Hello my friends. I just love this time of the year (without the rain, rain, rain) because of the different kinds of outdoor festivals that are presented with so much music and live entertainment of all kinds. What I would like to do this week is to inform you of events and festivals you can check out through the Father’s Day weekend.

Other than the photos on my page, including the Jazz Expressways Foundation Breakfast featuring Robert Shahid Band June 10, we have information about the East River Jazz Festival with Hope Udobi Ensemble performing June 9 in Washington, D.C. We want to tell you about my group, Signature Live, from out of Washington, D.C., which will be performing June 10 at Live! Casino, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, Md. Show time is 9 p.m.

The East River Jazz Festival is celebrating the legacies of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk & AfricanLatin Jazz from June 9 through June 18. It all kicks off starting with Hope Udobi Ensemble on June 9 at 8 p.m. at We Act Radio, 1918 MLK Avenue SE., Washington, D.C. For more information call 202-262- 7571.

Moving right along in the D.C. area; from June 9 through June 12 Jazz in the ‘Hoods is a partnership with more than 40 local clubs, restaurants, hotels, galleries and community centers in Washington, D.C. There will be live entertainment at venues like Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sixth & I, Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, The Alex, Rhumba Café and Mr. Henry’s just to name a few. This festival presents major jazz artists from around the world and introduces emerging artists. It is a celebration of musical styles from bebop and blues to swing, soul, Latin and world music.

The Robert Shahid Ensemble will be performing your favorite songs for the Jazz Expressways Foundation Jazz Breakfast Show on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore. Your ticket includes a breakfast buffet, live entertainment, dancing, vendors, B.Y.O.B and book signings. For ticket information call 410-833-9474.

The Big Father’s Day Celebration Gospel Festival & Concert of the year will be at the Dunbar High School Auditorium, 1400 Orleans Street in Baltimore June 18 at 4 p.m. The line-up is very impressive, thanks to the Gospel Promoter Lonnie Parker. The headliner is five time Grammy, Stella & Dove Award Winner, The Mighty Clouds of Joy; also on the menu is the Willis Pittman & Burden Lifters, Kenny Davis & the Melodyaires, Eric Waddell & the Abundant Lift Singers, The Edward Sisters, the Heaven Bind Gospel Singers and soloist M’s Chambliss. The Emcees are Heaven 600 Diva Doresa Harvey and Min. Robert Wilson. I will see you there.

Okay my friends, I am out of space, but before I go, and just in case I don’t see or talk to you next week, I want to say Happy Father’s Day to my guys. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] or go to my Website: rambling-rose.com.

Until the next time, I’m musically yours.