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North Mississippi Allstars

By Bret McCabe | Posted 2/2/2005

WEDNESDAY: Tyondai Braxton plays a tsunami benefit at the Ottobar with More Dogs and Wzt Hearts. John Larner and Slater Hogan tag-team Sonar. More Than a Monument lands at the CharmCity Space with DUI and the Cult Classics. The Peabody Contemporary Percussion Ensemble performs George Crumb's Night Music I, Boulez's Improvisations sur MallarmŽ II, Gyšrgy Ligeti's Sippal, dobbal, n‡dihegeduvel, and Alberto Ginastera's Cantata para AmŽrica m‡gica at Friedberg Hall. Everbody's talking about George Figgs and Eric Rose at the True Vine (co-owned by City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski). Celtic quartet Iona branches out into Sykesville's Baldwin's Station. Bluesman Tommy Castro rocks Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern with Tinsley Ellis.

THURSDAY: Local jazz singer Tamm E. Hunt plays the Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday. Guitarist Chuck Dufor and electronic musician Patrick Stacey perform at the closing reception for s'Lottery! at Maryland Art Place. The Jennifers come on, get happy at the Talking Head with One Ring Zero and Glaz Almaz. Clevis punks the Sidebar Tavern. Filthy Rotten Sex Machine gives Nikki a magazine at the Ottobar with the Tombs.

FRIDAY: Chicago's legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble--percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and multi-instrumentalists Ernest Dickerson and Duke Payen--performs two sets at An die Musik. Yuri Temirkanov leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through Dvor‡k's Cello Concerto with guest soloist Yo-Yo Ma at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Secret Crush Society plays a CD-release show at the Ottobar with Chester Stacey, Trixie Little, and the Twin Six (see No Cover, page 28). The Dirty Eyes play a benefit for the Hanover Youth Against Suicide at the Sidebar with V.P.R. and the Hellcats. The Tommy Castro Band hits the Funk Box with the Crawdaddies. Sylvan Screen plays a benefit for the Nicaraguan relief effort at the Charm City Space with the Sawtelles, Hop Along Queen Ansleis, and the Fellow Project. Folk duo the Kennedys dance around in the rain at the Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church. The Greg Hatza Organization kicks off its weekend at the New Haven Lounge. Gwar makes a bloody mess at Towson's Recher Theatre with All That Remains and Alabama Thunderpussy.

SATURDAY: Local duo Metal Hearts open for Human Host at the Talking Head with Mr. Moccasin and Pittsburgh Papers (see No Cover, page 23). Old Songs sing the ancient Greek at the True Vine. Live hip-hop quartet Hardheadz record a live CD at the Royal. Stout lays into the Sidebar with Death Before Dishonor, Strength for a Reason, Diamonds in the Rough, and Choose Your Weapon. Baby Macaroni elbows into the Funk Box with Table Top Poets. The Greg Hatza Organization performs a second night at the New Haven. DJ Donald Glaude glides into Sonar with DB and Karl K. Microcosmic trumpeter Forbes Graham visits the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Dactyl gets tactile on Frazier's on the Avenue with Vincent Black Shadow. Singer/songwriter Keller Williams is, like, really chummy at Rams Head Live. The North Mississippi Allstars make the country blues rock at the Recher.

SUNDAY: When would you say Jason Anderson was playing at the Charm City Space with Rythmandfall? The Iguanas slither into the Rams Head Tavern.

MONDAY: Dead to Fall slices into the Ottobar with the End, Swarm of the Lotus, and Strong Intention. Low cues the strings at Washington's Black Cat with Pedro the Lion.

TUESDAY: The Peabody Trio performs selections from Beethoven trios at Griswold Hall. Buckwheat Zydeco parties it up at the Funk Box with the Kelly Bell Band.

WEDNESDAY: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band gets robbed at the Funk Box with DeSol. Reggae vet Steel Pulse catches you at Rams Head Live. Folk duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart are never going to let you go at Baldwin's Station.

IN THE WINGS: Porno freak Blowfly gets dirty at the Talking Head Feb. 20 with the Headwounds and the

Savaginas. A few days later the Frijoles Fest takes over the club Feb. 24 with Battersea, Karmella's Game, Never Enough, the Daggerhearts, the Left Hand of God, and Fascist Fascist. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) Guitar Wolf does that one thing it does at the Ottobar Feb. 26 with Fascist Fascist, the Fight, and Never Enough. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Roots Café presents the Shambells at Seidel's Bowling Center Feb. 25. (For more information, call [410] 880-3883 or visit www.rootscafe.org.) Baltimore Genderfest takes over a weekend this year. Nautical Almanac's Carly Ptak plays the Charm City Space Feb. 24 with Mr. Moccasin and Abiku; the next night, Moonshine plays with Syszlak, Proteus, and Myles of Destruction at a location to be determined. Bonfire Madigan headlines Feb. 26 at the Supreme Imperial with Wax and Wane, the Weeds, Warbomb, and Materials. (For more information, visit www.angelfire.com/bug/genderfest.) South African performers Sharon Katz and the Peace Train ride into the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Feb. 26, a portion of the proceeds going to the South Baltimore Station homeless shelter. (For more information, call [410] 276-3206 or visit www.creativealliance.org.)

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