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November 1, 2010

Did you go to Howard University's Yardfest?

Rick Ross, rapper Wale, R&B singer Dondria, and 80s rapper Doug E. Fresh performed at Howard University's Yardfest Friday. 

They were were just a few of the 60 that took the stage as part of the school's Homecoming festivities. 

The 6-hour event has a reputation for launching future R&B stars. Kanye West and Jay-Z have performed there; Notorious B.I.G. and Ludacris have dedicated songs to the party.

Click Track's Chris Richards was there: "Designer fragrances were whipping in the October wind while coeds sporting Crocs and pajama pants danced the two-step to a throbbing hip-hop beat."

Did any Baltimoreans go to Yardfest? Report back in the comments.

Photo: Wale at Yardfest (Josh Sisk/FTWP)


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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:21 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Music News


something tells me alot of your readers did not go... i think you really need to start targeting your audience. I have completely lost interest in midnight sun since sam left. Not saying that you do a bad job, you just dont really target your audience. Most of us dont care about raves and dj clubs. I understand reporting the nightlife, but your straying from what we want to know about

Howard homecoming is a teen to twenty-ish thing which used to be the best thing in the world. Not something for a paper not affiliated with a school. "You might see me at Howard homecoming with my man Capone coming"- Notorious

no, did not go

Do you really think you have a lot of readers from the demo that attended the Yardfest?

You are getting way to broad. Just because you post about EVERYTING doesnt mean that EVERYONE will read your blog. You need to have focus on the demo you want to attract. Just a bunch of random posts about differnt things puts people off and you probably lose more readers than you gain.

Narrow your focus and bring in the interested. Whether it be Pumpernickel Pumpernickel, Baltimore Bars or New York Nightlife. Pick a target and stick to it! Just remember this when write for the BALTIMORE sun!

NAH! Wudden't tryin't'hear 'dat.

NAH! Wudden't tryin't'hear 'dat.

People trying to write in what they think is "ebonics" or urban-speak or whatever is really tacky.

ryan, based on the blog content it seems like Erik doesn't go out much, so all of the posting are pretty much just reports on things, buncha music stuff, bars opening, etc. Take a look at the current story listing on the right and try and find evidence that Erik goes out and/or drinks.

With Sam you got the impression he was actually out and about most nights, drinking, meeting people, talking to bartenders and bar owners and meeting random people. With Erik everything seems secondhand and it's gotten stale real fast.

I'm an old guy with kids and used to like vicariously living through the posts and comments on this blog. Now there's nothing at all like that.

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About Erik Maza
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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