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Artscape Music Not to Miss

Ratscape, Rebirth Brass Band, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and more

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Artscape 2012 Coverage
  • King of the Road Jim Lucio brings the wonders of the open road to this year’s Artscape | 7/18/2012
  • National Parking Garage Artists transform Station North garage into a national park for Artscape | 7/18/2012
  • Red Tape Local horror filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George bring their celebration of VHS’s idiosyncratic qualities to Artscape | 7/18/2012
  • Artscape Gallery Guide Artscape has so many satellite galleries you could spend the whole weekend running from one to the next. View the works of artists from all over the world at Area 405, with their exhibit Go West. They’re featuring artists from France, Finland, Germany, Sc | 7/18/2012
  • Artscape Music Not to Miss Ratscape, Rebirth Brass Band, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and more | 7/18/2012
  • Artscape Stage Highlights My Brother’s Keeper, Diary of a M.I.L.F., Pop Art in Action, and more. | 7/18/2012
  • Artscape Eats Immutable truths about Artscape: 1. Hot as balls, 2. Crowded as fuck, 3. Chicken on a stick. | 7/18/2012
  • A Guide to Drinking at Artscape Drinking at Artscape can be dangerous. Both the heat and crowds can be crushing—which is why drinking at Artscape can also be necessary. You can get the vendors’ $12 raspberry colada smoothie and drink it walking around in the sun, but your best bet is to t | 7/18/2012

Big in Japan with Katrina Ford

Back in 2011, Katrina Ford of Celebration began singing with Big in Japan (formerly a Lake Trout side project). Making music that is, by turns, crushingly beautiful and sonically smashing, Katrina Ford and Big in Japan are the perect band to inaugurate the Station North stage at 6:30 P.M. on Friday, especially since they are followed by sometimes collaborators Arbouretum. We’d be scared if we were national acts on the other stages having to go up against some of the best music Baltimore has to offer.

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears (above) set SXSW alive a few years ago with their hot mix of blues and funk, chanelling James Brown and Howlin’ Wolf in equal measures. Thumpin’ rhythm, a full horn section, and endlessly energetic frontman Lewis are sure to set the Wells Fargo stage on fire on Saturday at 6 P.M.

Rebirth Brass Band

One of the great moments in David Simon’s Treme comes in the first episode when the slacker-DJ character Davis wakes up to music outside. “Sounds like Rebirth,” he says. He’s referring, of course, to New Orleans’ own Rebirth Brass Band. They’ll bring a bit of Mardi Gras to Artscape, funkin’ up the Wells Fargo stage at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday.

Ratscape

While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss RatScape, an event that may finally be the replacement for Whartscape that so many have been looking for. Running parallel to Artscape at the Hour Haus practice space, above Joe Squared at the corner of Howard Street and North Avenue, it will give Artscape a run for its money. On Friday, check out Radical Discharge and Bet the Devil. Saturday, look for Yellow Raincoat, the Matrimonials, Slow Jerks, and Wild Honey. And on Sunday, Special People, Gary B and the Notions, and Extermination Angel will play Hour Haus.

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