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A What's Up? Exclusive Interview and Not-to-Miss Weekend Events

Aug 04, 2016 04:00PM ● Published by Nicole Gould

See our full interview with musician, Jesse Ruben, along with this weekend's not-to-miss festivals, fairs, and shows below. 

The Inspiration Behind the Music: An interview with musician, Jesse Ruben

After completing the NYC Marathon, Jesse wanted to spread his inspiration to others and thus he created the song, "We Can". What was originally composed in hopes of motivating people to run ended up meaning much more to countless people than anticipated. The song had reached an elementary school in Vancouver, which asked if he’d come sing the song for their school … and so began “The We Can Project,” which has spread across North America. Jesse began touring the country, visiting schools and inspiring students to always go after their dreams.

Just when everything was looking up, Jesse was about to face an unexpected challenge. At the age of 26, Jesse was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease. Two years without music … two years without performing … two years without anything but hope.

Take a look into what the artist had to say about his incredible journey (full interview).


Not-to-Miss Weekend Festivals, Fairs, and Shows!


The Producers

August 4th–September 4th, 8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, an outdoor community theatre in downtown Annapolis

Sweet Charity

August 5th–August 7th, August 11th–August 14th, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s College Key Auditorium in Annapolis.

2016 Summer Spirit Festival

August 6th, 1 p.m.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia

71st Annual Howard County Fair

Howard County Fairgrounds
August 6th, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

The Great Chesapeake Balloon & Wine Festival

August 5th, 5–8:30 p.m., Aug 6th, 6 a.m.–9 a.m.
Triple Creek Winery, Cordova

Old Tyme Fun Fair

August 7th, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Emily’s Produce, Cambridge

41st Annual Peach Festival

Aug 6th, 12–5 p.m.
Eastport United Methodist Church, Annapolis

71st Rotary Club of Annapolis’ Crab Feast

August 5th, 4–8 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

56th Annual Wheat Threshing Steam & Gas Engine Show

August 5th–August 7th, 10 a.m.
Rt. 313 between Denton and Federalsburg

Seventh Annual Crab Week

August 6th–August 13th
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge

Pitbull “The Bad Man Tour” with Prince Royce

August 4th, 7 p.m.
The Verizon Center, Washington, DC

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

August 4th, 7:30 p.m. & August 6th, 3 p.m. (Meyerhoff), August 5th, 8 p.m. (Strathmore)
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore

Phantom of the Opera

August 4th–August7th, 7 p.m., August 6th–August 7th, 1 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC


Ohio’s Werk Out Music and Arts Festival a draw for East Coast, Midwest This Weekend

The Werk Out Music Festival, a gathering organized by eponymous rockers The Werks, offers live music lovers from our area a chance to mingle with Midwestern fans and experience big names in the jam-festival scene in a smaller festival environment. Full rundown here.


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