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.
HIROYA TSUKAMOTO- Live
December 9, 2022
Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey." ~ Boston Herald. "...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!" ~ JazzReview.com
Hiroya Tsukamoto is an inventive guitarist and composer who fuses folk, jazz and world music. Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; he takes audiences on an innovative journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. His instrumental abilities are breathtaking, but his performances are so much more than that. He transfixes his audiences through a personable and genuine approach. A 2nd place finalist in the 2018 International Finger Style Guitar Championship, he plays with effortless skill. Hiroya's repertoire, gathered from around the world, includes his own compositions. Learn more.
Tickets: $20.00. Showtime: 7:00pm.
If you are unable to afford the ticket fee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for scholarship information!
TK Blue - Live with
Erik Kennedy and Abasi Akoto
February 17, 2023, the Clubhouse of Catonsville
"This splendid album showcases the ability of T.K. Blue to give shape to a musical project with a strong character. It shows that leadership is a combination of musical vision, composing skills, and instrumental personality." – Excerpt from Jean Szlamowicz’s review in Spirit Of Jazz, December 2019
"T.K. Blue’s latest release is The Rhythms Continue, an equal parts lovely and vibrant remembrance honoring Randy Weston’s powerful impact on his and so many other of our lives." – Excerpt from Willard Jenkins’s blog Open Sky Jazz, November 2019
For this special concert, TK will be joined by drummer, Eric Kennedy and bassist, Abasi Akoto, an evening not to be missed!
This program is part of a continuing heritage music series and is made possible by a generous grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas and the Patapsco Heritage Greenway.