SEPTEMBER 9

Bobby Parker’s James-Brown-circa-1968 hair and fashion sense make him appear hopelessly retro, but Shine Me Up, this D.C. bluesman’s second album, is far from stale. Parker (pictured), who headlines at the Seventh Annual Free D.C. Blues Festival, keeps his songbook vital with fervid, church-rooted vocals, sterling hooks, and sparkling but never overblown guitar work. Joining him will be a panoply of lesser-known performers, each offering a different variation on this quintessential American music style: Fest attendees can sample the harmonica and guitar arrangements of Helena, Ark.’s John Watson; the Chicago bar-band blues of Mississippi Heat; the plain but powerful Piedmont folk blues of Elkins, W.Va., guitarist Nat Reese; and locals Daryl Davis, Larry Wise, and the D.C. Blues Society Band. There will also be a number of workshops to help audience members learn to sing, play, and dance to the blues themselves. From noon-7 p.m. at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 828-3028. (Steve Kiviat)