WEDNESDAY: Helsinki folk-metal band Ensiferum performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Kenny Chesney brings his power ballads and beach-bum anthems to Merriweather Post Pavilion with Jake Owen and Chase Rice. Glen Echo, Maryland rock quartet Rezin plays the Metro Gallery with FaceKiller, Lushfarm, and more. Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. An die Musik Live presents Satoko Fujii & KAZE, a collaboration between Japanese and French jazz musicians. Pittsburgh rockers Radium Girls and Edhochuli play Zissimos Bar with locals Mostly Only and In Droves.
THURSDAY: Llamadon presents offbeat local rap from Not A Collective at The Windup Space. Baltimore jazz trumpeter/vocalist Nico Sarbanes plays and sings at The Cabaret at Germano’s. The John “Papa” Gros Band, featuring the frontman of New Orleans funk band Papa Gros Funk, plays the 8x10 with Brian Stoltz. Minnesota sludge band Wolf Blood keeps the “wolf band” dream of the mid-2000s alive at the Sidebar. Washington, D.C. death metal quintet Summer’s End plays the Ottobar with Dead End Lane, GASH, and more. Los Angeles skate-punk band FIDLAR headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Baltimore metal band Noisem, whose new album “Blossoming Decay” has been getting glowing reviews, play the Metro Gallery with Iron Reagan, Angel Du$t, and more.
FRIDAY: Jack Everly conducts The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to legendary film score composer John Williams at the Meyerhoff. WPOC presents Hot Country Nights at Power Plant Live with Dustin Lynch and Logan Mize. Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Noches Acusticas, a monthly acoustic concert featuring Anexo Social. The Metro Gallery hosts the ’90s dance party Zero Cool. Bel Air funk-rock sextet The Slanted Sound holds an album release party at Rams Head Live. The Sounds Good Jazz Quartet featuring Rhonda Robinson pays tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim and other Brazilian composers at An die Musik Live. Brooklyn blues rockers Miss Tess & The Talkbacks play the 8x10. kRUSH, the Rush tribute band that will probably be in higher demand after the real Rush finishes its last major tour this year, performs at Fish Head Cantina. Don't miss: Ladyfest Baltimore 2015 kicks off with performances from Wildhoney, Jana Hunter, Boy Spit, Blacksage, and many more over the next three days at The Windup Space, The Chicken Box, Liam Flynn’s Ale House, and The Ynot Lot.
SATURDAY: Short List friends Minimus The Poet hold a release party for their new EP at The Crown with Kavoossi, Vinny Vegas, and more. Local instrumental trio Oil Pan Boy plays Reverb with Garage Sale, The Planes, and more. Denver country band Slim Cessna’s Auto Club headlines Metro Gallery with Snakes. KarmaFest at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville features food, yoga, vendors, and music from Baltimore band Telesma. City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’s Roots Café holds a benefit concert at An die Musik Live with an evening of baseball songs. Rams Head Live hosts the ’90s dance party No Scrubs. Australian art-rock band The Red Paintings performs at Fish Head Cantina. Splintered Sunlight pays tribute to the Grateful Dead at the 8x10. Don't miss: Kendrick Lamar headlines the first day of the Sweetlife festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in support of his brilliant album “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
SUNDAY: Retro guitar slingers George Thorogood and Brian Setzer bring their co-headlining tour to Pier Six Pavilion. Day two of Sweetlife at Merriweather Post Pavilion features Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, Charli XCX, Phantogram, and more. TASCAM presents The Baltimore Battle of the Bands at the Ottobar. Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Rashad Smith. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance hosts a fundraiser concert at The Caton Castle with music from Jumpstreet. Don’t miss: The Baltimore Rock Opera Society concludes its two weekends of performances at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
MONDAY: New York indie band CHAPPO headlines Metro Gallery. Veteran Brazilian metal band Sepultura plays the Ottobar with Destruction and Arsis.
TUESDAY: New Orleans band The Nth Power blends jazz, funk, and soul at the 8x10.
WEDNESDAY: Twiztid, the world’s second-favorite clown makeup rap duo, headlines Rams Head Live. The PeopleSources Promotion Residency begins at the 8x10 with Florida electronic trio Greenhouse Lounge. Don’t miss: Creative Differences presents guitarist and film composer David Torn, in his first U.S. solo tour in two decades, at The Windup Space.
IN THE WINGS: Dropkick Murphys headline the third annual Charm City Summer Fest at Power Plant Live on July 18. (For more information visit powerplantlive.com.) British balladeer Sam Smith sings his sad songs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 24. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) German pop-punk sensations Tokio Hotel come to Baltimore Soundstage on August 15. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.)