The Short List: Be More Benefit, Death Fest, Kenny Chesney, more

Soprano Heidi Melton sings with the BSO May 21.
Soprano Heidi Melton sings with the BSO May 21. (

WEDNESDAY: The Metro Gallery's Be More Benefit may not have Prince, but it does have great local acts Eze Jackson, Wing Dam, Bond St. District, and more performing to raise money for The Baltimore Community Foundation's city rebuilding effort. The Ottobar hosts a Maryland Deathfest pre-festival party for those of you that just can't wait another day to spend hours listening to metal bands like Incantation, Funerus, Disma, and more. Don't miss: Baltimore-based trombonist and Parliament Funkadelic sideman Rufus Roundtree performs at DJ K-Meta's Our Nature Open Mic at The Windup Space with Computer Club and Opal Rose.

THURSDAY: The Baltimore Rock Opera Society begins its takeover of the Creative Alliance at the Patterson for the next two weekends. Talibam!, a duo featuring Matt Mottel on keyboards and vocals and Kevin Shea on drums, plays The Windup Space with Microkingdom. Local musician Rob Fahey gives an acoustic performance at Patterson Park's 11th Annual Sunset Wine Tasting Soiree. Matthew Kenworthy sings the songs of Broadway at The Cabaret at Germano's. Soprano Heidi Melton joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a night of Strauss and Schumann at the Meyerhoff. Brit Floyd launches the inflated pigs at the Lyric Opera House. Chilean trioFöllakzoid brings "cosmic music" to the Metro Gallery. Local pop-punk quartet Face Value plays the Ottobar with Parallel Heights. U.K. funk band The New Mastersounds performs at the 8x10. Don't miss: Maryland Deathfest 2015 kicks off at Baltimore Soundstage, controversially, with legendary rap group Mobb Deep sharing the bill with more-typical festival fare like Devourment and Skinless at Baltimore Soundstage.


FRIDAY: Maryland Deathfest continues to sprawl around the city, with Napalm Death at Baltimore Soundstage, Aeternus at Rams Head Live, and bands including Bloodbath and Obituary at the Edison Lots (near the Paparazzi Nightclub). Local punk band Chelsea Graveyard and the Screams at Midnight perform at Reverb. Long-running Pittsburgh garage-rock band The Clarks headline the Metro Gallery. Beggar's Banquet does its best Mick and Keith at the 8x10. Let The Monkey Go throws a funk party at the Ottobar. Don't miss: Baltimore indie band Super City holds a release party for its debut album at The Windup Space.

SATURDAY: The Short List's favorite band names on tonight's Maryland Deathfest schedule include Gnaw Their Tongues (at Rams Head Live), Engorged, and Chainsaw to the Face (both at Baltimore Soundstage). MPT's Best of Doo Wop concert returns to the Meyerhoff with Gene Chandler, The Crystals, and more. Rod Lee's Club Nation Ent. holds Exhale, a dance party for the mature crowd, at Tiffany East. Local electronic producer Soohan holds an album release party at the 8x10. Baltimore label Hidden Volume Records holds the Hidden Volume Field Trip at the Metro Gallery with Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness, The Stents, Thee Lexington Arrows, and more. Poughkeepsie post-hardcore band Take One Car plays the Charm City Art Space with Skull Kid and Eyelet. Don't miss: The Baltimore Composers Forum presents new works at An die Musik Live.

SUNDAY: Local duo Wume holds a release party for its new album at the Metro Gallery with Chiffon and Oh Hang. Post Reason, Common Thief, In Courage, and Sharptooth play at Charm City Art Space. The Windup Space hosts the Matinee Masquerade early this afternoon with Jypsy Jeyfree, Chrissy Vasquez, DJ Genie, and more. Oakland progressive-metal band Neurosis headlines the last night of Maryland Deathfest at the outdoor Edison Lot stages, while Tokyo's Melt-Banana plays Baltimore Soundstage and Canadian black-metal band Thantifaxath performs at Rams Head Live. The Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra performs at the Meyerhoff. Don't miss:Towson pop-punk quartet All Time Low, which recently hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with its album "Future Hearts," comes back home to headline Pier Six Pavilion.

MONDAY: Local retro soul revue The Bellevederes headline The Windup Space with Raya Brass Band. 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement features local bands at the Ottobar. Peabody jazz students perform at An die Musik Live.

TUESDAY: Psychedelic Austin band Ancient River plays the Sidebar with Darsombra and Worthless.

WEDNESDAY: Kenny Chesney gets sleeveless and sings about the beach at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Washington, D.C. death-metal band Gloom plays the Sidebar with Bereft.

IN THE WINGS: The African American Festival will bring a weekend of free music to the Camden Yards Sports Complex on June 20 and 21, with headliners including Faith Evans, Stephanie Mills, SWV, and Sheila E. (For more information visit Hobbit-looking country hit-makers The Band Perry perform at Pier Six Pavilion on July 2. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-4189.) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform their blockbuster 1995 album "E. 1999 Eternal" in its entirety at Baltimore Soundstage on August 2. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-0057.)