Forget crab cakes and football, live music is what Maryland does. Yes, the crab cakes are excellent. The football? Debatable. While Maryland does not house the city of Nashville or Austin, this area still holds its own when it comes to being a hotbed of musical talent. Several famous bands started in the Maryland and Washington DC area, and it is certain many more will continue the trend. Jimmi’s Chicken Shack, Tori Amos, Eva Cassidy, Good Charlotte, O.A.R. and others all laid their roots in the local music scene here.
Let’s not forget the great venues in Annapolis, Baltimore and the DC Metro area. Annapolis, Maryland is rich with venues for music-lovers of all genres. Ram’s Head On Stage has been rated the number one night club with under five hundred seats in the world. Yep, in the world. Then, there are the spots like The Whiskey and Stan and Joes, where local ultra-talented bands like Pasadena, Bumpin’ Uglies and the Grilled Lincolns play on a regular basis. In Baltimore and DC there are stellar venues like 9:30 Club, Ram’s Head Live, The Strathmore, The Filmore and Wolftrap (Virginia). That’s just naming a few. It is safe to say, we are spoiled here in the Maryland and DC area when it comes to live music. (continued below)
Next week is no different. A stellar lineup will lead music lovers into the holiday season with a combination of rock, jazz, blues, folk, opera and more. The only tough part will be deciding which shows to attend. Decisions, decisions. Here are my recommendations for the week ahead.
Monday, November 28 – Marketa Irglova at 9:30 Club in DC (seated performance)
$25 per ticket
Marketa Irglova may best be known for her collaboration with Glen Hansard in The Swell Season. She and Hansard co-starred in Once (Irglova and Handsard wrote all but one song for the movie), which led to an Oscar for the song “Falling Slowly” (Academy Award for Best Original Song). Irglova was the youngest person to win an Oscar in a musical category and the first Czech woman to win an Oscar. She released her solo debut album Anar in 2011.
Tuesday, November 29 – Allen Toussaint at Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis
$45 per ticket
Toussaint, (an inductee to The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame), has collaborated with music giants like The Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, The Who, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney over the years. The Louisiana-born artist is one of the most influential New Orleans R & B musicians, songwriters and producers to date. Here’s what Elton John had to say about meeting Toussaint:
“When I meet someone like Allen Toussaint – that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano, he’s a historical part of rock and roll.”
Wednesday, November 30 – Christmas with Aaron Neville at The Music Center Strathmore in Bethesda
$35 – $55
Grammy Award winner, Aaron Neville and his Quintet will perform soulful renditions of Christmas Classics with an R & B twist. Allan Toussaint will also perform a twenty minute opener, followed by Neville and his Quintet.
Thursday, December 1 – Sierra Hull and Highway 111 at NightCat in Easton
7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Sierra Hull, a native of Tennessee is not only the recipient of The Presidential Scholarship from Berklee School of Music (the most prestigious award given by Berklee), but was also personally invited by superstar Allison Kraus to the Opry Stage when she was only eleven years old. A talented singer and mandolin player, Hull has performed at The Kennedy Center, The White House and Carnegie Hall among other notable venues. She recently released “Daybreak,” her third album.
Friday, December 2 – Andrea Bocelli at Verizon Center in DC
$78 – $378
Andrea Bocelli returns to DC for a very special concert at the Verizon Center featuring conductor Eugene Kohn, as well as world-renowned soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and special guest, Tony Award-winner Heather Headley. Bocelli, who has sold over 65 million records, continues to captivate audiences with his powerful yet angelic voice.
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