If you’ve recovered from the U2 show, check out funkateer Bootsy Collins tonight at Rams Head in Annapolis. Tomorrow, Sahffi brings her heady blend of blues and jazz to Teavolve for a CD release party, there’s a fundraiser for the Shakemore Festival (the brainchild of Half Japanese’s David Fair) with CooCooRockinTime and seven other groups at Windup Space, and the Anne Mette Iverson quartet presents an evening of chamber jazz at An die Musik, where drummer Eric Kennedy holds a clinic on Saturday morning for students of all levels.
Saturday, the New Mercury Reading Series presents Bruce Jacobs, Jay Imbrenda, Marion Winik, and Caryn Coyle at Windup Space at 5:30; poet Chris Toll has a book release party at Metro Gallery; and Latin jazz heavyweights Rumba Club play a free show at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at 8 pm.
But the most intriguing weekend event is the Roots Fest, which takes place Saturday and Sunday on the green space around the “highway to nowhere,” that section of Route 40 that was built but never connected to anything, at Franklin and Gilmor in West Baltimore. The event, which is free, includes plenty of art and music by the likes of Chuck Brown and Talib Kweli.
I’m off to the Solid Sound Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and I’ll be posting about that in the next few days.