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Friday, January 27, 2023


Hello everyone! 

This week I am going to talk about the live concerts and festivals that Baltimore City and counties have scheduled.  And guess what? Many of them are FREE! Yeaaaa! I knew you would like the word, “FREE.”  There is so much going on this week, I really need three pages in the Baltimore Times this week to share it all. 

But first, let me tell you about the kick-off of the Avenue Bakery Music Series that started June 4th at the Avenue Bakery Courtyard. If you did not make it, it is too bad because it seems that the full house guests that did come had a damn good time. It was truly a family affair. James Hamlin and his family, who owns this beautiful bakery with the attached courtyard, had everything set up with his daughter and son cooking and serving the food.  His grandson set up the tables and chairs and worked the bakery at the same time. Their handmade rolls are to die for!

Leslie Tanner is holding an Outdoor Concert  on Saturday, June 25 at Shannon Brook Farm in Woodstock, Maryland, 12pm until 7 p.m. For more information, call Vincent at 443-848-4797.

The Derrick Amin Quartet performed with jazz soloist, Sister Shaman. Several regulars, who have been coming since the event started five years ago, included Walter Frances Gill; the “Urban Professor,” and his wife, Denise Park; Baltimore Zentangle Artisan; Vincent and his wife P.J.; Eleanor Janey’s daughter and son-in-law; Brice Peterson; Victor Green; Deborah Jones and her husband; Donell McIntyre with his CD’s; Viola Griffin and her daughter; Rev. Willie Ray; and Anderson Ward, renowned Baltimore photographer, who not only took some photos for me, but sold two of my books to some friends.  And this was just to name a few off the top of my head.

 Viola Griffin, founder, and CEO of the Viola Griffin Productions, began  an Annual Award Banquet in 2012 to honor legendary entertainers, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland; and a long-time promoter of legendary R&B groups from the 1950’s thru the 1980’s. Her Annual Award Ceremony and Banquet is being held Sunday, June 26, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at the Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral Center. More on this event next week. For more information, call Viola at 443-822-5356.  

If I didn’t mention your name, please don’t get an attitude, I did say, “Off the top of my head”!  I cannot remember what I had for breakfast this morning. I should have taken notes, but if you were there, you will remember that I did not have five minutes to sit down. If you come next month, I promise you, I got you! IT IS FREE!

OH, MY GOODNESS! The Farmer’s Market downtown, underneath the bridge is stretching out and doing their thing. Check this out! The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts has announced a special monthly extension of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market starting this month. It is being called “The B-Side,” which will run from 11a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the same location as the Market at Holliday and Saratoga Streets. After the regular Market is done, you can stay and enjoy a free afternoon of food, drinks, vendors and free performances showcasing local artists, musicians, art, and performers. The B-Side kicks off on Sunday, June 12 with PrideFest hosted by Baltimore’s 2020 Drag Queen of the year, Evon Dior Michelle with DJ sets by Trillnatured & DJ Tommy Davis; and a special performance by Kotic Couture. It’s all FREE. Bring your friends, family, and a lawn chair and enjoy yourself. Every month the Farmers’ Market B-Side will bring a different flavor with a different show and band. BOPA will continue Sunday, July 3 with Summer of Soul; and on Sunday, August 7 with Music Mashups & Cover Bands; the School House Rock on September 4 and the BSO Playlist on October 2. We will see you there. Again, it is FREE!

  Steve Carrington Quartet will perform at the American Legion Post #122, 4424 Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills, Maryland on Sunday, June 12, 2022 from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call 410-363-1696.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN! Yes, that is what I said! The UniverSoul Circus will be at Security Square Mall this Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. The National Black Unity News & the UniverSoul Circus will present National Black Unity News Night honoring guest Ringmaster and publisher, David Murphy. For more information, call 443-455-2373. I will see you there.

Oh mannnnnnnn! I almost forgot to tell you about another festival. Well, it is really called a “Market Fair.” I am talking about the Colonial Market Fair. The Colonial Market Fair is June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, located at 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland. Celebrate 18th-century history and early American life with reenactments, artisans, and musicians that will keep members of the entire family entertained. For more information, call 410-887-1081.

Now, look my dear friends, I have got to go. I have things to do and people to see! Without a doubt I know I will see you somewhere around town. Just feel free to tap me on the shoulder or give me a hug. Remember, if you need me, just call me at 410-833-947 or email me at [email protected]UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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