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December 14, 2008

Wham City

Here's a link to an article I wrote for today's paper.

It centers on Wham City, a local arts and music collective who have helped put Baltimore's music scene on the map. But their efforts to boost the scene seem in limbo unless they can find a large-scale performance space to call their own.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:24 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Local music


Wham City? Never heard of it.

I can understand why Wham City wants a venue of its own, but I don't really see what the huge problem is if they can't seem to get one going. I mean, they're talking about needing a place to hold events "a couple of times a month," not running a full-scale venue with nightly events, so what's wrong with simply booking their shows at any of the dozens of bars and clubs and theaters around town like everyone else?

Al makes some good points.
That being said, WCity is a huge asset to the music community here. They will be featured in a VERY prestigious London Magazine in Jan.
I think that they should stay away. far away from the organizers of Artscape though. Whatscape was SO dope last year and it was all word of mouth. You guys let the city in and you'll have relinquish some control.
The last thing any fan of WC/Whartscape wants is cul-de-sac tourists from the county hanging around.

Again, like Al said, why not book Sonar when Wham City wants a bigger venue?

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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 Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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