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OPERA ON THE AVENUE, A DAYTIME FESTIVAL

Hello Everyone,

I hope that my words find you and your family in good health. Well, my friends, there is not much going on this weekend. Nothing much came across my desk about the first weekend of the month except for a couple of events, but honey child, check out what I have for you next weekend!

First, let me tell you about this Opera on the Avenue event celebrating creator and performer Anne Brown. The Baltimore Concert Opera (BCO) and the Arch Social Club announced a new partnership to bring diverse communities together. The goal is to use opera as the bridge while fulfilling BCO’s vision to build community through opera. Adrienne Danrich is the principal creator of it. The BCO and the Arch Social Club will introduce the premiere of a walking tour. It will center around the life and story of Anne Wiggins Brown. The Baltimore-born operatic soprano was the first person to play the role of “Bess” in the famous 20th century American opera, “Porgy and Bess.” Composer George Gershwin was inspired to create the character “Bess” after she auditioned for him. A celebration of the African American opera singer will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Arch Social Club, located at 2426 Pennsylvania Ave. The free day-long festival will feature live entertainment, a mini-block party, and a premiere ticketed concert in the evening. Additionally, a part of the mini-block party in the afternoon will consist of vendors selling their wares outside in the rear of the Arch Social Club. For more information, contact Adrienne at 646-334-4302.

Adrienne Danrich is the curator of Opera on the Avenue. The day-long festival takes place on Saturday, October 8, 2022. The festival is a joint venture between the Arch Social Club and Opera Baltimore.

This weekend, the G. Thomas Allen Quintet will be performing at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, located at Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive in Baltimore on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 443-885-4440.

The Family Band will perform at the American Legion Hall, located at
115 N. Bond Street in Belair, Maryland, from 7-11 p.m.

I want to give the DJs a little plug, even though it is not my thing. If you are reading my column at this time, you might enjoy an event called The Kings of DJ’s, The Best of Both Worlds Day Party. It features DJ Thommy Davis; DJ Biskit; DJ Kenny K; DJ Tanz; DJ Sean Marshall; and DJ Kasper Burnstein. You can find the party at the Safari, located at 5625 O’Donnell St. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call 410-624-5662.

The B-Side of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts will present a special end to their B-Side featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It will be held in the same space as the Baltimore’s Farmers’ Market, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at E. Saratoga St. and Holliday St. After the regular market ends, you can enjoy food and drink vendors and a free performance.

DJ Mel’s Birthday & 40th DJ Anniversary Celebration is where I will be on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Delta Community Center, located at 2501 Springhill Ave. The event requires semi-formal attire. It will include free food and an open bar, but if you choose, you can bring your own food and bring your own drinks. The live entertainment will feature the Feelin’ the Funk Band. For more information, call 410-493-3512.

DJ Mel’s Birthday & 40th Anniversary Celebration is Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. located at the Delta Community Center on 2501 Springhill Avenue. The event requires semi-formal attire and includes an open bar plus free food. It is BYOB and BYOF, meaning you can choose to bring your own drinks and food. There will be live entertainment provided by “Feelin’ the Funk Band.”

I am really excited about the 20th Annual Pigtown Festival. It will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. at 700-1100 blocks of Washington Blvd. It will include pig races; live entertainment; local foods and beer; arts and crafts; and a lot more. Check it out. I think you would like it. Pigtown is a small neighborhood with a big heart. It is one of the most culturally and economically diverse communities in Baltimore where people pull together to make wonderful things happen.

Another event coming up on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 2 p.m. will be presented by The Homecoming Committee of Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church. Violinist Eric Taylor will be featured at the Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 417 N. Asquith Street. Rev. Charles Baugh is the pastor. For more information, call 410-675-2640.

The Festival on the Hill, produced by the Bolton Hill Community Association, will also be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  There will be live entertainment by Mambo Combo; Todd Marcus Jazz; a kid’s zone; a “juniquities” auction; arts and crafts booths; food; a pet parade; books; baked goods; wine and beer; and much more. The event will take place rain or shine. All the festivities will be held in the 1300 block of Bolton St. and Lanvale St. between Park Ave. and Bolton St.

Well, my dear friends, I have run out of space. I must go, but if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474. You can also email me at [email protected] UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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