Baltimore already has a beloved cultural hero with a pencil mustache. But since a particular worldwide musical hero is also influential among our musicians, we can make room for another.
Creative Alliance is set to host the first-ever Django Jazz Fest this weekend, with two nights of Manouche Gypsy magic from some of Django Rhinehardt’s most faithful contemporary followers. The Friday and Saturday event splits time between Baltimore acts and, appropriately, some folks wandering in from out of town.
Friday will feature the Rhythym Future Quartet and Baltimore’s Ultrafaux, while on Saturday the stage is turned over to Stephane Wrembel and Mary Alouette and the Crew. Wrembel learned his guitar skills in the French countryside, then went on to score Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.