James “Big Jim” Staton is spreading the word with his out-of-site music of oldies and blues on WEAA 88.9 FM every Saturday morning from 6 – 10 a.m. and every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight he is spinning the blues like you never heard before anywhere else. He really takes you back. Great show, check it out.
Hello folks, my dear readers and fans, I sure hope you are keeping warm and wrapping up good when you go out to party. So many of my friends have got the flu or a cold and it is slowly spreading, so protect your body. It is not very much going on in Baltimore this week because organizations and clubs are getting ready for Black History Month in February. But I have a few things I want you to check out and support.
Caton Castle Night Club on Caton and Hilton is featuring a group called, “Firm Roots.” Many of you jazz lovers will recognize these guys; they are Brad Collins on saxophone and vocals, Benjie Porecki on organ and Mark Prince on drums, 6 p.m., Jan. 24. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086.
Quality Plus and Committee, Thelma Baltimore, Janie Walker, Vinnette Johnson and Barry Jones will host a Valentine’s Day Red & White Affair, 9 p.m., Feb. 6, at the Delta Center, 2501 Springhill Avenue in Baltimore. Live entertainment, open buffet, free set-ups, champagne toast, BYOB, Best Dress contest, and Rosa Pryor book signing with her new book. For more information, call Thelma at 410-615-2752.
The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum has a new exhibit from Banneker Douglass called, “The Quests for Freedom and Equality.” The aim of this exhibit is to commemorate the early efforts of Maryland’s African Americans and their allies in their pursuit of freedom and equality for all. The exhibit reveals some of the key and lesser-known movements from the colonial era to the decade before the American Civil War. If you are one of those individuals into History, I believe this one is for you. It is at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue in Baltimore from this weekend thru the end of February. You can call 410-887-1081 for more information.
James Wright, president of Black Authors Guild will host “Literacy Weeks,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 2-14, at the World Famous Lexington Market to kick off Black History Month. There will be many, many vendors, live entertainment and authors from all over Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan area will be invited to sign their books for you including “Rambling Rose” with both of her books.
I just got word that C&V Productions is hosting “Royal Pennsylvania Avenue Review; Re-Visited,” featuring the look-a-like with make-up, clothes and voice impersonator of the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wells and other female groups from the 60’s. They are in search of artist impersonators, (female or male) that can perform like any of these artists. Karaoke or with a band is your choice. Top prize is $1,000. I think I will start tuning up my voice for this one. “ME—–ME——-ME——ME—–ME”! The event will be held in May 2015. If interested, call Vanessa or Cleveland at 443-660-8211.
Vernard Gray of East River Jazz is presenting “Celebrating Strayhorn.” For you jazz lovers, a planned series of conversations and performances, honoring the legacy of and 100th anniversary of composer William “Billy” Strayhorn’s birthday. The first of these series will start 6 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F. Street NW, Washington, D.C. Afro Blue vocalist, Imani-Grace Cooper and her ensemble will sing Ella Fitzgerald’s 1957 recording project; Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, in which Miss Fitzgerald recorded a dozen of Billy Strayhorn’s compositions. The group will consist of Imani-Grace Cooper, Cyrus Chestnut, on piano, Elijah Balbed on saxophones, Eliot Seppa on bass and Abinnet Berhanu on drums. This is a free concert, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call Vernard at 202-262-7571.
Well, my dear friends, I am out of space and out of time, If you having an event , send me your flyers and photos and if you would like for me to do a book signing at your event, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.