A blanket or a lawn chair, a picnic, cold drinks, a spouse or significant other, your kids, bug repellent. What else do you need to enjoy music under the stars, or under the sun, as the case may be? Nothing that we can think of.
The outdoor concert season is upon us -- music is everywhere in the air. From Baltimore to Bel Air, from Annapolis to Aberdeen, you can get your musical fill of rock, pop, hip-hop, alternative, jazz, big-band, folk, country and more.
FOR THE RECORD - An article in the June 27 Live section incorrectly reported that the band Marmalade Sky would perform a Beatles tribute during a concert scheduled for July 30 at Aberdeen Festival Park. Marmalade Sky is a local band that plays popular music. The Sun regrets the error.
Following is our annual roundup of outdoor summer concerts. Get ready to start marking your calendar.
Aberdeen Festival Park. "Summer Concert Series." 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Howard Street, Aberdeen. In case of rain, concerts at Aberdeen High School, 251 Paradise Road. Free. Call 410-939-6767. July 2: Sounding Brass Quintet. July 9: Harford County Choral Society. July 16: Bay Country Gentlemen, barbershop chorus. July 23: Jericho Bridge, bluegrass. July 30: Marmalade Sky, Beatles tribute. Aug. 6: 389th Army Field Band. Aug. 13: Upper Chesapeake Community Band. Aug. 20: Erica Martinez & the Double Vision Dancers.
The Avenue at White Marsh. "Summer Concert Series." 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. At the Main Plaza. Free. Call 410-931-0411. June 29: Kate & CJ, acoustic folk. July 5: Mercy Creek, folk/rock. July 6: Kelly Bell Band, blues. July 12: Panharmonia, steel-drum band. July 19: Crawdaddies, Cajun. July 20: Naked Blue, pop. July 26: Part Harmony, a cappella. Aug. 2: John Fahres, rock. Aug. 9: Thrill, modern rock. Aug. 10: Mary Lou & the Untouchables, blues. Aug. 16: Geckos, Caribbean. Aug. 24: Kelly Bell Band, blues. Aug. 30: Mercy Creek, folk/rock. Aug. 31: Part Harmony, a cappella. Sept. 2: Crawdaddies, Cajun.
Baker Park. "Summer Concert Series." 7 p.m. Sundays. 4 W. Second St., Frederick. Free. Bring canned food items to benefit the Frederick County Food Bank. Call 301-694-2489. June 30: Star Spangled Big Band, swing. July 7: Junkyard Saints, zydeco. July 14: Corey Brooks & the Gumption, group, classic pop R&B. July 21: Kevin Kline, pop. July 28: Radio City, variety. Aug. 4: Shannon Lawson, country. Aug. 11: Leaping Luci, reggae. Aug. 18: Tom Principato, blues. Aug. 25: The Dudes, alternative.
Baltimore Museum of Art. "Summer Jazz Series." 7 p.m. Saturdays. In the Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden, 10 Art Museum Drive. $10 and $12. Call 410-396-6314. July 6: Greg Hatza Organization. July 20: Dreamworld. Aug. 3: Carl Filipiak.
Baltimore Outdoor Summer Band Concert Series. Free. Call 410-396-7076. Municipal Concert Band, George Gaylor, conductor. All concerts 7 p.m.-9 p.m. July 2: Patterson Park at Pulaski Monument, Eastern and Linwood avenues. July 3: Good Samaritan Hospital grounds, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd. July 5: Burdick Park, Glenmore Avenue and Walther Boulevard. July 10: Fitzgerald Park, Wilson Street, Bolton Hill. July 11: Federal Hill Park, Battery and Warren avenues. July 12: St. Matthew's Church grounds, Norman and Mayfield avenues. July 15: DePaul House grounds, 3300 Benson Ave. July 16: Cathedral of Mary Our Queen grounds, 5300 N. Charles St. Baltimore's Big Band, Gene Walker, conductor. July 6: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cherry Hill Community Festival, Cherry Hill Shopping Center. July 7: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wyman Park, Tudor Arms Avenue and 37th Street. July 14: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Coldspring community, Tamarind Road and Clove Terrace. July 17: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Ashburton community, 3935 Hilton Road. July 18: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road. July 19: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Shiloh Christian Community Church grounds, Yale and Beechfield avenues. July 22: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Gwynns Falls Park, Hilton Parkway and 3400 block of W. North Ave. July 23: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Road. July 24: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Latrobe Park, Locust Point Recreation Center, 1627 E. Fort Ave. July 28: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Gwynns Falls and Leakin Park communities, 4200 Seminole Ave.
Boordy Vineyards. "Midsummer Evening Concerts." Long Green Pike (two miles north of Glen Arm Road in Baltimore County). Music and dancing 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $10 includes six wine-sampling tickets. Call 410-592-5015. June 29: Orquesta La Romana, salsa. July 6: Crawdaddies, zydeco. July 13: Totally Confused, swing. July 20: Junkyard Saints, zydeco. July 27: Totally Confused, swing. Aug. 3: Tropicombo, Latin. Aug. 10: Mood Swings, swing. Aug. 17: Crawdaddies, Cajun. Aug. 24: Blue Sky 5, swing/ lindy. Aug. 31: Orquesta La Romana, salsa.
The Can Company. "First Fridays at the Can." 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 2400 Boston St., Canton. Free. 410-558-CANC. July 5: Junkyard Saints, zydeco. Aug. 2: Mambo Combo, Caribbean rock. Sept. 6: Two Flights Up, rock.