- I wanna see Miranda without Blake 'bout as much as I want to see Black without Miranda.
Miranda Lambert at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Ms. Lambert is about to learn how marrying a fellow super-famous musician can totally mess up your live show mojo.
Once upon a time (circa 2003) we were all perfectly satisfied to see Jay-Z or Beyoncé in concert, all by themselves, right? But once they got married, any show from one that didn't feature a "surprise" appearance from the other became a disappointment. Ditto Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and, more recently, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. So, even though Lambert has plenty of wonderfully plucky country songs to sing at Merriweather on Friday night, fans might be a bit distracted, as they hold their collective breath waiting for Lambert's new husband, Blake Shelton, to pop on stage and sing a few bars from "Honey Bee." 6:30 p.m. $40-55.
Men of Soul at Constitution Hall
Last week's Isley Brothers concert at Constitution Hall was, sadly, canceled. But soul fans get another shot at an old school DAR show tonight, as Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson, Howard Hewett, and other notable artists featured on the Time Life Body + Soul 10-disc slow jams set step up in the building. 8 p.m. $80-$135.
Lil Wayne and Rick Ross at Jiffy Lube Live
OK, wait a minute: So, the two biggest hip-hop stars on the planet are, at the moment, a little tattooed dude who can't stay out of jail and a big man who likes to rhyme about his drug-dealing past, his fat guy sex appeal, and smoking weed? DÉJÀ VU! Well, kind of. Weezy and Rozay take over the Lube, with help from Keri Hilson, Lloyd, and Far East Movement. 7 p.m. $35.75-$175.75.