Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. All shows in the Music Hall start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets or phone charge at 703-573-7328.

*Dec. 12: Shemekia Copeland, $16.50.

*Dec. 14: Peter Wolf, The Legendary J. Geils Band frontman, $19.50.

*Dec. 16: Steve Tyrell, $22.50.

Bistro Europa, 715 King St., Alexandria, 703-549-0533. Live entertainment Tuesday-Saturday. Jazz on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Suzy Francis on the piano Friday and Saturday evenings. Karaoke Saturday night at 9.

Calvert Grille, 3110 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-836-8425. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30 p.m.

Chadwick's, 203 S. Strand St., Alexandria. 703-836-4442. Acoustic music Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Clarendon Grill, 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington, 703-524-7455. Party D.C. Events every Wednesday. Live dance music from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., plus micro brews, specials and more. No cover charge.

Cowboy Cafe North, 4792 Lee Highway, Arlington, 703-243-8010.

Cowboy Cafe South, 2421 Columbia Pike, Arlington, 703-486-7455.

Evening Star Café, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-549-5051. Live music every Thursday, and Wine and Jazz every Wednesday in the No. 9 Upstairs Lounge. Free wine tastings in the Daily Planet Wine Shop, Friday, 5-7 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Fast Eddie’s, 6220 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, 703-660-6966. Features 27 pool tables and live entertainment Thursday-Saturday.

Fish Market, 105 King St., Alexandria, 703-836-5677. Piano player Daryl Ott appears Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Foxhole, 555 S. 23rd St., Arlington, 703-685-0555. Karaoke Tuesday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-525-8646. Live music Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. No cover charge. Shows begin at 9:45 p.m.,

*Dec. 11: Hump Nite DJ

*Dec. 14: Villa Rosie, Darby Jones

*Dec. 15: Shelly Winters Project, The Flashing Astonishers

*Dec. 16: Victim of the Modern Age, Collapse

*Dec. 17: Rumpwerks DJ

Hilton, Old Town Alexandria. 1767 King St., 703-837-0440. Pianist and vocalist Rick Normoyle performs Tuesday-Saturday starting at 6 p.m.

IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-522-8340.

*Dec. 11: Open mike night, 9 p.m.

*Dec. 12: Ruthie and the Wranglers with Beth-Allison and the Well Strung Boys, 9 p.m. $8.

*Dec. 13: American Song CD Release Show, 9:30 p.m. $8

*Dec. 14: Hungry for Music Christmas Show, 9:30 p.m., $10.

*Dec. 15: Jon Dee Graham and Ian Moore, 8:30 p.m., $10.

*Dec. 16: Madeleine Peyroux and William Galison with Jonathan Pointer, 8:30 p.m., $12.

*Dec. 17: Blame It on Jane, 8:30 p.m., $8.

Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-525-3600.

*Dec. 11-14: Sanford Markley.

*Dec. 17: Andy O'Driscoll.

Joseph’s Restaurant, 2403 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-524-2722.

King Street Blues, 112 N. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, 703-836-8800.

Knox Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, 703-560-5288.

Laporta’s, 1600 Duke St., Alexandria, 703-683-6313. Laporta’s Restaurant offers live jazz every night Monday through Saturday with free parking and no cover or minimum.

*Dec. 11: Michelle Walker (sweet sex music), 7-10:30 p.m.

*Dec. 12: Satin Doll (‘30s and ‘40s swing jazz).

*Dec. 13-14: Sharon Clark Trio, Fabulous Scat (big time jazz), 7:30-11:30 p.m.

*Dec. 16: Jim Olsen (jazz piano), 6:30-9:30 p.m.

*Dec. 17: Vincent Franco (romance piano), 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Las Tapas Restaurant, 710 King St., Alexandria, 703-836-4000. Authentic flamenco performances are accompanied by live Spanish guitar music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 and 9 p.m.

Laughing Lizard Lounge, 1324 King St., Alexandria, 703-836-7885. Disco Thursday through Saturday.

Luna Park Grille, 5866 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703-237-5862. Live bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

*Dec. 12: Melinda & Pete's Open Mike.

*Dec. 13: Tim & The T-Bones.

Mango Mike’s, 4111 Duke St., Alexandria, 703-823-1166. Swing to the sounds of the Caribbean at the café with an island twist.

Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, 703-838-8000. Piano bar is featured Thursday-Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to closing.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 713 King St., Alexandria, 703-548-1717. Old World Irish Pub offers Irish-style entertainment nightly.

Nick’s Restaurant, 642 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, 703-751-8900. Full-service restaurant and bar serving food and beverages.

*Tuesdays and Thursdays: The Southern Winds Band

Pat Troy’s, 111 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, 703-549-4535. Pat Troy’s Irish restaurant and pub offers a nightly entertainment schedule.

*Dec. 11-14: Pat Garvey.

*Dec. 15: Mary Smith.

*Dec. 16: Brook Yoder.

*Dec. 17-18: Andy Cooney and Noel V. Ginnity.

Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-243-0145. Open mike night every Thursday.

*Dec. 12: Ubiquitone.

*Dec. 13: Halo Gin.

Rock It Grill, 1319 King St., Alexandria, 703-739-2274. Join them for karaoke seven days a week from 9:30 p.m.- closing.

Santa Fe East, 110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, 703-548-6900. Pianist Joe Forry will be playing every Friday and Saturday evening from 9 p.m.-closing.

Sala Thai, 2900 N. 10th St., Arlington, 703-465-2900. Live bands Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m.

Shark Club Alexandria, 8794 Sacramento Drive, Alexandria. 703-360-8283. Open seven days a week until 2 a.m. Karaoke Wednesday and Sunday. Live bands Friday and Saturday. Acoustic guitar player every Thursday. Five hours of pool for $5 every Sunday.

Southside 815, 815 S. Washington St., Alexandria, 703-836-6222.

* Tuesdays, Practically Einstein.

* Wednesdays, Laurence McKenna of Shag.

Taverna Cretekou, 818 King St., Alexandria, 703-548-8688.

* Wednesdays, singer Maria Isolina and her band, Sol y Rumba, 8 p.m.

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-739-9268. Performances are from 8-10 p.m., unless otherwise specified; Sunday performances are from 3-5 p.m.

*Dec. 12: Not So Modern Jazz Band, 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 13: Chuck Durfor (finger guitar), 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 14: Mike Elosh (folk), 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 15: Special Christmas Show with Laura Mann, 3-5 p.m. $10.

*Dec. 16: The Drumming Circle, 7-9 p.m.

Tiffany Tavern, 1116 King St., Alexandria, 703-836-8844. Live music Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Open mike nights Monday-Thursday.

*Dec. 13: Ross Nickerson.

*Dec. 14: Skystone.

Two Nineteen, 219 King St., Alexandria, 703-549-1141. Jazz musician John Cocuzzi plays Tuesday through Saturday.

Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-276-9693.

*Tuesdays, Acoustic music.

*Wednesdays, Jazz.

*Thursdays - Saturdays, live bands.

*Dec. 11: Stephanson, MItchel, Previti, & Hart (jazz).

*Dec. 12: The Grandsons.

*Dec. 13: Back To Zero (funk).

*Dec. 14: Mellowheadblue (rock).

*Dec. 15: Acoustic Open Mike w/ Kenny Haddaway in the Sandbar 7-11.

*Dec. 17: Mike Cotter And Mary and Redmond (blues).

Zig’s, 4531 Duke St., Alexandria, 703-823-2777. Bands until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, live entertainment nightly, open mike Tuesdays, full menu until 2 a.m. seven days a week.

*Dec. 12: Juan Mo Time DJs.

*Dec. 13: John Stone, John Charney.

*Dec. 14: John Eddie, Me3, Comedy Zone.

*Dec. 17: Open Mike with Jon Kaplan.

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