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.
My plan was to attend several concerts during the inaugural Light City Baltimore, March 28-April 3, but life happened. I couldn’t see as many performances as I would have liked, but I still have some good stuff for you.
Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. It brings together innovators, thought leaders, performers and music. The event is based at the Inner Harbor, with art installations throughout the city. Organizers were inspired when they attended a similar event in Australia. Here’s a sample of the entertainment schedule.
I embarked on a solo, cross-country tour of sorts. Combining my love of travel and music, I visited popular music cities. I cashed in credit card points for plane tickets, purchased an Amtrak 15-day rail pass and hitched rides with family. The selected locales were Seattle (Grunge), Detroit (Motown) and Memphis (Blues, Rock and Roll, and a little Country).
Second Stop: Detroit, Michigan (read about the first part of the trip)
The schedule is pretty constrained. I’m only spending one day in Detroit.