FRIDAY MAY 6
ROY DAVIS JR., GUY, VSOP
Davis reliably delivers sophisticated, old-school Chicago house with tasteful dollops of soul for your upscale ass. Trinity, 111 Yesler Way, 903-0295, 9 pm-2 am, $15, 21+.
BELLINGHAM ELECTRONIC ARTS FEST
Director Nicholas Brittain Shaber presents another strong lineup for Bellingham's second annual Electronic Arts Fest. He's expanded the bill from regional acts to include artists from France, Turkey, Greece, Canada, and the U.S. Friday's bill focuses on Northwest electronic pop (including Anna Oxygen and No-Fi Soul Rebellion) while Saturday offers electroacoustic performances by Austria's Pris Ars Electronica winner, Elsa Justel, and live sets by Seattle techno illuminati Nordic Soul, Codebase, and Kris Moon. Pickford Dream Space, 1318 Bay St, 360-440-5609, 9 pm Fri, 5 pm Sat May 7, www.beafestival.net, $5, all ages.
SATURDAY MAY 7
JEREMY ELLIS, SUNTZU SOUND
Detroit multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Ellis (AKA Ayro) is the current golden boy of the nu-soul/broken-beat circuit. Imagine a white dude with Stevie Wonder pipes and Jazzanova rhythmic chops comin' atcha with a spiritual Afro-Latin gestalt. Ellis traveled to Puerto Rico to get inspiration for his second album, The Lotus Blooms, and consequently the disc bursts with vibrant bomba and plena rhythms. They sound rad when laced with serpentine jazz-fusion keyboards, funky broken/house beats, and green-eyed soul vocals. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, $7 before 11 pm, 21+.
TUESDAY MAY 10
Suavely eclectic Thievery Corporation (Eric Hilton and Rob Garza) established their rep with genre-spanning DJ sets and splifftastic triphop productions that oozed cosmopolitanism from every groove. They roll their sonic joints with enough choice Asian, Latin, African, jazz, and bossa-nova ingredients to sell over 100,000 per release while avoiding creative stagnation. On the new The Cosmic Game, TC enlist high-end rockers like Wayne Coyne and David Byrne and get bluntly, leftily political. But the duo still reside in the global village's high-rent district, so loyal fans won't be disappointed. Premier, 1700 First Ave S, 382-7877, 8 pm, $30, all ages.
WEDNESDAY MAY 11
Immediately after the M.I.A. gig tonight, Diplo hits Viceroy for a 90-minute DJ set. Dude can rock a party with many styles from many eras, and he knows mashup protocol. This one's sure to fill up quickly. Viceroy, 2332 Second Ave, 956-VICE, 11 pm-2 am, 21+, free.