Fri.Kaiser Chiefs are getting a lot of love from the British press and scenesters looking for the next big thing. See if you think they're it at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
Sat.Lea Salonga was the original Kim in the stage hit "Miss Saigon" and racked up a ton of hardware honoring her performance, including Tony, Laurence Olivier, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. She also sang the female leads in the animated films "Aladdin" and "Mulan." Her first U.S. concert tour brings her to the Warner Theatre (202-397-7328) for an evening of songs from Broadway and Disney. . . . Soulful up-and-coming blues singer Janiva Magness puts on a high-energy show that you can catch at Madam's Organ (202-667-5370).
Sun.Rawk out! It's Ozzfest time! Among the 20 or so bands storming into Nissan Pavilion (202-397-7328) are Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Mudvayne and movie auteur Rob Zombie. Gates open at 9 a.m. for the all-day event. . . . The Mirrors, featuring psychedelic popster Greg Ashley of Gris Gris, the Factory Incident and the Trust Riots are at the Warehouse Next Door (202-783-3933).
Mon.Rickie Lee Jones hit big 20 years ago with "Chuck E.'s in Love," but many people lost track of her after that smash. That's their loss because Jones has fashioned an impressive body of work since, with songs that are either too challenging, or too true to her personal muse, or too something for the mainstream to embrace. Hear her at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).
Weds.The American Idols tour makes a stop at the MCI Center (202-397-7328). Hear the show's good (Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Nadia Turner), bad (hello, Scott Savol!) and mediocre (pretty much the rest of the cast, although a colleague will smack me around for not including her beloved Constantine Maroulis in the "good" group). . . . The aforementioned Bice would no doubt love to have a career like the steady Tom Petty. The longtime rocker and his band the Heartbreakers are at Merriweather Post Pavilion (202-397-7328). The Black Crowes will also appear. . . . Masters of the '80s Duran Duran (hmm . . . perhaps style-conscious frontman Simon LeBon could serve as a role model for Maroulis) are at Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six (202-397-7328) in Baltimore . . . The incomparable Lyle Lovett is at Wolf Trap (800-955-5566) with his detail-filled story songs that run the gamut from sad to chilling to hilarious. Few things are as sure a bet as a Lovett show -- it's guaranteed to entertain.
Thurs.Latin jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is at Blues Alley (202-337-4141) for the first of four nights. . . . For excellence in electronica, it's hard to beat Thievery Corporation. The group begins a three-night engagement at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
-- Curt Fields