The third and final week of Common Ground on the Hill‘s Traditions Weeks starts today. 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. Evening staff concerts in Alumni Hall: Tuesday – Latin Roots; Wednesday – Blues & Folk Roots; Thursday – Bluegrass featuring Tim O’Brien, Che Apalache, and more; Friday – Staff Finale. 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. Tuesday is the BFMS Song Swap at Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter. 888.646.BFMS
At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Monday: Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters; Tuesday: Nick Moss Band; Wednesday: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers; Thursday: Kyle Daniel w/ Dean Rosenthal Trio; Saturday: Pat McGee Band w/ Blue Miracle; Sunday: The Righteous Brothers. 410-268-4545
At the Birchmere in Alexandria VA – Tuesday: “Bustin’ Loose for Eileen Carson Schatz” — a benefit concert for the leader of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Artists include Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Béla Fleck, Sierra Hull, Danny Paisley and Mark Schatz; Wednesday: Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters; Thursday: Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan; Sunday: Little River Band. 703-549-7500
WTMD’s First Thursday Festival presented by Brewers Hill continues this week in Canton Waterfront Park. Six bands, two stages, still free: Black Pumas, Super City, Soccer Mommy, Van Hunt, Los Coast, and Old Eastern. Music starts at 5:30pm.
Uptown Concerts presents multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville on Thursday. 410-795-1041
Charm City Junction is at West Shore Park in the inner harbor on Friday and The Cabaret at Germano’s in Little Italy on Saturday 410.752.4515 and Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton next Sunday at 6pm. 410-557-9466
Jonny Lang and JJ Grey & Mofror are at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric on Thursday. (410) 900-1150
At The Soundry in Columbia, MD – Thursday: Oliver Bates Craven (formerly of The Stray Birds) w/ Conor & The Wild Hunt; Friday: Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band; Saturday: The Ron Holloway Band; Sunday: Kristin Andreassen, Jefferson Hamer, and Lauren Balthrop. . 443.283.1200
The 7th annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival is Friday through Sunday at Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon, VA. Hosted by the Steel Wheels, artists include Lucinda Williams, the Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange, Peter Rowan’s Carter Stanley’s Eyes, The Tim O’Brien Band, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, Birds of Chicago, Feufollet, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Cedric Burnside, Courtney Hartman, Cedric Watson Trio, Lula Wiles, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, and lots more.
The 22nd annual Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival is Saturday at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, MD. Artists include Shelley Ensor, The Tim O’Brien Band, Guy Davis, Che Appalache, Urban Artistry, Chris Luquette, Walt Michael & Co., Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Ken Kolodner, The Ronstadt Brothers, and more. 410-857-2771
Akira & Node 18 with Mark Brine opening will be at Edith May’s Paradise in Jessup on Saturday. 410-799-3755
Ngoni and banjo player Cheick Hamala Diabate from Mali and his band will be at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC on Saturday at 6:00.
Kansas City band Making Movies brings Latinx rhythms to the Creative Alliance on Sunday w/ Baltimore’s Conjunto Bruja. 410-276-1651
The duo In the Clear is at MAXgallery in Butchers Hill on Sunday. 410-804-7459