Earlier this week, you were presented with live events you could do Monday through Thursday. I'm here to follow up with what to do this weekend. The highlighted shows are just my personal opinion of what I would like to see live, do not forget that I have a list on the bottom of each article letting you know about a lot of other shows in the area!
Friday, February 7th: OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR: JUSTIN MOORE - Doors open at 7PM - Wicomico Civic Center (Salisbury, MD)
There have been a couple great country shows as of late, Jason Aldean at the arena last weekend and Eric Paslay at Rams Head Live on Thursday night, but this weekend country singer Justin Moore will be hitting the Wicomico Civic Center with his buddies Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. If you haven't been to Wicomico Civic Center before, it's actually in Salisbury which is roughly a two hour trek from Baltimore. However, I'm sure these artists will be putting on a great show. I have never made it to Wicomico, although I have seen Randy Houser live a couple times and his shows make me want to get up and dance all over the place. I have never been a fan of Josh Thompson but I was able to catch his live show once in Richmond while he was on the Country Throwdown in 2012. It might have been how early in the day he played the set, but I was not feeling it. I expect most shows to start with openers around 9PM but Country Throwdown was an all day festival. Unfortunately, I have never seen Justin Moore live and this is not my weekend either. For those of you going to check out the show, I suggest prepare yourself for a road trip with great tunes and snacks.
Openers for the night: Randy Houser and Josh Thompson
If you're able to get downtown this weekend, I suggest heading over to the Sidebar to basically see an all day festival starting at 7:25PM. When I say all day, I mean there are eight bands playing this show and I'm sure none of them will disappoint. When I hear the term "Fest" in anything, I assume that means things will start at 3PM but not this one. Make sure you head down early (7PM) to check out all of the bands. Some of the bands are local, some are from out of state. So go on and show your support. Also, while you're at Sidebar, I suggest you introduce yourself to Rachel Taft (Feed the Scene owner) because she is the girl who is putting this festival on and it's to celebrate her birthday. Taft is actually having a weekend festival, the first night is on Friday. However, I did tell you to drive two hours to go see country music on that night.
If you're unfamiliar with Feed The Scene, you should know that Taft runs a borderline "bed & breakfast" for traveling bands. I think she mostly serves dinner, but more like "bed & food", same thing. But anyway, it's a little joint she put together for traveling bands if they need a place to stay when they're in the area. Usually she's able to get you some great food to eat for the night as well. You should definitely look into it. When she's not housing band dudes, she actually has the rooms up on airbnb.com. If you ever need a place to stay in Baltimore, hit up Rachel!
Murder City Devils have been a band since 1996. Now, they haven't been touring for that long but they have been back and forth on the road. This weekend, you'll be able to check them out in Maryland, which I'm not even able to tell you the last time they were around. The band has been known to go on hiatus and come back, if I were this free this weekend I wouldn't miss this show. Who knows when they'll be back around?
Openers for the night: Tweens and Baltimore band War On Women
If this article has told you anything is that there are a ton of shows to check out in the surrounding areas and that's not even the beginning of it. As usual, I have included a list of other shows in the area to check out at the bottom of this article. If you want me to know about a show, please e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More advice, this is my opinion of where you should be. All information listed for the above shows was taken directly from the venues respective websites. Prices, times, and more can all change - so please check out the websites before heading down to the show!
The music scene is alive and well in Baltimore and you should support it!
ADDITIONAL SHOWS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND
2/7/2014 Element K - Rams Head Live! (Baltimore, MD)
2/7/2014 Jonny Grave & The Tombstones - Hill Country BBQ (Washington, DC)
2/7/2014 Karmin - The Fillmore (Silver Spring, MD)
2/7/2014 Overlake - The Gold Bar (Baltimore, MD)
2/7/2014 Pissed Jeans - Black Cat (Washington, DC)
2/7/2014 Rabt Fest Night 1 - The Sidebar (Baltimore, MD)
2/7/2014 Railroad Earth - 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
2/7/2014 The Stepkids - U Street Music Hall (Washington, DC)
2/7/2014 The Sterling Sisters - Metro Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2/7/2014 Toubab Krewe - The 8x10 (Baltimore, MD)
2/8/2014 Brooks Long - The Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)
2/8/2014 Lanterns on the Lake - U Street Music Hall (Washington, DC)
2/8/2014 Live at the Fillmore :: Allman Brothers Tribute - Rams Head Live! (Baltimore, MD)
2/8/2014 Railroad Earth - 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
2/8/2014 Nobunny - The Gold Bar (Baltimore, MD)
2/8/2014 San Fermin - Rock & Roll Hotel (Washington, DC)
2/8/2014 Snowmine - Metro Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
2/8/2014 The Bobby Thompson Project - Hill Country BBQ (Washington, DC)
2/8/2014 The Set Up/The Idle Gossip - The Crown (Baltimore, MD)
2/9/2014 Lauryn Hill - The Lincoln Theatre (Washington, DC)
2/9/2014 Particle - The 8x10 (Baltimore, MD)