WEDNESDAY: Country songstresses Linda McRae, Mary Battiata, and Karen Collins are “Women On The Verge” at The Windup Space. Short List pals Soft Peaks play a show at the Ottobar with Mike Moran and Nik Oldershaw. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators let loose the guitar solos at Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: LoLa, a band featuring members of The Oranges Band, Squaaks, and Barnyard Sharks (also featuring, for full disclosure, CP managing editor Baynard Woods), plays Holy Frijoles with Cold Waste and Kamp Krusty. Japanese high-concept punks Peelander-Z play the Ottobar with Plurals (featuring CP contributor Rachel Anne Warren) and Party Poison. Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, with Grateful Dead alumni Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir as well as stars like Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, and Los Lobos. Texas country songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard performs at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Hard rockers Rival Sons and Black Stone Cherry play Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore soul man Bosley performs at the 8x10 with The Shack Band. Former Avail frontman Tim Barry plays the Metro Gallery with Two Cow Garage and Tiny Timbers. European power-metal band Amaranthe headlines Rams Head Live.
FRIDAY: The Werks, Soohan, and Litz play Baltimore Soundstage as a warmup for the Mad Tea Party Jam festival, taking place in West Virginia in June. The Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet pays tribute to the music of Herbie Hancock at The Cabaret at Germano’s. 4 Hours Of Funk digs in the crates at the Windup Space. Frederick, Maryland punk band Lilac Daze plays the Charm City Art Space with Tigerer, Ghost Hotel, and Strawberry Jacuzzi. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal leaders Saxon play Rams Head Live with Cinder Road. Philadelphia sludge-metal band Clamfight plays the Sidebar with Wasted Year, Foghound, and more. Don’t miss: Olympia, Washington indie-pop band The Blow plays “unplugged” at the Metro Gallery with Anna Oxygen and Bobby Donnie.
SATURDAY: InfieldFest, the annual Preakness weekend concert at Pimlico Race Course, features trance producer Armin van Buuren, actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino, and country hit-maker Easton Corbin. Maryland rapper Dunson headlines the “Fed Spill” hip-hop bill at the 8x10 with Brain Rapp, Nature Boi, and more. Roddy Radiation, a founding member of British ska legends The Specials, plays the Metro Gallery with The Scotch Bonnets and Thee Lexington Arrows (featuring CP illustrator Alex Fine). Virginia metal band Foehammer plays the Sidebar with Mountain God, Rhin, and more. Dubstep label Never Say Die Records presents SKisM and Laxxat Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Maryland hard-rock institution Clutch co-headlines Pier Six Pavilion with Mastodon.
SUNDAY: Baltimore surf-rock trio Sweepstakes play the blue room of The Crown with Blacksage, Goste, and more. Nico & Vinz sing their international pop hit ‘Am I Wrong’ and more at Baltimore Soundstage. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents a night of Debussy and Schubert at the Meyerhoff. Don’t miss: D.C. punk rabble-rousers Priests play Ottobar with Downtown Boys, Nox, and Big Mouth.
MONDAY: The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band swings at An die Musik Live. The Kunst und Wahnsinn industrial night bangs and clangs at The Windup Space. Canadian death-metal band Cryptopsy headlines Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: North Carolina dream-pop band Echo Courts play the Charm City Art Space with Drag Sounds. Windhand singer Dorthia Cottrell performs solo at the Metro Gallery with Nate Hall and Wetland. Portland punk band Bi-Marks plays the Sidebar with The Emmies, Blood Ruse, and more. The Out Of Your Head Collectiveprovides two sets of improvisation at the Windup Space. Don't miss: The Red Room presents TOPOGRAPHIES, an evening of experimental music from Tim Barnes & Jeph Jerman, Chris Pitsiokos & Philip White, and more.
WEDNESDAY: Maryland Death Fest’s pre-festival party kicks off a week of metal at the Ottobar with Incantation, Masacre, Funerus, Disma, and Drawn And Quartered at the Ottobar. Hot Club of Prazevica plays gypsy jazz at WC Harlan. DJ K-Meta hosts the Our Nature open mic at The Windup Space. Chicago post-punk bandVelocicopter plays the Sidebar. Don’t miss: Metro Gallery hosts Be More Benefit featuring Eze Jackson, Wing Dam, Joy Classic, Bond St. District, and more, with proceeds going to The Baltimore Community Foundation’s Fund For Rebuilding Baltimore.
IN THE WINGS: Baltimore screamo band Margret Heater, which originally broke up in 2003, reunites for a show at the Ottobar on June 13 with Vessel and Bound State. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions, which was postponed from its original date earlier this month due to all that curfew nonsense, will now take place on July 1 at the Meyerhoff. (For more information visit bsomusic.org or call  783-8000.) Maryland Folk Fest will bring a variety of pagan and folk metal bands, including Aether Realm, Sekengard, Isenmor, Throne Of Wilderness,Dogs & Day Drinkers, and Heimdall, to the Metro Gallery on August 22. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.)