Baltimore City will usher in the fall season with its first-ever Charm City Live Festival on Sept. 24, featuring performances by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Rebecca Black, Kelly Price, and Jon B.
The free, one-day music and arts festival will be held at the War Memorial Plaza in downtown Baltimore from noon to 8 p.m.
The event is meant to “foster collaboration and inclusivity” and “build community,” Mayor Brandon Scott said during a press conference Tuesday.
“In many ways, as we call ourselves ‘Smalltimore,’ Baltimore is a small town where we are all connected,” Scott said. “When you really look at it, Baltimoreans have more similarities than differences.”
Chief among those commonalities are Baltimoreans’ love of food, club music, and “spending quality time with our family and friends,” Scott said.
“What better way to conclude the summer than to come here and enjoy a day of music, enjoy good food, and also support our local vendors here in downtown Baltimore,” said Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Director Reginald Moore.
Starting Sept. 23, the city will set up road closures on Gay, Baltimore, Saratoga, Lexington and Fayette streets.
Pop singer Rebecca Black first entered the public spotlight with her viral 2011 single “Friday.” Black went on compete on the second season of Fox’s reality television music competition series “The Four: Battle for Stardom,” in which she was eliminated in the second round. Since then, Black has had a successful career as a singer and YouTube video creator, and she released her second EP, “Rebecca Black Was Here,” in 2021.
R&B, gospel and soul singer Kelly Price launched her singing career in the 1990s when she provided vocals on songs by Mariah Carey, Notorious B.I.G., and others. She later appeared on songs by Whitney Houston and Kaney West. Price released her debut album, “Soul of a Woman,” in 1998, which went platinum. Her eighth and most recent studio album, “Grace,” came out in 2021.
R&B singer Jon B. was a songwriter for artists like Michael Jacskon, the Spice Girls, Toni Braxton and others. He released his debut album, “Bonafide, in 1995, which went platinum. That album included his Grammy-nominated single “Someone to Love,” featuring Babyface.
Speaking of Babyface, the 12-time Grammy Award-winning singer has produced songs for Whitney Houston, Sheena Easton and others. Among his Grammy wins was his duet album with Toni Braxton, “Love, Marriage & Divorce.” His latest album, “Girls’ Night Out,” is slated to come out later this year.