Ministry -- Sonar / Ministry's May release, Rio Grande Blood, finds the band attacking the Bush administration with lyrics criticizing the occupation of Iraq, U.S. military policy and U.S. immigration policy. The band, which features members from metal bands such as Fear Factory and Slipknot, performs Tuesday at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Doors for the all-ages show open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $30. Call 410-327-8333 or go to ticketmaster.com.
Lizz Wright -- Rams Head Tavern / Since her breakout performances in 2003 at two Billie Holiday tributes, Wright has released two soulful studio albums that combine her gospel and choral vocal training with jazz and R&B; sounds. She performs tonight at the Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $35 for the 21 and older show. The show starts at 8 p.m. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com.
Morningwood and Rock Kills Kid -- Recher Theatre / Morningwood is a humorous high-energy band that sounds somewhere between new wave, punk and glam-metal. The band plays the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road in Towson, on Tuesday with alt-rockers Rock Kills Kid. Tickets are $14, $17 if younger than 21, and doors open at 7 p.m. Call 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, the Deftones, Stonesour, Flyleaf and Direngrey -- Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on Sept. 17. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Sugarland, along with Little Big Town -- Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Aug. 22. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Dixie Chicks -- Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) in Washington on Aug. 4. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Kottonmouth Kings -- Rams Head Live on 21. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.
The Doobie Brothers -- Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., on June 20. 410-481-6500 or 800-955-5566.
Shawn Colvin -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on June 22. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.
Black Eyed Susan -- Recher Theatre in Towson on June 30. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly -- Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six on July 15. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Patti LaBelle and Charlie Wilson -- Constitution Hall on July 22. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Van Morrison -- Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on Aug. 6. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. ---- [NATHAN M. PITTS]