Fri.The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe (202-633-1000) hosts Trio Balanca. Featuring vocalist Nicki Gonzalez, pianist Wayne Wilentz and Jamieson Tobey on drums, the group blends Brazilian and American jazz and pop. . . . Fine Aussie country singer Kasey Chambers returns to the area with a show at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) in Baltimore. If you like your music to have a brain with its twang, check out Chambers. . . . A commuter alert if you travel I-66: The immensely talented Eminem and the top-selling 50 Cent are bound to draw a crowd to Nissan Pavilion (202-397-7328) as they bring one of the hottest tours of the year there. The two big dogs get ample mike time, but various members of their D-12 and G-Unit posses have been logging stage presence as well at earlier tour stops.
Sat.Enjoy a little old-school soul when Teena Marie sings at DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328). Also appearing is Vivian Green. . . . Flogging Molly is at Sonar (410-327-8333) in Baltimore. If you're not familiar with the group, lead singer Dave King describes its music on the band's Web site thusly: "If it didn't have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk-rock, and if it didn't have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music."
Sun.It's a night for brotherly love as the Funk Brothers, the musicians crucial to developing the Motown sound, play at the Birchmere (703-549-7500), and the Doobie Brothers, who helped define the sound of '70s boogie rock with songs such as "China Grove" and "Black Water," perform at Wolf Trap (800-955-5566). . . . Spend the afternoon with the "WPOC Sunday in the Country" show at Merriweather Post Pavilion (202-397-7328). The show features Keith Urban (recently spotted on a motorcycle with Nicole Kidman in Woodstock, N.Y., by the way) Jo Dee Messina, Sugarland, Blaine Larson and Pat Green.
Tues.Pete Best was a member of the Beatles before they were famous. You can hear the Pete Best Band play early '60s classics at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566).
Weds.Billing itself as "the tour that won't die," the Vans Warped Tour rolls into Nissan Pavilion (202-397-7328). This year's lineup includes Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Dropkick Murphys, Emery, Fall Out Boy, Go Betty Go, Matchbook Romance, MXPX, Millencolin, My Chemical Romance, Mae, Relient K, the Offspring, Transplants, Strung Out, Thrice, The Starting Line, Senses Fail and many more bands on multiple stages throughout the day. . . . The critically adored Brian Wilson brings his "Smile" tour to Wolf Trap (800-955-5566). . . . The New York Dolls were huge on the U.S. glam scene in the 1970s, and they reunited last year (but then, didn't everyone?). Now on tour, the Dolls are at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
-- Curt Fields