Baltimore residents will have an opportunity to hear the country’s top artists on Aug. 26 at Charm City Live, a free concert at the Inner Harbor. (Photo Courtesy of Baltimore City)

By DaQuan Lawrence,
AFRO International Writer,

On Aug. 26, Charm City Live returns to Baltimore with some of the top names in the music industry.

Residents are invited to attend the celebration at Market Pl & E. Pratt St., where thousands are expected to turn out for the event. 

Ari Lennox, MC Lyte, and Donell Jones will be headlining the event.

The celebration will also include performances by DJ KeeBee, Gabby Samone as well as Fearless Dance and DJ Impulse.

Earlier this week, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the change to the headlining performances, as H.E.R., who was originally scheduled to participate, changed a number of her tour dates, including her scheduled stop in Baltimore City. 

“While, we’re incredibly disappointed that H.E.R. needed to cancel her appearance in Baltimore, we are absolutely thrilled that the incomparable Ari Lennox has graciously stepped in at the last minute,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott.

Lennox is a native Washingtonian that made her commercial debut in 2016. Her debut album “Shea Butter Baby” released in 2019 with great commercial success. 

“We remain excited to welcome everyone downtown to the new venue at Pratt Street and Market Place in Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. We know that Ari Lennox, alongside R&B artist Donell Jones and DJ and Hip Hop artist MC Lyte, will put on a brilliant show for Baltimore,” Mayor Scott continued. 

According to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, residents can expect road closures due to the new event location. 

Pratt Street between Gay Street and President Street will be closed for pre-event preparations starting Friday, Aug. 25 at noon.

The closure of Pratt Street will extend to Light Street between 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. as Charm City Live takes place on Saturday. 

Pratt Street’s closure will be extended to Calvert Street, while Calvert Street and President Street will remain closed until midnight on Sunday. 

Traffic will return to its regular routes Sunday at noon.