Best music bets of the week

Pasadena boy Ray Weaver, a singer, songwriter, writer, and expat living in Denmark is swooping into town for a tour of his three favorite Irish bars beginning Friday and rolling straight through St. Patrick's Day.

Influenced by, well, everybody he ever listened to from Jackson Brown to Johnny Cash, Weaver plays long sets sitting on a stool, telling stories and taking requests because he knows most of the songs.


His latest songs and stories are compiled in "A Father's Heart," telling tales of his hard-working old man and the man and father he has become. It's a disc, a book, and a podcast and worth listening to.

Last year he played at a AM/FM, Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians show at the Rams Head Tavern. It was an In the Vein Of concert when area players do numbers by a famous artist followed by one in that artist's style.


This night, it was Bruce Springsteen. Weaver's song, "Naptown Saturday Night," was the hit of the evening. It's all about him trying to break into the music business in the Annapolis area long ago with references to places long gone like Charlie's West Side and The Buzzard.

A few days later Weaver recorded the song featuring a sax line and sounding like Clarence Clemons. It is available on iTunes and CDBaby with proceeds going back to AM/FM, the organization that comes to the aid of area musicians in need, from paying medical bills, the rent or other emergency expenses.

After a Christmas tour, Weaver is back again. He'll be playing with a handful of friends at most of the gigs, including: John Vengrouskie, Tish Martinez, Gary John Peresta and Cory J. Evans, with more sitting in.

Friday at Galway Bay, 63 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, 8 p.m.

Saturday at Brian Boru, 489 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, 8 p.m.

Sunday at Killarney House, 584 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, 4 p.m.

Monday, Killarney House, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Brian Boru, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Killarney House, 8 p.m.

March 16, Galway Bay, 8 p.m.

March 17, St. Patrick's Day, at Killarney House, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

March 18, last stop at Galway Bay, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Zombies, the British Invasion group with mid-'60s hits including number one hits, "She's' Not There" and "Time of the Season," have sold out one show at Rams Head Onstage in Annapolis, but there were still tickets left for a second show on Wednesday night.

The lineup features two original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, who many recall from his '70s stadium rock band Argent, on their 2108 tour following on the heels of a successful tour last year.

The Sunday night show sold out but a second show was added Wednesday night. Tickets were still available at press time for the 8 p.m. show at $69.50 and can be purchased online at ramsheadonstage.com.

On Saturday night the Annapolis Chorale continues its season with a performance of Bach's "Mass in B Minor" at historic St. Anne's Church in Annapolis.

The Chorale's Chamber Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra under the direction of J. Ernest Green will perform the challenging piece with soloist sopranos Jessica Satava and Lindsay Espinosa, mezzo soprano Melanie Regan, tenor Joe Regan and baritone David Murray.

Bach scholar and author Michael Marissen will give a talk on this piece and the music of J.S. Bach at 7:15 p.m. in the church. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at Swarthmore College and author of such books as "Bach & God."

To bring Bach's music more alive, this performance will include two large-screen displays that will feature manuscript pages, music, images and translations.

Tickets for the performance are $45 for adults and $12 for student and are on sale on the Live Arts Maryland website, liveartsmaryland.org or by calling 410-263-1906.

Country songbird Lee Ann Womack hits the stage at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on Thursday night.

The singer songwriter has been touring behind her latest album, "The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone," which landed in the number five spot in Rolling Stone's best country and Americana albums of the year in 2017.

The multiple gold record, CMA and ACM award winner's 2014 release, "The Way I'm Livin'" also received acclaim with Spin magazine declaring it the "best of her career" and Rolling Stone saying, "It sounds like something Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings would crafted back in the '70s."

Act quickly. Only a few seats remained for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $65 and available at ramsheadonstage.com

Other shows of interest through the week include back-to-back nights of multi-act lineups at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge at 175 West Street. Both shows are at 8 p.m. and cost $8.

On Thursday check out the lineup of Gingerwolf, Trash Boy, Josie McQueen, Mosquito Drone and Magic Wax.

Friday night's show features Voodoo Pharmacology, Poison Orchid, Leo & Cygnus and Amber North.

Other shows this week:


Bumpin' Uglies, Dub City Renegades and Joint Operation at the Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl Street, N.W., on the Southwest Waterfront in D.C. 8 p.m. Tickets $12 available at pearlstwarehouse.com.

Clarence Ward III & The DMV Collective: 8 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. $25. Call 301-377-7800.

DC Bluegrass Festival: Noon at The Sheraton Premiere, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, Virginina. $35 to $199. Featuring The Gibson brothers, and more. Call 800-325-3535.


BSO Presents a St. Patrick's Celebration: Bring your children and join the BSO for music from the Emerald Isle. This St. Patrick's Celebration features Anderson's Irish Suite, BSO musicians performing traditional Irish reels, Irish dancers from the Broesler School of Irish Dance and the bagpiper Sara Artes. 11 a.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore Tickets start at $15. Call 410-783-8000.

DC Bluegrass Festival continues at the at The Sheraton Premiere, beginning 9:30 a.m. with band contest, workshops, and bands all day long culminating with the Tim O'Brien Band. 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, Virginia. $35-$99. Call 800-325-3535.


Bach+@ St. Anne's: Sunday Organ Vespers: The series of hourlong Bach+ Organ Vespers is designed to show off the organ works of J.S. Bach through the inimitable voice off St. Anne's newly-refurbished Freiburger organ. The series starts with some of the virtuosic pieces that Bach wrote during his years in Weimar and continue with masterworks. 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Anne's Church, Church Circle, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-1906.

The sixth annual Easter Messiah Sing-Along is 4 p.m. at St. James' Church, 5757 Solomons Island Rd. in Lothian. Scores available to buy or borrow. Bring a snack or dessert for the light reception following. Free will offering benefits community assistance fund. For information, 410-224-2478.


K.Flay at the 9:30 Club, 815 V. St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m. $20. Call 202-265-0930.



Craig David. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. $20. Call 202-588-1889.


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