Fri.The J Street Jumpers crank out high-energy jump blues and swing at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe (202-633-1000). The Wammy-winning group is sure to put you in the mood to move your feet. . . . Travis Tritt is at Wolf Trap (800-955-5566). Tritt plays country with a heavy blues and rock influence and is one of the more authentic artists on the scene. . . . The group the Knitters is a collection of some of the best punk performers to come out of California. John Doe, Dave Alvin, Exene Cervenka, D.J. Bonebrake and Jonny Ray Bartel play country originals, plus covers ranging from old Stanley Brothers' tunes to Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild." They also rework some X classics. Catch them at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). The group also appears Sunday at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) in Baltimore.
Sat.Yerba Buena, a Latin funk collective from New York, is at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). The group's live shows are hot and happening. . . . Electronica group Rabbit in the Moon performs at Club Five (202-331-7123). . . . Oakland, Calif.-based rap consortium Hieroglyphics brings the rhymes at Sonar (410-327-8333) in Baltimore. Members Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual and Pep Love are all solid on the microphone and worth a listen. They also appear at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) on Tuesday.
Sun.Blues-folk-rocker singer-songwriter Holly Golightly brings her lo-fi sound to Iota (703-522-8340). Also on the bill is Tom Heinl, who creates the type of country music you'd find in the nooks and crannies of America's back roads.
Mon.Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell is joined by Joey Baron on drums and Sam Yahel on organ for a night of musical craftsmanship at the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111) in Annapolis.
Weds.African reggae star Alpha Blondy is at the State Theatre (703-237-0300). His sound is international, and his lyrics blend political and social concerns with, at times, a bit of wit for a message worth hearing.
Thurs.Dwight Yoakam is blessed with a great voice for country music, and he can rip up a high-speed honky-tonk number or wail a mournful heartbroken tune as well as anyone. He's at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
-- Curt Fields