JULY 21

Even without the well-kempt goatees and neo-lounge garb they now cotton to, the Mavericks would be the coolest bar band working the country circuit. So it’s quite proper that the cream of the Miami-based combo’s most recent tune crop, Music for All Occasions, are those co-written by vocalist/frontman Raul Malo and Al Anderson, who long toiled in his own fabled bar band, NRBQ, before moving to Nashville. (Check out the Tejano rave-up “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.”) Country purists, radio programmers, and the folks at MCA would no doubt have preferred that Malo, peerless balladeer that he is, stick with the tear-in-your-beer motif that made the previous CD, What a Crying Shame, so captivating. But not giving a damn what others want is just more proof of the Mavericks’ cool. Junior Brown opens. At 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. $15-22. (703) 938-2404. (Dave McKenna)