The Short List
Diego Figueiredo, KMFDM, Cyrus Chestnut, and more
Published: October 30, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Brazilian jazz-guitar wizard Diego Figueiredo performs at An die Musik. Local boy Height and California’s Al Lover begin their national tour at Mauro’s Church Street Pub in Frederick. Singer-songwriter Austin Caughlin performs at Joe Squared. Don’t miss: BIG Something closes out its month of Wednesday-night performances at The 8x10.
THURSDAY: The 8x10’s Halloween Bash features music from Freedom Enterprise. Georgia metal trio Black Tusk plays the Sidebar with Inter Arma. Canadian rapper/singer Drake headlines the Verizon Center in Washington, with or without Future, the Atlanta MC who recently dropped off the tour and then returned to the bill. Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities, whose respective hits “Out of My League” and “Safe and Sound” have blanketed alt-rock airwaves for the past few months, both play the 9:30 Club.
FRIDAY: Ethel Ennis and Cyrus Chestnut, two of Baltimore’s greatest contributors to jazz music, give some very special performances together this weekend at An die Musik. The Charm City Art Space holds an Earth First! Benefit, with performances by Cop Problem, Post Freedom, and more. West Coast folkies Brett Dennen and Noah Gundersen co-headline Baltimore Soundstage. Another pair of folkies, Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin, play Rams Head Live. Built to Spill plays an early show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, and Holy Ghost! plays the late show. Led by composers John Paul Carillo and Anna Meadors, the 10-piece ensemble Three Red Crowns returns to Baltimore for the first time since Carillo and Meadors relocated to North Carolina, at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: The 8x10 hosts a night of Baltimore hip-hop luminaries, including e-dubble, Kane Mayfield, Greenspan, and Al Rogers.
SATURDAY: The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House hosts a post-Halloween night of covers, with members of Sexgender and Hive Bent playing Nirvana, Mrk Plzmv and the Nothing playing Misfits, and many more bands in musical costume. The Scream It Like You Mean It tour, featuring emo bands with designated “screaming” vocalists and “clean” vocalists like Hawthorne Heights and Story of the Year, comes to Baltimore Soundstage. Boston-based female Americana quintet Della Mae brings its fiddles to the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Beatles: 50 Years on Air!, a tribute to a half-century of the fab four with performances from the Honey Dewdrops, Arty Hill, and more. Little Anthony and the Imperials, the doo-wop group whose remaining original members legitimately have been performing for well over 50 years, come to the Waterfront Hotel on the group’s goodbye tour. Ideal Bread, a modern jazz quartet inspired by soprano sax legend Steve Lacy, plays the Windup Space with Leap and Talking Points. KMFDM plays industrial rock with precise German engineering at Rams Head Live. YouTube favorites turned major-label recording artists the Piano Guys perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick. Don’t miss: A very rare, intergenerational summit of Baltimore jazz icons comes to a close when vocalist Ethel Ennis and pianist Cyrus Chestnut play as a duo for the second of two nights at An die Musik.
SUNDAY: Maine ’90s alt-rock revivalists Coke Weed plays the Golden West. Swedish metal bands Watain and In Solitude rock Baltimore Soundstage. Memphis-bred jazz bassist Stephan Crump leads a trio at the Windup Space. Post-hardcore bands HRVRD and A Lot Like Birds play the Ottobar. Country veteran Travis Tritt performs at APG Federal Credit Union Arena in Bel Air with the one and only Lyndsey Highlander (there can only be one) opening. Pittsburgh metal quintet Echoes Never Lie play the Sidebar. The reunited Sebadoh plays new and old songs at the Black Cat in Washington.
MONDAY: Chicago thrash band Oozing Wound, signed to Thrill Jockey and featuring members of Cacaw and Unmanned Ship, plays Floristree with wume.
TUESDAY: Hawaiian reggae band Natural Vibrations bring island rhythms to Rams Head Live with the Movement. The Out of Your Head collective improvises at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Grammy-winning blues musician Sugar Blue performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Rapper and HBO Def Poetry favorite B. Dolan performs with a live band, opening for Circle Takes the Square, at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: The timeless John Fogerty reaches way back into his Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog at the Lyric Opera House.
IN THE WINGS: A cappella group Straight No Chaser will sing their renditions of Christmas carols that have been enormously popular on YouTube at the Meyerhoff on Dec. 12. (For more information, visit bsomusic.org or call  783-8000.) Acclaimed singer-songwriter Cass McCombs will headline the Ottobar on Dec. 14, with an opening set from Baltimore indie greats Arbouretum. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Formerly revered rapper Lupe Fiasco brings his latest batch of condescending, conscious rap and pandering pop crossover tunes to Rams Head Live on Dec. 15. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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