Hello my dear friends, there is so much to tell you about. All kinds of entertainment is on the menu this week and next. In the next couple of weeks, I will have you traveling from one side of town to the other checking out some good stuff. I am going to tell you all about it, as much as space will allow.
Bass innovator, Mark Dresser will present a solo concert on Thursday, September 7 at Bertha’s in Fells Point. He is also a prolific composer and recording artist and while he’s in town, he’ll also be presenting a workshop at Towson University.
Internationally renowned jazz bassist Mark Dresser performs a solo concert in Baltimore, September 7, at Bertha’s restaurant, second floor studio, 734 S. Broadway at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 781-259-9600.
My girl and daughter from another mother, Pamela “Ms’ Maybelle” Hill and her company are hosting a cocktail sip, September 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music by DJ Cornflake. Cash bar, lite fare and the show at the Special P’s Lounge 2738 Baker Street in Baltimore, call her at 443-226-8895. Let me tell you folks, Pamela is a strong force in this community doing her thing as a fashion model, mistress of ceremony, host, businesswoman, mother, wife and an entertainer! She does not sit still and always carries a positive attitude. God bless her.
Ms. Maybelle, Baltimore’s renowned, popular comedienne is hosting an, “Old Skool Cocktail Sip,” September 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Special P’s Lounge, 2738 Baker Street in Baltimore. The event will feature comedians Alabama & Tanya Watty and soloist Bridget George. For ticket information, call 443-226-8895.
Sick & Shut-In: Please send healing thoughts and prayers to my dear musician friend, Harold Adams who was in the ICU at Franklin Square Hospital at press time. Also, Gary Barton, a longtime musician & guitarist is very ill and is at University Hospital receiving chemo and radiation treatment. Please include these two musicians in your prayers for a speedy recovery and go visit them, especially Gary who has no family or loved ones.
September 3, is the 21st Annual Alonzo’s Memorial Picnic, hosted by the Baltimore Blues Society 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rosedale American Legion Hall, 1331 Seling Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland. All are welcome, coolers are okay to bring and it is BYOB, the Legion bar is also open. The live blues show will include Alabama Mike and many other acts. For ticket information, call 410-744-2291.
. Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, renowned blues group from Washington, DC with perform and shake the stage up with some down home blues and jazz for the Jazz Expressways Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser on September 9, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore. For tickets and vendors information, call 410-833-9474.
Before I forget, I want to congratulate my friend Paul Coates the founder of Black Classic Press, and his son general manager, Damani Coates, of the Black-owned, Digital Book Printing Company, which celebrates 22 years in business. They recently announced a significant expansion in its capacity to serve its current customers and to provide the same degree of service to future customers. For more information about the company, call 410-242-6954 or visit www.bcpdigital.com. I am so proud of them. Move on my friend with God speed.
Barbara Harrell Grubbs and Carl Grubbs, a husband and wife team, co-founders of, “Contemporary Arts Inc.” Barbara is the executive director and her husband Carl, the artistic director. Last week’s fundraising event was a success, while honoring Ralph L. Johnson, a founding member of the organization and the children who are campers and past campers of their program. Congrats! Barbara Grubbs celebrates her 80th Birthday September 2, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street.
There will be a, “Jazz Summer Series Wine Festival Food Truck Extravaganza,” on September 2 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., which includes cash bar and wine pours. Bring your lawn chair for the live outdoor concert featuring Kenny Lattimore at the Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air, Maryland.
Another one of my favorite places to go the first Saturday of every month during the summer is, “A Taste of Jazz@ The Avenue Bakery.” September 2, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Avenue Bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue and Baker Street, there will be a fundraiser to raise money for the rebuild of Pennsylvania Avenue’s legendary Royal Theater. The event is free to the public in the courtyard of the bakery featuring a live jazz concert. Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy. Food and drinks will be on sale.
Well, my dear friends, it is about that time. I am out of space, and I don’t want my editor to cut any of this. But remember, if you need me, call me at: 410-833-9474 or email me at: email@example.com. Please do not try to send me information on Facebook, you have to send information to me directly by email.