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Big in Japan with Katrina Ford

Back in 2011, Katrina Ford of Celebration began singing with Big in Japan (formerly a Lake Trout side project). Making music that is, by turns, crushingly beautiful and sonically smashing, Katrina Ford and Big in Japan are the perect band to inaugurate the Station North stage at 6:30

P.M.

on Friday, especially since they are followed by sometimes collaborators Arbouretum. We’d be scared if we were national acts on the other stages having to go up against some of the best music Baltimore has to offer.

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears (above) set SXSW alive a few years ago with their hot mix of blues and funk, chanelling James Brown and Howlin’ Wolf in equal measures. Thumpin’ rhythm, a full horn section, and endlessly energetic frontman Lewis are sure to set the Wells Fargo stage on fire on Saturday at 6

P.M.

Rebirth Brass Band

One of the great moments in David Simon’s

Treme

comes in the first episode when the slacker-DJ character Davis wakes up to music outside. “Sounds like Rebirth,” he says. He’s referring, of course, to New Orleans’ own Rebirth Brass Band. They’ll bring a bit of Mardi Gras to Artscape, funkin’ up the Wells Fargo stage at 6:30

P.M.

on Sunday.

Ratscape

While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss RatScape, an event that may finally be the replacement for Whartscape that so many have been looking for. Running parallel to Artscape at the Hour Haus practice space, above Joe Squared at the corner of Howard Street and North Avenue, it will give Artscape a run for its money. On Friday, check out Radical Discharge and Bet the Devil. Saturday, look for Yellow Raincoat, the Matrimonials, Slow Jerks, and Wild Honey. And on Sunday, Special People, Gary B and the Notions, and Extermination Angel will play Hour Haus.

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