Hello everyone, I know this has been a very hot summer, especially the last couple of weeks, but I am not complaining because if you look or listen to the news and weather reports of other cities and states, you would know that we are truly blessed.

I know you are looking at the pictures in my column this week and wondering if I am now a gospel columnist. The answer is no! I just love gospel, that down-home, Southern, get-down old gospel music as much as I love blues and oldies. A lot of church stuff, as well as jazz concerts, is going on this week. And my dear friends it is all about our local entertainers no matter what side of the record you are playing.

The Meritocrats are having their Annual Picnic at Patapsco State Park, picnic area #703 on July 27 from 1-6 p.m., featuring lots of music, games, food and fun. Seniors are free. The food is catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ. Alcohol is permitted so you can BYOB. For more information, call Robert Gregory at 443-506-7996.

Now, who says that Christmas only comes once a year? No, no, no, not true. I heard that Santa Claus is coming to the “Christmas in July” with a party in mind on July 29 , 5 p.m. until at the Roots Unltd., 2148 Vine Street on the corner of Smallwood Street. Honey Child! They do it up with lots of home-cooked food, a music raffle, and gifts. It is really unique. The decorations, the décor and the festive atmosphere are unbelievable. Ronnie Jackson has been doing this for years. Check it out.

For my night club folks, DJ Sugar Chris is giving “The Big $10.00 Cabaret” for the 50-and-older party people on July 27 at the Steelworkers Union Hall, 550 Dundalk Avenue. This is really turning back the hands of time. Just like the old days, you BYOB & BYOF, bring in your cooler with your favorite beverages in it and keep the potato salad cool. Live entertainment will be featured with The Potentials singing some oldies but goodies. Also, Ms. Jennifer; a local song stylist, will perform.  There will be vendors and yours truly, Rambling Rose, will be there signing my new book, “African-American Community, History& Entertainment in Maryland (Remembering the yesterdays 1940-1980).” 

Speaking of music, this is one of the best things that could happen in Baltimore, since the days of Bob Haynes’ Sportsmen Lounge, the Bird Cage, Lorman House, Sphinx Club and, the Left Bank Jazz Society. Yes folks! I am talking about an idea of Thomas Saunders of Renaissance Partners & Tours, Vernard R. Gray of Be Mo Jazz and Caprece Jackson-Garrett to bring you some awesome, dynamite, and out-of-sight musicians to the Jazz at The Grand on Sundays from 3-7 p.m. at 225 N. Charles Street, the Tremont Grand. I am talking about local, top of the line, well-known musicians. Honey Child! I was there last week for their first week series and they had a sold-out crowd. It will be held every Sunday through Aug. 25. By the way, I will be there with my new book, too. They also have a buffet menu and cash bar. The line-up looks like this: On July 28 is the Greg Hatza ORGANization, Aug. 4, it’s the Carlos Johnson Quartet, Aug. 11 is Warren Wolf Quintet and it goes on and on. I will tell you about the rest later. For ticket information, which is cheap, cheap, cheap, you can call443-982-1091, or Tom Saunders at 410-728-3837.

Oh my goodness, I am out of space. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.