- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Athenaeum

201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703/548-0035, nvfaa.org

• Carey Colvin and Granger Helvey. Acoustic guitar, electric bass, percussion, vocals. 7 p.m. April 10. $10.

• Laura Baron. Singer. 7 p.m. May 8. $10.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St. NE. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org

• Chaise Lounge. Jazz/swing/pop group founded by Charlie Barnett, with singer Marilyn Older. 8 p.m. March 22. $20-$25.

• Indigo: “Songs from the Heart and Other Vital Organs.” Atlas’ Cabaret series features singer and voice teacher Doug Bowles and pianist/arranger/composer Howard Brietbart for selections from the Great American Song Book. In the Loft. 9 p.m. March 22. $17.50, $22.50 plus two drink minimum.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 301/405-ARTS, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

• Take Five: Squeeze Bayou. Cajun sextet with a touch of zydeco. Kogod Studio Theatre. 5:30 p.m. April 1. Free.

DAR Constitution Hall

1776 D St. NW. 202/628-1776, www.dar.org/conthall. Tickets 703/573-SEAT, 202/397-SEAT, 410/547-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com

• Second Annual Capitol Blues Festival, with Bobby Blue Bland, Clarence Carter, Mel Waiters, Latimore, Marvin Sease, Roy C., The Soul Children, Shirley Brown. 8 p.m. March 28. $65.

• Ultimate Doo Wop Show. The Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas, Terry Johnson’s Flamingos, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, The Clovers, Barbara Lewis, The Marcels, Johnnie & Joe, The Rama Lama Big Band. 8 p.m. March 29. $55, $65.

1st Mariner Arena

201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 410/347-2020, www.baltimorearena.com, 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com

• Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z: Heart of the City Tour. 7:30 p.m. March 26. $49.75-$124.75. Sold out.

• Casting Crowns. 7 p.m. March 27. $19.50-$77.

Focus Music Alexandria

Folk and acoustic music at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. All concerts 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. $12, $15. 703/380-3151, www.focusmusic.org

• Michael Smith with special guest Chuck Hall. Singer-songwriter (“The Dutchman”) and the Boston singer/writer/song collector. April 13.

Focus Music Rockville

Folk and acoustic music at O’Brien’s BBQ, 387 E. Gude Drive, Rockville. All concerts 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. $12, $15. 301/275-7459, www.focusmusic.org

• Miche Fambro and Randall Williams. Master guitarist/singer and acoustic balladeer. March 26.

Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Various venues. All concerts 8-10:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. $15 suggested donation unless otherwise noted. 202/546-2228, www.fsgw.org

• John Roberts. Sea songs. House concert in McLean; for location see Web site. March 22.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

730 21st St. NW. 202/994-6800, 301/808-6900 or ticketmaster.com; www.lisner.org

• The Heartthrobs with Pokwang. The crowd-pleasing singers from the Philippines, with a comic on board. 8:30 p.m. March 28. $48-$88.

• East Village Opera Company. Classic arias reinterpreted as rock songs. 8 p.m. March 29. $20-$40.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Carnegie Library Building, 801 K St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; Kiplinger Research Library 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Women’s History Month programs. All events free but registration encouraged through 202/383-1850 or [email protected] 202/383-1850, www.historydc.org

• Concert: “From Baroque to Contemporary with a Latin Tinge.” An evening with pianist Ruth Rose. 6:30 p.m. March 26.

Kennedy Center

Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Performances start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org

• WPAS: Men and Women of the Gospel Mass Choir. With the Heritage Signature Chorale and guest soloists in “Done Made My Vow,” based on melodies from spirituals. 4 p.m. March 30. $25-$58.

Kennedy Center

Millennium Stage, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Performances start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org

• Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet. Class of 2007 participants in the Kennedy Center’s music residency program for young people. Saxophonist Alex Lopez, bassist Lauren Falls, pianist Gideon Van Gelder, drummer Martin Urbach. March 20.

• The Tommy Cecil Quintet. Jazz bassist and composer Tommy Cecil leads his group in standards and original tunes. March 23.

• Dang Varmints. The Appalachian roots music trio blend folk, old-time, blues, bluegrass, and Celtic music. March 25.

• Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Competitively selected, emerging jazz artists wind up their week in the Kennedy Center’s music residency program for young people with free concerts. March 26, 27, 28.

• Alan Durst and Corey Whitehead. The alto saxophonist and the classical and flamenco guitarist play the sounds of South and Central America. March 29.

• The Encore Chorale. Ensemble, directed by Jeanne Kelly, from EncoreCreativity for Older Adults. March 30.

• Los Gringos. George Washington University’s Latin ensemble, directed by percussionist Alejandro Lucini and bassist Tom Williams, specializes in Latin jazz, salsa, and meringue. March 31.

• Charlotte Marin. French actress and singer brings a cabaret sound to the Grand Foyer. Part of the Francophonie Festival of Washington, D.C. April 9.

• The Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming Ensemble. The 35-member group in traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming medleys. April 11.

• Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Five young Brubeck Fellows at the University of the Pacific: saxophonist Ben Flocks, pianist Javier Santiago, bassist Chris Smith, drummer Cory Cox, trumpPOP

• Ryukyu Taiko. The taiko drumming ensembles Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko USA, Imajin Taiko Academy, and Nix Karate Taiko Academy. April 13.

• Jerome Sabbagh Quartet. Modern, organic music that appeals to listeners beyond the traditional jazz audience. In cooperation with the French Embassy. April 14.

• Duo Cuypers/Lop. Dutch saxophonist Carola Cuypers and Spanish guitarist Enrique M. Lop. April 17.

• “Perfessor” Bill Edwards. The ragtime scholar has amassed a number of recordings covering classic ragtime, popular song, and blues, stride, and oldtime tunes. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. April 18.

• Blues Alley Big Band Jam: The Ed Palermo Big Band, led by saxophonist Palermo, plays the music of Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, the blues of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield, and Palermo’s own compositions. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. April 20.

• Babylon Circus. The French 10-piece big band blends ska-punk, chanson, funk, afro-beat, dancehall reggae and Eastern European folk. April 21.

• Blues Alley Big Band Jam: The Blue Night Band, a Manhattan jazz band made up of Xavier High School students, is considered a top high school big band. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. April 22.

• Blues Alley Big Band Jam: The Capitol Bones. Washington’s top jazz trombone ensemble, founded and led by Matt Niess since 1991. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. April 23.

• The Beehive Band. Old-time traditional Utah and Mormon music. April 24.

• Blues Alley Big Band Jam: The Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, led by chief arranger for the U. S. Air Force Band’s “Airmen of Note” jazz ensemble. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. April 25.

• Blues Alley Big Band Jam: Levine School of Music’s Virginia Big Band trains junior high and high school musicians in the jazz repertoire. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. April 27.

Kennedy Center

Terrace Theater and Gallery, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

• Winard Harper. Jazz drummer mixes post-bebop and Afro-centric sensibilities. Part of the Kennedy Center KC Jazz Club Series. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 21. $25. 7:30 p.m. performance sold out.

Lincoln Theatre

1215 U St. NW. 202/328-6000, 202/397-SEAT or ticketmaster.com

• Meiway. The king of zoblazo, a style that mixes rhythms from southern Ivory Coast with electronic instruments. Part of the International Francophonie Festival; a Smithsonian Resident Associates program. 7:30 p.m. April 18. $30-$35. Information and reservations 202/633-3030 or residentassociates.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

2829 16th St. NW. 202/728-1647, portal.sre.gob.mx/imw

• In Series: Viva Zarzuela! A Spanish light opera combo: “Cecilia Valdes” (1932) and “La revoltosa” (1897). With a serenade of Mexican songs. 8 p.m. March 28, 29 and April 4; 6 p.m. March 30; 3 p.m. April 5 and 6. March 28-April 6. $18-$33. 202/315-1323, 202/315-1325, www.inseries.org

National Geographic Society

“Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” at Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Performances by jazz and urban musicians who have been selected to represent the United States overseas. 6 and 7:15 p.m. Free; no reservations or tickets required. 202/857-7700, www.nationalgeographic.com/nglive

• The Maya Azucena Band bridges soul, hip-hop, world and funk, 6 p.m.; Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants meld heavy jazz and blues with international rhythms and melodies, 7:15 p.m. March 27.

National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Metro: Federal Triangle. 202/633-1000, www.nmnh.si.edu

• Music of the Jazz Masters Series: Johnny Hodges and his Small Group with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Favorites including “Castle Rock.” 7:30 p.m. April 5. $18-25. Tickets through Smithsonian Resident Associates at residentassociates.org

The National Theatre

Monday Night at The National in the Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Performances 6 and 7:30 p.m. Admission free; seating limited. Tickets required and are distributed first-come, first-served 30 minutes before show time. 202/783-3372, www.nationaltheatre.org and click on the “Monday Night” logo.

• Clancyworks Dance Company In “Taking Steps.” An evening of dance with walls, people and ladders. March 24.

• The $inging $tockbrokers’ Razz-M-Tazz Revue. A musical cabaret of American standards, laughs and ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself. March 31.

• The 2008 U.S. Army Soldier Show. A behind-the-scenes preview of the performers in the 2008 Soldiers’ Show, which will tour Europe and installations across the United States. April 7.

Patriot Center

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT, www.patriotcenter.com

• Juanes. 7 p.m. March 30. $48-$78.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

600 I St. NW. 202/408-3100, www.sixthandi.org, www.ticketmaster.com

• EELS. An ever-changing lineup of musicians who play the songs of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett. 8 p.m. March 29. $25.

State Theatre

220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703/237-0300, www.thestatetheatre.com

• Auktyon. Russian rock ‘n’ roll. 8:30 p.m. March 20. $20, $23.

• Leon Russell. 9 p.m. March 21. $19.

• Johnny Winter. 9 p.m. March 22. $26.

• Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers. 8:30 p.m. March 27. $13, $15.

• Victor Wooten. 9 p.m. March 28. $25.

• The Speaks with Dreaming of Eden, Square Trio, P.I. 8 p.m. March 29. $11, $13.

• Gary Louris, Vetiver. 8:30 p.m. April 3. $22, $25.

• Jefferson Starship. 8:30 p.m. April 4. $40, $45.

• Octavia. 9 p.m. April 5. $25, $30.

• Dave Mason. 8 p.m. April 6. $23.

Strathmore: The Mansion

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org

• Chris Bacon. Hip-hop artist and guitarist and his 11-member group. 7:30 p.m. March 26. $10.

Strathmore: The Music Center

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org

• Angelique Kidjo. The Benin-born four-time Grammy nominee blends Jazz, funk, salsa, reggae, rumba, souk and makossa. 8 p.m. March 26. $18-$40. Some seats sold out.

• The Seldom Scene, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Modern bluegrass. 8 p.m. March 28. $19-$40.

Verizon Center

601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT or ticketmaster.com, www.verizoncenter.com

• Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z: Heart of the City Tour. The 25-date North American co-headlining tour. 7:30 p.m. April 6. $49.75-$150.75.

Warner Theatre

13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT, www.warnertheater.com

• Widespread Panic. Guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, keyboardist John Hermann, guitarist Jimmy Herring. 7 p.m. April 1 and 2. $42.50.

Wolf Trap: The Barns

1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/255-1900, 703/255-1868, www.wolftrap.org. Tickets at the box office or at www.tickets.com, 703/218-6500.

• Austin Lounge Lizards. Progressive country-bluegrass band. 8 p.m. March 20. $20.

• Girlyman. New York folk trio with special guest We’re About 9. 8 p.m. March 26. $16.

• Jonathan Edwards. Former member of the Seldom Scene. 8 p.m. March 27. $20.

• John Eaton Series: Celebrating 20 Years at Wolf Trap. Jazz, blues, and Broadway with jazz bassist Tommy Cecil. 7:30 p.m. March 29. $25.

• Kathy Mattea. The Grammy winner gets back to her country roots. 8 p.m. April 1 and 2. $35.

• Sonny Landreth. Slide-guitar master/singer/songwriter. 8 p.m. April 3 and 4. $24.

• Tom Chapin. Contemporary folk. 7:30 p.m. April 5. $22.

• Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen. Country rock meets bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. April 6. $24.

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