From Hip-hop To Alt-rock

Summer Music Preview

May 04, 2006|By RASHOD OLLISON

For many of us, thoughts of music and hot fun at an outdoor concert are the best remembrances of summers past. Whether your thing is a raucous rock show, a jubilant gospel program, a refreshing jazz set, summer is the season to see fine musical acts.

Festivals sporting big names will stop in the area. May 27 and 28, The HFStival at Merriweather Post Pavilion will feature hip-hop superstar Kanye West, acclaimed garage-rock band the Strokes and legendary punk-rock group Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, among others. For country fans, the WMZQfest on May 13 will bring Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Mark Willis and others to the Nissan Pavilion. June 2-4, the Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather will boast some of the best names in smooth jazz, including Kem, Will Downing and Walter Beasley and popular local band Fertile Ground.

The Vans Warped Tour is all about alternative rock and comes to the area twice: first at Merriweather on June 15 and at Nissan Pavilion on Aug. 10. The many acts include the Buzzcocks, Armor For Sleep and Anti Flag.

Whatever your musical taste, you're bound to find something thrilling to see this summer.

RASHOD OLLISON

CONCERT SCHEDULE

May

May 4

Maria Rita -- Birchmere

Nichole Nordeman and Tony Nolan -- 1st Mariner

"An Intimate Evening With Friends" -- the Hard Travelers and Heart of the Rockies, Gordon Center for Performing Arts

James Taylor -- Hippodrome

Fall Out Boy, with All-Ameri can Rejects, Hawthorne Heights and From First to Last -- Merriweather

Umphrey's McGee and Ohm -- 9:30 Club

Still Remains, Nodes of Ranier, If Hope Dies, Demeri cous -- Ottobar

Sex Pistols Experience -- Rams Head Live

Al Stewart -- Rams Head Tavern

Toots and the Maytals -- Rech er

May 5

Kate Clinton -- Birchmere

Anthony Hamilton and Heather Headley -- Constitution Hall

Tribute to Keter Betts -- Montpelier Arts Center

State Radio, John Brown's Body, Bedouin Soundclash -- 9:30 Club

Vs. the Earth and Pennyroy als -- Rams Head Live

Paul and Storm -- Rams Head Tavern

Van Hunt and Aslyn -- Recher

May 6

David Sanborn -- Birchmere

Anthony Hamilton and Heather Headley -- Constitution Hall

Tony Bennett -- Hippodrome

Phoenix -- 9:30 Club

The Business, Roger Miret and the Disasters, Brain Failure -- Ottobar

Project Object and School of Rock -- Rams Head Live

Thomas Dolby -- Rams Head Tav ern

Mahoney Brothers -- Recher

May 7

Comedian Mike Birbiglia -- Birchmere

Katt Williams -- Meyerhoff

The Concretes and New Buf falo -- 9:30 Club

Pistolita, Parkton -- Ottobar

Thomas Dolby -- Rams Head Tav ern

May 8

Thomas Dolby -- Birchmere

Mindi Abair -- Rams Head Tavern

Mindless Self Indulgence -- Recher

Thursday -- Sonar

May 9

Mindi Abair -- Birchmere

Boogie Hustlers, Righteous Soul -- The 8x10

The Matches, Whole Wheat Bread, Forgive Durden -- Otto bar

Glen Phillips and Willy Por ter -- Rams Head Tavern

Underoath, As Cities Burn and Spitfire -- Recher

May 10

Anthony Hamilton and Heather Headley -- Lyric

Mogwai -- 9:30 Club

Luka Bloom -- Rams Head Tavern

Alexisonfire and Aiden -- Recher

May 11

Glen Phillips, Willy Porter --e Birchmere

D.J. Williams Projekt, Blue Method -- The 8x10

John Anderson and 3 Fox Drive -- 1st Mariner

Disco Biscuits -- 9:30 Club

Allan Holdsworth -- Rams Head Tavern

Kittie, Agony Scene, On Bro ken Wings and Byzantine -- Recher

May 12

Jerry Douglas -- Birchmere

Stephanie Mills and Jeffrey Osborne -- Constitution Hall

Tom Hamilton's American Ba bies -- The 8x10

New Jack Reunion Tour -- Tony, Toni, Tone; After 7, Guy and Black street, 1st Mariner

Odetta -- Montpelier Arts Center

JoDee Messina -- Rams Head Live

Dave Mason Band -- Rams Head Tavern

Fools and Horses -- Recher

Mobb Deep -- Sonar

May 13

Ana Gabriel -- Constitution Hall

Colouring Lesson -- The 8x10

Annual Pre-Mother's Day Cabaret and Dance -- featuring the Dells, Heatwave, Peaches and Herb, the Intruders, BADD, A Touch of Class and Cynthia Jefferson, Fifth Regiment Armory

WMZQfest -- featuring Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Mark Wills and Blaine Larsen, Nissan Pavilion

Gypsy Eyes Records Launch Party -- featuring Shortstack, Re vival, Brandon Butler and These United States (early show), 9:30 Club

Bob Mould and Richard Mo rel -- (late show) 9:30 Club

Twenty Ripped Angel, 51 Peg, the Drowning Season -- Otto bar

Mister Wilson and Spiral -- Rams Head Live

Capitol Steps -- Rams Head Tav ern

Gaelic Storm -- Recher

May 14

Kathy Mattea -- Birchmere

Ice Cube and Tha Dogg Pound -- 9:30 Club

A Life Once Lost, Cephalic Carnage, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Scarlet -- Ottobar

Warren Zanes and Starbelly -- Rams Head Tavern

30 Seconds to Mars -- Recher

May 15

Tom Verlaine -- 9:30 Club

May 16

Grilled Lincolns -- The 8x10

Allan Holdsworth -- Birch mere

The Go-Go's -- 9:30 Club

Elefant, Sound Team, Touring Mystery -- Ottobar

May 17

Umelt, Spilling the Sun -- The 8x10

The Charlatans U.K. -- 9:30 Club

Bacon Brothers -- Rams Head Tavern

May 18

D.J. Williams Projekt -- The 8x10

Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra -- 1st Mari ner

The Fray and the Damnwells -- 9:30 Club

Bacon Brothers -- Rams Head Tavern

May 19

Hackensaw Boys, Smooth Ken tucky -- The 8x10

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