It’s that time of year when you grab a glass, kiss a stranger, and say b-bye to the last 12 months, against the I’m-over-this-year soundtrack, Auld Lang Syne. Loosely translated to “For Long Ago,” Auld Lang Syne was created by Scottish poet Robert Burns. Burns repurposed (read: stole) the words from a drunkard in a bar, added more lyrics and voilà. I think it’s no coincidence that revelers warble the tune inebriated.
Minister. High school dropout. Drummer. Multi-platinum recording artist. Quadriplegic. All of these words describe Teddy Pendergrass, none of them define him.
Eager to get out of town, I Google “Events in Philadelphia.” I Am Who I Am, The Life and Legacy of Teddy Pendergrass appears in the search results and I am in the car heading to the city of Brotherly Love.
I am soooo judge-y. No really, I am excited to serve as a judge for this year’s Sound Off Live! on Thursday, October 20.
Over two nights, eighteen bands have fifteen minutes to perform three songs in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The prize is a 2017 performance slot at one of the popular Baltimore City festivals:
These events collectively attract more than 850,000 attendees. Come to the Hard Rock Café at the Inner Harbor to listen to great acts battle it out.
For more information on the musical lineup and judges, visit the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.