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Live Music

Big names and local bands play nightly under the big Bay sky

It’s the perfect summer evening: snow-white sand in your toes, waiters ready to put a drink in your hand, wind tickling the palms and a great band jamming out in front of you.

Dance your way back to old Eire

Trace your Maryland roots and you’re likely to end up in Ireland. That’s where musician Peter Brice finds both his roots and his gig. The great-something-nephew of 18th century governor James Brice — builder of the historic Brice House in Annapolis — the younger Brice wants to entertain you with true Irish music.     If you think you know Irish music, take a second listen, Brice advises.

How Eddie McGowan made a local stop on the Celtic circuit

There may be nothing quite as rousing as men in kilts wailing away on bagpipes — at least to Eddie McGowan.     A group of bagpipers walked into a bar, and he was smitten. “I knew I had to learn how to play,” says McGowan, whose appreciation of all things Celtic has grown into the Annapolis Irish Festival.     Back in 2010, McGowan talked a few bands into coming to Annapolis for a weekend of music.

More cool tips for hot summer fun

Summer brings local favorites and nationally known artists to Chesapeake Country for open-air concerts.     Hear music al fresco almost every night of summer at Chesapeake Beach Resort, with concerts ranging from $5 for local bands to $39 for Martha and the Vandellas June 10. The acts play under the half-shell bandstand. Food and drink sold separately.

Calvert Marine Museum lures big names to Solomons

It’s getting closer. The warm nights of spring and summer are just around the corner with Calvert Marine Museum’s announcement of its first two outdoor concerts.     Fast forward to Saturday, May 23, when Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart warm up the Waterside Pavilion. Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have wooed fans and topped charts since the 1970s with hits like Barracuda, These Dreams and 2012’s Red Velvet Car. Tickets go on sale March 24.

Out of Battle of the Bands, ­Severna Park teen group is going big

The Anne Arundel County Battle of the Bands means music, which is serious business for Annapolis area youth.     For one Saturday in January — January 25 this year — young music lovers converge to show off their skills in a professional environment, witness their peers’ latest creative efforts and meet fellow music enthusiasts. The top bands of each Anne Arundel County high school play off in the heavily anticipated competition. There are first-, second- and third-place winners — and lots of happy teenagers.

Guitarist Chris Stein gives us all the deets

Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers, punk rockers and American legends Blondie perform their hits at Calvert Marine Museum’s PNC Waterside Pavilion on Sept. 30.     The 40-year-old pioneering punk rock band is named for its leading lady and singer, 67-year-old Debbie Harry.

You don’t have to go far to find somebody playing

Headed out for dinner and drinks in Annapolis? There’s a good chance you’ll find musical talent as well.     Trendy indie? Shake your groove to some soul and funk? Hip hop, pop, reggae, folk, jazz, blues, Celtic or some good old sea shanties? Start at Ego Alley in Annapolis on a Friday night and begin walking toward West Street, and you can pick your soundtrack.

Power Movement Project rebooted after all these years

Five years after they last played together, Power Movement Project sounds sharp. In practice at bassist Marc DeRusso’s Annapolis home, their hip-hop rock fused with reggae undertones shakes the house and booms down the street.

Annual festival set for May 21, 22

Sarah Petska has already got the blues, though her festival doesn’t start until May 21. In preparing for The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival’s 10th anniversary, the event coordinator has been putting in long hours.