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Music Box: The Dan Band raises the roof at Rams Head On Stage

If you love goofy movies you probably remember Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band from his appearances in "Starsky & Hutch," "The Hangover" and as the crazy bartender in "Old School."

His group The Dan Band was the subject of a Bravo TV concert special executive produced by Stephen Speilberg, and they're readying a new special and CD called "The Wedding Album" for Comedy Central. The Dan Band raises the roof at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis Friday night (8 p.m.).

Also this Friday at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore keep an eye out for the Allman Brothers Band - well, at least a pretty darn good imitation from the show known as Live at the Fillmore (9 p.m.). Like the Dark Star Orchestra, these guys faithfully recreate historic rock concerts featuring their favorite Southern rock band, the Allman Brothers Band.

One of the most memorable and landscape altering albums of the early seventies was "Live at the Fillmore," which displayed in no uncertain terms the virtuosity of Duane and Greg Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley as they artfully mixed blues and jazz into a mind-altering new sound for the psychedelically inclined generation.

Nearby at the Power Plant Live in Baltimore you're invited to attend a free outdoor concert Friday with the New York City cover band, The Bayside Tigers (8 p.m., no tickets required).

Also this Friday night don't miss 16-year-old pop singer Hannah Gill and her band as they play the big main stage at the Avalon Theatre in Easton (7:30 p.m.), while upstairs in the Stoltz Listening Room the Avalon presents The Steve Fidyk Parlour Project, a quintet lead by the former jazz drummer of the U.S. Army Band (8 p.m.).

Maryland Summer Jazz Institute presents their student showcase at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville Friday (8:30 p.m.), including special guests Helen Sung (piano), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Peter Fraize (saxophone), Jim McFalls (trombone) and Marty Morrison (drums).

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is all Beethoven this Friday night in concert at the Meyerhoff (7:30 p.m.), and over at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., it's an opera with the National Symphony Orchestra performing Bizet's "Carmen" sung in French with English supertitles (8:15 p.m.).

At Nationals Park this Friday night, catch a boot and hat country concert with Jason Aldean and the Florida Georgia Line (8 p.m.).

FM radio stalwarts Kiss and DefLeppard light up Jiffy Lube Live in Barstow, Va., Friday (7 p.m.), while alternative rockers unite at Merriweather Post Pavilion for a creamy encounter with Neutral Milk Hotel and W. Cullen Hart's new band Circulatory System (6 p.m.).

Saturday

Look for a night of Roots Rock Reggae at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore on Saturday, including The Mighty Mystic with Boston's Dubbest, eight-piece Dub City Renegades and Mr. Muzik (8 p.m.). Mighty Mystic performs what he calls "hardroots" with a dash of hip-hop with a message of peace, love, struggle and perseverance.

At Rams Head On Stage this Saturday catch up and coming iTunes star singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells in an all-ages matinee performance with Sixers band member Boots Factor opening (1 p.m. show), before Hawaiian duo Hapa takes the Rams Head stage for the evening set (8 p.m.). Hapa's pan-Polynesian music summons ancient genealogical chants and strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman, Spanish cowboys, with inspired melodies and harmonies of the traditional church choirs of the early missionaries.

They also play acoustic stringed instrumentals of some of your favorite rock bands, for example "Europa" (Santana) and "All Blues" (Miles Davis) and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" (U2). Hapa's contemporary Hawaiian music evokes the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant movements of the sacred dance known as hula, and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar.

These guys always sell out their shows in Annapolis so get those tickets in your pocket already!

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays video game music this Saturday night, including tunes from MegaMan, Silent Hill 2, Metroid, Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, God of War, Mass Effect, StarCraft II, Dota 2, Beyond Good & Evil, as well as music from the upcoming release "Destiny" at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore (7:30 p.m.). Arrive at 6 p.m. to participate in a Guitar Hero Contest and a costume contest. Winner of Guitar Hero Contest will be featured on stage during the show!

Blockbuster stars Billy Joel cycles through his hits (pun) at Nationals Park with tickets going from $55 to more than $10,000 on Saturday (8 p.m.), and the Dave Matthews Band plays the big shed at Jiffy Lube Live (7 p.m.).

Sarah McLachlan appears Saturday night at the most beautiful shed in the region, the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts (8 p.m.), and cello and guitar duo Tall Heights plays Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington (8 p.m.).

Saturday and Sunday night this weekend Phish is in town for two shows at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia (5:30 p.m.). The shows are in celebration of a new Phish album titled "Fuego," their first in the past five years. "Fuego" was produced by Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel) and recorded in Nashville. Phish is the consummate live band and sports a killer light show. Not to be missed!

Sunday

Stay out late this Sunday night with blues from Reggie Wayne Morris Band followed by Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band at Rams Head On Stage (8:30 p.m.). Or, catch up with Hootie turned country star Darius Rucker as he takes the Filene Center crowd for a ride on a howlin' Wolf Trap night (7:30 p.m.).

The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons Island presents a mammoth lineup that includes the Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Uncle Cracker all together on one bill performing a four-hour show titled the Under the Sun Tour on Sunday (5:30 p.m.).

Wiz Khalifa and Tyga team up with Ty Dolla $ign, Mack Wilds, Iamsu!, Sage The Gemini and DJ Drama at Jiffy Lube Live this Sunday (7 p.m.), while California reggae-rock-rappers Dirty Heads are joined by Pepper for a show at Pier Six Concert Pavilion Sunday in Baltimore (7:30 p.m.).

Monday

You've got the blues already with a killer double bill featuring Debbie Davies and the Chris Cain Band set to roll at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on Monday (8 p.m.). Davies is a veteran of the legendary Albert Collins Icebreakers band and has recorded with Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Musselwhite, Mick Taylor of Stones fame and James Cotton, among others. Cain is famous for his futuristic jazz tinged blues.

Tuesday

The hits keep rolling on Tuesday night as former Monkee Mickey Dolenz appears at Rams Head On Stage (8 p.m.). Hard to pick a favorite when it comes to hit songs from The Monkees. Mickey was the drummer and lead singer on tunes such as "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

Classic rock band Heart goes crazy on you Tuesday night at Wolf Trap after selling more than 35 million records, scoring 20 Top 40 singles and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 (8 p.m.).

Wednesday

Get your ear plugs ready because the "King of the Surf Guitar" Dick Dale is coming to get narly on you Wednesday night at Rams Head On Stage (8 p.m.).

According to his web bio: "Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950s. He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. Leo Fender gave the Fender Stratocaster along with a Fender Amp to Dale and told him to beat it to death and tell him what he thought of it.

"Dale took the guitar and started to beat it to death, and he blew up Leo Fender's amp and blew out the speaker. Dale proceeded to blow up 49 amps and speakers; they would actually catch on fire.

"Leo would say, 'Dick, why do you have to play so loud?' Dale would explain that he wanted to create the sound of Gene Krupa, the famous jazz drummer that created the sounds of the native dancers in the jungles along with the roar of mother nature's creature's and the roar of the ocean."

You've heard Dick Dale larger than life in movies such as "Pulp Fiction" ("Miserlou"), "Escape From L.A." ("Scalped"), and "Space Jam" ("Miserlou").

Keeping the spirit of women of the blues, Carolyn Wonderland is no secret to her native longhorn state audiences, performing with a Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque tone and a Koko Taylor-like growl, you're in for a sweet Texas treat.

Wonderland is versatile too, performing on a variety of instruments such as slide guitar, mandolin, trumpet and piano. She's got a penchant for spicing up her blues with licks from country, swing, zydeco, surf, gospel, soul, and cumbia records in her collection. Carolyn Wonderland performs at The Howard Theatre in Washington Wednesday night (8 p.m.).

Other Wednesday night shows next week include the Chuck Brown All Star Band performing Go Go music in the Gudelsky Outdoor Concert Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda (free 7 p.m. show), and, for a price, the great Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra perform virtuoso jazz at Wolf Trap (8 p.m.).

Also on Wednesday, look for the Summer Nationals Tour, a punk rock gathering at Pier Six Concert Pavilion featuring The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals (6 p.m.).

Thursday, July 31

Get together with Mart Jones and Don Dixon next Thursday for an evening of easy going jangly rock at Rams Head On Stage (8 p.m.). They'll be previewing songs from Marti's newest album titled "You're Not the Bossa Me." Dixon is famous for producing REM and Smithereens albums. Marti was the youthful leader of the mid-80s all-female rock band Color Me Gone.

Also next Thursday night, enjoy an evening of song with "Sweet Baby" James Taylor at Jiffy Lube Live (8 p.m.). With a singular acoustic picking style, James Taylor has endured with easy listening hit songs that are hard not to like.

Flamenco rockers Roderigo y Gabriela have broken through to popular fame, as did Jose Feliciano, performing a ferocious strumming exhibition while conquering heavy metal and traditional tunes to the liking of a massive and growing fanbase. Gabriela's hand is like that of a humingbird's wing. They perform next Thursday night at Wolf Trap (8 p.m.).

Finally, don't miss the high endurance jam session with Disco Biscuits next Thursday at the 9:30 Club in D.C. (8 p.m.).

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