WEDNESDAY: Gaithersburg jam band LITZ concludes its August residency at the 8x10 with The Hustle Souls and Broccoli Samurai opening. Brooklyn’s Boytoy plays Holy Frijoles. Santana brings his estimable catalog to Pier Six Pavilion. Don't miss: Years gone by, I’d say they kicked some ass—Mötley Crüe headlines its final Baltimore concert at Royal Farms Arena before disbanding at the end of 2015.
THURSDAY: Australian punk band Royal Headache plays The Windup Space in support of its acclaimed new album "High." 1970s cover band The 1974 (not to be confused with British pop band The 1975) performs at The Can Company’s weekly Can Music Fest showcase. Chicago doom-metal band The Atlas Moth plays the Metro Gallery with Cavern and Elagabalus. One-half of the Ween divorce, The Dean Ween Group, performs at the 9:30 Club. Don't miss: Thrash legends Raven perform at Club Orpheus with Rabid Assassin.
FRIDAY: Long-running classic-rock cover band Never Never performs at the opening day of the 2015 Maryland State Fair, at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo performs at Maryland Art Place with local openers including Skarr Akbar, Greenspan, and Eze Jackson. The latest incarnation of Quiet Riot, featuring only drummer Frankie Banali from the metal band’s classic early ’80s lineup, plays Fish Head Cantina. Italian jazz vocalist Chiara Izzi performs at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Psycho Killers play naive melodies at the 8x10 with Lee, Blackwood and Graham. Biz Markie hosts an ’80s vs. ’90s dance party at Baltimore Soundstage. Buzzing pop singer Alessia Cara performs her hit 'Here' at the U Street Music Hall in Washington, D.C. Don't miss: Chicago-based drummer Frank Rosaly performs a solo set of acoustic music at the Whole Gallery.
SATURDAY: Trillectro, an annual festival that brings together a diverse mix of hip-hop and EDM acts, comes to the Merriweather Post Pavilion with Chicago’s brilliant Chance The Rapper and California bass producer RL Grime headlining, and many more performers including Baltimore’s HI$TO. Hard-rock cover band Awaken performs at the Maryland State Fair. Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who made key contributions to Kendrick Lamar’s latest album "To Pimp A Butterfly," performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Olympia, Washington drone-metal band Earth performs at the Metro Gallery with Holy Sons. Chesapeake Roots presents Sean K. Preston, Rodney Henry, Danny Burns Band, and more at the 8x10. Detroit punk band Koffin Kats play the Sidebar with OC45, Dead End Lane, and more. The Redwine Jazz Band remembers the early 20th century at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Rising Baltimore rapper Young Moose's new boss, Lousiana rap star Boosie Badazz, performs at Echostage in D.C. Don’t miss: Windjammer, a very special all-day festival at Pier Six Pavilion to benefit the Believe In Music program, features a fantastic lineup of Baltimore independent acts including Beach House, Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Bond St. District, Romantic States, James Nasty, and more.
SUNDAY: The Walking Guys, an acoustic songwriting collective that is currently walking from Maine to Tennessee, stops through Baltimore on their travels to perform at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Saint Asonia, a post-grunge supergroup featuring members of Three Days Grace and Staind, headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Local jazz band The Paul Soroka Power Trio performs at the Maryland State Fair. Don't miss: The Punk Rock Revival at Fish Head Cantina includes The Huntingtons, a Baltimore band that originally formed in 1993, along with Darlington, Brian Hardy, Hot Tub Vomit, Captain Suckerpunch, and more.
MONDAY: The Unity Reggae Band, which has been performing roots reggae locally since 1990, plays the Maryland State Fair.
TUESDAY: Houston alt-rock band Lost Element plays the Ottobar with The Cry.
WEDNESDAY: The Doobie Brothers and Gregg Allman co-headline Pier Six Pavilion. Sol Frequency and Bunk Buddha kick off a September residency at the 8x10 with People’s Blues of Richmond. Baltimore County’s Josh Christina & Good Old Stuff play rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll at the Maryland State Fair. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents North Carolina string band Town Mountain.