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Alison Krauss

By Bret McCabe | Posted 1/12/2005

WEDNESDAY: Life Goes On at the Charm City Space with New Age Hillbilly, American Princes, and Sylvan Screen. Tex-house producer DJ Spettro gets started at Sonar. Storytelling songwriter Mike Cross stops by Sykesville's Baldwin's Station. Marshall Crenshaw plays his high-class tunes at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern with Graham Maby. THURSDAY: The Dan Haas Band brings its orchestral pop to the Rams Head Live to benefit Doctors Without Borders tsunami relief and record a live CD. Philadelphia hardcore hitter Clockcleaner's hands are for holding at Reptilian Records boss Chris X's birthday party at the Talking Head. Singer/songwriter Johnny A has to laugh at the Funk Box. Local jazz vocalist Tamm E. Hunt performs at Sascha's 527. Turntables on the Hudson--DJs Nickodemus and Mariano with percussionist Nappy G--deliver the party anthems at Good Love Bar. FRIDAY: Don't rush Jean Grae at the Ottobar with Diverse, Ogun, and Tislam (see Music, page 30). Shape-shifting, tightly wound local quartet Avec unfurls its deceptive cadences at the Talking Head with Karmella's Game. Saxophonist David Murray performs with local pianist Lafayette Gilchrist at An die Musik (see Music, page 28). Baby Aspirins get chewable at the True Vine (co-owned by City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski) with the Matt Dahl Group. All the Dead Pilots are easily lost in the present at the Sidebar Tavern with Bluetoxin, Rain the Shining, and Conshafter. Mathematicians add it up at the Charm City Space with Skull Division and Materials. Plans Plans surveys the Mojo Room with Shellshag and the Wire Orchestra. Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers open for George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars at Washington's 9:30 Club. The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., hosts the 20th annual WFMA benefit featuring the Chad Mitchell Trio, Buskin and Batteau, Hamilton Camp, Limeliters, Tommy Makem, David Mallett, Modern Man, and Noel Paul Stookey. SATURDAY: Earl Wilson and Phase One are joined by Miss Ruby Dawson at Lexington Market from noon to 2 p.m. Orpheum Films' George Figgs teams up with Eric Rose at the True Vine. Steve Devil and the Relatives play a CD-release show at the Vault with ilyAimy, For the Life of Grady, and Private Eleanor (featuring CP production assistant Austin Stahl). Co-Pilot takes control at the Ottobar with Audiofix. Reeds player Blaise Siwula is joined by bassist Adam Lane and drummer Toshi Makihara at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Pianist Andrew Hill performs solo at An die Musik (see Music, page 28). The Big Hurt puts one on the Royal with Von Stella. Dark Water Transit floods the Talking Head with Ethnic, Monger, and Via Satellite. FreQ Nasty is boomin' back atcha at Sonar with K Swing. Stout plays the Sidebar Tavern with Hell to Pay, Fighting Chance, and the Screws. Marino plays a CD-release show at Towson's Recher Theatre with Agents of the Sun and Stereogrind. Disappear fear's Sonia begins the day like a tango at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. Local cosmic-soul ensemble Fertile Ground and soul man Raheem DeVaughn perform a MLK weekend celebration at the 9:30 Club with Donnie. Mother teacher Hidden Hand destroys the Black Cat with Pentagram and Alabama Thunderpussy. The 20th annual WFMA benefit continues at the Birchmere with Oscar Brand, Brothers Four, Bill Danoff, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Carolyn Hester, Highwaymen, Christine Lavin, Schooner Fare, and Side by Side. SUNDAY: The Ottobar holds a Johnny Cash/Nirvana tribute night with MTC, Smells Like ________, Vicious Kings, the Cadavers, the Eklektix, Mismo, Black Sweat, and more. Partyline is unsafe at any speed at the Charm City Space with Tuffie and a screening of Don't Need You with discussions by Allison Wolfe and Mark Anderson. Left Hand of God wipes the Talking Head with Poughkeepsie, N.Y.'s fab proggy, IDM-metal trio Genghis Tron, Shat, and Destructo Swarmbots. DeSol shines at the Rams Head Live. The Aaron Neville Quintet says what's in its R&B heart at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. MONDAY: Bluegrass country goddess Alison Krauss and Union Station don't have to live this way at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Young blues gun Jonny Lang wanders this world and into Rams Head Live with Brandy Carlile. TUESDAY: Karmella's Game comes, goes, leaves the Ottobar with Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer and June. Audio Terror Regime reigns over the Sidebar with Irate, H8 Inc., Fuck You All, and Deadeverything. The Funk Brothers stand outside the shadow of Motown at Rams Head Live. Aaron Neville Quintet plays a second night at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Western swing veteran Asleep at the Wheel keeps Bob Wills alive at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. WEDNESDAY: Get your Section 8 at Sonar with Matt Sanborn and Ken Lazee. Banjoist Tony Trischka visits Baldwin's Station. IN THE WINGS: Jonny Kaboom explodes Sonar Jan. 26. (For more information, call [410] 327-8333 or visit Sonar.) The Seldom Scene frequent the Funk Box Jan. 28. (For more information, call [410] 625-2000 or visit the Funk Box.) Reeds player Michael Doneda performs with righteous percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and reeds player Jack Wright at the Red Room Jan. 28. (For more information, visit the Red Room.) Halfway Broken plays a CD-release show at the Recher Jan. 28 with 7 Days Torn, Of Broken, and Fourth Element. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit the Recher Theatre.) And local steamroller Wake Up on Fire strafes the Talking Head Jan. 30 with Thieves, Moonshine, and Shitdogs of War. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit The Talking Head Club.

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