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 May 10, Johnny and the Headhunters perform.

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, May 4: High Strung, acoustic rock cover band.

Thursday, May 5: Gonzo's Nose, local cover band.

Friday, May 6: Kristen & The Noise, modern rock cover band.

Saturday, May 7: Gold Cup After Party with Toxic Mouse.

Wednesday, May 11: Practically Einstein, acoustic band.

Thursday, May 12: Lloyd Dobler Effect, local original band.

Friday, May 13: 2U, U2 tribute band.

Saturday, May 14: Flip Like Wilson reunion show.

Wednesday, May 18: High Strung, acoustic rock cover band.

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

Friday, May 20: One Stop CD release party.

Saturday, May 21: DJ Shock, hip-hop/techno music.

Wednesday, May 25: Practically Einstein, acoustic band.

Thursday, May 26: Practically Einstein full band with Marwood opening.

Friday, May 27: Mofaux, modern and party rock cover band.

Saturday, May 28: DJ 2 Nutz, hip-hop/dance music.

Sunday, May 29: Memorial Day Holiday Jam.

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:

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

On May 24 IOTA presents Andrew Bird, songwriter, violinist, guitarist, vocalist and whistler.

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.

Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant, 1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington, 703-415-4420. Live jazz and dance music Saturdays, 8-11 p.m. by LaMont Mitchell & Friends. No cover. No minimum.

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:

Punky Reggae, Ska, Dub Party featuring H.R. from Bad Brains and Eric Monty Morris. Wednesday, May 4. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $13.

Emergenza, the European and North American Festival for up-and-coming bands, features pop, rock, funk, blues, indie, electronica, metal, R&B, drum ’n’ bass and alternative. It runs from Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8. Doors open at 6 p.m.; shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18 at the Box Office on showday. $12 advance tickets are available directly throught the bands, most of whom have links on the Web site

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:

Wednesday, May 4: Rathkeltair, Celtic.

Thursday, May 5: Back To Zero, funk.

Friday, May 6: Fools & Horses, rock.

Saturday, May 7: Radio Mosaic, rock.

Tuesday, May 10: Brad Pugh, acoustic.

Wednesday, May 11: Sharif, acoustic.

Thursday, May 12: Bobby Thompson Band, blues/rock.

Friday, May 13 Kelly Bell Band, blues.

Saturday, May 14 Reverend Hookems, rock/soul.

Tuesday, May 17: Phil Kominski, acoustic.

Wednesday, May 18 Mingus Monk Tribute, jazz.

Thursday, May 19: Junkfood, rock.

Friday, May 20: Domestic Violins, rock.

Saturday, May 21: Worry Stones, rock.

Tuesday, May 24: Ajit Verghese, acoustic.

Wednesday, May 25: SMPH, jazz.

Thursday, May 26: Soldiers of Jah Army, reggae.

Friday, May 27: Taylor Carson Band, rock.

Saturday, May 28 Shag, rock.

Tuesday, May 31: Jeff Himmleman, acoustic.