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.

Upcoming events include:

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:

Wednesday, March 30: Practically Einstein, acoustic.

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

Friday, April 1: Kristen & The Noise, modern rock cover band.

Saturday, April 2: Gonzo's Nose, local cover band.

Wednesday, April 6: High Maintenance, acoustic rock cover band.

Thursday, April 7: Jimi Smooth, R&B/soul cover band.

Friday, April 8: Chorduroy, modern and party rock cover band.

Saturday, April 9: DJ 2 Nutz, hip hop/dance.

Wednesday, April 13: Practically Einstein, acoustic.

Thursday, April 14: DJ Pat Premier, hip hop/techno.

Friday, April 15: Liquid A, modern rock cover band.

Saturday, April 16: Hyjinx, modern rock cover band.

Wednesday, April 20: High Maintenance, acoustic rock cover band.

Thursday, April 21: Mofaux modern and party rock cover band.

Friday, April 22: LRS, rock & roll cover band.

Saturday, April 23: DJ 2 Nutz, hip hop/dance.

Wednesday, April 27: Practically Einstein, acoustic.

Thursday, April 28: Welbilt, local modern rock band.

Friday, April 29: Vs. The Earth, modern rock cover band.

Saturday, April 30: DJ Shock, hip hop/techno.

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.

Upcoming events include:

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.

Emperor X plays with Brice Woodall and Josh Scolaro Monday, April 11 at 9:30 p.m.

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

Upcoming events include: 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:

Rock/jazz/funk jam, "A Jolly Good Time," with John Molo, Bobby Read, Dan Conway, Lou Gosain, Mookie Segal and Sanjay Mishra. Wednesday, March 30. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22.

Soldiers of Jah Army and Rude Buddha play roots reggae and eclectic jam music. Thursday, March 31. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8.

Toxic Mouse: The Ultimate 80s Hair Band Tribute. Friday, April 1. Doors open 7 p.m. show starts 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

DJ Frankie Fingers and Atomic Brown play electronic and hip hop. Also featured are Natural Causes, True Sound, Shambhala and Relentlezz Dre. Saturday, April 2. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

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.

Upcoming shows include:

Friday, April 1: Worry Stones, rock.

Saturday, April 2: Me3, rock.

Tuesday, April 5: Willem Dicke, acoustic.

Wednesday, April 6: Catfish Hodge, acoustic blues.

Thursday, April 7: 6 Points Music Festival. (Paul Iwancio at 9 p.m., Radio Caroline at 10, No Second Troy at 11.)

Friday, April 8: Boogiehawg, funk.

Saturday, April 9: Vikki Nova, rock.

Tuesday, April 12: Lawrence Mckenna, acoustic.

Wednesday, April 13: Jimi Beck Blues, blues.

Thursday, April 14: Bobby Thompson Band, blues/rock.

Friday, April 15: 8 - track Jones, rock.

Saturday, April 16: Rude Buddha, rock.

Tuesday, April 19: Joe Daniels, acoustic.

Wednesday, April 20: John Previti’s tribute to Mingus/Monk, jazz.

Thursday, April 21: Practically Einstein, rock.

Friday, April 22: Taylor Carson Band, rock.

Saturday, April 23: The Reflex, 80s tribute.

Tuesday, April 26: Maurice Mangum, acoustic.

Wednesday, April 27: S, M, P, H, jazz.

Thursday, April 28: Stefan Couture & The Campfire Orchestra, rock.

Friday, April 29: Soldiers of Jah Army, reggae.

Saturday, April 30: Domestic Violins, rock.