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Saturday, February 4, 2023


Hello, I hope my column find you healthy and happy this week.

There is not too much going this week, but just enough to keep you a little busy. I have been extremely busy for the pass six months trying to complete my third book and get it off to my publisher before February. This book will be an extension to my last book but will be the “Mother Load” of all three because it will be the last one I will write. I just don’t have the energy to start another book. I will keep you informed going forward.

This week, I am so excited to tell you about another of Baltimore’s icons and a pillar of our community. I am talking about Larry “Poncho” Brown, which I am sure many of you know, especially if you are in the arts. “Poncho,” as he is fondly known, is a native of Baltimore. He started his first business as a sign writer at the age of 17. He never looked back. He has been a full-time artist ever since. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been published nationally in all the major magazines including Ebony and Essence. His art has been featured on several TV shows and movies. His work hangs on the walls of Susan Taylor, Ed Gordon, Bernard Bronner, Dick Gregory, and yours truly. Poncho’s unique style combines past and present art stylizations to create a sense of realism, mysticism, and beauty, which gives his art universal appeal.

Thomas Ridgley, the husband of Bishop JoJo Ridgley passed away last week. Viewing is Wednesday, January 18 from 3-6 p.m. at Vaughn Green, 4905 York Road.

Therefore, you should check him out and enjoy his show called “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”at the Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Cjay Philip is the director. “Poncho’s” Exhibition, called “Cope” will run thru February 28, 2023.

Mark your calendar, the Elkridge Rotary Club is having their 58th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast on Saturday, February 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood. Not only will they have delicious food, but also live entertainment by the famous “Hubcaps,” the oldie but goodie group. For more information call 443-271-2531. Tell them “Rambling Rose” told you!

Vera Newton Adams, an Edmondson High School graduate of 1963 passed away on January 9, 2023. No arrangement was made by press time.

One more thing I want to mention to you is the Caton Castle Lounge will be having their regular Saturday night show this Saturday, January 21. Showtime is 6 p.m. They are located 20 S. Caton Avenue. The show will feature the Paul Carr Quartet with Paul Carr on sax, Sharon Clark, vocalist, Bruce Barth on piano, William “Mo Betta” Ledbetter on bass and one of Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship recipient, Quincy Phillips on drums.

Sharon Clark will be performing with the Paul Carr Quartet on Saturday, Jan 21, at 6 p.m. at the Caton Castle Lounge. For more information, call 410-566-7086
Paul Carr will be performing at Caton Castle Lounge, 20 S. Caton Avenue with his quartet Bruce Barth on piano, William “Mo Betta” Ledbetter on bass and Quincy Phillips on drums, Saturday, Jan 21 starting at 6 p.m.

Well, my dear friends, I got to go. But remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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