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Jacco Gardner, Stars, The Honest Mistakes, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Dutch multi-instrumentalist

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Jacco Gardner

performs at the Golden West with

Little Rib

. The

Baltimore Boom Bap Society

is at the Windup Space. Ontario punks

Single Mothers

play the Charm City Art Space with

Orchards

and

Tigerscout

.

THURSDAY:

Canadian indie-poppers

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Stars

play Rams Head Live with

Milo Greene

.

Sac Au Lait

brings Dixieland to Joe Squared Station North.

Don't miss:

Flannel Church

, the new band from Col. Bruce Hampton sideman Duane Trucks, plays the 8x10 with

Dropping Sully

.

FRIDAY:

TV actress-turned-country radio star

Jana Kramer

performs at Towson University. Friends of the Short List Mobtown Studios and the Windup Space kick off their fourth annual NOVO Instrumental Music Festival, with

Echo Hey Hello

,

Talking Points

, and more.

Who's Bad

tells you once again about Michael Jackson's greatest hits at Rams Head Live. The

Baltimore Composers Forum

holds a 20th Anniversary Alumni Concert at An die Musik. Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble

Sweet Honey in the Rock

performs at Morgan State's Murphy Fine Arts Center. Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts pianist

Deanna Bogart

and the

Ursula Ricks Project

. The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival is coming in April, but in the meantime there's a festival pre-party at the 8x10 with

Letitia VanSant

,

Pretty Gritty

, and more. Rick Froberg of Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu, whose old bandmate John Reis was just in town a couple weeks ago, comes to the Golden West with his own new band,

Obits

.

SATURDAY:

The

Honest Mistakes

and the

Firecrackers

play big riffs and sing big choruses at Joe Squared Station North. The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered on this day in 1997, and rappers like

Huli Shallone

and

Torch

will pay tribute with a Profitt Productions event at the Glass Grill.

Marshall Keith

, formerly of D.C. punk legends the Slickee Boys, plays the Metro Gallery with

Chelsea Graveyard and the Screams at Midnight

.

Aaron Wold

of Minimus the Poet plays solo at the Village Square Café with

Deirdre McAllister

and

Dave Engwall

. The Windup Space's NOVO festival continues with

Steady Pleasures

and

USSA Pleasuredome

. Jazz duo the

Caswell Sisters

, with Sara on violin and Rachel on vocals, performs at An die Musik. The 8x10 holds a pre-party for the Camp Barefoot Festival, going down in West Virginia this summer, with performances from

Segway

and

Second Self

.

Don't miss:

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the

Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra

, which is joined by soprano vocalist

Beatrice Gilbert

.

SUNDAY:

Machine Gun Kelly

, the poor man's Yelawolf, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Short List pals Mobtown Studios wind down this year's NOVO festival at the Windup Space with a night curated by Creative Differences, featuring

Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

and the

Michael Formanek Ensemble

.

Bang Tango

brings the forgotten funk-glam metal of 1989 to the House of Rock in White Marsh. The Walters Art Museum features soprano

Nola Richardson

and trumpeter

Andrew Balio

in its Early Music at the Walters series.

Don't miss:

The wonderful North Carolina band

Birds and Arrows

preview their upcoming album at the Metro Gallery with

June Star

.

MONDAY:

98 Rock's Noise in the Basement local showcase at the Ottobar features

Rebel Inc

,

Guns out at Sundown

, and

Born of Kings

.

TUESDAY:

World-conquering superstar

Rihanna

touches down at 1st Mariner Arena with opening act

A$AP Rocky

. The

Out of Your Head

collective improvises at the Windup Space.

Trapt

, the worst mainstream-rock radio band out of all the terrible mainstream-rock radio bands, headlines Rams Head Live.

WEDNESDAY:

Jen Mack

plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Mario's Birthday Bash at the Ottobar features music from

This or the Apocalypse,

the

Air I Breathe

, and

Honour Crest

.

Don't miss:

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

is gonna miss everybody that doesn't come to see them at Baltimore Soundstage.

IN THE WINGS:

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson will hold an open house on April 12 with free performances from Baltimore indie bands

Arbouretum

and

Secret Mountains

. (For more information, visit creativealliance.org or call [410] 276-1651.) Paganfest America will bring an international lineup of metal bands to Baltimore Soundstage on April 15, including

Ensiferum

,

Tyr, Heidevolk

, and

Helsott

. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.)

Justin Timberlake

and

Jay-Z

just announced their Legends of the Summer joint tour, which will include a Baltimore date on Aug. 8, the first concert at M&T Bank Stadium since U2 in 2011. (For more information, visit

or call [888] 856-7835.)

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