous soul man John Legend; smart, underrated rapper Common (although his new CD, "Be," may do something about that underrated part); and veteran-but-still-bringing-it rappers De La Soul are performing at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) in Baltimore. Common is also scheduled to appear at Dream (202-636-9030) on Tuesday. . . . The word "authentic" comes to mind when the topic is Shelby Lynne. There are other words, too, all of which are laudatory. The country-blues-pop singer is at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . Local favorites Q and Not U are at Fort Reno (202-521-1493 for day of show updates, or visit www.fortreno.com for info) as the outdoor concert series continues. This is one of your few remaining chances to see this rocking group. The band is calling it quits. There are some farewell shows in the works for September, but it's never too early to start saying goodbye. Also on the bill is Son of Nun.
Tues.Rock troubadours John Mellencamp and John Fogerty are at Nissan Pavilion (202-397-7328). Along with performing some of their most popular hits, the two have been teaming up for parts of the show on this tour.
-- Curt Fields