Jesse Yawnblues singer passed in July

“Big Jesse” Yawn, a beloved blues singer passed away in Florida on July 5 from health complications. Jesse was 79 years old. He was a Baltimorean in all senses of the word. He was born in Florida, but came to Baltimore in 1970. Jesse was a blues singer who gave his all on stage with his band “The Music Men.” His funeral will be held in his home state, Florida. Condolences to his family. He will never be forgotten.

Hello my friends, how are you doing? I hope you are well while reading me today, if not, put a smile on your face and think about all the good things that have happened in your life and if you are reading me, that means you are above ground and kicking. I know of a few things coming up that will make you laugh. So fix yourself your favorite cocktail, whether it’s Scotch, Bourbon, wine or a cup of coffee. Sit back and relax and check this out.

The Meritocrats, a well-known historical social group have been around for over 50 plus years and are hosting their annual picnic on July 23 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Patapsco State Park inarea in the #706 A and 706B area off of Johnny Cake Road. You can BYOB. I will see you there. For ticket information, call Cleve Brister at 443-580-2417.

The Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania and North Avenues is bringing back live entertainment on Sundays, starting July 24 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. featuring Vivian Owens and Khymari singing R&B and Neo Soul Music. For ticket information call 410-746-4819. Dress to impress, there will be a cash bar and the kitchen is open with some good soul food.

We’re not stopping here, we got more; The Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter Iota Phi Theta Fraternity is hosting a “White Out Summer Breeze Affair” on July 23 at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with open buffet and cash bar. DJ Tanz will provide the music. For ticket information, contact James Mobley at 410-971-4492.

Ricky Shackleford and Howard G

Rickey Shackleford and Howard G, two of our most popular comedians, will perform at the Sheraton Warfield Ballroom, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md. on July 23 at 8 p.m. along with Larry Lancaster and Sonny Fuller. For ticket information, call Rickey at 443-226-9157.

“Next Phaze” will host will host an evening with David Bach and live jazz, Southern Cuisine & cocktails on July 23 from 7 p.m. -11 p.m. at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street. For ticket information, call 443-900-9699.

Please join me at the “Liberty Live Outdoor Concert and Festival” every Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Kings Point Square, 9900 Liberty Road in Randallstown. Rain or shine, free admission and parking. Bring your own folding chairs, money and credit cards to shop to your heart contents from all the vendors; all kinds of food, including barbeque ribs, wines, beers, clothes, jewelry, hats and live entertainment and DJ playing all the line dancing. Opps. I forgot I will be there with my books doing a book signing right by the band stand.

Ali Entertainment Group gives some dynamite shows every month. Bilal Ali will host again at the Quality Inn, 1800 Belmont Avenue, next to Martin’s West, another “Smooth Jazz R&B Summer Concert Series” on July 30, starting at 7 p.m. It will feature Marcus Mitchell, Stoney Ellis, Alyce Walker and Marcus Young. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. So if you are in the area and want to relax to some good music and have dinner and cocktails, this is the place. For ticket information, call 443-540-7797.

Dwayne Big Shorty Morris

Comedian Dwayne “Big Shorty” Morris says he is still looking for the big break. He has been on the Baltimore set series “The Wire” and played comedy clubs in the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas. He has been doing stand-up comedy since he was 18 years old and has worked the Comedy Factory on many occasions. For more information, call 410-202-5138.

The crab season is going wild! The Enterprise Lodge No. 3 Prince Hall Affiliated will host a “Crab Feast and Bull Roast” on July 30 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Tall Cedars Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Avenue in Parksville, Md. Your ticket will include free beer, a buffet that will blow your mind and it is BYOB. For ticket information, call Albert Queen at 410-674-8541.

I told you folks that Crab Season is going wild. Here is another “All You Can Eat Rockin’ Crab Feast and Bull Roast” at the La Fontaine Bleue Catering, 7548 Ritchie Hwy in Glen Burnie, Md. on July 22 from 8 p.m. -12 a.m. with live entertainment, open bar, draft beer, coffee, soda and juice are included with your ticket. For more information, call 410-760-4115.

Well, my dear friends, I’ve got to go, I am out of space. Try to stay cool and enjoy yourself. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at

Until the next time, I’m musically yours.