Hello my dear friends, I sure hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather we are having. There is so much crime going on in our city so we have to look for the joy and positive things that are going on too. Hopefully it will override the negatives. I have the answer. Go where the music and fun are in your community. I am going to help you with that.

Take out your calendar to mark these dates of some special events and get ready to enjoy some wonderful, fun and happy things to do with friends and family. During this time of the year me and my “Boo-Boo” cover lots of festivals and music events all over the city and the counties. Many times I also doing my book signings. So look for me.

Sheila E., legendary R&B/funk artist, is the headline artist for Baltimore’s Artscape and will be performing on July 21. (Courtesy Photo)

The Upton Boxing Center, Legends Park, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue is hosting a boxing & jazz festival with The Firm Band, featuring Nova Peele, renowned vocalist from 6-8 p.m., July 27 at Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd called “Music at the Market with the Tari Lagru Band will be performing from 5-7 p.m. Also on the same date “Concert in the Park” from 6-8:30 p.m. the Baltimore Brass Factory will perform at the Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park 4921 Windsor Mill Road.

The NAACP is hosting a reception at the historic Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue, July 22 from 6-10 p.m., featuring the one and only Dr. Phill Butts and the Sunset Band, and an old school DJ. The event includes open bar and open kitchen. For more information and tickets call 410-206-3082.

Every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m., Druid Hill Farmers Market adjacent to the Rawlings Conservatory 3100 Swann Drive is a wonderful place to hang out with the family and friends. Take your blankets and folding chairs and find a shady spot under the tree and shop for fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers and homemade jams. You can sip wine, while you sample the great offerings from all the food vendors and watch movies on a big screen. My favorite is the live entertainment they will feature such as “Spice Band” on August 2, the Mayo Family Bluegrass Band and later the Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra, as well as the Panama Band.  You can go every Wednesday and catch the show.

Now, I know you are quite familiar with Artscape, one of America’s largest free arts festivals. It’s happening in Mount Vernon this weekend featuring over 150 artists, designers, arts & crafts, all kinds of food vendors, and much more. Enjoyment for the whole family includes live concerts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform, entertainment for children and it is all free.

Remember my dear friends, festivals in Baltimore are not only celebrations of art, culture and music, but also the local food, drinks and charm that makes our home town so exciting. Whether it’s favorite regional delicacies, authentic ethnic foods or local craft brews, there is a festival in Baltimore that’s sure to please any one from all walks of life. Join in a neighborhood block party, listen and dance to Baltimore bands, celebrate the season, or experience live street performances. There is fun to be had by all. I know I see it.

Well by dear friends, I am out of space. 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.