Fri.A day before the New Orleans levees were breached, veteran soul singer Marva Wright evacuated her home with 10 family members; her son, a New Orleans police officer, had to rescue his twin sister and her husband from an attic. Wright's home and her possessions were destroyed. Now relocated to this area, Wright will reunite with her close friend and bandleader bassist Benny Turner in a benefit concert at Bangkok Blues in Falls Church (703-534-0095). . . . Daniel Lee, winner of Performing Songwriter magazine's 2005 NewSong Contest and recent resident artist at the Music Center at Strathmore, celebrates his new album, "Genrecide," at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (202-467-4600). . . . Pianist Steve Lantner is joined by bassist Joe Morris and drummer Luther Gray in a night of free improvisation, jazz and avant-chamber music at Sangha (301-891-3214) in Takoma Park.
Sat.Ray Price, master of both hard-hitting honky-tonk and lush romantic ballads, brings his Cherokee Cowboys to the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . A death metal band with smarts, Sweden's Opeth shares a bill with Nevermore and Into Eternity at Jaxx (703-569-5940). . . . A part of Richmond's iconoclastic music scene since 1990, Rattlemouth brings its unusual sound and lineup -- bass, drums and sax (ex-Orthotonic Danny Finney) -- to Alexandria's Old Town Theater (703-683-8888) with jazz-rock fusion power trio Mind Traffic.
Sun.Grenada's Francisco Slinger, better known as Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow, headlines a matinee Masters of Caribbean Music concert at the Music Center at Strathmore (301-581-5100), with Puerto Rican jibaro ensemble Ecos de Borinquen and Haiti's Ti-Coca et Wanga-Neges, the latter on their first U.S. tour. . . . A month ago, Chilean folkloric ensemble Inti-Illimani performed at St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI; now the group is at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).
Mon.Intimacy rules as jazz guitar giant Pat Metheny brings his Trio + One (bassist Christian McBride, drummer Antonio Sanchez and saxophonist David Sanchez) to the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-4545) in Annapolis for two nights. . . . Blood Brothers Johnny Whitney and Jordan Blilie aren't exactly easy on the ears, or the soul: Their latest album, "Crimes," includes such ditties as "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Trash Flavored Trash" and "Beautiful Horses" with its exhortation to "Ride the crippled horse! Ride the broken mare! Ride the jaundiced buck!" They're at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).
Thur.A bluegrass supergroup that deserves wider recognition, Mountain Heart is led by ex-Union Station mandolinist Adam Steffey, banjoist-singer Barry Abernathy, fiddler Jim Van Cleve and guitar phenom Clay Jones; they perform at the Barns at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500) with the Good Deale Bluegrass Band (703-218-6500).
-- Richard Harrington