Fri.Dove-winning Christian rockers Audio Adrenaline team up with Pillar, Superchic(k) and Sanctus Real in concert at Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge (800-861-0850). . . . Friday and Saturday, the Kennedy Center Jazz Club hosts saxophonist Steve Wilson and the Generations Band, featuring pianist Billy Childs, bassist Ray Drummond and the venerable drummer Ben Riley (202-467-4600). . . . After an impressive 2001 debut, "Everybody Got Their Something," funky Tommy Hilfiger pitchwoman Nikka Costa celebrates her grammatically challenged CD "cantneverdidnothin" at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . Longtime favorite Nanci Griffith and her Blue Moon Orchestra are playing several dates, Friday at Baltimore's Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) and Wednesday through Oct. 28 at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). Get to the show early for opener Elizabeth Cook, a feisty, country-leaning singer-songwriter who's gonna be a headliner sooner rather than later.

Sat.The third annual Dave Daly Fund benefit concert (to help fund a son's gift of scholarships in the memory of his late father) takes place at Jammin Java from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with Jess Klein, Dean Fields, the Amity Front and Oneside (703-255-1566).

Sun.Metal fans can mosey up to Towson's Recher Theatre (410-337-7178), where Brazilian metal god and ex-Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera's Soulfly is joined by Throwdown and Incite, fronted by Cavalera's stepson, Ritchie.

Mon.A week of classic swing concerts kicks off with a western swing and cowboy dance featuring, respectively, the Oklahoma Twisters and Dennis Jay and Lonesome Town at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville (301-754-3611). . . . With apologies to Luther Campbell, actress-rocker Juliette Lewis and the Licks are as credible as they wanna be at the Black Cat (202-667-7960).

Tue.Get a dose of classic West Coast punk when Jello Biafra performs with the Melvins at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . Karl Straub and Eric Brace, two of the region's finest roots rock songwriters, share the stage, and probably some stories, at Iota (703-522-8340). . . . Donna Long, who played piano and fiddle with Cherish the Ladies for a decade, teams with harpist Lily Neill at the Warehouse Theater (202-783-3933) in a program that will be part Celtic and part East-West meeting when Claudia Clark joins them on Japanese koto and jushichigen.

Weds.Buckethead, the experimental guitar shredder known as much for quitting the latter-day Guns N' Roses as for sporting a white mask and a name-inspiring fried-chicken bucket on his head, brings his trio to the State Theatre (703-237-0300) and to Towson's Recher Theatre on Thursday (410-337-7178). . . . Grammy-winning kids' artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, both outstanding pickers, introduce their other band, the Swing Sisters, featuring Ralph Gordon on standup bass and other special guests, at the Shapiro Music Room at the Mansion at Strathmore (301-581-5100); besides Django Reinhardt tunes and swing classics of the '30s and '40s, the concert will feature a new work commissioned by Strathmore as part of its artist-in-residence program.

Thurs.Speaking of Reinhardt, the Kennedy Center Jazz Club kicks off a three-day festival honoring the legendary Gypsy guitarist and Le Jazz Hot he pioneered in the '30s with violinist Stephane Grappelli (202-467-4600). Strings will swing courtesy of father-and-son French guitarists Dorado and Samson Schmitt and violinist Pierre Blanchard, aided by accordionist Ludovic Beier and saxophonist Joel Frahm. . . . Obviously, there can't be too many Hurricane Katrina relief benefits, which is why the State Theatre (703-237-0300) is hosting Thursday's, featuring Chuck Brown, the Nighthawks, the Buck Hill Quartet, the Grandsons, Tom Principato Band, Big Joe and the Dynaflows, Tommy Lepson, the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours and the Junkyard Saints.

-- Richard Harrington