The Short List: Ben Folds, Mac McCaughan, Andy Stott, 'Marley,' and more
By By Al Shipley
May 05, 2015 | 5:33 PM
WEDNESDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a polka dance party with Grammy nominee Alex Meixner. Ben Folds tickles the ivories at Rams Head Live with yMusic. Pittsburgh indie rockers The Lampshades play the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows. Manitoba sibling act The Bros. Landreth headline the Metro Gallery. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society passes the mic around at The Windup Space. Bay Area prog-rock band Enchant plays the Fish Head Cantina. Ohio punk-pop band Everyone Leaves plays the Charm City Art Space with Wasted Year, Typesetter, and more.
THURSDAY: WTMD kicks off a new season of First Thursdays Concerts at Canton Waterfront Park, with Marah, Strand Of Oaks, and Kopecky. Longtime Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan plays the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. in support of his first solo album, "Non-Believers." Alt-rock singer-songwriter and hit-making producerButch Walker headlines the 9:30 Club. Don't miss: "Marley," a musical based on the life and songs of Bob Marley, makes its world premiere in Baltimore with the opening night of a five-week run at Center Stage, with Mitchell Brunings in the title role.
FRIDAY: The Llamadon pizza party brings free slices and eclectic music by Heavy Friends, Delusionally, and more to the Charm City Art Space. Folk duo The Honey Dewdrops hold a release party for "Tangled Country," the first album they've recorded since relocating from Virginia to Baltimore, at the Patterson Theater. Mike Tramp of White Lion plays acoustic at Fish Head Cantina. Rockabilly Nights pay tribute to the music of the 1950s at The Cabaret at Germano's with guest drummer Jeanie Broderick. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto at the Meyerhoff. The Easy Star All-Stars, best known for reggae interpretations of albums by Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson, play the 8x10 with The Skints and Dub Architect. Ambient techno producer Andy Stott headlines the Metro Gallery. Don't miss: Baltimore instrumental duo and Short List favorites The Water, who recently released their excellent second album "The Place To Be," play the Ottobar with Deaf Scene, Mrs. Sarah, and more.
SATURDAY: Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp performs at Eutaw Place. Once-promising and now-mildly-disappointing Alabama rapper Yelawolf headlines Baltimore Soundstage. George Gray and the Elvis Experience pay tribute to every era of Elvis Presley's career at the Hippodrome. The UKG Social, a night of house and garage at The Depot, features Brother Pinch, DJ Nav, and more. Thomas Rhett, of the wonderfully breezy, Bee Gees-inspired country radio hit 'Make Me Wanna,' opens for Florida Georgia Line at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Rams Head Live kicks off Preakness week with a concert featuring The Cadillac Three. Colorado alt-country band Drag The River plays the Ottobar. The Chesapeake Roots Festival presents an evening of blues with The Linwood Taylor Band and the Ruben Montoya Band at the 8x10. R&B star Ciara, who released her sixth album, "Jackie," this week, headlines The Fillmore Silver Spring. Don't miss: The Crown celebrates Halloween in May, for some reason, with a costume party featuring music from Bernard Herman, Sofia Reta, and The Coincidental Hour.
SUNDAY: Vibraphonist Warren Wolf Sr.'s reunited Wolfpack Band celebrates Mother's Day at An die Musik Live. Crosby, Stills & Nash eat a peach at the Hippodrome. Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg featuring Andrew W.K. counts to four at Baltimore Soundstage. Montreal experimental band Atsuko Chiba plays the Charm City Art Space with Au Revoir, Naked, and more. Virginia indie-rock band Eternal Summers plays the Metro Gallery. Dweezil Zappa returns to his father Frank's birthplace for the Zappa Plays Zappa tribute at Rams Head Live.
MONDAY: Creepy local duo Slendermen performs at Zissimos Bar with Nudie Suits, The Lushpockets, and more. Don't miss: Paramore plays the Meyerhoff on one last victory-lap tour in support of its brilliant self-titled album, which just went gold two years after its release.
TUESDAY: Alt-rockers Joywave, whose frontman Daniel Armbruster sports the creepiest mustache in modern music, headline the Ottobar. Rising Portland alternapop band Priory opens for the Kaiser Chiefs at Rams Head Live.
WEDNESDAY: Hollywood's Hammered Satin and Baltimore's Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children rock out at Holy Frijoles. Don't miss: The Windup Space presents 3 Women On The Verge, a night of traditional, alt, and original country with Linda McRae, Mary Battiata, and Karen Collins.
IN THE WINGS: After taking 2014 off, Scapescape returns to Station North for the weekend of June 5-7, with bands including Arbouretum, Deaf Scene, Starlight Natives, Raindeer, and many, many more. (For more information visit scapescape.wordpress.com) Australian pop singer Betty Who of 'Somebody Loves You' fame performs at the Ottobar on June 11. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Flogging Molly and Gogol Bordello meet at the intersection of punk rock and sea shanties at Pier Six Pavilion on June 25. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)