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October Highlights at the Birchmere

If it’s October at the Birchmere, it’s time for another Raven’s Night, the wide-ranging annual show produced by Belladonna and Ken Vegas. Named in homage to Baltimore’s master of macabre Edgar Allan Poe, this year’s spectacle on Oct. 16 includes the usual motley crew of performers working around the theme of “Coven” — think witches, wizards, maidens, and healers. Yet the extravaganza is not just a magical and mystical cabaret and concert, but also an extra-special 10-Year Anniversary Show.

Two weeks later comes The Lantern Tour, an annual event organized by Emmylou Harris that couldn’t be more critically timely given it’s a fundraiser for migrant and refugee families served by the Women’s Refugee Commission. Joining Harris and Steve Earle this year as performers in support of the cause is Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Gaby Moreno, and Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down), all appearing Oct. 28 at the new Capital One Hall in Tysons.