Hello, my dear friends, I hope all is well with you and your family. As you know, this is a fun and festive time of the year for many people, for many races. Many folks take advantage of this month by having special entertainment events featuring Afro American-American shows; plays; dances; exhibits; display; arts and crafts. Well, my friend that is a good thing. Our World Famous Lexington Market is doing just that. For the entire month of February you can enjoy Lexington Market’s free concert series every day. Performances of music, songs, narrated skits and dances based on African, Caribbean, jazz, blues, gospel, or big Band Swing/jazz themes. Also featured will be exhibits from Great Blacks in Wax Museum, African American authors, crafter’s and a special presentation by the Buffalo Soldiers in full uniform. This wonderful lineup is both educational, entertaining and a lot of fun for celebrating Black History Month. With more than 100 food vendors and an international cuisine selection, there is a flavor for everyone. I will be there with both of my books ready to autograph them for you, so look for me.
Eubie Blake Cultural Center located 847 N. Howard Street is hosting a show on Sunday, February 8, 2015 starting at 6 p.m. featuring a one-man show with Robert Lee Hardy entitled “I Carry My Own Spotlight.” Food and beverages are available for purchase. This one-man show will feature comedy, movement, drama, music and poetry. Mr. Hardy morph’s into numerous characters that address many taboo issues in our culture. Mr. Hardy is a 2005 graduate of SUNY Purchase with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting. He currently teaches drama at The Mount Washington School, he was the Youth Theatre’s play director at the Arena Players; he taught acting at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center and was an acting instructor for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. For ticket information call 410-225-3130.
I call this month “The Double Whammy Month,” because we also celebrate the “Sweethearts” Valentine’s Day right in the middle. “The Quality Plus, Inc” will present a Valentine’s Day Red & White Affair on Friday, February 6 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Delta Center, 2501 Springhill Avenue with an open buffet, free set-ups, champagne toast and it is BYOB. A special contest prizes for best dressed man and woman, Book signing by Yours Truly, “Rambling Rose”, vendors and live entertainment by Nirvine Jazz Duo. For ticket information, call Vinnette Johnson at 443-762-7926. I will see you there.
Another “Sweethearts” event for next week is a “Pre-Valentine’s Celebration Red & Black Affair” hosted by Carl Beasley, Mattie Holman and Carlos Hutchins on Sunday, February 8 from 4-8 p.m. at the American Legion Post #22 at 125 York Road in Towson, Maryland. Live entertainment by Slagz Band, DJ Sugar Chris will be playing your favorite records, It is BYOB and BYOF with free beer and free set-ups. For ticket information, call 410-916-2605 or 443-963-5711. I also will be there for a book signing. I will see you there.
Well, my dear friends, we are out of space, remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at email@example.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.