Charm City Music Festival 9.15.12

The first annual Charm City Music Festival was a great success Saturday. It was held in the open space at Harbor East in Baltimore City between Fells Point and the Inner Harbor. There were two stages and a dance tent, lots of food, many bars and even a few covered tables and chairs to escape the sun. Finally a real music festival in Baltimore! There were actually music fans travelling from other cities to Baltimore. And in a year when I did not go to the Beale Street Music Festival or Lollapalooza, it was nice to attend a local music festival.

before the music starts

I arrived about a half hour after the gates opened and a half hour before the music started, so there were not a lot of people at the festival yet. It was a beautiful day – hot in the sun, but cool in the shade. I ran into a friend of mine who was bartending, grabbed a diet pepsi, snagged my free cd of Baltimore bands and walked around for a bit. At 1pm, the first band started – and they turned out to be my favorite of the day.

Thee The The

They are a local band called Thee The The – 3 guys and a girl. The girl, Val Yumm, is the lead singer and guitarist. She rocked! Her energy reminded of my heyday of early 1990s alternative concerts I attended. Thee The The played a great set – I wish it would have been longer. I am very anxious to see them again.  The next band I saw was Clear For Take Off, who are from Ellicott City. They were pretty good – alternative. They sort of reminded me of Green Day. Then I saw Loving the Lie, who I had wanted to see for a while. They are from Baltimore with a pretty big following. The lead singer Kevin Hock also works at 24-7 Entertainment who put on the Charm City Music Festival. I enjoyed their set and would like to see them again.

Kevin Hock gets close with Loving the Lie fans

All Mighty Senators were next. I enjoyed the pink drum kit and the singing drummer who was up front, but they were a bit too ska-ish for me. Unfortunately, that is where my festival experience ended because I was exhausted from staying out way too late the previous night.  I had a great time though and enjoyed the bands I saw. It got really crowded later with the headlining bands Flogging Molly and Weezer, so hopefully there will be a 2nd Annual Charm City Music Festival next year.

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About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (543 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90 and soon to be 100) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

1 Comment on Charm City Music Festival 9.15.12

  1. Great write up Deena, Wish I could have made this festival, cant wait till next years!

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