The Short List
Charm City Devils, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Saxophonist Mark Gross, and more
Published: November 27, 2013
WEDNESDAY: The surviving members of ’80s Baltimore hard-rockers Child’s Play salute a late bandmate with the Brian Jack Memorial Concert at Baltimore Soundstage, which will also feature a headlining set from the Charm City Devils. Local horror movie-loving punk band Dead End Lane plays the Sidebar with the Sonic Creeps and Sicktightnastynasty. The Bastards of Reality bastardize the songs of Black Sabbath at the Ottobar. Cara Kelly, formerly of Old Man Brown, performs at the 8x10. Jaheim and Chrisette Michele fill the Lyric Opera House with soulful slow jams. The Windup Space hosts Duel Jam, a union of improvised music and interpretive dance. Baltimore bands the Bridge and Freedom Enterprise jam at Rams Head Live. Even Rob Zombie is sick of hearing about zombies at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Bad Blood Records and Emily Rabbit present a Thanksgiving party at Metro Gallery, with performances by Hoff, Baby Eagle, and a DJ set from Baltimore prodigal son Spank Rock.
THURSDAY: It’s Thanksgiving, hopefully you can spend your evening with some people and/or food that you love.
FRIDAY: New Orleans, La.’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays the first of a three-night run at the Meyerhoff. Washington, D.C. alterna-rockers Poison to the Kool Kids plays Rams Head Live with All Rights Reserved and Conflict Within. Father-and-son hammered dulcimer luminaries Ken and Brad Kolodner perform at An die Musik. Strange Design—a tribute band that recreates Phish shows in their entirety, presumably minus the spontaneity and improvisation that Phish fans love—performs at the 8x10. Baltimore’s the Idle Gossip and Washington’s the Beat Stylists play the Sidebar.
SATURDAY: Saxophonist Mark Gross holds a release-party concert at An die Musik for his new album, Blackside, featuring Cyrus Chestnut in his quintet. The Vomit Arsonist plays “death industrial” music at the Sidebar with Immortal Jellyfish and Seaton XOXO. Tool cover band Wild Eyes headlines Rams Head Live. The 99 1/2 Blues Band hosts a jam session at Midtown BBQ and Brew, with singers and instrumentalists welcome to join the band on some covers and standards. Drum/bass/trumpet trio the Shrapnels perform at Joe Squared. Philly indie band Brothers Past play the 8x10. Country singer Brett Eldredge and his winning summer hit “Don’t Ya” come to the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Local rap genius DDm celebrates his birthday at Metro Gallery’s Winterfresh party with Amber Valentine, Lemz, and James Nasty.
SUNDAY: Rams Head Live hosts a Detective Shane Volk Memorial Concert to benefit the family of the Baltimore police officer who was killed in a car crash last summer, with performances by Red Sky Riot, the A Team and Roll It Over. Jazz pianist Tom Reyes celebrates his birthday at An die Musik. Gorilla Music presents a battle of the bands at the Ottobar, with Listen for the Light, Fusion in the Flux, Severing Souls, and other alliteratively named groups fighting for supremacy. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band ends its weekend of shows at the Meyerhoff. In Demand Records’ showcase at Baltimore Soundstage features Ashes of Rebirth, Great Expectations, Giants of Genesis, and more. Don’t miss: Guardian Alien and Pontiak, both of whom are releasing new records on Thrill Jockey at the top of 2014, bring their current joint tour to Metro Gallery.
MONDAY: Scott Bazar performs with electric guitar, amplified pitchfork, sampler, and animated films at the Red Room.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective improvises at the Windup Space. Washington, D.C. punk band Copstabber plays the Sidebar with the Business and the Attack. Don’t miss: Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory have a “Balti Gras” celebration at Club 347.
WEDNESDAY: Try not to get too confused by this: Scottish metal band Alestorm plays Baltimore Soundstage tonight, and Pennsylvania hard-rock band Halestorm plays Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: Local atmospheric dream-pop trio the Sound of Rescue performs at the Sidebar.
IN THE WINGS: Local rock institution Jimmie’s Chicken Shack will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the album Bring Your Own Stereo at Rams Head Live on Jan. 10, 2014. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Tom Chapin, son of Jim and brother of Harry, will perform children’s music at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church on Feb. 7. (For more information, visit bmwpc.org or call  377-7232.) If you missed Justin Timberlake’s stadium show in Baltimore this year, you’ll get another chance to see him at an, ahem, more intimate venue next summer when he headlines the Baltimore Arena on July 14. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)
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