FRIDAY: Transcendent Baltimore beat genius Blaqstarr headlines the Kent Massive festival at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown, along with Waverunner, Kotic Couture, and more. Los Angeles pop band R5 performs at the Maryland State Fair. Clay Davis, the local grindcore duo named after a fictional Baltimore politician from “The Wire,” plays the Hippo Hut with Mostly Only. Broadway actress Carla Bianco sings at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Oxford shoegazers Swervedriver play the Ottobar with Dearly Beloved. Baltimore soul quintet Essential Vybe holds a release party for its new EP at Rams Head Live with Maya Milan, Traeh, and more. New York-based jazz band Bryan And The Aardvarks play An die Musik Live. Sharon Needles, best known as a champion on "RuPaul’s Drag Race," performs with a full backing band at Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore sludge-pop band Heavy Friends plays the Sidebar with Jail Solidarity and Rote. Washington, D.C.’s Beauty Pill, one of Short List’s very favorite bands in existence right now, plays the Black Cat in support of the brilliant new album "Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are." Don’t miss: If you didn’t catch Kane Mayfield’s one-man show at the Metro Gallery last spring to celebrate the release of his tremendous debut album "The Return of Rap," he’ll be making a repeat performance tonight.