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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) presents the SoBo Summer Music Series on Saturday, June 1 through Saturday, August 24, 2019. The series features live music concerts and special events throughout South Baltimore.
Widely known and emerging Baltimore-based musicians perform various genres including blues, brass band, funk, jazz, R&B, reggae and timba. The 2019 SoBo Summer Music Series is produced by BOPA and supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, Catholic Charities, Rhythms & Reels, South Baltimore Community Association, Youth Resiliency Institute, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the City of Baltimore.
These events activate green spaces and community gathering locations in less visited neighborhoods in the South Baltimore including Carroll Park, Cherry Hill, Lakeland, Mt. Winans, Sharp-Leadenhall and Westport. This area is an entrance point for many visitors to Baltimore City and home to major attractions including the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Fort McHenry and Gwynns Falls Trail.
A full schedule of events is below. Events include ones produced specifically for the series as well as existing events with a music component.
Rufus Roundtree & Da B’More Brass Factory
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 6–8pm
2400 S. Paca St., Baltimore, MD 21230
Formally trained musicians Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory infuse the essence of the New Orleans brass band sound that defines the mardi gras experience with a hometown contemporary flare, and recreates versions of R&B and hip-hop songs with funk, neo-soul and jazz elements. This is not the traditional band; this is truly an invigorating experience.
THE PANAMA BAND, DJ Grown Man & Special Guests
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 1–7pm
Cherry Hill Shopping Center
634 Cherry Hill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21230
Panama Band was formed 23 years ago by two brothers, Robert Lee and Gerald Lee. The Lee Brothers’ careers were launched at the age of 12 and 15, performing on shows with the late Eddie Kendricks, The O’Jays, The Softones, and Rick James, among others. Panama Band’s repertoire includes all types of music including pop, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, disco, hip-hop, ballads and raw funk.
Solo Gibbs Movie Night featuring DJ Cool Curtis Strong
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 5–8pm
Solo Gibbs Park
1044 Leadenhall St., Baltimore, MD 21201
A Sharp-Leadenhall favorite, DJ Cool Curtis Strong spins contemporary and old school R&B and hip-hop.
Lakeland Day - Jazz in the Park - featuring the D.C. CUBAN ALL STARS
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 6–8pm
Lakeland Elementary School
2921 Stranden Rd., Baltimore, MD 21230
Afro-Cuban saxophonist Luis Faife unites his upbringing in Holguin, Cuba, with singer and composer Juan Del Risco from Havana, Cuba. Under Faife and Risco’s direction, the D.C. Cuban All Stars perform live Cuban timba music, showcasing both traditional and contemporary Cuban.
Underground Experience Festival
Saturday June 29, 2019, 10am–7pm
Middle Branch Park
3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230
The second annual Underground Experience Festival at Middle Branch Park is the premier event for electronic dance music and arts in Baltimore. The 2019 festival lineup includes: Wayne Davis, Mandrill Harris, Sam Burns, Jordan Pope, Terry Thompson, DJ Pope and Aaron K. Gray.