Fri.Feel the groove when reggae singer Maxi Priest, nicknamed "the King of Lovers Rock," is at the Crossroads (301-927-1056). . . . The LL in LL Cool J doesn't stand for long-lasting, but considering how many years he's been successfully working the microphone (especially compared with other rappers), it easily could. Check him out at Love (202-636-9030).

Sat.Originating from the Orlando house music scene, Rabbit in the Moon is known for its energetic live shows. The group is at Club Five (202-331-7123).

Sun.If you watch a lot of television, you may already be familiar with the work of Catie Curtis. Her songs have been heard on such shows as "Dawson's Creek," "Felicity," "Chicago Hope" and "Alias." The singer-songwriter (and former college basketball player) is at Baldwin's Station (410-795-1041).

Mon.In discussions about great American rock bands, X isn't mentioned nearly as often as the group should be. Versatile and talented, X plays the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) along with Juliana Hatfield. The tour is at Sonar (410-327-8333) in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Tues.Sinead O'Connor has a reggae CD out now (yes, you read that right, check out the review elsewhere on this page) so it makes sense that she's on the road with long-time faves of mine Sly & Robbie. The latter duo is one of the great rhythm sections of all time. Hear them and O'Connor at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930).

Weds.R&B singer-songwriter Chester "Lyfe" Jennings plays the guitar, bass and piano. The Ohio native was always involved with music, even while doing time in prison. Since getting released his career has steadily taken off thanks to his candid and original approach. He's performing at the Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328) with fine female soul singer Goapele.

Thurs.Pop-rock band Lucky Day has proven popular on's MP3 site and they're building a growing fan base throughout the region. You can hear the group at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). . . . Mix music and tennis at MCI Center when various artists including saxophonist Mike Phillips play, followed by an exhibition match between Venus and Serena Williams. It's all to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. . . . Speaking of worthwhile charities, Santa Jam 9, which helps homeless women and children and victims of domestic violence, takes place at the State Theatre (703-237-0300). The lineup for this year's popular seasonal show includes members of the Nighthawks, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, the Tommy Lepson Band, Radio Mosaic, Mary Shaver, Linwood Taylor and Perry, Polman, & Gamble.

-- Curt Fields