Hello everyone, how are you? I am wonderful, and as my dear friend and mentor, James “Biddy” Wood use to say, “I’m above ground.” Mannnnnnnnnn! There is so much music going on in Baltimore and the surrounding counties, I just don’t know which way to go. I am going to try to make some of them and hope after you read this week’s column, you will too. Just tap me on the shoulder and say “I’m here Rambling Rose.” Honey Child. I can’t do this alone, I need your help. Let me tell you why. Check this out.

Roy Ayers will grace the stage at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland May 25 and 26. Doors open 5:30 p.m. For more information go to BethesdaBluesJazz.com.

This group called “Motown & More: The Legacy Lives!” I heard they are awesome and I am going to check them out at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street in Westminister, Md. on May 26.  They perform all that oldies stuff from back in the day, such as “Heatwave,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Dancing in the Streets,” “Mercy, Mercy Me,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Stay in My Corner,” “Tears on My Pillow,” and “Brickhouse” just to name a few, but you get my drift. I will be there.

Then celebrate 20 years of service to the community with Contemporary Arts in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The organization is hosting “Jazz Concerts for Seniors” on May 24 at 10:30 a.m. (a breakfast treat). The Rhonda Robinson Trio will be at the Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Avenue in Baltimore. Call 410-887-0233 for details. Gail Marten, the renowned jazz vocalist, along with Mike Noonan and John Pineda, will be performing for the seniors at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Md. Call 410-887-1245 for more information. On June 16 at 1 p.m. The Craig Alston Ensemble will be performing at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Baltimore, Md. All of these events are free at the Senior Centers.

Last week, the Baltimore Greyhound Intermodal Bus Terminal was dedicated to U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings. From L to R: David Wilson and members of the Morgan Board of Regents: Former U.S. Congressman Kweisi Mfume (Chair), Dr. Frances Murphy Draper (Vice Chair) and Matthew Reeds (Student Regent). Congrats Congressman, it is well deserved.

To add more flame to the fire, thanks to my crazy, fun-loving son by another mother, “T-Shirt Brian,” has put together, and is hosting with the Patapsco Flea Market, a free live entertainment concert with local bands, singers, and DJ’s every Saturday and Sunday from 1p.m.-5 p.m. right on the grounds of the Patapsco Flea Market, located at 1400 W. Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore. Also, the Crab Deck will be open in their new outdoor Patio Bar every Saturday and Sunday at the same time serving hot steamed crabs, crab cakes, jumbo shrimp, corn on the cob, chicken, barbeque ribs, hamburgers and cocktails to wash it all down. D.J. Mike Jones will play the music here while you partake of the goodies. This is all sponsored by our child, DOT Sports & Promotions, “T-Shirt Brian.” I will see you there.

Gail Marten, the renowned jazz vocalist, is performing with Mike Noonan and John Pineda at the Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Md. For more information, call 410-887-1245.

One more thing before I leave you, please mark your calendar for the Boltonstock 2017 Festival, a neighborhood festival in Bolton Hill on June 3 in Sumpter Park between Eutaw and Bolton on the west and east, and Robert and Laurens Streets on the north and south. They will have a large variety of live entertainment bands including jazz and blues, vendors and lots more. For more information, call Peter Van Buren at 410-961-6492. I will be there with my books, doing a book signing. I will see you there.


Look, my dear friends I am out of space, but 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.