The Short List
ROBOKOP, Gladys Knight, Great Train Robbery, Bell Foundry Summer Ender celebration, and more
Published: August 21, 2013
WEDNESDAY: ROBOKOP, featuring members of the Disco Biscuits and BioDiesel, plays the 8x10 with Stokeswood. Linda Cain presents the weekly Acoustic Night Open Mic at Fish Head Cantina. Don’t miss: Maryland-raised R&B icon Toni Braxton performs at Pier Six Pavilion.
THURSDAY: Gladys Knight sings that song about how she’d rather live in his world with him than live without him in her own at Pier Six Pavilion with the O’Jays. Canadian skate-punk trio the Rowley Estate performs at the Charm City Art Space with Daniel West and Gifthorse. Don’t miss: Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience really are a fish out of water when they perform at 98 Rock’s summer concert series at the Hard Rock Café.
FRIDAY: Great Train Robbery performs on the first night of the Maryland State Fair, at the fairgrounds in Timonium. Veteran jazz pianist and composer Billy Colucci performs at An die Musik with John Leonard accompanying him on bass. Rams Head Live presents a Priddy Music Academy showcase with Rumor Suit, Autumn Haze, Downside Up, and many more. Second Impulse holds a release party for its new album at Baltimore Soundstage with Anoxia and a reunited Spark to Inferno. Styx and REO Speedwagon relive the AOR glory days at Pier Six Pavilion. The Dangerous Summer and Rare Monk play downstairs at the Ottobar, while the Physical Education party carries on upstairs. The Baltimore boys of Dru Hill headline the Howard Theatre in Washington. Don’t miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a night of innovative folk percussion with the Bumper Jacksons (featuring washboard percussion), human beatbox Christylez Bacon, and Steve Hickman on the spoons.
SATURDAY: The Bell Foundry holds a Summer Ender celebration of reaching the goal for their recent fundraiser, accepting school-supply donations for Baltimore City Public Schools, and hosting live performances by local hip-hoppers 7th Floor Villains and Rapdragons. New Jersey band Harper’s Follow performs at Joe Squared before it closes for over a week of renovations. Steez Promo presents One More Time, a tribute to Daft Punk, at Baltimore Soundstage. An die Musik holds its second annual Jazz Clarinet Summit, with Bob Jacobson, Ben Redwine, and Dave Rybczynski playing a range of selections from over the past century. The 99 And ½ Blues Band lays down some grooves at Midtown BBQ and Brew in Mount Vernon. The Girls Rule dance party runs downstairs at the Ottobar, while the punk supergroup the Kid Congo Power Hour plays upstairs. Lao Tizer performs in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series. Frederick, Md. grindcore band Strong Intention plays the Sidebar with Wehrmacht, Noisem, and more. Goodie Mob, the veteran Atlanta rap group that CeeLo Green started out in before he was a goofball pop-culture icon, brings their reunion to the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Experimental audiovisual duo Darsombra plays a free “gratitude show” at the Windup Space to celebrate getting back its stolen equipment, along with Yeveto, Height, and Carly Ptak.
SUNDAY: Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet heads up a bill of, ahem, memorable band names at the Metro Gallery with Big Christ and Skull Theft. Divisio, a trio of Peabody musicians on viol, lute, and percussion, performs at An die Musik. Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys bring a little Louisiana zydeco flavor to the Patterson Theatre. Madman Productions’ Summer Throwdown kicks off at 4 p.m. with nearly a dozen bands at the Ottobar including Bleu, Turtle Tongue, Left Stronger, and Giants of Genesis. Don’t miss: Carly Rae Jepsen sings That Song and some other good ones at the Maryland State Fair.
MONDAY: Cali punks and former Epitaph Records band Union 13 plays the Sidebar with locals Pure Junk and Enemy Insect. Another Nashville band, Plastic Visions, plays Club K with Bad Cop.
TUESDAY: Stolen Identity and Dave DeMarco perform at the Maryland State Fair. Don’t miss: Celebrated Summer’s Seven-Year Anniversary Party at the Ottobar features Zero Boys, Night Birds, Give, WarXGames, and Ravagers.
WEDNESDAY: Luke Bryan, the celebrated new sex symbol of country music who sounds like Gomer fucking Pyle, plays Merriweather Post Pavilion with Thomas Rhett Akins and Kelleigh Bannen. ELM, formerly known as Segway, grooves at the 8x10 with Arpetrio and the Golden Guns.
IN THE WINGS: Ke$ha will drink toilet water and inject barbecue sauce into her veins or whatever she does, and possibly also sing and dance, at Pier Six Pavilion on Sept. 27. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Indie-rock warhorses Superchunk will continue to rock at the 9:30 Club in Washington on Sept. 29. (For more information, visit 930.com or call  265-0930.) How Sweet the Sound, a gospel celebration hosted by Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams, will get holy at the Baltimore Arena on Oct. 2. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) The Flaming Lips will close out the warm season of outdoor shows at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Tame Impala on Oct. 4. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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