« Feb. 7 - 13 in nightlife: recovering from the Superbowl, Lauryn Hill, a new seasonal from DuClaw | Main | Today's Photo: Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera at the Superbowl halftime show »

February 7, 2011

Update: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys to play Baltimore; plus touring news from Wye Oak, Klaxons, Sade

The local Spring concert calendar is suddenly filling up: New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, Wye Oak, Klaxons, Adele all announced local shows. Plus, Sade added a big name to her show at 1st Mariner Arena.

NKOTBSB - that's how the fans call them, on Twitter anyway - won't just play at Verizon Center, as they had announced months ago.

The mega boy bands will also perform at 1st Mariner Arena May 29. Tickets go on sale Friday on

Sade, who will open her first tour in decades in Baltimore, announced today John Legend, the pianist and singer, will open for her at all locations, including 1st Mariner on June 16.

Local duo Wye Oak is preparing for the release of their new album "Civilian" with an 18-city tour.

On March 11, they will perform with Lower Dens at the Black Cat in Washington. A local show will be announced soon.

Full tour dates below, plus news from the Klaxons and Adele:

Update: Just confirmed that Robyn will open for Katy Perry at Merriweather Post Pavilion June 15.  The announcement that the two would tour together was made last week, but the Columbia date hadn't been confirmed until today.

Yes, that cat astronaut is the cover art for the new album from the British pop/nu-rave band the Klaxons. It's called "Surfing the Void." The album, not the cat, whose name might be Felicette for all I know.

The band will perform at the Ottobar on March 30. 

Another British singer is coming to the area this Spring. Adele, the lady who is not Annie or Duffy - so easy to confuse one-name chanteuses these days - is touring behind new album "21."

She will perform at 9:30 club May 12.

Wye Oak tour dates:

Feb 01 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy *
Feb 02 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre **
Feb 04 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre **
Mar 11 Washington, DC Black Cat #*
Mar 12 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #*
Mar 13 Atlanta, GA The Earl #*
Mar 15 Norman, OK The Opolis #*
Mar 21 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture %*
Mar 22 San Diego, CA Casbah %*
Mar 24 Los Angeles, CA The Echo %*
Mar 25 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill % *
Mar 27 Vancouver, BC Media Club %*
Mar 29 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios %*
Mar 31 Nampa, ID Flying M Coffee %*
Apr 01 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court %*
Apr 02 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge %*
Apr 03 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr %*
Apr 04 Iowa City, IA The Mill % *
Apr 05 St. Paul, MN Turf Club %*
Apr 06 Appleton, WI Lawrence University %*
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s*

Asterisks indicate shows with the Decemberists, # is used for shows with Lower Dens, and % is used for shows with the Callers.

Photo: the Klaxons' "Surfing the Void," official cover art

Follow Midnight Sun on Facebook and Twitter @midnightsunblog
Posted by Erik Maza at 11:58 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Music News


Hey Erik,

According to you Wye Oak is opening for the Decemberists at the Black Cat in DC... I seriously doubt that

@myopic commenter, you seriously doubt that? or you just doubt it? Anyway, "# is used for shows with Lower Dens"

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Please enter the letter "n" in the field below:
About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

Most Recent Comments
Recent tweets
Sign up for FREE nightlife alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Photo galleries
Stay connected