Indie and ivory
The lowdown -- Pianist Julian Velard's career is picking up speed through a mixture of touring and airplay on indie radio stations. With a surprisingly tight, mature new EP and a captivating stage presence, he's definitely an artist to watch. Tonight, he comes to Rams Head in Annapolis.
If you go -- The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. The venue is at 33 West St. in Annapolis. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadonstage.com.
The lowdown -- Tonight, a number of local hip-hop artists will come together at Sonar to pay tribute to the genre's Golden Age. The list of performers includes Wade Waters, Sean Toure, Ardamus and more. Minus Nine provides the beats.
If you go -- Doors open at 9 p.m. The show is on the club stage. Tickets are $5. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-327-8333 or go to sonarbaltimore.com.
The lowdown -- Abby Mott, a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter known for her sweet and soulful voice, will perform tomorrow at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson for the release of her CD, Hearts A Flutter. Her debut CD features Mott on the piano, guitar, bass and cello, synthesizing it into a whimsical pop-like style. Performing with Mott will be Jay Novak on drums and Johhny Armero on bass.
If you go -- Mott's performance is 8 p.m. at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $8-$10. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.