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. BFMS 40th Anniversary program on Saturday starts at Belvedere Square in Baltimore from 12 to 4:30 PM with music by The Organic Family Band, The Tanzania Ceili Band, and Will Play for Fish; dances called by Andy Kane; waltzes; and a performance by Charm City Rapper. A dinner is planned for 5 PM followed by more dancing at Lovely Lane Church from 7 to 11 PM. Sunday from 12 to 4 PM BFMS 40th continues at Cromwell Valley Park for singing, storytelling, jamming and entertainment by Steve Hickman and DeLaura Padovan. 888.646.BFMS
The Institute of Musical Traditions presents The Alt (John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O’Leary) at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD on Monday. 301-754-3611
Wednesday, Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Big Cheese will be at New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt MD. (301) 474-5642
At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Wednesday: Shemekia Copeland; Friday & Saturday: The Ann Wilson Thing (Ann Wilson from Heart); Sunday at 1pm: Josh Rouse w/Austin Plaine; Sunday evening: Renaissance. 410-268-4545
Jeff Miller & Todd Walker will be at Grace Episcopal Church in New Market, MD on Thursday. 301-882-7172
Baltimore’s Eastern European dance band Orchester Praževica will perform outside the Creative Alliance on Friday at the BUS stop. Next Sunday, Riyaaz Qawwali, from Texas, not Pakistan, will be at the Creative Alliance. 410-276-1651
On Friday, Uptown Concerts at The Cellar Stage presents Garnet Rogers (Canada) and Archie Fisher (Scotland). The Cellar Stage is located in Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton on Harford Road. 410-521-9099
Midway Fair will be opening the Baltimore County Arts Guild’s Art Ag-Stravaganza on Saturday. It’s a full day of music, art, and food on the grounds of the Maryland Agricultural Resource Center on Shawan Road in Cockeysville.
On Saturday there’s a square dance with craft brews at Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village/Waverly.
Another Saturday show is guitarist Flavio Sala at Merrick Hall of Goucher College. 443-275-7906
Also Saturday, Trio Sefardi and storyteller Noa Baum will be at Carroll Cafe in Seekers Church, Takoma Park MD. 301-562-4147
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Next Sunday at 5pm, the Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series presents Lea Gilmore and Eric Byrd with singing host Geoffrey Himes at An Die Musik Live. (410) 385-2638
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The Mount Airy Slow Jam of old-time and Celtic music is every second Sunday of the month 6-8pm at Mount Airy Town Hall.
Next Sunday is a World Folk Music Association (WFMA) showcase featuring Hugh O’Doherty, Old Town Tradition and Ryan Scarberry at El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring. 301-608-2121