Today marks the beginning of Common Ground on the Hill‘s Traditions Weeks – three individual weeks of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts, held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Over 350 workshops taught by 200 nationally and internationally recognized instructors. 410-857-2771
The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors English Country Dance every Monday at Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter on York Road and American Contra and Square Dancing every Wednesday at the Lovely Lane Church on St. Paul Street. 888.646.BFMS
Charm City Junction plays a free show in Patterson Park’s concert series on Tuesday at 6:30pm.
The BFMS Song Swap is Tuesday at the Four Hour Day Lutherie on Harford Road. (410) 637-3728
The American Folklife Center presents Mexican American folk music from California by Los Cenzontles at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Tuesday at noon. Free.
On Wednesday, Giacomo Smith & Kansas Smitty’s House Band are at the Creative Alliance. Friday is Brent Birckhead’s album release show. 410-276-1651
At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Wednesday: Acoustic Alchemy; Friday: Amy Helm w/ The Restless Age; Saturday afternoon: Pierce Edens Duo and Sam Burchfield Duo; Sunday: The Four Freshmen. 410-268-4545
Wednesday, Lucy Isabel will be at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC. 202-333-7700
At the Birchmere in Alexandria VA – Thursday: Celso Piña; Friday: The Righteous Brothers; Saturday: Newmyer Flyer Presents LAUREL CANYON: Golden Songs of Los Angeles 1966-73. 703-549-7500
On Friday, Uptown Concerts presents Buskin & Batteau with Lea at Cellar Stage Timonium. The Cellar Stage Timonium is located in Timonium United Methodist Church on Pot Spring Road. 410-521-9099
Violinist Maureen Choi and her Quartet have two shows at An Die Musik Live! on Friday. 410-385-2638
At The Soundry in Columbia, MD – Friday: A Talking Heads Tribute with Start Making Sense w/ Ruby Dear; Saturday: Ruthie And The Wranglers w/ The Truehearts; Sunday: Jah9 & The Dub Treatment w/ Shamans of Sound. 443.283.1200
“El Gran Festival De Musica Cubana” is at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Saturday. Artists are Juan de Marcos, Eliades Ochoa y Cuarteto Patria, Barbarito Torres y su Grupo, Jesus Aguaje Ramos y su Orquesta, Cubanismo!, with special guest Ibrahim Ferrer, Jr. 301-581-5100
Sunday at 4pm Dom Flemons will be at Hill Center in Washington DC.