Fri.For four decades, saxophonist James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature "Moody's Mood for Love, " and he'll extend that sweet streak at Blues Alley through Saturday (202-337-4141). . . . Local zydeco DJ Texas Fred hosts a benefit for the Stooges Brass Band at Chick Hall's Surf Club in Bladensburg (301-927-6310). The New Orleans band tours despite having lost everything, including their instruments, when their Ninth Ward homes were flooded by Hurricane Katrina. . . . Legendary DJ-remixer-producer Carl Cox rocks Nation (202-554-1500). . . . In celebration of this weekend's Millions More Movement, Soul jazz combo Fertile Ground plays at Mirrors with Bambu Station and reggae sensation Army (202-326-0774).

Sat.MCI Center hosts the "We Are Family" Hurricane Katrina benefit concert including Ruben Studdard, Jodi Watley, New Edition, The Stylistics, Peaches & Herb, Club Nouveau, Lisa Lisa, Lakeside and, appropriately, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge (202-397-7328). . . . Composer-pianist Omar Sosa brings his ethereal, world-music-influenced take on Afro Cuban jazz to Lisner Auditorium (202-397-7328); Sosa's quartet shares a bill with the David Murray Quartet.

Sun.China's Twelve Girls Band, blending traditional folk and classical influences with slick, contemporary sounds, makes its Washington debut at Lisner Auditorium (202-397-7328). . . . English solo guitarist Adrian Legg comes, with strings attacked, to Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). . . . Mandolinist Frank Wakefield performs with guitarist Leon Morris and the Patuxent Partners at Town Hall in Garrett Park (301-933-7488).

Mon.Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is left "Speechless" on his new album, his first instrumental CD; he's at the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-4545) in Annapolis and at the Birchmere (703-754-1500) on Tuesday. . . . The Detroit Cobras, led by guitarist Mary Ramirez and singer Rachel Nagy, are a rollicking garage rock quintet specializing in hard-rocking, stripped-down versions of old Motown and R&B tunes. The group is with Reigning Sound at Iota (703-522-8340). . . . Folksinger-folklorist Joe Hickerson, who was librarian of Congress for 35 years and director of the Archive of Folk Song/Culture, is honored on his 70th birthday with a retrospective hosted by WETA-FM's Mary Cliff at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville (301-754-3611).

Tue.Slide-guitar virtuoso and roots rocker Roy Rogers celebrates his first concert album, "Live! At Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room," at Arlington's Clarendon Ballroom (703-469-2244).

Weds.Brazil's Daniela Mercury made her mark in the early '90s emerging from Carnival's wired-for-sound musical floats to become the Queen of Axe (a bracing meld of samba, reggae and rock). She's at Lisner Auditorium (202-397-7328).

Thu.Mary Gauthier, who often sounds like a distaff John Prine, was recently named New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2005 Americana Music Awards; she's at Iota (703-522-8340). . . . Sons of the Never Wrong serve up their harmony-rich "turbo-charged folk music" (with dollops of jazz and rock) at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown (301-528-2260).

-- Richard Harrington