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A Little Bit of Jazz, A Little Blues and A Touch of Gospel

Rosa Pryor-Trusty | 6/21/2013, 12:41 p.m.
Hello everyone! I am so excited, because of my book sales. They have been flying off the shelf this week.
Radio personality John Carrington of Heaven 600 recently interviewed Rosa Pryor about her new book, African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland (Remembering the Yesterday's 1940-1980).

Hello everyone! I am so excited, because of my book sales. They have been flying off the shelf this week. Thanks to many of you have asked and received an autographed copy and those of you who have invited me to your events and clubs to do book signings. A special thanks to the Odyssey Lounge with Chilly; the Maceo’s Lounge with Donte Daniels; Roots Lounge with Ronnie Jackson, Caton Castle with Ron Scott, Personality Hall with Richard Calloway, NAACP with Tessa Hill Aston and The Avenue Bakery with Jim Hamlin. I appreciate you and hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am always available for more book signings and interviews, just contact me.

Now on to what is happing in Baltimore. I have some blues for you! Big Daddy Stallings is performing at the Barebones Bar & Grill, 9150 Old Baltimore Pike in Ellicott City, Maryland starting at 8 p.m.; make sure you get there early to get a good seat.

Congratulations to Belinda Hamlin and her beau, Blair Frederick on their upcoming wedding.

Congratulations to Belinda Hamlin and her beau, Blair Frederick on their upcoming wedding.

The Maryland Beverage Association & the Mid Atlantic Joint Board of Workers United, salutes the Damon Harris Motown Temptations Revue in its efforts to bring awareness to the Drunk Driving, Underage Drinking, Smoking & Cancer campaign Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. at the Workers United Union Hall, located 7-9 West Mulberry Street in Baltimore. The Damon Harris Motown Temptations Revue will hold a press reception and interviews regarding their announcement of becoming official spokespersons for the campaign. They will do a mini performance. For more information, contact Dr. Louise Johnson at 410-925-4056.

Past Grand Matron Barbara Bennett with husband Fred, Past Grand Patron of Prince Hall Masons enjoying an evening away from their club, The Jet Lounge in East Baltimore.

Past Grand Matron Barbara Bennett with husband Fred, Past Grand Patron of Prince Hall Masons enjoying an evening away from their club, The Jet Lounge in East Baltimore.

“The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Youth and Young Adult Celebration” is Sunday, June 24 at 10 a.m at 2110 Madison Avenue. Minister Christopher Griffin is the guest speaker. Rev. Dr. John M. Thomas is the pastor. This event will be a casual Sunday for everyone; jeans, T-shirts and tennis are welcome. Food will be provided. For more information contact Joyce Richardson at 410-245-2260.

Virginia Jones Blunt shares a moment with great-grand daughter, Zaria Epps.

Virginia Jones Blunt shares a moment with great-grand daughter, Zaria Epps.

The Maceo’s is one of the finest black owned night club around in Baltimore. In my professional opinion, when a club has a great live entertainment, fantastic starmaids, an out-of-sight manager and owners with great personality, especially when they are not hard on the eyes; delicious food and an over 50 clientele, with no cover charge then Honey Child, you got a winner. Ladies and gentlemen, the Maceo’s Restaurant and Lounge located 1926 N, Monroe Street has all of this. On Friday, June 21 from 7-11 p.m. the Slag Band will perform and on Thursday, June 27th the Bobby Rucks Group will perform for 6-10 p.m. and on Friday, June 28 one of my favorites the Phil Butts & the Sunset Band will perform. I will see you there. For more information call 410-523-3117.

Nadine Rae & The Allstars will perform on Saturday, June 22 from 12 noon 'til 2 p.m. at the Famous Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington Street at Paca Street. This is a blues band with a lady who knows how to sing the blues and this event is also free. Check it out— I will see you there!

Pat Weldon Wheatley invites you to join her at a Sunday Brunch & live jazz show on Sunday, June 23, 11:30-2:30 p.m. at the Copeland’s of New Orleans at 10200 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland (across from Columbia Mall). For more information, call Pat at 410-922-9231.

The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund needs your help and support for their fundraiser Crab Feast on Saturday, July 20, 2-6 p.m. at the VFW Post 6506, 8779 Philadelphia Road. Please contact Rosa Pryor for ticket information at 410-833-9474.

OH MY GOODNESS! Let me tell you about the event that Phil Butts, Eleanor Janey and Ronald Scott put together at the Caton Castle this past Saturday. Honey Child! It was awesome! I can’t express enough about how fantastic the Phil Butts Big Band was! I mean this was a 15-piece band, white and black professional musicians dressed in formal black tuxedos with their orchestra music stands like the Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman or Count Basie orchestra. The sound took the roof off the club with the 1940’s dance music. They had great stage presence, the music was superb, and the club lounge was set up beautifully with white linen tablecloths and centerpieces. The service provided by the starmaids and waitresses was wonderful, the food was delicious and the presentation of the four-hour event was very memorable. Everyone who attended enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you Phil Butts for bringing your music to the black Community— you must do it again!

Mannnnnnnnn! I believe I have run out of space already. I will catch up with you next time. My prayers and get-well wishes go out to the musicians and fans who are sick or shut-in especially Judd Watkins and his wife; Marshall Booze; Garnett Reese; O’Donel “Butch” Levy; and Yummy Dotson. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.