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Music Box: O'Malley marches back to Annapolis

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Music Box: O'Malley marches back to Annapolis

It's always good to have a backup plan when you're in politics for the long haul. A secondary skill could come in handy when the pendulum swings the other way.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley may have lost his bid for the American presidency (for now), but he'll avoid the unemployment line as he awaits word on Hillary Clinton's pick for running mate by getting a few gigs for his Celtic rock band O'Malley's March.

Not all politicians can play guitar and sing at a high level, but for O'Malley with a ring of righteous talent surrounding him and a few pints of encouragement (Guinness), the agenda at Rams Head On Stage for this Friday night is set (two shows, 6:30 & 9:30pm).

O'Malley's March features harper/piper and storyteller Jared Denhard (who also blows the bone), drummer Jamie Wilson, fiddler Jim Eagan (a protégé of Brendan Mulvihill, and third place finisher in the All Ireland music competition in 1996), multi-instrumentalist Ralph Reinoldi (who also plays mandolin, bouzouki and guitar), with noted accordion player Sean McComiskey and bassist Pete Miller.

These days the name The Jayhawks is the province of founding songwriter Gary Louris, sans former founding partner Mark Olson. The Jayhawks set the pace for harmony singing folk rock bands throughout the 90s with the release of a string of influential albums beginning with Hollywood Town Hall.

In their wake came Dawes, The Lumineers, Band of Horses, The Lone Bellow and many others celebrating a resurgence of popularity for the warm folk rock style. The Jayhawks return June 18 (6:30 p.m.) to the Lincoln Theater in Washington behind a new Louris-centric Jayhawks album titled Paging Mr. Proust (co-produced by REM guitarist Peter Buck). The new album and tour feature longtime core members Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan and Karen Grotberg along with Louris.

June 16 night it's an explosion of musical events in the region for you to choose from. At the Hamilton in Washington, D.C. look for pioneer Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin and his band Avila performing along with Yotam Silberstein at the Hamilton as part of the D.C. Jazz Fest (7:30 p.m.). Ranglin played Jamaican jazz before the island's music movement turned to other dance styles including ska, rock steady and, eventually, roots rock reggae. Avila combines all of these styles. Also on the bill Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein, a finalist in the 2005 Theonlonius Monk competition.

Also June 16, Rams Head On Stage welcomes up and coming New York (by way of California) rock singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy to perform songs from her debut album, Emotions and Math (8pm). "I've always considered myself a free spirit, someone who goes with the flow, but actually I'm not exactly like that, admits Glaspy in a recent new album promotional interview. "This record really taught me that I'm super analytical and process-driven. I think they really do go together, emotions and math. Nobody is just one thing." If you love Neko Case, Beth Orton and Brandi Carlisle, I think you'll really enjoy Margaret Glaspy.

Wolf Trap has a brilliant vocals-heavy show on June 16 pairing Lake Street Dive and The Lone Below in the acoustically pristine Filene Center outdoor shed (8 p.m.). Plus there are two classic rock shows on June 16, one featuring Dave Mason, a founding member of Traffic performing a history of songs by that seminal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band (8pm). Mason may be most famous for writing the song "Feeling Alright," a song that is in the running for most times used in television commercials.

Although he stayed with Traffic for just two albums, he's written so many more other great Traffic songs followed up by a career's worth of solo material. In addition, his cover song choices are also powerful and memorable, including "Take It to the Limit" (originally done by the Eagles) and Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," perhaps most memorably recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

Mason actually played on the Hendrix version, a highlight of the double Electric Ladyland album release circa 1968, recorded just a few months after Dylan recorded the original for the album John Wesley Harding. Dave Mason performs his "Traffic Jam" concert at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton on June 16 night (8 p.m.).

And at Pier Six Concert Pavilion June 16 you'll find Lynyrd Skynyrd with one surviving member faithfully recreating their original recordings of Southern Rock classics such as "Gimme Three Steps," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Call Me the Breeze" (J.J. Cale), "Simple Man" and "Free Bird."

The current lineup includes former Blackfoot guitarist Rickey Medlocke, original Skynyrd band member Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zandt, younger brother of founding singer, the late Ronnie Van Zandt).

Michael Buckley is writer, producer and host of "The Sunday Brunch" each week from 7 to 10 a.m. on 103.1 WRNR-FM. Contact him at voicesofthebay@aol.com.

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