First, I want to say hello to everyone. Next, I want to tell you to hold on to your britches and get ready to take notes. I have so much to tell you in a very limited space.

Have you heard about the 2023 Black Music Festival? Well, honey child, let me tell you what I know. The Black Music Festival is a celebration of music through dance. It was created by the Dance & Bmore Ensemble under the leadership of artistic director CJay Philip. It includes Everlea Bryant, Winston Philip, Alisha Tatem, Peri Walker, Timothy Johnson-McCoy, DeMerris Russell and CJay Philip. They will perform four shows from June 10-11, 2023 at the Motor House. The show will feature a live band, singers, dancers, DJ Sole and an open dance floor. For more information, call 410-871-8322.

 Lonnie Parker’s Big Father’s Day Gospel Concert will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 4 p.m., located at Israel Baptist Church, 1200 N. Washington Street and  E. Preston Street. Dorothy Norwood, Harvey Watkins Jr., the Canton Spirituals, Swanee Quintet, Kenny Davis & The Melodyaires, Lil David & The Bells of Joy and Eric Waddell & The Abundant Life Singers, will perform, just to name a few. For more information, call 443-610-7583.

My dear friend and entertainment partner, Wilbert Fletcher and WLF Productions from Washington, D.C. will present a Motown Explosion featuring the homecoming of the Motown Hall of Famers including the Dynamic Superiors (“Shoe Shoe Shine”) performing a tribute to many of the Motown families. It will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 400 I Street S.W. in Washington, D.C. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets and information, call 301-350-5019.

Carlos Hutchins’ Father’s Day Cookout will be held at the Fishermen’s Club on Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 1-7 p.m. at St Benedict’s Picnic Grove, located at 4541 Morgantown Road in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. An all-inclusive food and open bar will be provided all day. Take your tents, lawn chairs, outdoor games and enjoy yourself. For more information, call Marguerite Hollingsworth at 410-949-6377, or Carlos at 443-963-5711.

 Eddie B. Tombs IV is the lead Creative Director and founder of EBT4 Productions, also known as EBT4 Music and Art. He has 20 years of experience as an artist and photographer. Tombs is a visual artist. His skills include photography, digital illustration, fine art, video and so much more. Read a story on this young man in my next column. For more information, email him at: or call 443-835-9404.

For my die-hard jazz lovers, An Die Musik Live!, located 409 N. Charles Street in Baltimore has a treat for you. On Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 7 p.m., Kahil El’Zabar, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble founder, percussionist, vocalist; and David Murray, Grammy Awards winner and saxophonist,  will perform. The Golden Sea Duo Tour follows in a long line of internationally acclaimed shows and recordings as a celebration of both performer’s undeniable chemistry.

Summer is coming, and so is the annual AFRAM Festival on Celebration on Juneteenth weekend from noon to 9 p.m. at Druid Hill Park, on June 17-18, 2023. This is a free, family-oriented celebration. Juneteenth Celebration: Envisioning A New Future will be held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Monday, June 19, 2023 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. This year with a free day at the museum, visitors can learn about the origins of Juneteenth while enjoying a musical performance by the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, the Benny Russell Big Band and actor Keith Snipes. Register at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s website.

A Baltimore Area Sports Reunion Event will be presented by Cleve Brister, Warren Hayman and Willard Wright at the American Legion Post 122, located at 4424 Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills, Maryland on Monday, June 19, 2023 from noon to 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be served. Bring your folding chairs. For more information, call 444-358-5740.

Oh! Before I forget, I received a few calls about my  campaign on my Rosa Pryor Facebook page. Well, that has been set up to help me get the funds I need to publish my third book. If you choose not to donate through GoFundMe, you can always send a check to Rosa Pryor, 214 Conewood Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. Thank you in advance.

There is so much more to talk about, but I am out of space, and this should keep you busy for a minute. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474, or email me at rosapryor@aol.comUNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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