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Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

October 07, 2004

Rock release parties

Rock out Philly style when Roots Cafe presents Marah on Saturday. Led by brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, this "relentlessly perfect tear-the-house-down rock `n' roll band," according to Sauce Magazine, will be performing at St. John's Church.

Joined by Baltimore's Barn Burners, who are opening the show with a release party for their third CD, Shot Down, Marah celebrates its fourth album, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, with a return to the road and a new lineup.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. Admission is $10. For more information, call 410-880-3883 or visit www.rootscafe.org.

The mixmaster

Straight from the U.K., mixmaster Mark Rae performs Sunday night at Red Maple.

Rae has written and recorded as part of the Rae & Christian double act, in addition to having been behind some of underground hip hop's memorable moments. He brings his unique brand of funk, soul and hip-hop to Baltimore, joined by angelic vocalist Veba. DJ Adam T. Rush performs the opening set.

The event runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $5 before 10 p.m., and $7 after. You must be 21 or older to attend this show. Red Maple is located at 930 N. Charles St. For more information, call 410-547-0149 or visit www.930redmaple.com.

Rhythm and funk

The Funk Box hosts Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Red Eyes tonight as the Red Eyes celebrate the release of their latest CD.

ALO has blended classic songwriting skills with dance-floor prowess to garner the attention of Jack Johnson, whom the group opened for in 2002. The Red Eyes includes musicians with various histories who have all come together to create danceable rhythms with intelligent lyrics.

Doors open at 8 p.m., the Red Eyes go on at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $7. The Funk Box is located at 10 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. For tickets or more information call 410-625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.com.

- Meredith Lidard

Oddzar at the Recher

Hard rock band Oddzar will release its debut CD with a blow out at the Recher Theatre on Saturday. The super-young four-member band (we hear they're all 21 or younger) was signed by a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Music, so we'll probably be hearing a lot from them.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $7 in advance and $12 at the door. Dog Fashion Disco, Mod Flanders Conspiracy and Catatonik are also playing.

The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road, Towson. Call 410-337-7178 or visit www. rechertheatre.com.

- Annie Linskey

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