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June 28, 2011

June 28 - July 3 in nightlife: R. Kelly, Kid Cudi, African American Festival, tape night at Windup

No U2 this week, which is bad news for some of you and awesome news for others. I know, I know, where we'll we get our Desmond Tutu fix this week? It won't be at the R. Kelly show on Friday. The singer comes back to Baltimore for the first time in two years. Elsewhere: Charlie Wilson performs at the African American Festival, Kid Cudi will be at Merriweather, Ledisi appears at Sound Garden, and Club Hippo hosts Deep in the Game. 

On Tuesday, Mason Ross hosts another Wham City comedy night at the Zodiac, 1726 N Charles St. No cover listed. 8 p.m. Also: Matt & Kim perform at a sold-out 9:30 Club. 7 p.m.

On Wednesday,  Cyclops bookstore hosts a bluegrass jam and open mic night. 30 W. North Ave. No cover listed. Starts at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, R&B singer Ledisi, who released a new album last week, performs at Sound Garden,  1616 Thames St. Free. 7 p.m. Also: bring your cassette tapes and jam at the Windup Space's tape night, Compact. 12 W North Ave. Free. 9 p.m. 

On Friday, Schwarz' summer takeover culminates at his - and Mark Brown and Cexman's - monthly Deep in the Game party at Club Hippo, 1 West Eager St. Also spinning: Say Wut and King Tutt. $5. 10 p.m. Also: R. Kelly performs at 1st Mariner Arena. Expect a review afterward. Tickets start at $49.50. 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Kid Cudi performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. It's his first concert in the area in a while. $35. 6:30 p.m. Also: The African American Festival begins at noon at M&T Bank Stadium. Chuck Brown, Estelle and others are scheduled to perform. Free.

On Sunday, Charlie Wilson performs at 7 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium for Afram.  Expect a preview of that show in Friday's paper.

Photo: R. Kelly performing at the Grammy Awards in February. (Reuters)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:41 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Nightlife Pocket Guide


Thanks Erik, but please don't refer to the Festival as Afram. We have totally re-branded this year. The Festival has three areas; Music, Life and Culture.

We are going to have two full days of fabulous entertainment, (on three stages) great food, free health screenings, more than 100 vendors and fun, fun, fun for the entire family.

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