The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors English Country Dance every Monday at St. Marks on the Hill on Reisterstown Road and American Contra and Square Dancing every Wednesday at the Lovely Lane Church on St. Paul Street. Saturday is the annual Playford Ball at Church of the Redeemer on N. Charles Street. 888.646.BFMS
Charm City Junction, Blue Rhythm Boys, Dovetail Ensemble and Ken Waldman are all at the War Memorial Roots Music Showcase on Monday.
On Tuesday there’s an old-time music jam led by Ken and Brad Kolodner at Liam Flynn’s Ale House in the Station North Arts District. 443-956-1702
The Institute of Musical Traditions presents Mediæval Bæbes at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD on Monday. 301-754-3611
Monday, Father John Misty with Mikal Cronin appear at Ram’s Head Live downtown. Friday is Lake Street Dive w/The Suitcase Junket. Next Sunday it’s Toro Y Moi w/Astronauts, etc. 410-244-1131
At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Monday: Striking Matches w/Fairground Saints; next Sunday: Cowboy Junkies. 410-268-4545
Bumper Jacksons have two shows at An Die Musik Live! on Wednesday. 410-385-2638
Wednesday is a world music showcase with Drums of the Diaspora, Nation Beat, and Kaira Ba at the Creative Alliance. Friday is a zydeco dance party featuring Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys. 410-276-1651
Iraqi oud master & composer Rahim Alhaj will receive the National Endowment for the Arts 2015 Heritage Fellowship award on Thursday at the Library of Congress and will perform at Lisner Auditorium of George Washington University on Friday along with other award winners. Both events are free.
On Friday, Uptown Concerts at The Cellar Stage kicks off a new season of folk concerts with The Kennedys. Ryan Scarberry opens. The Cellar Stage is located in Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton on Harford Road. 410-521-9099
The Paul McKenna Band from Scotland is at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church on Friday and at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Saturday. 410-857-2771
On Friday, NYC’s 10-piece world music band Spanglish Fly will be at Tropicalia in Washington. (202) 629-4535
Also Friday, Jeanne Jolly will be at the Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre in Easton MD. 410-822-7299
The HoCoFolkFest is Saturday from noon to 5pm at Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City featuring Tanzania Ceili Band (Traditional Irish), Carrol County Cloggers, Darla Jean and the Somethin’ or Others (Old Time), Broesler School of Irish Dance, and Charm City Limits (Bluegrass).
How about a cave dance? Grand Caverns in Grottoes, VA will be illuminated with hundreds of candles while participants in period costumes enjoy dancing in the unique, magical environment to live music. Becca Dennison will be calling to the 3rd Maryland Volunteers. 540-249-5705
Zedashe from the nation of Georgia will be at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Sunday at 6:00pm.