Don't Miss

DON'T MISS

August 17, 2006|By MARC SHAPIRO

DJ Jazzy Jeff

The lowdown -- You may remember him as Jazz on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will's friend who was always stealing stuff. He was also Will Smith's DJ in his Fresh Prince rapping days. DJ Jazzy Jeff spins at Sonar on Saturday with DJ Premier from Gangstarr.

If you go -- Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is 21 and older. The show is free, but you have to register at scion.com/metro. Call 410-327-8333 or visit sonarbaltimore.com.

At the Ottobar

The lowdown -- An innovative form of musical theater, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players take vintage slide collections that they acquire at estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores and turn them into part of their pop-rock audio-visual experience. They play the Ottobar on Sunday with Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey and the Awkward Sounds of Scott and Skizz.

If you go -- The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.

Jah Army

The lowdown -- Soldiers of Jah Army take the melodic bass lines, off-beat guitar strumming and piano plinks of roots reggae and combine it with the thump of hip-hop, the attack of hard rock and the buildup of jam bands to make a fresh brand of reggae. Their socially conscious lyrics discuss the suffering caused by nuclear bombs and war, demand more competent and honest world leaders, encourage keeping faith and, most importantly, point out that underneath all our negligible differences, we are all brothers and sisters.

If you go -- Soldiers of Jah Army play the 8x10 in Federal Hill on Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. Call 410-625-2000 or visit the8x10.com.

[MARC SHAPIRO]

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