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Music Makes the People Come Together!

Aug 13, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Courtesy Photo of Ms. Lauryn Hill

Music makes the people come together! Enjoy the smokin’ lineup of music at Hot August Music Festival. Check out the preview party and get listenin’! Kegs & Corks Festival is this weekend! Plus, a recap of the Lauryn Hill concert at Pier Six Pavilion, including exclusive video of the crowd serenading her post show! Check out the best local events in our community and plan for a weekend of fun!

That’s a Wrap! What’s Up? Re-Cap: Ms. Lauryn Hill at Pier Six Pavilion

Ms. Lauryn Hill, 5 Time Grammy Winner in 1999 for Miseducation of Lauryn Hill performed at Pier Six Pavilion on Friday, August 7th to a crowd of adoring fans. She performed new arrangements of old tunes and showed off her rapid fire emcee skills. She wore all black with a ruffled skirt almost resembling a flamenco dancer topped with a stylish hat. She danced along during the second set after performing the first half of the show on an overstuffed white throne-like chair that is worthy of the Hip-Hop royalty that she is. In March 2015, The Library of Congress added Miseducation… as one of its annual 25 archived recordings. Requirements according to Library of Congress are the recording must be deemed: “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant and be at least 10 years old”. You can find Lauryn Hill featured on the recent Nina Simone tribute album entitled, Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone.

She closed the Pier Six show with her version of Simone’s Feeling Good , which you can find on the tribute album where she covers six songs. Unfortunately, she was over time and Pier Six cut the sound since it is an outdoor venue. She still finished the song and we could hear the music coming out of the stage monitors as the crowd hushed and calmly started making their way towards the stage, mesmerized. After the show, Hill signed autographs for nearly a half hour.

Brandon Johnson started singing Killing Me Softly, Roberta Flack’s song that put Ms. Lauryn Hill on the map with the Fugees from The Score, their 1996 number one album (Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip Hop Charts). The Score was included on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003.

Johnson encouraged fans to sing along as his wife, Ayana took a video. See the video of Lauryn Hill’s fans singing in unison. Hill joined in and she was moved to tears.

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Given what happened in Baltimore this past April, it was magical to see the true spirit of Baltimore in that moment – people of all walks of life united in song and their love of music, their love of a role model, a true artist who preaches one love, “I gotta find peace of mind… He says it’s impossible… But I know it’s possible… Free your mind… it’s so possible… I’m telling you it’s possible… every day’s another chance to get it right this time.”

Hot August Music Festival Preview Party

Photo Credit: Stuart Dahne


Hot August Music Festival

Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, Saturday, August 15th, 11a.m.-11 p.m., $59-178, 877-321-3378,
It’s gonna be hot and it’s gonna be rockin’! The Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville is August 15th at Oregon Ridge Park. The fun starts at 11 a.m. Local and national acts will perform including: Hollis Brown, Dennis Jones, June Star, Marah, Jarekus Singleton, Sligo Creek Stompers, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Revivalists, The Infamous Stringdusters, Shakey Graves, Railroad Earth, Punch Brothers, and Counting Crows.

Get listenin’ to my top picks from the Hot August Music Festival lineup…

Courtesy Photos -- Pictured left to right Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Jarekus Singleton, Shakey Graves, Punch Brothers, Counting Crows.


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hail from Baltimore and serve up danceable electro-funk grooves and psychedelic jams. They’ve played many a jam band festival and rightly so. Check out their sounds on their website and hear for yourself why Pigeons Playing Ping Pong deserves to be featured among the national acts at Hot August Music Festival.

Jarekus Singleton is the future of the Blues, at only 30 years old he has garnered rave reviews from Blues connoisseurs, “Jarekus Singleton is destined to be the next big name in the Blues world” – Blues & Rhythm Magazine (UK). Jarekus grew up on Gospel music and started playing bass guitar at nine years old in his grandfather’s church band. He fell in love with the Three Kings of Blues (B.B., Albert, and Freddie) and Stevie Ray Vaughan was also a huge influence. Listen in here… Refuse to Lose was released last May on the legendary Blues label, Alligator Records.

Shakey Graves is from Austin, Texas. The actor, Alejandro Rose-Garcia uses the moniker Shakey Graves as a musician playing original Alt-Folk music. You can hear the heartache and tumbleweeds in his tunes. You may have heard his song, Dearly Departed on the radio. It started gaining traction on radio stations such as WXPN out of Philadelphia and WTMD in Baltimore about a year ago, and now you can hear his music on our very own WRNR. Here is the video for Dearly Departed.

Punch Brothers’ The Phosphorescent Blues, their latest album is produced by the extraordinary T Bone Burnett. Having a producer of Burnett’s caliber produce your record is quite a coo. And this Contemporary Bluegrass Folk band is worthy of Burnett’s involvement on their fourth record. You may know the band’s mandolin player, Chris Thile from Nickel Creek. Here’s a video of the uber talented group playing I Blew it Off.

Counting Crows, the San Francisco Folk Rockers and Alternative giant of the 90s are still going strong with their latest album Somewhere Under Wonderland. They will be headlining Hot August Music Festival and something tells me the entire crowd of fans will sing along to Mr. Jones. Hopefully, you’ll be there to join in.

Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival

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Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, MD 21032, Saturday, August 15th, 12-6 p.m., $15-75, 410-739-6943,
Kegs and Corks Fest features craft beer and wines from local breweries and Maryland wineries. Advance tickets are $35; $40 at the gate; and VIP tickets are $75. The VIP Experience includes a private tent with seating near the entertainment, souvenir glass, catering by Park Tavern, unlimited wine and beer, and more. Musical entertainment will be provided by: Tropical Soul, The Chris Sacks Band, and The Reagan Years.

More Local Events Include…

Anne Arundel County:

Thursday Night with the Stars: The Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors

Annapolis City Dock, Thursday, August 13th, 6:30-8 p.m., Free,
The Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors perform tonight. City Dock will be alive with the sounds of performing artists in the summer music series hosted by the City of Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission. Every Thursday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the sounds of the area’s finest musicians along with harbor and river views. For a complete schedule of the series including band information visit the online Calendar at

Craig Gildner and The Blue Sky 5

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Thursday, August 13th, Free, 410-264-5544,
Enjoy a free outdoor concert on the labyrinth featuring Craig Gildner and The Blue Sky 5 performing vintage jazz and swing music made popular by Count Basie, Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Part of the Summer Concert Series, previously titled the Sachs Summer Concert Series, the performance takes place on Maryland Hall’s front lawn, so bring your lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic basket and settle in for a relaxing evening of music on the labyrinth.  In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase. 

Eastern Shore:

Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park Fair

Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park, 1945 4-H Park Rod, Centreville, MD 21617, Thursday, August 13th-Saturday, August 15th, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., $2, 410-758-0267,
Established in 1942, this year’s fair will feature livestock exhibits and competitions, a cornhole contest, truck and tractor pull, pretty animal contest, rodeo, crab cake dinner, and more delicious eats.

Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Lakewood

Arthur W. Purdue Stadium, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, MD 21804, Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th, 7 p.m., Sunday, August 16th 5 p.m., Prices vary, 410-219-3112,
Root for the Delmarva Shorebirds as they take on Lakewood all weekend long!

Merrily We Roll Along Presented by Tred Avon Players

Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, MD, 21654, Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th at 8 p.m., $5-20, 410-226-0061,
This musical comedy tells the unconventional story of a trio of friends - a composer, his lyricist and the woman who loved him for 20 years -and the diverse path each takes as they navigate the rocky road to success.


Baltimore All Stars vs. The Arena Lacrosse League

Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Saturday, August 15th, Prices vary, 410-347-2020,
Baltimore All-stars will face-off against the best of the Arena Lacrosse League at Royal Farms Arena. During the week of the game the Arena Lacrosse League will be hosting a youth camp and tournament at the Royal Farms Arena. Plus, let your lacrosse player learn from the pros August 14th through August 16th. Prices vary. For more information call 410-347-2020 or visit

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