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RAMBLING ROSE: Spring has sprung!

Rosa Pryor | 3/28/2014, 6 a.m. | Updated on 3/28/2014, 9:26 a.m.
Marvin Brown of the Softtones and Carlos Billy Herndon of the Whatnauts will host the “Unsung” event on Sunday, March 20th at the Patapsco Arena, 2201 Annapolis Road. (Courtesy Photo)

Hello everyone, I believe spring is peeping through the crack hole. Somebody please open the door and let it in!

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Ambassador Shabazz, diplomat, writer, lecturer and innovator will be moderated for the Annapolis Film Festival which will showcase African-American and African Films, takes place Thursday, March 27 thru March 30 at locations in Annapolis including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts; St John’s College, St. Anne’s Parish Hall and Compass Rose Theater. For more information, visit: www.annapolisfilmfestival.net.

I had a very busy and fantastic weekend last week. My Boo-Boo and I got around to as many events that we could. We started at the 100 Black Men Brunch at Martin’s West where I was honored, thank you. We left there and went to the Lambda Kappa Awards event at the Forum where I enjoyed the program and the gospel dancers. Leaving there we had to get over to Ms’ Maybelle’s Health Event to show her our support in west Baltimore on Bentalou Street. Then we stopped at Roots Lounge on Smallwood to say hello to Ronnie, the owner and to congratulate her on their 37th anniversary. Our plans were to stop by and see Ursula Battle’s play, but we ran out of time and after sipping cocktails at the open bar at the 100 Black Men event, and having cocktails at Roots, there were no way in he—I could go anywhere but home and chill out!

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LA & the Unusual Suspects, a Motown, soul & 70’s rock n roll band will perform live at Lexington Market on Friday & Saturday, March 28 and 29 from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

This weekend, My Boo-Boo and I will be in New York with my girls “SIGNATURE LIVE!” where they will perform. But I will meet you all at the “Unsung” event at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 for Brian Hall’s show where he will honor many unsung groups such as: First Class; Frankie and the Spindles; Skip Mahoney and the Casuals; the Dynamic Superiors; Larry Lancaster; Little Beavers; the Whatnauts; and James Pugh. Also honored were outstanding community leaders in the entertainment world such as: Charles Alexander from South Baltimore Reunion; Milton Hawkins of the Cherry Hill Reunion; Carlos Hutchins & Charles Faison from the DipNic; Leon Brown for Sandtown Reunion; Hassan Rasheed of New Africa and Damon Harris of the Temptation. A “Lifetime Achievement Award” will go to “The Softtones.” You go Brian! Give these guys their flowers while they still can smell them. Well deserved! You can get tickets to this fantastic event, which will happen on Sunday, March 30th, 5-9 p.m. by calling 410-929-1360.

The Avenue Productions will host a jazz show at Caton Castle, 20 S. Caton Avenue on Saturday, March 29 from 6-10 p.m. featuring The Lee Pearson Quartet with Hinton Battle and Chole Arnold. Lee Pearson on drums, Theljon Allen on trumpet Terry Brewer on piano and Scott Ambush on bass. Hinton Battle is the vocalist and will tap dance along with Chole Arnold. Very interesting don’t you think? Check it out. For more information and tickets, call 410-265-6060 or 410-566-7086.

I have one more thing I want to tell you about before I leave you. Please mark your calendar for Thursday, April 11 to see my group “Signature Live” perform at Maceo’s Lounge 1926 N. Monroe Street from 7-11 p.m. This a Motown, R&B group that will take you back in time. I promise you, you will enjoy them. There is no cover charge, but the contributions you throw on stage will be appreciated. For more information, call 410-523-3117. I will see you there.

In closing, I want to say that Roberta’s House needs your help! There is a Radio-Thon on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an open house at Roberta’s House with Heaven 600 radio personalities; Lee Michaels, Harold Pompey, Doresa Harvey and Brad Rogers.

Roberta’s House is run by Annette March-Grier of March Funeral Homes. Its goal is to help increase awareness and education about the impact of grief in our communities and to provide greater resources and more free programs for grieving children and families. For pledges, call 410-889-0001.

Well, my dear friends, this is it, I am out of time and out of space. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS,