Hello everyone, how are you? There is much to do this week. I have a lot of places to go and I will share with you. First, let me tell you, girlfriend! I was invited to tour the new casino that is opening in Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County named, Maryland Live! Casino, last week before the grand opening and I must tell you, I was truly impressed. Because I am a gambler and love the entertainment world, I have been in almost every Casino in every city and every state cross country except for Alaska and Washington State, I have enough experience to compare the Maryland Live! Casino, (it’s what they named it) with some of the best and the worst casinos. I have to say, the Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills Circle is at the top of my list.

We were escorted by the Maryland Live! Casino executive management team to view the gaming floor, special entertainment features, dining destinations, and thousands of state-of-the-art slot machines and electronic table games. The casino is being developed by The Cordish Companies. Joe Weinberg is Managing Partner of the Cordish Companies and Rob Norton, President and GM, of Maryland Live! Casino.

The new $500 million Maryland Live! Casino will be one of the largest gaming, retail and entertainment destinations in the country with 4,750 slot machines and electronic table games; designer name brand shopping; Rams Head Center State, a state-of-the-art, live entertainment venue; and nationally-acclaimed restaurants, such as Bobby’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seafood, and The Prime Rib. Maryland Live! Casino is scheduled to open on June 6, 2012 at 10 p.m. I will see you there!

East River Jazz Festival starts Saturday, June 2-10 featuring live performances, lecture series in D.C. neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. This series will present some of the most accomplished jazz and broadcast professionals in the Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Region. Vernon R. Gray is the producer of the East River Jazz Festival. Reginald Cyntje Group, Michel Bowie/Sine Qua Non; Aquatic Gardens Jazz Duet; Herb Spice and the Cinnamonstix; Todd Marcus Quintet, Fred Foss Quartet, Blackman, Murray, and Russo at HonFleur Gallery; Jazz Conversation with Marcus Johnson and Vibraphonist Warren Wolf just to name a few. For more information, contact Vernard Gray at www.bemojazz.com/dc.

ODUNDE is Sunday June 10 in Philadelphia. Join the Soul School Institute as they pay homage and tribute to the goddess OSHUN in Philadelphia. ODUNDE means “Happy New Year” in the African Yoruba culture. It has become the largest street festival of its kind in North America, annually attracting more than 200,000 people for a weekend of activities that culminate in the procession to the river. It is accompanied by drumming and dancing and spontaneous displays of spiritual awakening. The festival continues with great entertainment on two different stages. There is food, clothing, Jewelry, DVD’s and CDs. You can find African artifacts, art, Cosmetics, posters, and all at street level prices. For tickets and information, call 410-385-9532.

The hottest gospel show in town is hosted by Steve “Smoky” Scribner of “A Last Chance Entertainment & Mr.Disco Production”, is the last Sunday of each month featuring some of Baltimore’s best gospel choirs, vocalists and groups 4-8 p.m. at the Waxter Senior Center located 1000 Cathedral Street in Baltimore. You can bring your own picnic basket (BYOF). For ticket information, call 410-396-1324 or email: stevescribner@verizon.net.

Shirley Duncan, the “Queen of Hand-dancing” is featuring her annual “All White Affair” on Sunday June 10, 7-11 p.m. at the Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Road in Columbia, MD. It is BYOB, with a light buffet. For ticket information, call 410-523-0575.

If you have a van or a RV, you will love this adventure. The Nomads Van Club of Baltimore presents their Annual Van Blessing Meet at route 1-195 at route 166 Rolling Road in Catonsville, Park and Ride on Sunday June 3 at noon. The convoy of vans and RV’s will leave at 1 p.m. Free food is provided by Maryland Van Council. For more information, call SWAT at 410-367-7952.

Oh my goodness! Again, I am out of space and time. Enjoy your weekend and be kind to each other. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.