18

THURSDAY

Every podunk town imagines that its music scene is truly alive and vital, and its artists are on a par with those in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Mostly, they’re wrong. The gifted map the small pond early and leave—for New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. What, then, is Lisa Moscatiello still doing here? For one thing, she’s putting out exceptional albums, like her latest, Second Avenue. Because Moscatiello is also a member of the Big Apple-based Celtic band Whirligig and was part of the acclaimed New St. George, she can make rightful claim to national-act status. But she likes this area’s small rooms. Such venues are the perfect places to experience Moscatiello’s rich voice, “a mixture of serenity and strength,” as one reviewer has aptly noted. For this CD-release party, she’ll be expertly backed by guitarist Dave Chappell, bassist Rico Petruccelli, cellist Fred Lieder, and drummer Vin Novara. At 8 p.m. at Paddy Mac’s, 8241 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $5. (301) 608-3360. (Dave Nuttycombe)