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By Bret McCabe | Posted 3/30/2005

WEDNESDAY: The Sidebar Tavern holds a Skate Park of Baltimore benefit with NagChaumpa, Muscle Twin, Puddle, and Dead Man Sway. Local self-destructive disco-thrash outfit Trash Camp is hot ass on a cold day at the Ottobar with Each Other and Methal Orange. Drum ’n’ bassist Grooverider cruises Sonar with MC Dynamite. The Bridge may never leave the Funk Box. David Lowery brings unplugged versions of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven to Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: Skinless flays the Sidebar with Misery Index, Strong Intention, Needless Guilt, and Nightmare Prophecy. The Living Legends crew of MCs rocks the Ottobar with Luckyiam, Grouch, Eligh, Sunspot Jonz, Scarub, Bicasso, and Aesop. Body-artist vocalist and composer Bobby McFerrin leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through three Mozart works, including Piano Concerto No. 22 featuring NPR-fame soloist Christopher O’Riley at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Opposable Thumbs bring the jazzy, funky hip-hop to Sonar with Eyekon and Hardheadz. The Jarflys scoot into the Funk Box. North Cack-a-lacka rock quintet Birds of Avalon put down the gun and take up karate at the Talking Head with Chester Stacey and the Expotentials. Rochester, N.Y.’s tech-heavy hardcore outfit Achilles stands last at the Charm City Space.

FRIDAY: The Ubangis headline the Ape-ril Fool’s Day show at the Talking Head with the Savaginas and some freaking DJs, since everything has to have them now. Mofofunka turns this mother out like it’s 1973 at the New Haven Lounge. Philly X-tian punk unit Mewithoutyou plays a 5 p.m. all-ages show at the Ottobar with Cordova and the Get Down; later, Fishnet Stalkers do their punk thing with the Volunteers and Kamikaze Zero. Saxophonist and composer Sam Rivers is the special guest as bassist Michael Formanek leads the Peabody Jazz Orchestra at the Conservatory’s East Hall (see Music). Bobby McFerrin leads the BSO through Mozart at the Meyerhoff. Trash Camp brings out the dead at the Mojo Room with Karate Champ, the Mishaps, and Tim Kaye. Rockin’ gal L.P. bears her heart-shaped scar at Fletcher’s with Strap Pawn.

SATURDAY: New York pianist Borah Bergman is virtually unknown outside the most die-hard free-jazz circles, and not even the woefully misguided comparisons to Cecil Taylor bolster his stateside recognition. Bergman performs primarily in Europe, making this evening’s solo performance at An die Musik a very, very rare chance to see one of the most technically gifted and imaginative minds in free music today. Ultraworld rekindles its all-day with Daylight at Sonar featuring Derrick Carter, DJ Icey, AK1200, and many, many more. A, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i J-Roddy Walston and the Business’ new LMN EP rocks at the Talking Head with Water School. Sound wizards Mike Evans, Neil Feather, and Jason Willett make their own strange brew at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Cleveland punks in Nine Shocks Terror teach Zen and the art of beating your ass to the Sidebar with Disassociate, Strong Intention, Magrudergrind, and the Last Pig in the Yard. The fourth annual Ottobar Flea Circus gets started at noon; those omnipresent DJs play the day away until the bands start at 9 p.m. with At the Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn, Long Live Death, and Temp Sound Solutions. Buzzy singer/songwriter Gavin Degraw hits the UMBC Fieldhouse with Michael Tolcher. The Tombs rock the Mojo Room with the Pinkslips and the Saviours. Bobby McFerrin leads the BSO through Mozart at the Meyerhoff. The Carl Filipiak Group plays a tribute to Jimi Hendrix at Towson’s Recher Theatre.

SUNDAY: Back in 1992-’94, Washington’s Hoover put on hypnotically intense live shows, thanks in large part to the ass-flattening rhythm section of bassist Fred Erskine and drummer Chris Farral; the short-lived quartet’s even shorter-lived reunion heralds its cutting-like-drugs wattage at Sonar with the Medications and the Threads. Local folk- tinted outfit Wax and Wane—stopping by the Charm City Space with Sylvan Screen, Pash, and Bellefea—just put out a spry, indubitably catchy CD-R. Piano wunderkind Lang Lang plays a solo recital at the Meyerhoff at 3 p.m. The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra plays the 23rd Degree Restaurant (1225 Cathedral St.).

MONDAY: Anticon MC Sole plays with a full band at the Ottobar with Pedestrian and Dosh. Bag of Humans rattles Fletcher's with Beneath the Creep, A Different Self, and Hell to Pay. The Peabody Opera Workshop performs a potpourri of opera scenes dating from the 18th century and before, in their original languages, for free at Friedberg Hall.

TUESDAY: Show of the week: Houston’s Indian Jewelry destroys ideas at the Charm City Space. Local dynamo jazz group the Kevin Robinson Ensemble cooks Club 347. Peabody faculty cellist Amit Peled performs Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G and Suite No. 3 in C, Kodály’s Sonata for Cello Solo, and Britten’s Third Suite for Cello Solo at Friedberg Hall.

WEDNESDAY: DMBQ plays the essential sounds from the Far East at the Mojo Room with Wzt Hearts, Human Host, and John Berndt. Alabama’s emotionally wrought punk outfit the Snake the Cross the Crown rocks the Ottobar with Owen, Decibully, and Sylvan Screen. The great Bobby Blue Band heats up Rams Head Tavern.

IN THE WINGS: Local DIY-hive Human Conduct presents a hodgepodge of its creative floods at the Talking Head April 15 with the Organ Donors, Wax and Wane, the New Flesh, Yukon, Human Host, the Clancy 6, Mr. Moccasin, and Wail Sounds. (For more info call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) The Gore Gore Girls return
to Harm City April 13 at the Mojo Room with the
Expotentials. (For more info, call [410] 327-7427 or visit www.themojobalto.com.) Local troubadour Dave Heumann’s Arbouretum heads into the Supreme Imperial April 16 with Human Host. (For more information, call [410] 727-8335 or visit www.thehush.net.) British soul maven Julie Dexter visits Fletcher’s April 15 with J Soul and Deborah Bond.
(For more information, call [410] 558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.)

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