No week is complete without a trip somewhere in Annapolis. 49 West Coffeehouse’s brilliant coffeehouse music makes it easy to trek downtown; Ram’s Head’s lively bands make you want to get out; Maryland Hall’s Shakespearean rendition gets you into a bit of history as does the lecture on the founding fathers at St. Anne’s Church. This week, indulge in music and history!
Ram’s Head hosts new musical acts this week. See blues singer Kenny Wayne Sheperd on Monday and Tuesday night, May 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. He’s sold over one million albums of his blend of rock and roll and blues. See Sheperd for $60. Next up, Ram’s Head features a folk music group, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert. The pair plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Watch and listen for $15. Moving on to another genre, Vonda Shepard Trio hits the stage with their coffeehouse, smooth tunes. Swoon along on Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. for $42.50. Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew bring deep south blues sounds to Ram’s Head on Saturday. Enjoy the music for $25 and be there by 8:30 p.m. Justin Townes Earle (featuring Tristen) brings Americana sounds to the stage at the beloved Annapolis hang-out. Sing and sway at 8 p.m. on Sunday for $26.50 with Earle.
49 West hosts sensational jazz acts this week. First, Unified Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday is there for the release of their CD! Listen in at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $6. On Wednesday, don’t miss Starr’s Jazz Jam, a compilation of a drummer, pianist, and bassist. See them at 7 p.m. for $10. Thursday, John Jensen brings blues to 49 West at 5 p.m. Even better, this blues man requires no cover charge to see and hear! Saturday, Larry Brown Quintet plays two shows: one at 7 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. Enjoy this seasoned jazz team complete with the piano, bass, drums, trumpet, and tenor saxophone. The cover charge is $15. Sunday welcomes Jen, Larry, and Pete at 49 West. The vocals are sultry and the instruments sound smooth. There’s no cover charge. See this trio at 4 p.m. Also on Sunday, William Kelly, a classical pianist plays to the visitors at the favored downtown cafe. The cover charge is $10 and Kelly begins at 5 p.m. 49 West brings you two more events on Sunday: jazz musicians Bob, Henning, and Mike at 7 p.m. and Jonathan Stone at 10 a.m. on the guitar. The former carries a $20 cover charge and the latter requires no admission fee. Go to www.49westcoffeehouse.com for additional info.
The classic Shakespeare play that shook the world in the 16th century and has affected students ever since, Romeo and Juliet, is on stage at Maryland Hall. In fact, this performance offers a new approach to the standard play. Annapolis Opera Company presents this show that is full of classical music. Need contextualization? There’s a pre-show lecture one hour prior to the curtain opening. For Friday, May 18, be there at 8 p.m. to see the show or 7 p.m. to hear the lecture. On Sunday, May 20, see the show at 3 p.m. and the lecture at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $85. Go to www.marylandhall.org for tickets and more info.
Sunday, May 20 brings a lecture by Andrea Wulf at St. Anne’s Church in Church Circle. Wulf will discuss the founding fathers, gardening, botany and agriculture from centuries ago. The lecture is somewhat of a premiere; Wulf shares a peep into the past for the first time on Sunday. Interested in the lecture but want even more? Attend the pre-lecture reception! This private, complimentary reception is open to the guests who purchase certain tickets. Call 410-267-7619 for more information on tickets. The lecture begins at 6 p.m.