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The Look! The Fringe! The Concours!

Sep 24, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Get your tickets to What’s Up? Media’s event, The Look and get glam! Get cultured at the Annapolis Fringe Festival! Enjoy luxury classic cars at the Concours d’Elegance on the Eastern Shore! Other events include the Kunta Kinte Festival, Chestertown Riverfest, and more!

The Look!

Get Your Tickets for The Look What’s Up? Media’s 2nd Beauty, Health, and Wellness event. The fun starts tomorrow, Friday, September 25th at Loews Annapolis Hotel, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are limited so get yours now for just $15 by clicking here.
This event is the perfect ladies' night out, a lovely way to unwind from the long work week, and a stylish way to start achieving your desired "look" for the fall season. Enjoy three solid hours of being pampered with spa treatments, getting your hair, makeup, and nails done right on the spot, listening to professional speakers, engaging in conversation with the experts, and shopping your heart out with our retail vendors. Visit local Health, Beauty, and Fitness Experts including: Sandel Center – Facial Plastic Surgery, Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, The Temple Annapolis Paul Mitchell Partner School, and many more. Find out more details here… Get A Behind the Scenes Look at The Look!

Photo courtesy of Annapolis Fringe Festival

The Fringe! Get cultured at the Annapolis Fringe Festival!

This Saturday, the 26th the Historic West Street Arts District in Annapolis becomes home to actors, singers, magicians, rappers, poets, and acrobats as the 2015 Annapolis Fringe Festival opens its doors 7 p.m. to midnight at various locations in the Arts District. The Fringe celebrates its 5th year with a lineup of short shows and other entertaining events; tickets for individual shows are $11 or less. Beyond theater, Fringe Festival offers free outdoor music, cafe dining, a visual-art exhibition, street performers, a stunning light show, and a rambunctious opening ceremony. For more information call 410-280-1414 or visit

Fringe Fest Events Editor’s Picks Include:

Photo Credit: R. Dominquez

Dominic Fragman Street Stage 7:45-9:45 p.m.

Dominic Fragman performs on drums while muralists, Jeff Huntington and Jimi Davies paint to the rhythms outside on the Street Stage 7:45-9:45 p.m. Dominic Fragman is quite possibly the best drummer I have ever seen in my life (this is coming from someone who has seen upwards of 300 concerts)! Dominic will be performing works of Classical pieces with drum set, guitar, and vocals. His powerfully dynamic playing is truly stunning. He plays the drums as a tonal instrument with a unique progressive percussive style that must be seen and heard. It is polyrhythmic with multidimensional tones and adventurous flourishes. Sometimes these flourishes are so expansive, they turn into an entire movement. Fragman studied under master drummer Paul F. Murphy and pianist Cecil Taylor. Fragman cites such influences as Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and Max Roach. Our community is extremely lucky to have such an incredible talent and local treasure in Dominic Fragman! Fragman speaks on his training and innovative drumming style, “As a result of the time I have spent with Murphy and Taylor (his master music instructors), I have been placed in a lineage of documented innovators to the artistic canon.” Fragman is modest yet fully aware that he has the innate talent and more importantly, put in the hard work and dedication to denote his place in the musical landscape as such, a Kung Fu Master of Drums. Dominic Fragman is consciously developing his own mode of playing and presents himself as a solo drum set artist who develops the drum set as an instrument that functions beyond its percussive role. He is the next generation of trailblazing drummers and pushes the boundaries of rhythm exploring music from all angles with his instrument and free spirit.

Photo courtesy of Unified Jazz Ensemble

Unified Jazz Ensemble Street Stage 6-7 p.m.

The Unified Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. Their group was founded in 1992, and engages listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions. They specialize in acoustic jazz. I’ve been a long time fan of UJE for more than 15 years. They’ve had a residency at 49 West for a while now and you can catch them there every Tuesday night. To say this group has chops, is an understatement! Here is some background on each of the integral players which, unified make Annapolis’ best jazz ensemble.

Mike Noonan is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on vibraphone, marimba, piano, and trombone. An experienced composer and arranger, Mike is an Innovative Percussion mallet artist, and a two-time recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards.  He has shared the stage with jazz greats Charles McPherson, Mundell Lowe, Dave Holland, Sam Rivers, and Buster Williams.

John Pineda plays upright bass. His solid, in-the-pocket style of playing gained him a far-reaching reputation. His sensitivity combined with a distinctive earthy groove make him a sought-after player wherever he goes. Recording artists Eddie Daniels and Steve Davis are among the many who have enlisted his talents.

Dominic Smith drummer and Maryland native has been a fixture on the local jazz scene for nearly 20 years. His hard swinging style, use of dynamics, and rhythmic subtleties have been used by many jazz notables such as Eric Alexander, Harold Mabern, James Williams, and Phil Woods, to name a few. Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science in Jazz Performance from Towson University and has studied privately in New York City with Kenny Washington, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Ralph Peterson, Frank Malabe, Duduka Da Fonseca, Mike Clark, and Kim Plainfield.

T im Stanley studied trumpet at Eastern Illinois University with Dr. W. Parker Melvin and improvisation with acclaimed pianist, Henry Butler. Tim is also a member of the Grammy winning Latin Jazz ensemble, Afro Bop Alliance. He is also a member of the United States Navy "Commodores" Jazz Ensemble. Tim has performed and/or recorded with Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill and other jazz talents.

Photo Credit: David Hartcorn

Dean Rosenthal Street Stage 10:30 p.m.

Don’t miss Dean on Dylan! Dean Rosenthal performs his versions of Bob Dylan songs at the Fringe. Dean is a one-man band that knows what makes music great at its core, “you’ve just gotta feel it”. This year, Dean Rosenthal celebrated 40 years as a professional musician. You may have recently seen him as a surprise guest during the Kelly Bell Band Show at Quiet Waters Park playing alongside Carl Filipiak, Dean’s friend and national touring jazz-rock guitarist. Many hail Dean as the patriarch of the local music scene and you won’t want to miss this rock royalty show off how rich he is in talent. Here’s Dean on Dylan and his other musical influences from the April 2015 What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine interview, 15 Minutes With…, “… when I heard Bob Dylan [I] said, ‘Man! I’ve gotta do that!’ I dropped the bass, picked up an acoustic guitar and a harmonica rack, and a Bob Dylan songbook. My guitar style is still rooted around bass lines. There were a zillion guys playing guitar at that time but there were only a couple people playing slide. I never had dexterity in my fingers so I thought if I just move one finger around, I’ve got it licked! Lowell George and Ry Cooter are two of my guitar influences. Then I went back to listen to Muddy and Elmore and guys like that who played slide. I’ve been fortunate that the music I play is timeless. There are places that allow me to do what I do. I’ve been really lucky to live in this area.” To learn more about this Annapolis Music Star, check out Dean’s full interview from the April 2015 What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine here… 

Photo courtesy of 3rd Grade Friends

3rd Grade Friends Wiseman Stage 10:30 p.m.

3rd Grade Friends is Joe Martin (guitar and vocals) and Robin Eckman (drums) so named since they first met in 3rd Grade. All grown up now they are young at heart and still know how to make playful music. The power of two plus their endearing weird imaginations adds up to create a multitude of head bopping musical experiments. 3rd Grade Friends perform their brand of “Casual Math Rock”. Their music is not formulaic. It will make your ears bend in the best way. And don’t blink! Eckman is wicked fast on the drums. When asked how to describe their sound, Martin proudly boasts, “We sound like recess!”

Photo Credit: Emily Karcher Photography

Fast as Lightning K and L Stage 8-9 p.m.

Fast As Lightning is a rock band featuring some of the most talented young musicians in Annapolis! Performing music encompassing hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s, they'll also play their first original song Kat in the Hat, which was released on iTunes in March 2015. I especially love their version of Heart’s Barracuda. And when they play Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit they sound like tween prodigies. Check out these kids now. They are on their way to achieving world domination. If I were to look into my crystal ball, I would predict we would see them accepting their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2055.

Concours d’Elegance on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is this Sunday!

Concours d’Elegance, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge, MD 21613, Sunday, September 27th , 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40,
The 9th annual St. Michaels Concours d' Elegance is Sunday, September 27th on the 18th fairway of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa and Marina. This year’s Concours will feature award winning Pre-War Grand Classic Automobiles, significant Post- War Sports Cars to 1965, wood-bodied cars to 1953, Classic Wooden Speed Boats, and fashion. The fundraising event starts at 10 a.m. with a fashion show at 1 p.m. and award ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. For more information visit

More Events Include…

Photo courtesy of Historic 
Annapolis Foundation

Blazers, Bourbon, Cigars

William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Thursday, September 24th, 6-9 p.m., $75-175, 410-267-7619,
The second annual Blazers Bourbon Cigars will be held on Thursday, September 24th at the Historic William Paca House and Garden from 6–9 p.m. Enjoy a fun filled evening with blazers, bourbon, and cigars. Proceeds benefit Historic Annapolis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Annapolis a true “Museum Without Walls” © and Positive Strides, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping injured athletes with their mental and physical rehabilitation as well as providing financial assistance for those in need. This event was established to provide a premier Gentlemen’s only evening in Annapolis with wonderful food, drinks, cigars, and clothiers. General admission is $75 and VIP package is $175. For more information call 410-267-7619 or visit

26th Annual Kunta Kinte Festival

Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis, 21401, Saturday, September 26th, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Free, 240-801-5543,
The Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival commemorates the cultural heritage of African Americans; African and Caribbean people of African descent honoring the legacy of Kunta Kinte. The festival will feature musical performances by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Core, KARMA Showcase, Divine Gospel Group, Tribes, Carr's Beach Hand Dance Club, Jazz Mosaic, Capoeira Social Project, African Dancers Keur Khaleyi, and more. Delicious food, arts and crafts will also be at the festival on Saturday, September 26th at from 10 a.m. –7 p.m. at Annapolis City Dock. For more information call 240-801-5543 or visit

Annapolis Run for The Light House

Quite Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Road, Annapolis, MD 21403, Sunday, September 27th, 
7-11 a.m., $30-70, 443-569-4209,
The Friends of The Light House will host the Annapolis Run for The Light House Half Marathon and Joggin’ Joe Shafran Memorial 5K Run. The half marathon and 5K routes will follow the scenic trails of Quiet Waters Park and through the beautiful Chesapeake Bay-front community of Hillsmere Shores. All proceeds from this event will support The Light House: A Homeless Prevention Support Center in Annapolis, MD. Space is limited. Register today at For more information, please contact Kristin Mrotek, Events Coordinator for The Friends of The Light House at 443-569-4209 or

Eastern Shore:

Frederick Douglass Day

Various Locations in Downtown Easton, Easton, MD 21601, Saturday, September 26th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Free,
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Town of Easton are sponsoring Frederick Douglass Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015. They will celebrate the life and legacy of Talbot County native Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s most prominent figures in African-American and United States history. An abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman, women’s suffragist, and reformer, Douglass was a firm believer in equality for all people and was fond of saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” The celebration will be held in downtown Easton from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a variety of activities to educate and inspire the community about Frederick Douglass – focusing not only on his historical impact but also how his writings continue to influence and shape our future. We will present activities that will include oral history booth to capture the stories of our community; inspirational readings by young leaders; a family scavenger hunt related to the history of Talbot County; knowledge fair with booths that showcase community organizations and programs; live music; and food and craft vendors. Frederick Douglass Day is an important time to commemorate a great American hero and discuss how we can learn from the past to build a strong and just future. Event takes place at various locations in Downtown Easton. Visit

Chestertown Riverfest

Wilmer Park, 400 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620, Saturday, September 26th, 12-7:30 p.m., Free,
Chestertown RiverArts, in conjunction with Washington College and community partners will launch a new event in 2015. The purpose of the event is to promote the arts, eco-friendly water activities, and the scenic Chestertown Waterfront. RiverArts has reserved Wilmer Park along with the Washington College pavilion, boat ramps and parking area adjacent to the WC boathouse. The event will feature a large, floating, solar-powered sculpture that lights up at sunset. There will also be regional artists set up in the park to show their work. To promote eco-friendly water activities, RiverArts will host a Sun, Sail & Paddle expo at Wilmer park as well as kayak and canoe races, a Paddler’s Poker Run, a Paddler’s Parade of Lights around the floating sculpture at sunset, and guided or self-guided tours along the waterfront, including Radcliffe, Rosin and Morgan Creeks. The entire event will showcase Chestertown’s scenic and historic waterfront. Tourists, boaters, artists, students and prospective residents are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary community.


Odenton Volunteer Fire Company Crab Feast and Silent Auction

1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113, Saturday, September 26th, 5-11 p.m., $45-55, 410-674-4444,
Feast, have fun for a cause, and support the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department at their fire department on Saturday, September 26th from 5–11 p.m. There will be crabs by the bushel and a silent auction. Tickets are $45–55. For more information call 410-674-4444 or visit

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Monday, September 28th, Tuesday, September 29th, Wednesday, September 30th, 7 p.m., Prices vary, 866-800-1275,
Baseball season is coming to a close. Root for your home team at Orioles Park!

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