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. On March 29 the Daryl Davis Band performs.

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 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.

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Jason Fickel brings his "Kerosene Cologne" tour to Galaxy Hut, performing his synthesis of Mississippi blues and urban folk on Sunday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge.

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.

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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.

Ana Egge performs country/blues Tuesday, April 5.

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:

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

The Smithereens and Down with Meyers play '80s rock 'n' roll Friday, March 25. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $19. Note: Tickets purchased for the Jan. 22 show (canceled due to snow) will be honored, and tickets on will-call for that show will be available at will-call for this show.

Bob Margolin All-Star Blues Jam with Rev. Billie C. Wirtz, Mookie Brill & Big Joe Maher and special guest, D.C. native Bobby Radcliff. Saturday, March 26. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts 9 p.m. Tickets cost $13.

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.