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A What's Up? Weekend 01/26/17

Jan 26, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Rock n’ Roll with a New Orleans Twist

From the moment he was born, Fred LeBlanc seemed destined to sing. Born deaf due to deformities in his ear canal, LeBlanc actually learned how to sing before he could talk. After his hearing was repaired, LeBlanc knew he wanted to share his talents with the world. With his energetic vibe, positive attitude, and range of skills, he’s not your average musician.

More than 25 years ago, LeBlanc formed Cowboy Mouth, a rock n’ roll band hailing from New Orleans. Today, you’ll find him front and center as the band’s lead singer and drummer. Yes, you read that correct, the drummer of the band is front and center, not only singing at the top of his lungs, but also wailing away on the drums. Hesitant at first, LeBlanc admits it was the right decision because he’ll never have to stare at a guitar player’s rear end.

Adding their own twists to the rock n’ roll genre, Cowboy Mouth steps up their game by making their performances into celebrations, in hopes of transforming the audiences’ lives. They continuously display a powerful performance filled with energy and passion.

“Every time we play you see somebody who needed it. But the whole privilege of being able to have people use whatever you do as a catalyst for a positive change in their lives, that’s the best part about this job.” – Fred LeBlanc

The band most recently released their greatest hits album, The Name of the Band Is…, celebrating some of their biggest songs and crowd favorites, including “Jenny Says.

Join LeBlanc and the rest of the Cowboy Mouth crew at Rams Head On Stage Friday, February 3rd, 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 and you must be 21 or older.

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Severn School Mini Makers Event
Friday, January 27th, 10–11 a.m.
Join Severn School for their Mini Makers workshops, designed to inspire creativity and a love of the Maker Movement. Severn School preschool teachers, parents and children will spend each workshop in a hands-on exploration. If you have friends, neighbors, or family members who may be interested in attending with their children, please encourage them to register! Younger siblings of current students are welcome, too. Registration is limited to 15 children (ages 2.5 to 5) who are not currently enrolled at Severn.

Sleeping Beauty: A New Opera for Children
Saturday, January 28th, 11 a.m.
Towson University’s Opera in a Can returns again this year with another charming fairy tale opera based on Sleeping Beauty, a charming and comedic tale of bravery, love, and magic at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, presented by the Annapolis Opera. This exciting new adaptation of the classic fairy tale is set to the music of Mozart and is the perfect way to share the experience of opera with the children in your life! The opera is perfect for children of all ages with topical humor that will appeal to children, youth, and adults. Tickets are $15.

Premier Fitness Open House
Saturday, January 28th, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Voted best of Annapolis! Premier Fitness will host an open house and will feature, healthy snacks, local vendors, classes, and demos. Stop by and ask about their new Premier Buddy Membership!

Painting Interiors: A Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, January 28th, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Join Historic Annapolis for a rare opportunity to paint in the historic William Paca House. Watercolorist Jean Brinton Jaecks will conduct a class focused on capturing the quality of winter light in the beautifully restored rooms of this eighteenth-century house. Small class size means lots of individual attention. All skill levels are welcome, watercolor only. Provide your own painting supplies. Reservations required.

Montessori International Children’s House Open House
Sunday, January 29th, 12–2 p.m.
Discover why they were voted the Best Montessori School in the Annapolis area for the third year in a row! They inspire excellence, encourage curiosity, and enhance creativity. Montessori International educates children from 18 months through 6th grade in a nurturing atmosphere that emphasizes hands-on experiential learning, respect for self and others, and the development of critical thinking and collaboration skills that last a lifetime. Extended Day program available from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call to arrange a visit.

Take a Chance on Love
Sunday, January 29th, 4 p.m.
Take a chance and join the Annapolis Opera to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a concert of the greatest love songs and arias from renowned operas and popular music. Artistic Director, Maestro Ronald. Patrons need to be 21 or older to attend.

What’s Up? Weddings Bridal Expo 2017 – The Premier Bridal Show
Sunday, January 29th, 1–4 p.m.
What’s Up? has planned the perfect event for all brides-to-be, giving you a one-stop shop at their Weddings Bridal Expo at the Loews Annapolis Hotel! See all the latest bridal attire during their fashion show, enter to win amazing bridal door prizes, and talk with local experts that will complete your wedding plans from start to finish of the big day. From the venue, to the invitations, cake and catering, photography, and honeymoon travels—they have you covered all in one location! Tickets are $15 in advance.

Rock Your Red Heels and Lips Charity Event 
Friday, February 3rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Effective Medspa invites you to the Hottest Event of the Year! Featuring a fierce fashion show by Sandro Ferrone, sparkling jewelry by Stella & Dot, boudoir express private photo shoot by A Pictured Perspective, makeup and hair touchups, live D.J., bubbly tasting by Angel's Share Wine & Spirits and a decadent chocolate bar! Tickets are $35 and benefit the AAMC’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

Annapolis Maritime Winter Lecture Series: Trees, Rain Water, and Chesapeake Bay Water Quality – Truths, Half-Truths, and Myths
Thursday, January 26th, 7 p.m.
Join the Annapolis Maritime Museum for their annual Winter Lecture Series! You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging topic speakers on 8 diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. The lecture will include topics on: Trees are a critical part of the solution to the poor water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, common beliefs and practices about trees are simply myths or only half-truths, basic issues and relationships between trees and water and the common pitfalls that many of us fall victim to in the process of planting and caring for trees. The presenter is James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils.

Eastern Shore

27th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, January 27th, 4:30–7 p.m.
Chase away your January blues at St. Luke's United Methodist Church for fantastic food, family fun, and fine fellowship at the 27th Annual Spaghetti Dinner! "All You Can Eat" for only $10 (Children 11 and under $3). Take-outs will be available.

Among Friends Presents: Celebrity Stumpers – A Battle of Wits
Friday, January 27th, 5:30–8 p.m.
The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library have created a fun packed evening of entertainment, delicious food, tasty drinks, and a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors. The event this year will be a game show patterned after TV and Radio shows. The questions will focus on the Eastern Shore and all things Maryland. There will be three teams of contestants including not only local celebrities, but also notorious celebrities from stage and screen. Anticipate a fierce competition. Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of the very best chefs in the area. Proceeds from the event will support the work Friends do to enhance and enrich the library experience for everyone who uses either the Easton or St. Michael’s branch of this wonderful community facility and resource.


Fifth Annual Winter Wine Showcase 
Thursday, January 26th, 6–9:30 p.m.
Experience the best wine that Maryland has to offer in a small, exclusive, and unique setting. Hosted in the historic B&O Roundhouse, Winter Wine showcases the best of the best, as noted by critical acclaim and by the evening’s guest curator, WYPR’s Al Spoler. Throughout the evening, attendees will engage with winemakers and owners, enjoy delicious stationary hors d’oeuvres, and tap their feet to live music provided by award-winning Jazz musician, David Bach. A Sparkling Wine Pre-Reception will start the evening, where guests will have the opportunity to learn about méthode champenoise and taste several diverse traditional and non-traditional sparkling wines from across the state. The main event, the Roundhouse Tasting, will take place under the B&O Roundhouse dome amid the largest collection of historic trains in the country. Enjoy the view as you taste award-winning wines from across the state.

Baltimore Boat Show 
Thursday, January 26th–Saturday, January 28th, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. & Sunday, January 29th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The 2017 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show drops anchor at the Baltimore Convention Center offering more than 300 boats and everything you need to get on the water in Summer 2017. Highlights include a paddlefest pool, an opportunity to meet Captain Dale Lisi from Wicked Tuna, get schooled at a wide variety of seminars, including a DIY seminar, and enter the crab picking contest. Competition is fierce – this is Baltimore. Kids also get the opportunity to build and decorate their own boat! Tickets are $14 for adults and free for children 15 and under.

Winter Music Fest: Second Hand News
Saturday, January 28th, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.
Head over to Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa for their Winter Music Fest! Don’t miss Second Hand News, the Annapolis Supergroup consisting of Meg Murray, Angie Miller, Bryan Ewald, and Company, faithfully recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac. The event is rain or shine.

What's Up? Weddings Bridal Expo 2017


What to Expect

A perfect event for all of you brides-to-be ready to take action. Browse and talk to the best local vendors that can help from start to finish of the big day. From the venue, to the invitations, cake and catering, photography, and honeymoon travels -- we have you covered all in one location! Oh, and not to mention, there will be complimentary champagne, appetizers, and raffle giveaways to add some fun to your planning.

Door Prize Giveaways

Win incredible prizes from the What’s Up? Weddings 2017 Bridal Expo vendors! Must be present at the event at the time of drawing to win, so be sure to stay for all of the giveaways! Check back soon for list of giveaway items.

Time & Ticket Info

Sunday, January 29, 2017
1-4 pm at Loews Annapolis Hotel
Online: $15 per ticket; At the Door: $18 per ticket

Purchase Tickets Online Here or contact

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