Music Heritage Events
The Music-Heritage concerts presents a unique series of performances that examine music traditions through the lens of history and inclusivity. The series will explore music within the context of history and how musicians and composers are shaped by their experiences and the times in which they live and how these influences, in turn, inform the future of music. The series hopes to acquaint visitors with Patapsco Heritage Area, including the Catonsville Arts District and its musical heritage. These concerts are sponsored by Maryland Heritage Areas, the Patapsco Heritage Area, the Baltimore County Arts Guild and supported by the time and talents of our volunteers.
Eric Kennedy and Friends
June 3, 2022, Frederick Road Fridays
This free event was packed with lots of fun, food, friends, drinks and more. It was the kick-of concert for the 2022 season. The Catonsville Chamber estimated over 2,000 people in attendance for this live jazz event that reflected on the rich jazz heritage roots of Catonsville and the Winters Lane Community.
[PHOTO: The Eric Kennedy Quartet, from left Allyn Johnson on piano, Obasi Akoto on bass, Tim Green on alto saxophone, and in the background Eric Kennedy on drums, gracing the stage at Frederick Road Fridays in Catonsville, June 3, 2022. (Nate Pesce for Baltimore Sun Media/Baltimore Sun Media Group)]
Kelly Bell Band
June 25, 2022, Arts & Drafts Festival
Blues Revue Magazine describes the Kelly Bell Band (KBB) as “Among the most genre-expanding acts on today’s blues scene. Who else can combine elements of hip-hop, funk, and blues-electrified here” Originally formed as the back-up band for rock and roll pioneer, Bo Diddley, KBB has been touring the world ever since entertaining fans in Japan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cuba, and Germany.
The band has won two prestigious Maryland Music Awards, including “Best Blues Band.” In 2018 they were been nominated for “Music Icon”. KBB has been voted “Best Blues Band” in the Mid Atlantic Region (12 years in a row), and was recently named “Best Band” by Baltimore Style Magazine.
Kelly Bell, known as ‘The Bluesman’, is joined by vocalist Rahsaan “Wordslave” Eldridge,
Ryan Fowler and Eric Robinson (guitar), Frankie Hernandez (bass), John Robert Buell (drums) and Dane Paul Russell (harmonica).
Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors
July 13, 2022, the Clubhouse of Catonsville
Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors are a passion project from the start—a soulful, funky, Deep South trio bound by a family connection to the late Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee (1936-2020), the greatest one-man blues band who ever lived. Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors offer a powerful mix of down-home blues, old-school soul, and uptown funk.
Rod Patterson, an award-winning dancer specializing in the fancy footwork of James Brown and Michael Jackson, brings his one-of-a-kind talents to the blues stage. Based in Oxford, Mississippi for the past twenty years, Adam Gussow, is regarded as one of the world’s finest blues harmonica players. Anchoring the rhythm section, guitarist Alan Gross is known for his tasty playing and homemade cigar-box guitars.