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Hip-hop showcase

The lowdown -- The Bang Department Hip Hop Showcase spotlights local rappers and gives unknown talent a chance to perform at a future show. Tonight's showcase features four groups, including The Plague, Ashlee Alexander and Miss Stress. Audience members can drop off their own demo tapes, which will be considered for future showcases.

If you go -- Sonar hosts The Bang Department Hip Hop Showcase tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for all ages. For more information, call 410-327-8333 or visit sonar baltimore.com.

Guitar master

The lowdown -- After several years as lead guitarist of The Band, Jim Weider has toured on his own as a solo artist and with the likes of Keith Richards and Bob Dylan. Head to Rams Head Tavern to groove along as Weider performs songs from his latest album, Percolator.

If you go -- Jim Weider will perform at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.85. For tickets or more information, visit ramsheadtavern .com or call 410-268-4545.

Katrina benefit

The lowdown -- Tomorrow and Saturday, concerts benefiting New Orleans musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina will take place at the 8x10. The concerts will feature slide guitarist Anders Osborne and a special appearance by John Gros.

If you go -- The benefit will take place at the 8x10, 10 E. Cross St., both tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $17 at the door plus service charges. Call 410-625-2000.

Belgian beer

The lowdown -- This weekend, Max's on Broadway will be beer geek heaven. The bar's 72 Hours of Belgium festival, which features 36 Belgian drafts, more than 120 imported bottles and a Belgian menu, kicks off tomorrow.

If you go -- 72 Hours of Belgium is 11 a.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow through Sunday at Max's on Broadway, 737 S. Broadway. No cover. Call 410-675-6297 or visit maxs.com.


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