WEDNESDAY: Yes and Toto run through their AOR prog-rock jams and MOR pop hits at Pier Six Pavilion. Denny Diamond & The Jewels pay tribute to Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, and more at The Cabaret at Germano's. Post-grunge hit-makers Breaking Benjamin, who recently enjoyed their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, headline the Fillmore Silver Spring with London young guns Young Guns. Don't miss: New York's Chumped, whose debut "Teenage Retirement" was one of the finest punk-pop albums of 2014, plays the Metro Gallery with Cayetana, Thin Lips, and more.
THURSDAY: Monarch (the French metal band, not the Baltimore band that changed its name to Wye Oak) plays the Metro Gallery with Unearthly Trance, Fortress, and Foehammer. Denver-based electropop band Breathe Carolina headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Feenixpawl and Apek. The Bucky Pizzarelli Ed Laub Duo runs through the Great American Songbook at The Cabaret at Germano's. The Summer Slaughter Tour, featuring metal bands Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, and more, comes to Rams Head Live. Don't miss: Back To School Math at Myth & Moonshine in Canton features a collaboration between a DJ, Stylo, and a live drummer, Alfred of The Evokatones.
FRIDAY: Singer-songwriter Citizen Cope, who often tours solo, performs with a full band at Rams Head Live. One Koast Entertainment presents a showcase at Baltimore Soundstage with FeelFree, One Tribe, Loose Ties, and more. The Cabaret at Germano's presents She Said, He Said, a revue in which Troy Hopper and Billy Morton-Ortega offer renditions of musical theater songs originally sung by female characters. Chicago experimental metal quartet Immortal Bird plays the Sidebar. The Metro Gallery's movie night is a double feature of music-industry satires, "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Fear Of A Black Hat." Beggar's Tomb pay tribute to the Grateful Dead at the 8x10. Washington blues rock legends The Nighthawks perform at Rockburn Park in Elkridge. The Zac Brown Band performs at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. in support of the country band's latest album, "Jekyll + Hyde." Don't miss: The MuthaFunkaholx, a funk-rock band led by two Baltimore city school teachers, plays the Ottobar.
SATURDAY: Tokio Hotel, the German pop band who was briefly a sensation in America a few years ago, headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Reunited '90s emo band Braid plays the Ottobar with Prawn and Dikembe. Phish plays the first of two nights at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Acoustic quartet Veronneau combines bossa nova, samba, and swing at The Cabaret at Germano's. Ypset spins deep house at the 8x10. Indiana hard rockers Losing September perform at Fish Head Cantina. South Carolina-based roots rockers Megan Jean & The KFB play the New Deal Café in Greenbelt. Don't miss: The Hot August Music Festival returns to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville with Counting Crows, Punch Brothers, Railroad Earth, Shakey Graves, and more.
SUNDAY: The Rhythm Future Quartet plays gypsy jazz inspired by Django Reinhardt at The Cabaret at Germano's. Don't miss: one of the original Los Angeles punk bands, The Dickies, play the Ottobar.
MONDAY: The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band swings at An die Musik Live.
TUESDAY: Jennifer Blades and John Bowen perform a cycle of love songs, "Seasons of Love," at The Cabaret at Germano's. California indie hip-hop duo Blackalicious performs at the Howard Theatre in D.C., in support of its first new album in a decade. Surf guitar virtuoso Dick Dale performs at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis.
WEDNESDAY: POA, a Gov't Mule side project featuring Matt Abts and Jorgen Carlsson, performs at the 8x10. Ohio alt-rock band The Sidekicks play the Metro Gallery with All Dogs. Don't miss: The one and only Willie Nelson headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion.