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June 13, 2011

June 13 - 19 in Baltimore nightlife: Decemberists, Katy Perry, Sade, Baltimore Pride

Did anyone go to Phish over the weekend? Report back in the comments about the band's two nights at Merriweather. Tonight, the venue will be filled out again for a show by the Decemberists. And again on Wednesday for Katy Perry's sold-out show. Also this week: a couple of local bands perform at Golden West. Sade kicks off her first tour in a decade, Baltimore Pride begins and Junior Boys perform in Washington.

On Monday, the Decemberists perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Here, the band talks about its new album and touring. $30. 6 p.m. 

On Tuesday,  Weekends performs at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W 36th St. The band released "Strange Cultures" earlier this year. Idiot Glee and Holiday Shores also perform. 10 p.m. $5.

On Wednesday, Katy Perry performs at Merriweather. Fingers crossed Rebecca Black will also show up to auto-tune here. Expect a review the next day. 6 p.m. The show is sold out. 

On Thursday, Sade kicks off her first tour in over a decade at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. John Legend will open. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $117. Expect a review the next day. Also: the great electronic duo Junior Boys perform at the Black Cat in Washington. 8 p.m. $18. 

On Friday, Baltimore Pride kicks off, picking up where Capital Pride left off on Sunday. The Baltimore Museum of Art, at 10 Art Museum Drive, hosts the first party at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Thank You performs at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street. The band released "Golden Worry" earlier this year. Ed Schrader's Music Beast and Holy Ghost Party also perform. 9 p.m. $8.

On Sunday, Arbouretum, who recently released "The Gathering," performs at Golden West Cafe. The Moaners, Headwounds will open.  9 p.m. $7

Photo: Katy Perry performing at the Grammys in February (Reuters)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 1:50 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Nightlife Pocket Guide


Phish rocked Merriweather Saturday. Their day set was mellow and groovy as people continued to filter in. The show really took off at the start of the night set though with heavy jams. People began to throw glowsticks in the air on the lawn to coincide with the music, reminiscent of shooting stars. The glow stick wars peaked when they played 2001. Overall, an epic show.

So you're saying that a band that filled Merriweather PP not one but 2 nights in a row must be buried to the back pages? How about taking a second out of your busy schedule and give Phish some credit for a job well done.

I was at MPP for both nights of Phish. While neither came close to topping last years Sunday show (I SAW IT AGAIN!), both shows this weekend were a blast. Set 1 on Saturday started with a requested Daniel Saw the Stone, and was the first time that song had been played since 2003. It really got rocking with Access Me and Vultures, two other bustouts, and was highlighted with a superb Reba. The second set was not terrible by any means, but was nothing extraordinary either. Sundays show had a lot less improvisation, but a lot more shredding. Trey thought he was Eric Clapton. Overall, two great nights of face melting goodness.

Heading back tonight for the Decemberists. I'm sure it'll be a nice wind down from a rawking weekend

phish- all i can say is epic, last years saturday and sunday run made up for a LAME police ruined and uninspired 2009 comeback show, but this weekends shows were just amazing. daniel saw the stoned, REBA(with no whistling at the end by the way) and then a second set on saturday that just jamed into jamed into jamed, with no breaks inbetween songs was epic, the Rock and Roll cover is always a fan and personal favorite of mine, and my lady friend and i had a wonderful romantic moment to the "roses are free" ween cover, a classic phish night!!!

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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.

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