It’s a great music weekend in town, starting during the day Friday when Jason Isbell does the free-at-noon at World Café Live (then comes back to do full set at night). Here’s a six-part sampling of three days particularly strong in international sounds, with a playlist at the bottom.
1. Jason Isbell, “Dress Blues.” Friday at the World Café Live. Ex-Drive By Truckers singer and guitarist, a mighty fine songwriter and storyteller and fat toned guitar player whose sound leans towards ‘70s rock.
2. Magic Slim, Live from the Chicago Blues Festival. Not-slim magic man born Morris Holt who’s grown into his role as a crowd pleasing elder statesman of the Chicago blues scene. Friday and Saturday at Warmdaddy’s.
3. Thievery Corporation, “The Time We Lost Our Way.” D.C. production duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, who bring a jazz and world rhythm sensibility to chilled out electronic grooves. Saturday at Electric Factory.
4. Juana Molina, “El Perro.” The former Carol Burnett of Argentina builds up an ethereal, bewitching mélange of acoustic and electronic elements, mischievously turning the stage into her own sound lab. Sunday at the World Café Live.
5. Blitzen Trapper, “Wild Mountain Nation.” Excellent, all-over-the-place Portland, Oregon indie-rock band. Sunday at the First Unitarian Church.
6. Mariza, “Rosa Branca.” Portugese fado singer who looks like she stepped out of an El Greco painting, and makes beautifully melancholy music. Sunday at the Kimmel Center.