The local music scene is ripe with talented performers who frequent establishments like Café Mezzanotte, Romilo’s, Brian Boru Irish Restaurant and Pub, and O'Loughlins. Many national and regional acts are also passing through Maryland this winter to showcase their tunes for audiences. Here’s a look of some January and February concerts worth noting.
Danny Burns at Rams Head On Stage
33 West Street, Annapolis
January 23 at 8:00pm
Danny Burns cut his teeth as a traveling folk singer by gigging on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, hopping from Ireland to New York City to New Orleans, Chicago and Annapolis, Maryland.
For his record release party on January 23, Burns will return to his one-time home of Annapolis to share an album melding elements of country, bluegrass and Americana. The album “North Country” features an array of voices and instruments — acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro and more — that showcase a diverse sound while staying true to Burns’ Irish roots. It also features an impressive guest list including Tift Merritt, Holly Williams, Mindy Smith, Cara Dillon, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Dan Tyminski and Critter Fuqua.
The Seldom Scene at The 8x10
10 East Cross Street, Baltimore
January 24 at 7:00pm
For four decades, The Seldom Scene has pioneered the progressive bluegrass movement by mixing bluegrass with versions of country, rock and pop music. From their early collaborations with Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Jonathan Edwards to now, the band members have continued to stretch the genre’s boundaries.
Today, the band features Rickie Simpkins on banjo, Dudley Connell on guitar (formerly of the Johnson Mountain Boys), Fred Travers on dobro, Lou Reid on mandolin (formerly with Ricky Skaggs) and Ronnie Simpkins on bass (formerly with The Tony Rice Unit). Their concert at The 8x10 will bring their entertaining live show to loyal followers and new listeners alike.
Summer Salt at MilkBoy ArtHouse
7416 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
February 12 at 8:00pm
Texas natives Matt Terry and Eugene Chung have gained a cult following by touring and sharing their retro blend of bossa nova and ‘60s oldies pop. Their self-titled “coral reef rock” has spawned three EPs: “Driving to Hawaii,” “Going Native” and “So Polite.” Their newest album, “Happy Camper” is out now.
To learn more, visit www.milkboyarthouse.ticketfly.com.