Hello, hello, hello my dear friends! This month is really heating up, and I am not taking about just the weather. My goodness! There is so much going on, as far as entertainment, I can barely keep up. So, I need your help. Get out your pad and pen; gas up your car; put on something comfortable, but chic and take your bathing suit and dancing shoes.; Oh, that’s right, you might as well throw in a dress down outfit, too, because before it is all over, we are going to eat some crabs. So let’s ride.
Nadine Rae & The All Stars will present you with the baddest blues show you can imagine on July 13, 9 p.m. with free admission at the Barebones Grill & Brewery, 9150 Old Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, Md. A show, I promise, you will enjoy, plus the food is very good and the atmosphere is lovely.
It is always great when people get together and try to improve the community and neighborhood; well this gentleman is doing just that. James “Jim” Hamlin, the owner and head baker of The Avenue Bakery located 2229 Pennsylvania Ave. and the Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation will present “The Courtyard Summer Music Series” (a fundraising campaign to rebuild The Royal). A Taste of Jazz at the Avenue Bakery will feature live entertainment, plus Spoken Word artist Cherrie Amour and others on July 13 from 4-8 p.m. It is free all summer to help rebuild the Royal Theatre, with your donation, “One Brick @ A Time.” For more information, go to www.TheAvenueBakery.com.
John Lamkin’s jazz quintet, with vocalist Sheila Ford, will be doing their thing at the Historic Grand Venue, 225 N. Charles Street on July 14, 4-7 p.m. You will be treated to an afternoon of straight ahead and “hard bop” jazz featuring Craig Alston on sax, Romier Mendez on bass, John Lamkin III on drums and John Lamkin II on trumpet and flugelhorn. Now to put the icing on the cake, yours truly will be there to signi my new book, “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the yesterday’s 1940-1980).You can also enjoy an a la carte menu and cash bar. For more information, call 443-982-1091. I will see you there.
Time for the bathing suit! The Harambee Splash Party is July 13, 7-11 p.m. at Druid Hill Park Swimming Pool (near Safety City, the basketball and tennis courts). It’s a family affair with live entertainment featuring: BiBi Fatimah, Lady A, The Bleu Lights, About My Father’s Business, “Napty Nick,” Zow Gong Sound, The Harambee Trio with William Goffigan, drummer, Dennis Fisher on Piano and Jackie Blake on sax; The Saturday Band; lots of vendors and swimming, of course, African Marketplace, and games for the youth. For more information, call 410-385-1801.
My goodness! Same day, different place, but you are already dressed for the occasion. The Faisonian Club and CH Productions is back again with their popular “DipNic Festival and Splash Partee” on July 13, noon until 8 p.m. at Elk’s Camp Barrett, 1001 Chesterfield Road in Crownsville, Md. Live entertainment featuring the Spindles and D.C. hot female band “Signature Live” will perform for you all evening and DJ Tony T. This event is for adults only, so get a babysitter for the little ones. They are not allowed at this one. Bring your own concert gear, such as umbrella stands, chairs, tables, canopy, BYOB & BYOF, your BBQ grill, cooler, etc. They will provide a master BBQ Pit, charcoal; table cloths, ice, an indoor dance hall and vendors including Rambling Rose will be there with her new book too. For ticket information, call Rudy at 443-801-1100 or Carlos at 443-963-5711. I will see you there.
The Baltimore/D.C. Caribbean Carnival is this weekend, too. On July 13-14 the Annual Caribbean Carnival Festival will kick off at Lake Clifton Park with a parade that will blow your mind with colorful costumes, music and floats on July 13 starting at noon from 900 E. 33rd Street, travel along Alameda Stdreet to St. Lo Drive. The parade Grand Marshal is Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. The festival activities will continue at Lake Clifton Park until 10 p.m. On July 14, the festival continues at Lake Clifton Park from noon to 9 p.m. with live entertainment, food and craft. For more information, call 410-362-2957.
Honey Child, I am not finished yet. The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, is presenting their “16th Annual Deluxe Oldies, But Goodies Crab Feast” (fundraising for the children) on July 20 2-6 p.m. at the VFW Post #6506, 8779 Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, Md. They need your support. All the big juicy crabs you can eat on the premises, a full hot dinner buffet, free draft beer, cash bar and dancing to the music of “Sugar Chris.” Call Rosa Pryor at410-833-9474 or go to the website; www.rosapryormusic.com for PayPal.
Well, honey child, I believe I am out of space. Terrible situation! Until the next time if you need me, I am at 410-833-9474 or email me at email@example.com. I AM MUSICALLY YOURS!