Monday, June 29, 2009

A Great Time at Jazz & Blues Fest!

Thanks to all our volunteers and everyone who turned out yesterday for Jazz & Blues Festival. It was a great time in Federal Hill!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Music Schedule for Sunday’s Jazz & Blues Fest

Well, it's almost here: Federal Hill’s annual Jazz & Blues Festival! The party starts Sunday at 11am and runs till 7pm along S. Charles St.

Don't miss all the food, fun, friends and tons of free music. Here’s the lineup:

11:30-12:15 -- John Patti
12:30-1:15 -- J and B Blues Project
1:35-2:20 -- Funk Master General
2:40-3:25 -- Funk Daddy G Band
3:45-4:30 -- Mambo Combo
4:50-5:35 -- Greg Hatza Organization
5:50-7:00 -- Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

11:30-12:15 -- JMB
12:35-1:20 -- Stones Throw
1:40-2:20 -- Lower Case Blues
2:40-3:25 -- Blues Therapy
3:45-4:45 -- Honey Island Swamp Band
5:00 -5:45 -- Jamie McClain Band
6:00-7:00 -- Big Daddy Stallings

Arts & Crafts Galore at Sunday’s Festival

The Arts & Crafts vendors at this year’s Jazz & Blues Festival offer more variety than ever before. Stop by on Sunday, June 28 and browse through creative offerings that range from fine art to funky fun, from the whimsical to the practical and everything in between.

Here is just a small sampling of the vendors: Fruits of the Spirit Fine Art, Dave Hardell Metal Sculpture, Funky Beehive Gifts, Big Foot Handbags, Mad Hatter, SGO Designer Glass, Alpaca Girl, Bardangle Jewelry… and many more.
Enjoy the free music while you’re taking in the goods. And, don’t worry, there will plenty of food and drink to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jazz & Blues & Little One’s Lane – Sunday!

There’s something for everyone – even the kids – at this Sunday’s annual Jazz & Blues Festival. Join the fun at Little One’s Lane on the south side of Cross St. Kids will have a blast with the games, crafts, and live performances all day long.

Don’t miss ... wildlife adventures, moon bounce, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artist, the toddler play area. Popcorn and snow cones, too.
The Festival starts at 11am. See you there!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Volunteers Needed for Jazz & Blues Fest

Want to have some fun and help your community at the same time? Volunteer at the 9th Annual Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival on Sunday, June 28. We have two 4.5-hour shifts: 10:30-3pm, 2:30-7pm. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt and beer ticket. Proceeds go to the award-winning Federal Hill Main Street community revitalization program!

Interested? Call 410-727-4500 or e-mail

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Don't Forget: Jazz & Blues Fest Is Almost Here!

Sure it's gray and rainy right now, but it's SURE to be a gorgeous Federal Hill summer day on Sunday, June 28, for our annual Jazz & Blues Festival. Remember how beautiful it was last year? (See above.)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Planters Spruce Up Business District

Stop and enjoy the flowers! Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and volunteers, our sidewalks are a bit greener.

Through Federal Hill Main Street's "Adopt-A-Pot" program, 20 large planters have been installed and/or revived with new flowers and greens along S. Charles, Light, and Cross streets. Combined with the attractive hanging flower baskets sponsored by the Federal Hill Business Association, the beautification effort is making a difference.

Main Street volunteer and green thumb Helen Huriaux (pictured here with Adopt-A-Pot sponsors of Rogers & Goldbach Insurance) coordinated the project and enlisted the support of businesses to purchase and care for the plants. Sign-A-Rama is donating printed stickers with the name of the business sponsors to be placed on planters.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Celebrating 30 Years at Big Jim's Deli

Anna Epsilantis had the surprise of her life when she walked into the 8x10 Club on Tuesday night. Under the guise of purchasing tickets for a future show, her son Phillip lured her in the door, where she was greeted enthusiastically by her many, many fans and well-wishers, gathered to honor her 30 years as proprietor of Big Jim's Deli in the Cross Street Market.

Freda Ulman and several friends pieced together an amazing celebration, with music by Nelly's Echo, food contributed by several fine Federal Hill establishments, tributes from Del. Brian McHale and Larry Nunley, representing the City Council, and much more. The piece de resistance was the amazing cake shaped like a turkey sandwich, with lettuce and tomato, the creative genius of Big Jim's Deli customer Cathy Gessner of Riverside Ave.
Everyone had a great time, and Anna was truly surprised. This was one of those evenings that reminds us how great it is to live, work, and play in Federal Hill! Congratulations, Anna!