After so much back and forth, the 9th Maryland Deathfest will finally take place this week at Sonar. And, it won't be a dry festival as many feared, as the club has, against all odds, recovered its liquor license. No doubt it'll be more depraved than this year's tame Preakness infield. Elsewhere this week, Big Freedia, the Death Set, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Dan Deacon and Celebration, and Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block have performances planned.
On Monday, Jason Webley, the Seattle accordionist and folk singer, performs at Cyclops bookstore, 30 W. North Ave. Starts at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, Raphael Saadiq performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. 8 p.m. $35.
On Wednesday, New Orleans M.C. Big Freedia, the subject of a very appreciative Sasha Frere-Jones profile in this week's New Yorker, performs at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. 8 p.m. $12. Also: Paul Simon performs a sold-out show at DAR Constitution Hall. Look for a review Thursday.
On Thursday, the Maryland Deathfest kicks off at Sonar with performances by Cathedral and Tragedy. Doors open at 4 p.m. Thursday's show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for other days at the festival's website. Three-day passes are $132.
On Friday, J. Roddy Walston and the Business begin a two-night residency at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 9 p.m. $13, both nights.