TLC, Toots & The Maytals, ZZ Ward will headline this year’s Artscape

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R&B favorites TLC, reggae group Toots & the Maytals and blues rocker ZZ Ward are the music headliners at this year’s Artscape, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced today.

The group Garth Fagan Dance will also perform at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric during the festival.

Since the 2002 death of member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the remaining members of the group behind the hits “Waterfalls,” “Creep” and “No Scrubs,” Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas (a.k.a. T-Boz and Chilli, respectively) have crowdfunded the release of TLC’s final album and performed on ’90s-themed tours.

Unlike recent editions, this year’s Artscape will not have any sort of theme guiding some of the exhibits and performances.

“In 2018, Artscape is going back to the basics…ART! For ‘the year of no theme,’ Artscape encourages artists and festivalgoers to embrace Artscape for what it is: a fully accessible, free world-class arts festival in the heart of Baltimore City,” BOPA said in its release.

New to the festival this year is Youth Day, featuring visual art and performances by young artists, including the Cardinal Sheehan Choir, on the Friday of the festival. Favorites such as the Artist-Run Art Fair in a parking garage on N. Charles Street, the Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists exhibition in two MICA galleries, classical music performances in the Corpus Christi Church, the video game-focused Gamescape and Artscape After Hours performances are all back this year.

Some of the featured large-scale artworks this year include Trash-scape, “an evolving street performance surrounding a sculpture of recyclable material in the shape of a mandala”; “Choose Your Own Adventure,” which turns part of Charles Street into “a colorful and safe pedestrian playscape of creative crosswalks and an immersive environment of floating beach balls”; and “Screen Station,” where attendees can make their own T-shirts “related to youth advocacy and justice,” BOPA said.

Artscape runs from July 20-22. Find more details here.

Brandon Weigel

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