headlines the Meyerhoff's benefit for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Country hitmaker
plays the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Jefferson, Md. metal band
plays the Sidebar with
Consumed with Hatred
, a collaborator to Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson, among others, performs at An die Musik.
The Metro Gallery holds an Artscape Soundoff competition to determine who will perform at the festival this summer. The Hype party at the Paradox celebrates its one-year anniversary with
(formerly Pure Ecstasy) headlines the Ottobar.
perform a cappella covers at Joe Squared. Olympia, Wash. trio
plays the Golden West with awesome locals
Preakness weekend begins with the
Goo Goo Dolls
headlining the Black-Eyed Susan Day concert at Pimlico. The Windup Space-based 4 Hours of Funk welcomes special guest
of BBE Records.
performs roots rock at Joe Squared. Don't kill vibraphonist
's vibe at An die Musik. Monozine presents
at Rams Head Live. The
return, after a couple years of inactivity, at the Sidebar with
. Ohio indie-pop outfit
play the Golden West. Frat-rap sensation
headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Experimental pianist
performs at the 8x10.
The Creative Alliance at the Patterson's Gypsy Monsoon Ball features music from
hold a release party for their new album on Thrill Jockey at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
heads up a bill at Current Space, with
. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Night of 1,000 Dylans, with
, and more paying tribute to Bobby Zimmerman. The Preakness InfieldFest at Pimlico Race Course features musical performances from
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
. Mum's hosts a night of snappy pop/rock from the
. The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival brings
to Sandy Point State Park.
lures you into the Metro Gallery with the one song people like and then hits you with goddamn "Mungo City." The Sidebar's Spring Meltdown 3 features
, and more. Violinist
and friends perform at the Red Room.
spins at the Paradox Pajama Party and Ball. Country sibling act the
tours its excellent new album
at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Local psych-rock vets
plays the Ottobar with
Baltimore Club badasses
TT the Artist
perform at the Broom Factory.
SUNDAY: ZZ Top
has longer, cooler beards and a longer, cooler career than just about any band in the world at Pier Six Pavilion. New Jersey punks
plays the Charm City Art Space.
, actor/singer and star of many stage musicals on London's West End, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Grace Potter sideman-gone-solo
headlines the 8x10.
, the new Epitaph band featuring members of the Locust, plays the Golden West with locals
War on Women
, who just returned from a European tour. The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival continues in Annapolis with
performs at Paparazzi (formerly Sonar).
Beware of Darkness
headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Noise in the Basement at the Ottobar features local bands
Ghosts of Idols
performs at the Johns Hopkins Club. The
Out of Your Head
collective improvises at the Windup Space. Sampling pioneer
visits the Red Room. Prolific Massachusetts singer-songwriter
performs at the 8x10. Cincinnati garage-rockers
plays the Sidebar with
plays dream pop at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Daughtry
3 Doors Down
will provide a buffet of active rock hits at Pier Six Pavilion on July 6. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Illahpalooza, local DJ/rapper King Illah's long-running annual festival at Fish Head Cantina, will return on Aug. 3, with performances from
, and more. (For more information, visit fishheadcantina.com or call  247-2474.) The very, very long-awaited
Neutral Milk Hotel
reunion tour will come to the 2640 Space, with