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.
In the theme of music meeting light, the Baltimore Visitor Center is awash in LED hues choreographed to drums. With every bang, the lights rhythmically illuminate the building.
Miami Bass + Baltimore Club = TT the Artist. She was featured in the Bonnaroo 2015 Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp and performed at South by Southwest this year. TSU dancers warm up the crowd and TT appears in a circa 1990s neon colored track suit (I had one). Ever the entertainer, she performs while battling allergies on the outdoor stage.
I get to the festival on Thursday, in enough time to catch the end of syndicated radio show host and award-winning DJ Quicksilva spinning. Sounds (and dance steps) of the Cha Cha, Quan, Dab, and Milly Rock fill Club Light City. People are partying like it’s someone’s backyard cookout.
Jeffrey Townes a.k.a. the Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff is in the building (rather on the shore). I fangirl a little backstage, but maintain my composure. He came prepared to rock the 1s and 2s. The set list starts with TV themes The Jeffersons, Sanford & Son and of course The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jeff navigates his way through current hits, reggae, Stevie Wonder, his mixology skills on full display. Instead of attempting to describe Jeff’s turntablist acumen, let’s go to the video:
I leave early to pack for my mini vacay. At the opposite side of the Inner Harbor, I hear DJ Jazzy Jeff drop Michael Jackson. Looking across the water, seeing the nighttime skyline, and listening to people enjoying themselves, I am once again proud of my city.
The first ever Light City Baltimore is an overwhelming success and returns in 2017. Take a look at the Light City gallery.