I am still on cloud nine. If you were at the Soul Marathon show that was held at the Lyric in Baltimore last week, you would know what I mean. My dear friend, Kai Jackson, co-Anchor of FOX 45 evening news surprised me by being there and presenting me with the Lifetime Achievement Award that Hassan Rasheed bestowed upon me. I was truly blown away. It was something really special. I am just speechless and grateful. Thank you, Kai and Hassan, for giving me my flowers while I still can smell them.
Now, I want to talk about an organization named Cre8tive Xpression LLC. It works very hard to get young artists in Baltimore involved with their organization. Cre8tive Xpression functions as an art collective, mentorship hub and network for artists to gain firsthand insight into the art community, business and college/universities in the DMV area. Their students are hand-picked by director and lead artist Jon Brick and co-director, T. Jewel Young, based on high academic achievement and skill, which also opens opportunities to further their education through the arts. They are having an exhibition on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 1-3 p.m. at the Avenue Bakery, located at 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue. Enjoy an evening with live entertainment, performances by local poets, singers and live art presented by local youth artists in conjunction with the historical landmark on Pennsylvania Avenue. We hope to see you there.
If you are a beer drinker, then this one is for you. Checkerspot Brewing Company and Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream announced the launch of a limited-release collaboration brew last week. Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream is a philanthropic arm of Samuel Adams. Programming supports food and beverage entrepreneurs nationwide by helping them to grow. The Brewer Experienceship selects one lucky brewer each year from across the country to join Samuel Adams’ experts at the Boston brewery to craft this special beer. Checkerspot Brewing Company was named the winner of Samuel Adams’ 11th Brewing the American Dream experienceship. A launch party will be hosted at the brewery on Friday, May 5, 2023, located at 1399 S. Sharp Street in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, visit www.checkerspotbrewing.com and www.brewingtheamericandream.com. Follow along @samadamsbtad.
Nuplanet Entertainment proudly presents a “Kings of Southern” show on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Road in Manassas, Virginia. The show will include artists such as Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, King George, Pokey Bear, Jay Morris Group, West Love, King South Dat Daddy, Big G, Annie B and Dr. Nick, just to name a few. A big car show will also be held. Gates opens at noon. For more information, call 252-578-3504.
For my friends and readers who love opera and orchestral music, I have something for you, too. Dimitar Nikolov , the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra’s (BPO) music director and conductor; and Siqi Yuan, assistant conductor, will present the music of Brahms and Bizet on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. It will be held at Loch Raven High School, located at 1212 Cowpens Road in Towson, Maryland.
Mother’s Day, which is my special day, is coming up next week. There are many Mother’s Day events happening. Maybe you can surprise your mother by taking her to one, if you are blessed enough to still have a living one. If you don’t, there is an organization called Those Without Mothers. A Mother’s Day Brunch will be hosted on May 13, 2023 from noon to 3 p.m. at Brooks Clinton Events Center, located at 9990 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Maryland. For more information, email [email protected], my friends, I have to go now. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474, or email me at [email protected] anytime. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.