Nellie McKay -- Birchmere / Songstress Nellie McKay comes to the area next week in support of her long-awaited album, Pretty Little Head. McKay, who just won a Theatre World Award for her Broadway role in The Threepenny Opera, will perform with the Adrian Duke Project. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $35. Call 703-549-7500 or go to birchmere.com.
Butch Walker -- 9:30 Club / Producer and songwriter to such stars as Avril Lavigne, the All-American Rejects and Pete Yorn, Butch Walker brings his own act to the 9:30 Club this weekend. Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites are on tour promoting a new album, which Walker promises is less "emo-tastic" than his previous work. Honorary Title and Rocket are also billed. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.com.
The Colour -- Recher Theatre / Alt-rockers the Coulour land in Towson on Saturday to promote last month's release, Between Earth & Sky. They join the Changes and the Southern rock group Gringo Starr. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
Capital Jazz Fest -- featuring George Benson, Al Jarreau, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Anita Baker, David Sanborn, Isaac Hayes, Ramsey Lewis, Najee, and others, Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on May 30-June 3. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
True Colors Festival -- featuring Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, the Dresden Dolls, Gossip and Rufus Wainwright, Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 17. Also, Megadeth is there on May 18. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Genesis -- Verizon Center in Washington on Sept. 23. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Anthony Hamilton, Lyfe Jennings, Mike Brooks -- DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on April 21. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Dick Dale -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on June 2. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.
The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley -- with guest Ruben Studdard, Lyric Opera House on April 14. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
The Capitol Steps -- Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park on April 14. 410-636-6597.
From Autumn to Ashes -- Recher Theatre in Towson on April 19. 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT.
Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd -- 1st Mariner Arena on April 27. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster. com.
[NATHAN M. PITTS]