Seeking to utilize more parks in South Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts today announced a new music series that will bring jazz, R&B, soul and other genres of music to places like Middle Branch Park and Carroll Park this summer.
“The series aims to activate greenspaces and community gathering locations in less frequented neighborhoods, with a particular focus on Cherry Hill, Westport, Lakeland, Sharp Leadenhall and Carroll Park neighborhoods,” according to a release from BOPA.
The Youth Resiliency Institute, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Catholic Charities and South Baltimore Gateway Partnership are also partnering to present the series. (Full disclosure: My mother is an employee at Catholic Charities.)
While the series counts three existing events, the Federal Hill Jazz Festival and two performances at the Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers’ Market, on its schedule, most of the concerts are newly announced.
Select dates will also have workshops before the music begins. Here’s the full schedule.
Saturday, June 2
Reginald Cyntje Group, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Lakeland Park, 2921 Stranden Road. (Pre-Show Workshop: Sankofa Dance Theatre starting at 5 p.m.)
Sunday, June 3
The Federal Hill Jazz Festival, featuring Anacostia Delta, UltraFaux, Karl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band, The Philtones, Babes of Yesteryear, TK Blue and Steve Guyger, noon-7 p.m., 1065 S. Charles Street.
Thursday, June 7
Lafayette Gilchrist and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue.
Thursday, June 14
Violet Bell, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue.
Saturday, June 16
Rhonda Robinson Trio, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers’ Market, 1415 Key Highway.
Tuesday, June 19
The Love Peace Project (Juneteenth Celebration), 6:30-8 p.m., Cherry Hill Shopping Center, 634 Cherry Hill Road, (Pre-Show Workshops: Abu The Flutemaker at 3 p.m., SoBo Drum Circle at 4 p.m. and Sankofa Dance Theatre at 6 p.m.)
Friday, June 29
Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Middle Branch Park
3301 Waterview Avenue. (Pre-Show Workshop: Abu The Flute Maker, starting at 5 p.m.)
Saturday, July 7
Theljon Allen, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Lakeland Park, 2921 Stranden Road. (Pre-Show Workshop: SoBo Drum Circle, 5 p.m.)
Thursday, July 12
Vann Durham & Ricardo Valentine, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue.
Saturday, July 21
Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers’ Market, 1415 Key Highway.
Saturday, Aug. 4
DC Cuban All Stars, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Carroll Park, 1515 Washington Boulevard. (Pre-Show Workshops: Abu The Flute Maker and SalsaNow, both starting at 5 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 5
Underground Experience, noon-dusk, Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue.
Thursday, Aug. 9
UltraFaux, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Avenue.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Craig Alston, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Carroll Park, 1515 Washington Boulevard.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Amelia White, 4-8:30 p.m., Solo Gibbs Park, 1044 Leadenhall Street.
Saturday, Sept. 8
JaneliaSoul, Time TBA, Westport Block Party, Westport Boys and Girls Club, 2343 Norfolk Street.
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