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. 19: Iris Dement, $25.00

*Dec. 20: Crash Test Dummies, $19.50

*Dec. 21: Suzy Bogguss "A Swingin' Little Christmas," $29.50

*Dec. 26: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, $25.00

*Dec. 27: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, $25.00

*Dec. 28: Hank Williams Tribute, $18.50

*Dec. 29: Davinci's Notebook, $19.50

*Dec. 30: Tony Rice Unit, $22.50

*Dec. 31: The Seldom Scene & Good Deale Bluegrass Band Featuring Mike Auldridge, $25.00

*Jan. 3: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, $35.00

*Jan. 4: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, $35.00

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.

*Dec. 18: Countershade

*Dec. 19: DJ2nutz

*Dec. 20: The Lloyd Dobler Effect

*Dec. 24: Less Traveled

*Dec. 26: DJ2nutz

*Dec. 27: Shag

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. 18: Hump Nite DJ

*Dec. 21: Speedwell, The Nite Lights

*Dec. 22: Mistletones

*Dec. 28: Alice Despard Group/CD Release, Stagger Stagger Crawl

*Dec. 29: Jurkat, Bells Opaque

*Dec. 30: A Study in Her, Gloria Deluxe

*Dec. 31: Rumpwerks DJ

*Jan. 1: Hump Night DJ

*Jan. 4: Ursula Major, AVEC

*Jan. 5: From Quagmire, Chester

*Jan. 6: Meatjoy, All Ivanchikova

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. 18: Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free

*Dec. 19: Emma Gibbs with Carroway, 9 p.m., $10

*Dec. 20: Last Train Home, 9 p.m., $10

*Dec. 21: Last Train Home, 9 p.m., $10

*Dec. 22: Tandy, 8:30 p.m., $8

*Dec. 23: Lamont with RPM and Verbal, 8:30 p.m., $8

*Dec. 24: Rockin Yule Hootenanny, 8:30 p.m.

*Dec. 25: Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free

*Dec. 26: Roots Rock All-Stars, 9 p.m., $10

*Dec. 27: Fabulettes, 9:30 p.m., $10

*Dec. 28: Jumpin Jupiter with LP, 9:30 p. m., $8

*Dec. 29: Mary Prankster with Adam Brodsky, 8:30 p.m., $10

*Dec. 30: The Badlees, 8:30, $10

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

*Dec. 17-21: Andy O'Driscoll

*Dec. 24-28: Jim Hartley

*Dec. 31-Jan 4: Ronan Kavanagh

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

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

Dec. 19 and 26: Tim and the Tbones

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. 18: Stephanson, Bogart, and Friedman (low soul jazz), 7-10:30 p.m.

*Dec. 19: Satin Doll, (30's and 40's swing jazz)

*Dec. 20-21: Sharon Clark Trio, Fabulous Scat (big time jazz), 7:30-11:30 p.m.

*Dec. 23: Jim Olsen (jazz piano), 6:30-9:30 p.m.

*Dec. 24: Hill Page (holiday carols and classics), 7:30 p.m.-close

*Dec. 27-28: Sharon Clark Trio, Fabulous Scat (big time jazz), 7:30-11:30 p.m.

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

*Dec. 31: Benny Simms (big band/swing magic), 7 p.m.-3 a.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. 19: Nefrit el-Or

*Dec. 20: Hey Norton!

*Dec. 21: Marge Calhoun and Ron Holloway

*Dec. 26: Luna's Band Jam

*Dec. 27: Melinda and Fannie Z. Band

*Dec. 28: Tony De Band

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. 18-21: Brook Yoder

*Dec. 22-23: Patrick O'Flaherty

*Dec. 26-28: Brendan's Voyage

*Dec. 29: Mary Smith

*Dec. 30: Jim and Holly Lawrence

*Dec. 31: Brendan's Voyage

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

*Dec. 19: Ubiquitone

*Dec. 21: Industry Overflow

*Dec. 28: None the Wiser

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. 18: Open Mic with Michelle Swann, 7-10 p.m.

*Dec. 19: Not So Modern Jazz Band, 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 20: Dennis Jay (country), 8-10 p.m., $5

*Dec. 21: Steve Gellman (folk), 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 26: Not So Modern Jazz Band, 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 27: Doris Justis (folk), 8-10 p.m.

*Dec. 28: Russell Robertson (country), 8-10 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. 21: The Shaw Brothers & Pete Milano, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., free

*Dec. 31: The New Mode Grass, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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. 18: John Previti's tribute to Mingus/Monk (jazz)

*Dec. 19: Boogiehawg (funk)

*Dec. 20: Sam Gunderson And Cactus Groove (rock)

*Dec. 21: Three Quarter Squeegie (rock)

*Dec. 22: Acoustic Open Mike with Kenny Haddaway in the Sandbar 7-11

*Dec. 26: The Kelly Bell Band (phat blues)

*Dec. 27: Mile Post 9 (rock)

*Dec. 28: Kenny Haddaway Band (blues)

*Dec. 29: Acoustic Open Mike with Kenny Haddaway in the Sandbar 7-11.

*Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with the Worry Stones, $20, Music, buffet, party favors, midnight toast, complimentary coat check. (Order tickets online at

*Jan. 2: Blues Museum (blues)

*Jan. 3: Memphis Gold (blues)

*Jan. 4: Crow Valley Band (blues)

*Jan. 5: Acoustic Open Mike with Kenny Haddaway

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. 17: Open Mic with Jon Kaplan

*Dec. 18: Jarod Smith

*Dec. 19: Wisher, DJs

*Dec. 20: Jebus, Cinema 8

*Dec. 21: Ki Theory, Comedy Zone

*Dec. 26: Teo Simu presents Battle of the DJs

*Dec. 27: Lost Trailers, Joel Burleson

*Dec. 28: Damion Wolfe, Comedy Zone

*Dec. 31: Oval Opus, Argument

*Jan. 2: Teo Simu presents Battle of the DJs

*Jan. 3: Gravy Train, Granian

*Jan. 4: British Andy, Comedy Zone

*Jan. 6: Cinema 8 unleashed

*Jan. 7: Open Mic with Jon Kaplan

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