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May 4, 2007

WTMD's First Thursday Concert in the Park show

eva castillo, wtmd, first thursdayAnybody catch WTMD's first Thursday concert in Mount Vernon Park yesterday? Perfect weather, tons of people, good wine and beer and solid bands. The park was packed -- the crowd filled the grass and spilled into the streets on either side.

The Eva Castillo Ensemble started the show with some acoustic R&B — an excellent soundtrack for a warm, sunny spring evening.

Castillo added Basshound keyboardist Blake Mobley to the lineup, and I was interested to see if he would mesh well with her sound.

Mobley takes a lead role in Basshound, hammering out funky electric clavinet, piano and organ riffs. But yesterday, he knew to lay back and help fill in Castillo's songs with chords and the occasional run or two. It worked well ...

I'm surprised that Sony or Warner hasn't snapped up Castillo yet. She's got great songs and a sweet set of pipes. With the right producer, she could really go places.

The headliner was Julian Velard, a Brooklyn-based pianist and singer/songwriter who delivered solid, upbeat pop tunes. His song "Joni" is getting a lot of play on WTMD right now, and live, Velard didn't disappoint. Even sitting on a stool in front of a keyboard, the quirky, fun singer had a big stage presence. Definitely keep an eye on him -- you'll want to see this guy live. 


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oh my gosh!!! this was my swim coach about 4 or 5 years ago! He moved one day and i don't know where he went and he said he would visit The Bel Air Athletic Club where he coached me but he never did. I haven't seen him for a while and i wanna talk to him again really bad!! I was searching on the internet hoping to find him. I am pretty sure Vin is his brother or cousin, i think i have seen Vin in the life guard room, but i was little so i don't know. If you see Kevin again PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask him about the little girl Samantha he used to coach, who is now 11. I know he will remember i swear i am not making this up.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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