It’s Time For Artscape 2013

Entertainment, Featured — July 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm by

by VooDude

It is that time of year again for “America’s Largest Free Arts Festival”, Baltimore City’s Artscape.  Now in its 32nd year, Artscape will attempt an international vibe with its “No Passport Required” theme.  If you’ve been before, you know the three day art festival is a pretty fun and unique experience.  Combining live music of all flavors with performance art, street theater, visual artists, interactive demonstrations and children’s exhibitions, along with a mind-boggling variety of foods and beverages, Artscape really packs in the entertainment.  Along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street between the University of Baltimore and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, what is normally a crush of commuter traffic becomes an asphalt fairgrounds with stages, vendors, and artist booths shoulder to shoulder.art in

There are three live music stages: The Main Stage at Mount Royal Station, The Station North Stage at N. Charles Street & North Avenue, and the Festival Stage at Mt. Royal Avenue & Mosher Street.  This year’s headline act is The Wailers, who will be closing out the festival Sunday night. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh may be gone, but the reggae beat goes on.  Personally, I’ll be going for Saturday night’s headliners, southern rockers, North Mississippi Allstars.  Keep in mind that the music runs all day on all three stages, so make sure you get around to see all the talent.  And don’t forget to check out this year’s Art Car Show just south of the Station North Stage.

If you have never been, head on down to the center of the City and enjoy yourself. Two notes of caution for you however: first, it’s FREE!  Which means it is extremely crowded with your fellow Baltimorons (if big crowds are not your thing, you might want to take a pass altogether). Second, for whatever reason, the event organizers hold Artscape during the hottest part of the year, and this year is no different.  Throw a bunch of water bottles in a backpack now and thank me later.  Peace.

 http://www.artscape.org/

 

North Mississippi Allstars 

 

The Wailers

pics: nattypaint.com, Baltimore Sun

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