Category Archives: Baltimore

25 years later, Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ remains rap’s world-building masterpiece

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

As sulfurous tendrils of smoke and ash swirled in the air above Cahuenga Boulevard, the studio started filling with a swap meet’s worth of televisions and stereos. The looting had begun, swiftly fanning out from the intersection of Florence and Normandie all the way to up Frederick’s of Hollywood….

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Why hip-hop, once ostracized in clubs, is ruling the festival circuit

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Rolling Loud (Dec. 16-17 in San Bernardino), with its global tour model, is one of a growing wave of hip-hop festivals. How streaming is helping a genre traditionally shunted into expensive clubs or second-tier venues with crazy security become a mainstream festival phenomenon.

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Annapolis native debuts hip-hop album with ‘edutainment’ value

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Delray Richardson came home recently, promoting a new hip-hop project that connects a notorious moment in Annapolis history with national issues of race and justice.

On its cover, “Master Mason In Hip Hop Grammar” pays tribute to Richardson’s godfather, William “BoBo” Butler.

Butler was the city…

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Annapolis native debuts hip-hop album with ‘edu-tainment’ value

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Delray Richardson came home recently, promoting a new hip-hop project that connects a notorious moment in Annapolis history with national issues of race and justice.

On its cover, “Master Mason In Hip Hop Grammar” pays tribute to Richardson’s godfather, William “BoBo” Butler.

Butler was the city…

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Despite ‘Voice’ elimination, Baltimore singer Davon Fleming said it’s just the beginning

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Baltimore singer Davon Fleming was eliminated from NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday, but Fleming, who started the singing reality competition strong — with rave reviews from judges and a noteworthy shoe-throw and showstopping duet courtesy of award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson — is optimistic about…

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A year after the Bell Foundry was shut down, Baltimore’s DIY arts scene remains in flux

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

When Butch Dawson walks by the former Bell Foundry, the vacant, 13,000-square-foot building the Baltimore rapper once called home, he often stops, just momentarily.

“I look up, and look inside the windows, and get this weird nostalgia,” said the 24-year-old West Baltimore man. “There was no negative…

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The Cars, led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek, get another shot at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

On their third try, the Cars — the rock quartet that blended new wave and pop sensibilities led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek — will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, the organization announced Wednesday.

Eligible for induction since 2003, the band was…

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Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Kesha & Macklemore, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack and more

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (ticketmaster.com, livenation.com, ticketfly.com) unless otherwise noted.

Save X-Mas on Dec. 17 at Baltimore Soundstage; on sale now.

Eze Jackson’s Dirty Christmas 3 on Dec. 29 at the Metro Gallery; on sale now.

Marilyn Mosby Birthday…

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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Cars are newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees.

The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced…

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Charm City Bluegrass Festival expands to two days in April with Devil Makes Three, the Travelin’ McCourys

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

The Charm City Bluegrass Festival will expand to a two-day event at Druid Hill Park this spring, organizers announced Monday.

Entering its sixth year, the festival will take place April 27-28 with performances by the Devil Makes Three, the Travelin’ McCourys, the Steeldrivers and more. The event…

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Liberty music teacher finalist for Grammy Music Educator award

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been a semifinalist for this award for two consecutive years.

The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a grant of a $1,000. The winner…

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Liberty music teacher is finalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been a semifinalist for the award for two consecutive years.

The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a $1,000 grant. The winner and…

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Liberty music teacher is finalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been a semifinalist for the award for two consecutive years.

The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a $1,000 grant. The winner and…

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Dru Hill to perform at Baltimore’s Washington Monument lighting Thursday

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Baltimore R&B group Dru Hill will perform at Thursday evening’s Washington Monument lighting event in Mount Vernon, organizer Downtown Partnership confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.

The quartet — which includes Mark “Sisqo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson…

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Maryland natives Brothers Osborne, Logic, Father John Misty and more earn Grammy nominations

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

This winter, a handful of Maryland natives have a chance to win music’s most coveted award, a Grammy.

Deale-born country duo Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” is nominated for best country duo/group performance; Gaithersburg-born rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)”…

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Maryland natives Brothers Osborne, Logic and Father John Misty earn Grammy nominations

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

This winter, a handful of Maryland natives have a chance to win music’s most coveted award, a Grammy.

Deale-born country duo Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” is nominated for best country duo/group performance; Gaithersburg-born rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)”…

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Grammy nominations: Jay-Z leads with 8 as rap, R&B take center stage

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including…

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Grammys 2018: Complete list of nominees

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

The Grammy Awards have embraced rap and hip-hop in the top categories this year, as today’s nominations include several major nods each for Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino.

Jay-Z leads this year’s pack with eight nominations, while Lamar picked up seven, and pop singer-songwriter Bruno…

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Dru Hill, Sisqo got you a gift: ‘Christmas in Baltimore’ EP

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Thanksgiving just ended, but Dru Hill have already moved on to Christmas.

On Friday, the Baltimore R&B group — which includes Mark “SisQo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson — released the nine-song EP, “Christmas in Baltimore.” It’s the quartet’s latest…

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Della Reese, ‘Touched By an Angel’ star and R&B singer, dies at 86

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Della Reese, who segued from pop and jazz singing stardom in the ’50s and ’60s to a long career as a popular TV actress on “Touched By an Angel” and other shows, died Sunday night at her home in California. She was 86.

“She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well…

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Musicians unite at AMAs in wake of tumultuous year

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

The 2017 American Music Awards marked a night of unison, positive vibes and American pride as musicians spoke about coming together in a year dominated by natural disasters, violence and divisive politics.

Kelly Clarkson and Pink kicked off the three-hour show Sunday with a performance honoring…

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With ‘so many hits,’ Janet Jackson delivers pop, R&B excellence at Royal Farms Arena

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Stick around the entertainment business as long as Janet Jackson has — America first met her in 1976 on “The Jacksons” variety TV show — and a question inevitably comes: Does she still have it?

Time and time again, and in utter convincing fashion, Jackson answered with an emphatic “duh” at her…

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Sofar Sounds combines music, mystery in pop-up concerts around the city

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Among the cozy couches and the plush pillows cushioning the tiered platform in the Inner Harbor lobby of Hotel RL Baltimore, Shirley Yan, 25, and Shruti Sharma, 24, settle closest to the stage and ready themselves for a concert. But they have no idea who is going to perform.

When they bought tickets…

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