Fri.For a taste of basketball played like a mix of smooth street corner serenades and rap braggadocio, check out the "And 1 Mix Tape Tour" at MCI Center (202-397-7328). . . . Superb rap lyricist Talib Kweli is at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) along with Res and Jean Grae. . . . Rainer Maria headlines the Black Cat (202-667-7960) with its melodic indie rock on a bill with Pash and the evolving Philadelphia-based Hail Social, which plays sharp rock full of catchy hooks. . . . Globe-trotting DJ Paul Van Dyk makes a stop at Cubik at Nation (202-554-1500) and is sure to have the dance floor packed.
Sat.Speaking of filling dance floors, you can choose between hearing two ace DJs with Christopher Lawrence spinning at Glow at Fur (202-487-7006) and Dieselboy performing at Sonar (410-327-8333). . . . Vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia sings Punjabi folk songs and ghazals at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (202-467-4600). . . . Country duo Brooks & Dunn heads to Nissan Pavilion (202-397-7328) for a show that also features the Warren Brothers, the sometimes wild and crazy, sometimes amazingly traditional Big & Rich and country rapper Cowboy Troy.
Mon.Veteran singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston is at Iota (703-522-8340). Johnston's songs feature well-drawn portraits of a grab bag of characters whose lives have taken various twists and turns, often for the worse.
Tues.The one and only Dolly Parton sings at DAR Constitution Hall (202-397-7328). The country legend has a wit that matches her musical talent. Last Train Home opens the show.
Weds.Grab the kids and head to the MCI Center (202-397-7328) to see the Wiggles. The foursome is performing two shows (at 3 and 6:30), and you can count on such friends as Captain Feathersword and Dorothy the Dinosaur joining the fun. Romp bomp a chomp! . . . Tori Amos performs at Cavalier Telephone Pier Six Pavilion (202-397-7328) along with Imogen Heap and the Ditty Bops. . . . Singer Joan Armatrading has a great voice. Hear it for yourself at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) in Baltimore. . . . Another impressive voice belongs to Chris Isaak, who is playing Wolf Trap (703-218-6500).
Thurs.Emmylou Harris is one of those performers other musicians look up to. She's at the Birchmere (703-549-7500) with Buddy Miller, who's no slouch himself.
-- Curt Fields