Concert news: The Black Keys at Merriweather, Rob Zombie, Sarah McLachlan, Yo Gotti, Javier Colon of 'The Voice'

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011 (Josh Sisk/Special to the Baltimore Sun)

The Black Keys have predictably sold out their show at the Verizon Center this Friday. But there's no need to pay a scalper or StubHub your life's savings for tickets.

It's likely the band will return to the area this summer to play Merriweather Post Pavilion, says a reliable source with knowledge of the band's tour schedule. An announcement with the date is said to be forthcoming. Meanwhile, we've reached out to the band's reps for confirmation and we'll update when we hear back.


It would be the band's second recent appearance at Merriweather - they were one of the headliners at last year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, where they gave one of the best performances of the night. They are on the road promoting new album "El Camino."

Also coming to Merriweather this year: another one of Rob Zombie's two-for-one metal shows. Last year it was Slayer, Alice Cooper was before that, and this May 13 it's Megadeath. It's the first time Zombie and Megadeath have toured together.

Zombie is promoting "Hellbilly Deluxe 2," released two years ago, and Megadeath released "Th1rt3en" last year. Tickets, starting at $40, go on sale Friday. The show will be a nice segue from the M3 Rock Festival, which precedes it at the venue.

Sarah McLachlan will also be at Merriweather this summer on July 5, when she'll perform with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. McLachlan released "Laws of Illusion" two years ago. Tickets, starting at $41, go on sale Friday.

The same night Rob Zombie is at Merriweather, Yo Gotti will be at Baltimore Soundstage, setting up a tantalizing face-off.

Gotti was last in Baltimore last Spring, when he performed at Dubai. He's now promoting "Live From the Kitchen," his major label debut. Tickets, at $17, are already on sale.

At Rams Head on Stage: Javier Colon, the winner of the popular singing contest "The Voice," on April 17. Last year, he released third album "Come Through For You." Tickets, at $28.50, are already on sale.