Phil Butts Big Band

Big Band Cabaret featuring Dr. Phil Butts Orchestra for the Benefit of the St. James Academy. St. John’s Ellicott City and St. James’ Lafayette Square have enjoyed a covenant relationship for over 20 years. The event will take place on May 15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, Md. in the “All Saints Hall from 7-9 p.m. For more information go to

Hello my dear friend, I hope everything is well with you. I hope the mothers enjoyed their special day last weekend, even thou I think it should be every day. Hey! Check this weather out! Do you like? Yeaaa, me too. Well, it seems like it is not much going on this weekend, so maybe you can hang out on the front porch or do your thing in your back yard on the grill.

There is one thing I can suggest and that is to check out the live music at the Hard Rock Café outside on the pier every Thursday through Sunday. Additional, Hard Rock Café Baltimore will host live music seven days a week from June through August. My goodness, downtown Inner Harbor will not be the same.

St. James Academy Board is having another fundraiser featuring Dr. Butts on May 14 with his Big Band at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Ellicott City, Md. It will be set up as cabaret style, BYOB. Food will be available on sale as well as beer and wine. Hundreds of city youth have been touched by the St. James after-school program since 1989, which expanded 3 years ago to include a summer program that they hope to continue. So ladies and gentlemen, support the cause, support the children.

The Todd Marcus Orchestra will perform at the first outdoor show at Jazzway 6004 located 6004 Hollins Avenue in Baltimore with his 9 piece jazz orchestra, 7 p.m., May 16. For more information, go to

The world famous Lexington Market is not staying out of the loop with the music. Every Saturday they present free live entertainment with local bands from all parts of Maryland and the DC area. They also have other open to the public events including on May 22 from noon until 6 p.m., they will host “Frozen Desert Sorbet puts the Chill on Youth Violence” when the Lexington Market welcomes their newest vendor Frozen Desert Sorbet, a creation of City Wide Youth Entrepreneurship Program, offering yet another excuse to enjoy some of Baltimore’s most incredible irresistible flavors and sorbet creations including sundaes, palates, sorbet taco’s, shakes, and sandwiches. The program, “Engaging Youth Entrepreneurship” (EYE) for change utilizes entrepreneurship as a tool for youth empowerment. The organizations employ a three pronged approach to youth development: education, skill training, and enterprise creation. So while you are listen and checking out the live entertainment, you also can sample, taste testing for a good cause.

More live music is presented by Jazzway 6004, 7 p.m., May 16, at an outdoor featuring 2014 Baker Artist Award winner, Todd Marcus and his 9-piece jazz orchestra. “Jazzway 6004” is located at 6004 Hollins Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21210. The band will consists of: Todd Marcus, bandleader & bass clarinet; Greg Tardy, on tenor; Russell Kirk, alto sax; Brent Birckhead, flute and alto sax; Alex Norris, trumpet; Alan Ferber, trombone; Xavier Davis, piano; Jeff Reed, bass; Eric Kennedy, drums; Irene Jalenti, vocals, and Jon Seligman on percussion. For ticket information, call 410-952-4528.

The Todd Marcus Orchestra will perform at the first outdoor show at Jazzway 6004 located 6004 Hollins Avenue in Baltimore with his 9 piece jazz orchestra, 7 p.m., May 16. For more information, go to

Live music, is still jumping up and down at the Caton Castle every Saturday evening from 6-10 p.m. On Saturday, May 16, the dynamic Greg Hatza’s Blues-Strayhorn-Blues will perform for you. Caton Castle is located at 20 S. Caton Avenue in Baltimore. For more information, call 410-566-7686.

One other thing, Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is open on Sundays from 7 a.m. to sell out, approximately noon. Market-goers can expect old favorites as well as new vendors including vendors such as: “Sexy Veggie”, “Midtown BBQ”, “Hex Ferments”, “Magnet Earth Gourmet” and “Corazon Cakery”. Also the market offers regular cooking demos from area chefs, live music performances, which is my favorite, because who do not like to shop while hearing good music, and to have it live, oh mannnnnnnnnn, that is icing on the cake! The market is located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway.

Well, my dear friends that is my time and space. I hope to see you around one of these spots. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at 410-833-9474.  UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.