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Singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will not headline the Charm City Live festival later this month as city officials had previously announced.

In a statement Wednesday on the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Instagram page, the city’s senior director of communications Monica Lewis wrote there had been “miscommunication” between the city and the festival’s promoter, Blackout Management.

“Due to miscommunication between the City of Baltimore and Charm City Live promoter Blackout Management, we were mistakenly under the impression that Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds was confirmed to perform for our event taking place on September 24, 2022,” Lewis wrote. “We sincerely apologize to Mr. Edmonds and the fans for the initial announcement of his participation and any inconvenience the announcement may have caused. We remain committed to curating a diverse lineup of entertainment that all Baltimoreans can enjoy, and we will keep the public informed as more updates are made available.”

Lewis told Baltimore Fishbowl that Blackout Management is in charge of booking talent for the event.

The entertainment management firm told the city that a contract to secure Babyface as a performer had been signed, but it had not, Lewis said.

“It was a matter of miscommunication,” she said. “[Blackout Management] had been under the impression that the contract had been signed when in fact it had not been signed.”

The day after Charm City Live, Babyface is scheduled to perform at the DSTV Delicious International Food & Music Festival on Sept. 25 in Midrand, South Africa, according to his tour website.

Lewis said the festival’s other performers – Kelly Price, Jon B. and Rebecca Black – have been confirmed.

The city is looking to fill the spot originally intended for Babyface and search for other artists.

“We are absolutely looking for a replacement act as well as additional acts,” Lewis said.

“We’re excited to have this festival for the first time,” she added.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at