Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]

Local drum duo A1 Chops among acts added to AFRAM Festival

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A1 Chops, the local duo who went viral with their videos combining ridiculous polyrhythmic drumming and synchronized dancing, have been added to the lineup for this year’s AFRAM Festival.

R&B singer Kiana Ledé and a slate of Bad Boy Records artists–Quincy Brown, Niko Brim, Christian “King” Combs and Justin Combs–are also joining the bill.

Dope Body’s ‘The End’ was not the end after all; August show announced

A still from “Dope Body: The End.”

Three years ago when Dope Body called it quits, the local noise rock band wrote a Facebook post that made the decision sound pretty final.

“This is The End. Thank you for all the support over the years, it’s been a wild ride…”

A documentary capturing the band’s final two Baltimore performances came out last year, taking its name, “Dope Body: The End,” from that very same post.

An ending, however, it was not.

After renewed concern over living conditions, Laurel Park plans community day for workers

Worker housing (in blue) next to a horse barn at Laurel Park. Image via Del. Nick Mosby.

Laurel Park will host an inaugural Community Day on July 23 to celebrate the backstretch workers who tend to the track’s thoroughbred stars.

The announcement comes days after a fresh round of controversy over the living conditions for those workers, which had previously been decried as “slum-like.”

City resumes online payments for property taxes, speeding and parking tickets

Photo by Christopher Sessums, via Flickr

Nearly two months out from a ransomware attack that crippled municipal networks, the city has restored the ability to pay property taxes, moving violations and parking tickets online, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s office announced this morning.

Yep, there’s no shirking that red light camera ticket anymore.

Hospitals pledge $2M toward services for homeless

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A group of 10 hospitals in the city today pledged $2 million over two years toward a program that provides housing and medical services for people experiencing homelessness.

Funds from the partnership, officials said, will give homes and aid for 200 individuals and families, with the medical organizations providing medical care and other services “in the effort to break the cycle of homelessness,” per a release.

O’s add ‘Stranger Things,’ WWE promo nights

Still from “Stranger Things” Season 3. Image via IMDB.

The Orioles, as you may have heard, are not very good. According to an article published in The Ringer this morning, the 2019 Orioles could very well go down as the worst team in professional baseball history.

But the remainder of the season isn’t going to play itself, and the marketing department at the B&O Warehouse is doing its best to get butts in the seats.

To that end, the team today announced two additional promo nights for the second half of the season, one celebrating Netflix’s ’80s sci-fi series “Stranger Things” and another for professional wrasslin’.

Union, AVAM team up on new brew called Bling Universe

Image courtesy of Union Craft Brewing.

Union Craft Brewing has beers for fall, spring and winter in its Hoppy Seasonal Series, and the time has come to roll one out for the summer.

Enter: Bling Universe, an India Pale Lager–not an ale, but a lager–that includes “copious amounts of Amarillo, Cascade and Grungiest hops,” per a release. The brew joins fall’s Foxy Red IPA, winter’s Rye Baby IPA and spring’s Steady Eddie IPA in the hopped-up lineup of seasonal releases.

The beer’s name is inspired by Baltimore’s own American Visionary Art Museum, whose mantra of “adorning one’s world–transforming it into a place that defies convention, surprising and delighting, providing hope and wonder” is represented in shiny works such as “Cosmic Galaxy Egg” and the “Community Mosaic Wall.” The latter is incorporated into the label design.

“The museum is a gem in Baltimore and I’ve always felt that the city is fortunate to have such a unique institution,” Union Craft Brewing co-founder and creative director Jon Zerivitz said in a statement.

Bling Universe will be available in stores and on draft starting July 2. To celebrate their collaboration, Union and AVAM will hold an all-you-can-eat and drink happy hour at the museum on July 25 ahead of the Flicks On the Hill screening of “Home Alone.”

BSO donors step up to fund healthcare for musicians

Still via video from Baltimore Symphony Musicians/Twitter

A group of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra donors and several members of the board of directors stepped up to fund healthcare and dental benefits for musicians as they remain locked out for the summer, the orchestra announced today.

Adam Jones, others roast radio host Jerry Coleman for booing Machado

105.7 The Fan personality Jerry Coleman boos Manny Machado. Image still via Facebook.

Third baseman Manny Machado returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the first time since his mid-season departure last year, and Orioles fans welcomed back the All-Star with a long standing ovation before his first at-bat.

After briefly standing in the batter’s box, Machado stepped out and acknowledged the cheers with two waves and a salute to the fans.

Almost all city workers are back online after ransomware attack, but hurdles remain

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Weeks after ransomware crippled the city’s computer networks, almost all city employees are back online and able to use their work computers, officials said today. But hurdles remain before some financial operations, such as water billing, can be brought back.