Hello my dear friends, I hope everyone had a happy, safe and memorable Labor Day Weekend. The weather was perfect here in Baltimore. It was like it was God’s gift to us.
My Boo-Boo and I had a fantastic time in Baltimore— going to the cookouts of my friends and fans. I thank you. This is the first time we spent Labor Day Weekend in Baltimore in almost 25 years. We are usually away in Philadelphia covering the Tony Williams Jazz Festival. This was their last year— the festival is discontinued.
This week we will have more fun, enjoying this beautiful weather for outdoor events, as well as the indoor venues. First the “Jazzway 6004” is back from their summer vacation with a season full of exciting concerts. The fall season will kick off with Lafayette Gilchrist and Inside Out Band on Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m. Also, Vince Evans and Sine Qua Non, led by bassist Michael Bowie with special guest Warren Wolf on vibes. For you jazz lovers, this will be a show you don’t want to miss. The “Jazzway 6004” is located at 6004 Hollins Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21210 and for ticket information, call 410-952-4528.
Oh! This will be a fun thing to do, especially considering it’s free! On Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. visit Brian Neal’s “Fall Expo”, which is the ultimate shopping experience with vendors of all kind including food, beverages, clothes, jewelry, hats & gloves, handbags, arts & crafts, household needs and books including my books. Yes, I will be there doing a book signing, so bring your cash, credit cards and checks and go shopping for your early Christmas gifts. Vendor space is still available— food vendors are also welcome. This event will be held at the State Office Complex, 201 W. Preston Street. For more information, call 410-767-8376. I will see you there!
The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland is having their “Prince Hall Day” on September 12 and will be held at Lamont’s Entertainment Complex, 4400 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Maryland from 1-5 p.m. As part of the Prince Hall Day weekend activities, the Annual Prince Hall Day Children’s Cookout will be held in conjunction with the “Prince Hall Day”. The Children’s Cookout will include an afternoon of fun with free pony rides, laser tag, video games, volley ball, soccer, magic shows, clowns, free face painting, various of games, prizes and free food. For more information, contact: R.W. Kevin L. Barney, at 410-699-4966 or 443-925-9216.
While I am thinking about it, I want to say to you all, a big THANK YOU! For years you have supported me and my column “Rambling Rose” which began almost 30 years ago here with the Baltimore Times on Joy and Peter Bramble’s dining room table. There is a story that goes with that, which I will tell you at another time, hopefully at our event. I would love to meet those of you who have been following my column who I haven’t met yet face to face yet. I would love to meet you and give you a hug. I am inviting you to the Baltimore Times 30th Anniversary kick-off celebration with some live jazz music, some wine, light fare and fun on September 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames Street in Baltimore. For more information, call 410-366-3900.
The WEMCO Club’s Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a “Wine and Cheese Jazz Fest” featuring the “Reggie Wingfield Band” at the Penn Hills Family Service Center, 2018 Lincoln Road in Verona, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 12 from 2-7 p.m. For more information, call Herlanna Thompson at 412-566-0547.
The Old School All White Virgo Cabaret is Sunday, September 13 from 5-9 p.m. at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Road featuring the Rollex Band. It is cash bar and BYOF. This event is hosted by DJ Mike Jones and his buddies DJ TC Flash and DJ Davey D. For more information, call 443-525-5016.
Before I run out of space, I just want to thank certain people who have made me feel special and feel like a celebrity. In the past couple of weeks, I was honored by Carlos Hutchins’s CH Production and his organization; The Pimlico Merchants Association; and Pat Johnson’s African-American Author’s Expo. I appreciate the love and recognition.
Well, my dear friends, I am out of space and out of time, Remember, if you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.