A great day in Baltimore
Today was one of those great days in Charm City when there was just too much awesome shit to do. Between the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at the Creative Alliance, the Pride celebrations in Mount Vernon (and the many after-parties), the Let’s Eat Charles Street Festival, an O’s home game, and the beautiful weather, it was hard for a committed Baltimorean to plan an itinerary.
We did our best: The Folklife Festival, in its third year, was as awesome as ever. We watched blacksmiths, decoy carvers, and instrument makers all ply their trades, printed our own Globe poster, got our faces painted, and saw too many great performances to list, though doo-wop legends the Swallows (top) were magnificent, and Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes (second from top) positively killed it with an intense, high-energy set.
We ran into local beatbox master Shodekeh (third from top) at the festival. He had gotten a killer dragon painted on the right side of his face at Let’s Eat Charles Street and visited the awesome Folklife Fest face-painters to add some flourishes on the other side. We asked if he was performing that day and he sighed, lamenting that he couldn’t ever just go to a festival without everyone thinking he was going to perform. It was fairly ironic, then, when midway through his set, Gilchrist announced a special guest and Shodekeh leaped on stage.
Despite the bickering earlier this week about Pride (and warnings about open containers posted in the neighborhood today), the Pride Parade brought out joyful hordes (bottom left). And by all accounts, the post-Block Party concert at Current (bottom right, courtesy of DDm’s Facebook page), featuring Rye Rye (right) and DDm (second from right) was killer. (We’ll have a full report on all things Pride soon.)