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Drumsticks and Baseball Bats

Jul 30, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

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Drumsticks and baseball bats – these events are perfect for music lovers and sports fanatics! There’s music for all ears this weekend – Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Soul! The Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour features the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Doyle Bramhall II at Pier Six Pavilion. Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga perform in D.C. Afro Bop Alliance , D.C. based GRAMMY winners play Maryland Hall in Annapolis for free! The local music lineup at First Sunday Arts Festival is killer! Baltimore Symphony Orchestra gets the Led out! Summertime is primetime for baseball games, an American tradition. Root for your home team as the Orioles and the Delmarva Shorebirds play this weekend.

These event are just A Stone’s Throw Away! Look for this logo in What’s Up? Magazine’s Out and About section. A Stone’s Throw event may not be in your backyard but we think it is just close enough and way cool – so cool in fact, you won’t want to pass it up!

Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour Featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Doyle Bramhall II

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Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202, Saturday, August 1st, 6:30 p.m., $25-75, 410-783-4189,
Tedeschi Trucks Band joins forces with modern Soul Legends Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and acclaimed guitarist Doyle Bramhall II at the Wheels of Soul Tour. Learn more about these incredible musicians below. Plus, enjoy their music videos!
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Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-member tour de force led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi – has taken its hearty roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe has become a proven musical powerhouse in just four years. Driven by Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's commanding soulful voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers an electrifying blend of Blues, Soul, Jazz, and Rock that has fans and critics raving. Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted big with its GRAMMY Award-winning Revelator, 2012’s dynamic live follow up, Everybody’s Talkin’ and continued that momentum in 2013 with Made Up Mind bolstering the group’s growing reputation as the preeminent leader in Modern Blues-Rock. With guitarist Derek Trucks’ departure from The Allman Brothers Band now final, the band enters 2015 with full-time dedication allowing more time to write new songs together as an ensemble, many of which will be road-tested throughout the summer shows. Here’s hoping they bring Sharon Jones and Doyle Bramhall II with their musical crews up to perform a colossal jam at the end of this concert. Fingers crossed!

Tedeschi Trucks Band Keep on Growing Live in Boston

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been hailed as one of the leading forces in the revival of classic Soul and Funk. The band has traveled the world for more than a decade, blowing minds with their electrifying live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. The Brooklyn based 11-piece group delivers sharp, danceable Funk grooves, impassioned singing and sweet Soul hooks that stay in your head for days on end. The group is touring behind its sixth album under the renowned independent Daptone label, 2014’s Give the People What They Want, which was honored with a GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Album. The prolific power-house and survivor that she is, Sharon Jones has fully recovered from a 2013 cancer diagnosis and bounced back with one of the biggest years of her career, filled with milestone accomplishments and a renewed energy for life. I’ve been lucky enough to experience a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performance and highly recommend you check them out. Described by her Kings as a ‘fireball’ their Queen, Miss Sharon Jones may be small in stature but her voice is huge! She blows on the mic as loud as her horn section, singing freely leaving her audience empowered by the music.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Stranger to My Happiness

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Doyle Bramhall II is rightfully one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. When Doyle was 18, he was recruited by Jimmie Vaughan to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Bramhall II’s reputation blossomed and two years later, he co-founded the Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section: Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. After Bramhall II’s two critically acclaimed solo albums, Eric Clapton then recruited Bramhall II to join him on a full time basis and their association flourished. In addition to Clapton, Bramhall II has been in demand as composer, guitarist, and producer, collaborating with such as artists as Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr., Erykah Badu, Gregg Allman, and many others. Bramhall II is launching the next chapter in an extraordinary musical journey with his much anticipated fourth solo album. It is this editor’s opinion that he is my generation’s guitar god – a little bit of Hendrix, a touch of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a spot of Clapton may be influences but his guitar style and stellar musicianship is completely Doyle Bramhall II.

Doyle Bramhall II and Smokestack Green Light Girl

The Music of Led Zeppelin Performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Saturday, August 1st, 8 p.m., $25-65, 410-783-8000,
Bridging the gap between Rock N’ Roll and Classical music, conductor Brent Havens takes the podium to present a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Led Zeppelin’s timeless tunes. Performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full Rock band and screaming vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff while cranking out new musical colors. Plus, enjoy the pre-concert BSO Block Party for food trucks, craft beer, live entertainment and plenty of sunshine from 1-5:30 p.m.!

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden: The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet

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Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, 7 p.m., $30-125, 443-573-1700,
The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet performs at Baltimore Museum of Art as part of their Jazz in the Sculpture Garden concert series. From tranquil Bossa Nova treatments to burning New York Samba Jazz versions by the way of inspired Chorinhos and in-the-pocket Sambafunk, The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet explores the wide terrain of Brazilian Jazz. The unique sound of the band is defined by Hendrik Meurkens’ trademark sound of Jazz harmonica and vibes plus the immensely swinging rhythm section of Misha Tsiganov, Gustavo Amarante and Adriano Santos. Enjoy the concert and bring a picnic dinner or dine at Gertrude’s Restaurant before the show.

Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20566, Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st, 8 p.m., $135-350, 202-467-4600,
Music icons Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga come to the Center in celebration of their new collaborative Jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, which features classic Jazz standards sung in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances.

Afro Bop Alliance

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Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Thursday, July 30th, 6:30 p.m., Free, 410-263-5544,
Enjoy a free outdoor concert on the labyrinth featuring Latin GRAMMY Award-winning group Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble based in Washington, D.C. The performance takes place on Maryland Hall’s front lawn. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic basket, and settle in for a relaxing evening of music. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. Wine, beer, and food will be available for purchase.

Tidewater Concert Series: Sarah Borges and Amy Black Perform the Music of Muscle Shoals

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Harrison Street between Dover and Goldsborough, Easton, MD 21601, Saturday, August 1st, 7 p.m. Free, 410-822-7299,
Join powerhouse singers Sarah Borges and Amy Black as they perform as part of the Tidewater Concert Series. for a soulful celebration of the incredible music that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s and 70s. Together, with a full band, they will perform classic songs originally recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Lou Rawls, Bob Dylan, and many others. They will also perform a few originals that embody the spirit and soul of Muscle Shoals.

For Sports Fanatics…

Orioles vs. Tigers

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Thursday, July 30th through Saturday, August 1st, 7 p.m., Prices vary, 888-848-BIRD,
Root for your home team as the O’s play the Tigers.

Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Charleston Riverdogs

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Arthur W. Purdue Stadium, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, MD 21804, Thursday, July 30th and Friday, July 31st, 7 p.m., 410-219-3112,
Root for the Delmarva Shorebirds as they take on the Charleston Riverdogs on Thursday and Friday.

More events include…

Anne Arundel County:

First Sunday Arts Festival

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Calvert and West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Sunday, August 2nd, 12-5 p.m., Free, 410-263-4012,
The place to be to check out items crafted by more than 100 local and regional artists and crafters is the First Sunday Arts Festival, which features live music, as well as dance, and street performances. The music lineup includes the Jello Boys playing the hits from the Grateful Dead in the Stan and Joe’s parking lot at noon and The Pipe Dreamer’s play at 3 p.m. In Weisman Park next to the Visitor’s Center the music lineup starts at noon with your chance to get funky with The Late Bloomers. Then rock out with the Grey Dog Band at 3 p.m. In Whitmore Park get into the spirit of island time with the Chesapeake Steel Drum Band at 3 p.m. Pillowbook (Joanne Juskus and Adrian Bond) perform under the trees by City Gate at 3 p.m.

Paint Nite

Broadneck Grill, 74 W Central Avenue, Edgewater, MD 21037, Sunday, August 2nd, 1-3 p.m., 410-956-3366,
Enjoy Paint Nite at Broadneck Grill the first Sunday of every month while you eat and drink $3 Margaritas and create your masterpiece.

Eastern Shore

KidSPOT Children’s Creativity Center

Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620, Saturday, August 1st, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Free, 410-778-0416, 
KidSPOT Children's Creativity Center at RiverArts in Chestertown is open every Saturday free of charge from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving through visual arts. For more information visit

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