Bistro Bistro, 4021 S. 28th St., Arlington. 703-379-0300. Live jazz and dance music by LaMont Mitchell & Friends, every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. No minimum.

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. Visit

Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-469-2244.

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Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg offer swing dancing every Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. Call 703-359-9882.

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. Mondays are Salsa night, with free dance lessons and salsa music.Tuesdays are Poker Night, with free Texas Hold-'Em tourneys.

Upcoming events:

March 16: Practically Einstein, acoustic.

March 17: St. Patty's Day party with Burnt Sienna, modern rock cover band.

March 18: Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous, modern rock cover band.

March 19: DJ 2 Nutz, hip-hop/dance music.

March 23: High Maintenance, acoustic rock cover band.

March 24: Rude Buddah, local favorite original music band.

March 25: The Reflex, 80's cover band.

March 26: DJ Shock, hip-hop/techno music.

March 30: Practically Einstein, acoustic.

March 31: 8 Track Jones, modern rock cover band.

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

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

Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 703-528-4660. Sunday-Wednesday, 5 p.m.-midnight. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Open mike comedy, every Wednesday 8-10 p.m.

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 tasting in the Daily Planet Wine Shop, Friday, 5-7 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant, 555 S. 23rd St., 703-685-0555. Comedy show on Monday nights starting at 8 p.m. Karaoke on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 9. Sunday champagne brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drag shows on Sunday nights, starting at 9.

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.

The Galaxy Hut features J-Roddy Walston and The Business, a piano-based rock band from Baltimore, on Thursday, April 7.

IOTA Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-522-8340. Open mike nights every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., free.

Upcoming events include:

Indie performer Kat Parson's "No Will Power" tour comes to IOTA for her CD release party on Friday, March 25.

John Doe and the Nick Luca Trio play genre-bending indie rock on Monday, March 28.

Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-525-3600. Live music Tuesday through Saturday, 9 p.m.

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

Luna Park Grille, 5866 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703-237-5862. Live bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover charge.

Matsutake Steak & Sushi, 4121 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-351-8787. Live jazz and dance music Fridays, 8-11 p.m. by LaMont Mitchell & Friends. No cover. No minimum.

Pica Deli Gourmet & Wines, 471 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. 703-524-5656. Live music Thursdays, 5:30-9 p.m.

Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-243-0145. Open mike night every Thursday. Shows start 9:30 p.m. All shows 21 and over. Usually $5 cover.

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

State Theater, 220 Lee Highway, Falls Church, 703-237-0300. Visit

Upcoming events include:

Blue Floyd, reflections and variations on Pink Floyd, features an all-star line-up including Jeff Pevar of Phil Lesh & Friend, Matt Abts of Government Mule, Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers, Marc Ford of The Black Crowes and Berry Oakley Jr. of The Doors fame. Wednesday, March 16. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22.

80s cover band The Legwarmers play Friday, March 18. Dance like it's 1985. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

Nayas, Machatres and Papas Underground bring a fusion of reggae, ska, Latin percussion and rock on Saturday, March 19. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

Ozric Tentacles, legends of the UK underground, bring rave grooves and psychedelic progressive rock to the Theatre on Sunday, March 20, as part of the world tour that celebrates their 20th anniversary. 7 p.m. Tickets are $23 at all TicketMaster outlets, or charge by phone at 202-432-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT, 410-481-SEAT, 800-551-SEAT and at; and through Walthertix, 800-594-TIXX and

Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, with King Wilkie. Bluegrass. Thursday, March 24. Doors open 7 p.m.; show begins 8:30 p.m. Ticket price to be announced. Call 703-237-0300 or visit

Toots Hibbert and the Maytals, Grammy Award-winning reggae artists, play Sunday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 ($28 for those under 21) and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 703-573-SEAT or 800-551-SEAT, and at; and through Walthertix at 800-594-TIXX and

Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant, hosts occasional opera nights, 501 N. Randolph St., Arlington, 703-522-1005.

Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-276-9693. $4 or $5 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Performances, from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., unless otherwise specified.

Bagpipes and a special Irish menu from March 9-17.

St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, with Irish music by Johnny Jump Up. March 17 from 5 p.m.-midnight.