The Short List
On Standby, Darsombra, Phil Vassar, and more.
Published: May 8, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Glen Burnie prog-rockers On Standby plays the Sidebar with Ender’s Game and Inviolate.
THURSDAY: The opening night of Videopolis 2013 at the Metro Gallery features audiovisual music performances from Darsombra and Sassoon. Michael Feinstein performs a tribute to the Gershwins at the Lyric Opera House. North Carolina metal band Lifecurse plays the Sidebar with Void of Kings and Polaris. Jenny Chai gives a piano recital at An die Musik. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared. Indie guitar hero Marnie Stern headlines the Black Cat in Washington. The Beautiful Ones want you at the Charm City Art Space, with Alpha and Omega.
FRIDAY: Three 6 Mafia veteran and ascendant solo star Juicy J headlines Baltimore Soundstage, with newcomer A$AP Ferg opening. Local psych-rockers the Flying Eyes play the Golden West with Drgn King and Drunk Monk. This ole boy Craig Morgan sings country hits at Rams Head Live. Baltimore alto saxophonist Tim Green performs at An die Musik. Flock Baltimore presents Nu Fusion at the Sidebar, with LITZ, Sanhedron, and E.N.V.Y. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Baltimore Bluegrass Band. Don’t miss: Local reggae institution Jah Works celebrate their 20th anniversary at the 8x10 with Can’t Hang. DNL presents Maryland’s Finest Vol. VII at Rams Head Live, with rapper Kane Mayfield, singer Chris Bivins from The CW’s The Next reality competition, and more.
SATURDAY: Country singer Phil Vassar kicks off Preakness week with “Get Your Preak On” at Pier Six Pavilion. Country, er, rapper Colt Ford headlines the Dream City Music Festival in Ridgely, Md. Brooding ’80s revivalists Red This Ever and Stars and the Sea play the Sidebar. Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale play a release party at the 8x10. Percy Sledge and his big voice come to the Meyerhoff. Neon Falcon plays party jams at Joe Squared. Violinist Ji-Won Song performs Mozart and Brahms at An die Musik. Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon and daughter Toshi Reagon perform at the Patterson. Canadian duo Crystal Castles headline Rams Head Live with Pictureplane. French dubstep band Dirtyphonics headline Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: The Sweetlife Music and Food Festival comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion for the third year, with Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gary Clark Jr., Solange, and many more.
SUNDAY: In the afternoon, Baltimore Soundstage hosts a Mother’s Day gospel matinee with Y’Anna Crawley, and at night Airbourne and Bleeker Ridge take over the club. Roots Café, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, presents singer/songwriters John Shock and Mike Barth at An die Musik. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Mary Halvorson and Stephan Crump, with an opening set from Susan Alcorn on pedal steel and Dave Ballou on trumpet
MONDAY: Local anglophiles the Idle Gossip plays the Sidebar with the Sky We Scrape. Iraqi-Cuban duo Backpack Jax performs at the Patterson. 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement, at the Ottobar, features Horizon Set High, the Hearts of Men, and Fatman Carbite.
TUESDAY: An die Musik presents “An Italian Feast,” a spicy menu of harpsichord and violin arrangements of pieces by Italian composers. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge bring their new collaborative album, 12 Reasons to Die, to Baltimore Soundstage. Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa plays at the Hippodrome. Salisbury, Md. punk-rockers It’s Not Rocket Science plays the Sidebar with Arkhaven and Failure by Design.
WEDNESDAY: Chicago plays a thick songbook of hits at the Meyerhoff. Justin Trawick’s 9 Songwriters Series returns to the Metro Gallery. Monteclaire plays indie rock at Joe Squared. Rising soprano sax star Tineke Postma performs at An die Musik.
IN THE WINGS: Country star and erstwhile Hootie Darius Rucker will play Pier Six Pavilion on June 15 with country star and erstwhile TV actress Jana Kramer. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Awesome emo underdogs Say Anything will play Rams Head Live on June 16, with Eisley and HRVRD opening. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) On June 23, the Ottobar will host perhaps the summer’s best bill of Baltimore indie bands: Roomrunner, Pure Junk, Peals, and Small Sur. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Kids’ TV sensations the Fresh Beat Band is coming to 1st Mariner Arena on January 18, 2014. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)
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