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Hello everyone! “Happy Dad Day to all our Daddies! I am hoping the opening of our city and counties makes you happy. But please be careful about being around folks who have not been vaccinated and pay attention to signs displayed at indoor venues requesting that you wear a mask.
My longtime friend and entertainer, Judge “Judd” Watkins, passed away on Memorial Day— May 31, 2021. He was 85 years old. He was a great baritone vocalist and deserved much more recognition than he received. He started out in the late 1960s on Baltimore’s music scene as a participant in the quartet with guitarist O’Donel Levy, drummer Chester Thompson and organist Charles Covington. In the early 70s he appeared with Webster Lewis when they recorded some live tracks in Oslo.
Some of these recordings were released on the Webster Lewis Album called “Live in Norway The Club 7 Live Tapes.” In 1973, he sang and played percussion for the O’Donel Levy album entitled, “Everything I do gonna be Funky.” His funeral arrangements: Viewing at Wylie’s Funeral Home in Randallstown on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Service on Friday at Wylie’s from 12 noon until 1 p.m. May he rest in peace. He will be truly missed.
Charm City Jazz presents a Father’s Day Concert; a tribute to the music of Earth Wind & Fire on June 20 at 5 p.m. at Magooby’s Joke House & Sound Stage, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, Maryland. Socially distanced seating and masks required. For more information, call 443-858-9781. Or go to: www.charmcityjazz.com.
Another Father’s Day event is happening at the American Legion Post 122 featuring saxophonist, Isaac Parham on Sunday, June 20 from 3-7 p.m. The American Legion Post 122 is located 4424 Painters Mills Road in Owings Mills, Maryland. For more information, call 410-419-5466.
There are several Juneteenth Celebrations this month, one is a “Pop-Up Event,” which will be held at the Ambassador Theater located 4604 Liberty Heights Avenue on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy traditional African drumming and music by DJ Huxtable from various musical eras to recognize and celebrate African American Music Month and the Juneteenth Holiday.
Annapolis Juneteenth Celebration with Chuck Brown Band on June 18 and June 19 at the MC3 Maryland Cultural & Conference Center, 3 Park Place, Suite 4. On June18 there will be a reception, the Cost Band and Art Sherrod. A parade at the City Dock will be followed by a festival at Bates Athletic Complex, 935 Spa Road on June 19.
Well, my dear friends, it all sounds like a fun week. I am so excited that venues have started to open up, but in most places you still must wear your mask. I will catch up with you somewhere, just look for me.
Well, it looks like I am running out of space, but had fun doing it. 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.