IMT : Tonight w Laura Baron in Olney, MD | Sat the Sherpas in Gaithersburg

Tonight at 7pm ET...
Every Tuesday night Institute of Musical Traditions visits the Sandy Spring Museum and hosts Dave Eisner & rob Hinkal run a little open mic and webcast from Sandy Spring, MD at 7pm ET. You can even come play! (registration required at Tonight we've officially moved indoors for the season and will begin requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 48 hours. But we ALSO have a pretty incredible featured artist in the form of Laura Baron!
Laura Baron is a singer songwriter known for her award winning music. She combines jazz tinged world music, pop and soulful acoustic performances to create her unique sound. Laura will be accompanied by Pat Barron Quinn, an excellent guitarist, bassist and vocalist.
Host rob Hinkal kicks things off, plus performances from Kate Buckholdt, JUels Bland, Ethan Mendick, Silence Echoez, and maybe you? Join us at the Sandy Spring Museum or tune in Live at or on
Saturday night our friends at FocusMusic are bringing the Sherpas to town!
Live at Island Pride Oasis (617 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879) FocusMusic presents Tom Prasada-Rao, Michael Lille and Tom Kimmel : the Sherpas! Your ticket also provides a Live webcast of the evening!
It is rare to find a group of established artists who are able to bring their individual muses together, creating a musical whole which surpasses the sum of its individual parts. The Sherpas have this ability, and the result is soul-stirring. Tom Prasada-Rao, Michael Lille, and Tom Kimmel first met in 1993, when all three were winners of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition; since that time they have toured together on both coasts and points between.
Information and Tickets at -
Fundraising for Marcy Marxer's "All Wigged Out"
All summer Institute of Musical Traditions has been helping to raise funds for Marcy Marxer's "All Wigged Out" and as the final musical and video work comes closer to full realization, we're doing a big push to make sure Cathy and Marcy have everything they need.
We here at IMT are sure that David Eisner has a baseball metaphor he could use here, but we here at IMT do not feel we should encourage him - and solely wish to encourage Cathy and Marcy in supporting this production, and it's service to anyone going through cancer, their healthcare team, loved ones and community!
You can support "All Wigged Out" via Facebook here - or find out more about the program on here!
Tuesday night open mic at the SPRING
Join us for a weekly celebration of one of the SOURCES of creativity and performance for any local scene, open mic night! Every Tuesday night we invite beginners and pros and everyone in between to come share their talents in the courtyard of the beautiful Sandy Spring Museum – or just come listen! Details and online registration through Upcoming featured artists include Laura Baron, Flo Anito & Seth Kibel, MLEMON, Juels Bland, Sense of Wonder, Jillian Matundan, Luke Roberts, Petrichord and Mark "Muleman" Massey.


As above, Institute of Musical Traditions is pleased to assist in sponsoring “ALL WIGGED OUT: THE MUSICAL” starring Marcy Marxer. Mainstays of the roots music scene in the greater Washington area, mentors to generations of musicians, and heroines in family music, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have continuously created music and events that serve the community. This production is a service to anyone going through cancer, their healthcare team, loved ones and community. 
IMT is helping raise $100,000 to help cover the costs of a high end film production of the musical - a pivot from the live performances originally planned before the pandemic closed theaters. All donations are fully tax-deductible either via GoFundMe or via check made directly to IMT with “ALL WIGGED OUT” in the memo section.
More info at

Other Area Events

With Covid-19 comes cancellations and it would be useless to try to guess when a regular events calendar might resume. However, there are still many online events to "attend" and all of our organizations can be supported in different ways.
One of our fellow local-music organizations, FocusMusic is maintaining a great list of their alumni performers' upcoming webstreams. We've got a lot of crossover with FocusMusic - take a look at 
FocusMusic Presents the Sherpas
Saturday, November 06, 2021 7:30 PM • Island Pride - Gaithersburg MD
FocusMusic Presents Emily Hall, Sam C. Jones and Deccan Traps
Saturday, November 13, 2021 7:30 PM • Focus Mount Vernon
Reston Herndon Folk Club presents Tal Naccarato
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:25 PM - Amphora's Diner Deluxe - Herndon, VA
FocusMusic Presents ilyAIMY
Saturday, December 11, 2021 7:30 PM • Focus Rockville

Regular & repeating events:
For Storytelling and online song circles visit the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's Website!

Sundays at 4pm in Takoma Park - Drumspiration.
A FREE (donations encouraged!) live West African drumming class and jam led by Drumlady K (Kristen Arant) outdoors with live participants at the Takoma Park Gazebo from 4-5pm every Sunday. To join us, bring a drum and a chair. If you need a drum, contact Kristen through her website,

Perhaps you need a Daily Antidote of Song? - Join Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts each day at 12 noon for an inspiring and uplifting Daily Antidote of Song with international recording artists from a broad range of cultures and traditions. Seven days/week. Information on their website :

Donations and Support

Be a patron of the arts if you're able and please consider making a tax-deductible donation to IMT. Even the smallest donation is a big help and you can give easily and securely at or visit for more information (and more ways to give!)