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June 30, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: African American Festival, 4th of July


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June 16, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Baltimore Pride, Green Lantern, Summer outdoor movies


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June 9, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Honfest, St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, Ocean City restaurant week

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May 26, 2011

Sam "Oprah" Sessa's Weekend Watch: Brew at the Zoo, Balticon


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May 12, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: M3 Rock Festival, truck show, John Waters


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May 5, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Maryland Film Festival, kinetic sculpture race, Flower Mart


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April 28, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Royal Wedding, Sugarloaf Craft Festival, Sweetlife Festival


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April 21, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Rush at 1st Mariner Arena, Earth Day

 
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April 15, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Six Flags, Record Store Day, Privateer Day


 
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April 7, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Cirque du Soleil's Totem, USA Dance National Championship



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March 31, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Kegasus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Farmers' Market


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March 24, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Elton John and Charm City Roller Girls

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March 21, 2011

SXSW 2011: Dan Deacon at Cheer Up Charlie's

dan deaconMidnight Sun alum Sam Sessa saw Dan Deacon play SXSW last week:

In the past few years, a bunch of Baltimore musicians have signed record deals, toured internationally and earned gushing reviews from critics.

But none have been more successful than Dan Deacon, who, perhaps more than anyone else, helped put Baltimore's music scene on the map.

So when Deacon belatedly announced one -- and only one -- date at last week's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, it immediately became a must-see. Several hundred eager hipsters and other Deacon fans crammed into an outdoor venue called Cheer Up Charlie's to try and catch a glimpse of the gleefully eccentric musician.

Only the folks in the front few rows actually got to see him. Deacon likes to set up and perform on the ground or floor, so that he's level with the audience. He likes to get down and dirty, so to speak. And that's just what happened Saturday night in Austin.

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March 19, 2011

SXSW 2011: G. Love, Rachael Ray, Tiny Victories, Baltimore House

g. love!Whew! The past few days have been a whirlwind here in Austin, Texas. Hi, it's Sam Sessa again, bringing you another update from the South by Southwest music festival.

I've been here since Tuesday, seeing and interviewing bands, as well as talking to industry and government folks. My main reason for going (I was sent here by WTMD and The Sun) was to find out why Austin (the "Live Music Capital of the World") has such a great music scene, and what Baltimore could do to help make ours better.

Here's the end result, a piece which runs in Sunday's paper.

After filing the piece, I headed out to catch G. Love (pictured, top), who played at one of celebrity chef Rachael Ray's parties. I shook Rachael's hand (omg!) and talked with G. Love  for a little while after the show. He's got a new, bluesy album he recorded with the Avett Brothers.

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March 17, 2011

SXSW 2011: J. Roddy Walston, Jukebox the Ghost, Chico Mann

jukeboxtheghost.jpgHello again, it's your old friend Sam Sessa with another dispatch from Austin, Texas.

Man, my legs are aching. I can't remember the last time I walked and stood and walked and stood so much.

Day two of my trip to the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin flew by. I checked in with Baltimore rockers J. Roddy Walston and the Business, who are playing a few showcases down here (check out the whole list of Baltimore bands at SXSW Erik put together).

Rod and the boys had head colds, and said some kind of bug has been going around -- a bunch of the bands are sick. But they still seemed pumped to be in Austin. Here's the interview; listen for "white people" references.

I also checked in with singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, who is buddies with Baltimore's Wye Oak and Lower Dens. Here's that interview, too.

In late afternoon, I caught the Philly-by-way-of-Washington indie band Jukebox the Ghost (pictured at top), who played a mellower-than-normal set at Empire, an old auto shop. Austin is brimming with bands -- hundreds, if not thousands of them -- and much of downtown is turned over to pedestrians.

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March 16, 2011

SXSW 2011: Greetings from Austin, Texas

bat barWell, a big Texas hello, Midnight Sun gang!

I'm Sam Sessa. Some of you may remember me as the guy who used to write stuff for Midnight Sun. These days, I edit stuff and boss people around.

If you haven't guessed already, I'm in Austin, Texas, covering the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival for 89.7 WTMD and The Baltimore Sun. A gracious grant from WTMD members helped make the trip possible.

While not the country's biggest music festival, SXSW is perhaps the most important. About a thousand up-and-coming bands descend on Austin every March to try and make an impression on the roughly 10,000 journalists, music industry folks and fans who come to see them play.

I'm here to write a piece about why Austin is such a great city for live music (they call it the "Live Music Capital of the World"), and how Baltimore can be more like it.

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March 10, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: Bethenny Frankel, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Pokemon Tournament


FindLocal has more weekend events. Its St. Patrick's Day guide is here.
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March 3, 2011

Sam Sessa's Weekend Watch: "Putty Hill," Ice Cube, Ravens' cheerleader Tryouts


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February 24, 2011

Weekend Watch with Sam Sessa

Sam Sessa is tired of just being management, so every week he'll vlog his top picks for the weekend. Here's his first: 

You can get information about weekend events, and sign up for our free Weekend Watch email newsletter at baltimoresun.com/weekend.
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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.

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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