Jazz at the top
The lowdown -- Jazz pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist made waves in the local music scene for his incorporation of funk into his music with his 2004 album The Music According to Lafayette Gilchrist. He performs Saturday as the debut concert for the Saturday Sunsets at the Top jazz series.
If you go -- The show is at 8 p.m. on the 27th floor of Baltimore's World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street. Tickets are $10. Call 410-837-8439 or go to viewbaltimore.org.
The lowdown -- The 8x10 is raising awareness of the situation in Darfur through a concert and silent auction at its Darfur Benefit on Tuesday. Reggae rock band Can't Hang is headlining the event and Say What?, Last Night's Headline and Armoreta will also perform. Artwork will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Darfur relief.
If you go -- The Darfur Benefit is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the 8x10, 8-10 E. Cross St. Tickets are $15. Call 410-625-2000 or go to the8x10.com.
The war experience
The lowdown -- Right-leaning former Marine Marc C. Waszkiewicz and left-leaning activist and singer/songwriter Lea Jones have produced Selector Switch On (Rock and Roll) - a CD that is a detailed portrait of the Vietnam experience - to raise money and awareness of the plight of Iraq war veterans. At the CD release concert Tuesday, songs from the CD will be performed and CD sale proceeds will go to veterans.
If you go -- The concert is 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cats Eye Pub, 1730 Thames St. Free. Call 410-276-9866.