TOWSON, Md. (June 28, 2006)—The evenings are balmy, the grass is lush and TU's listener-supported public radio station is again helping to bring good music, good food and good times to Baltimore.
WTMD has teamed with the Downtown Partnership, Baltimore City Paper, Brewer’s Art, Baltimore’s Tremonts and Agora Publishing, Inc. to reprise the free open-air events known as 1st Thursdays.
The next concert is scheduled for Thursday, August 3 at 5:30 p.m. in historic West Mount Vernon Park, located on Charles Street in midtown.
The concerts aren't just a feast for the ears: Charles Street Restaurant Association vendors will be on hand to sell pasta, burgers, cookies and crabcakes to audience members, and anyone age 21 and over can buy a brew on the premises. (Sorry, no alcoholic beverages may be brought into the park or taken out of it.)
There’s plenty of parking, either in neighborhood garages or on the street within easy walking distance of the venue.
“The concerts provide a place to gather and relax after work,” Vasilikos says, noting than the typical 1st Thursday draws about 2,000 fans. “A lot of people bring their friends and families—kids really enjoy the music and the festival atmosphere.”
WTMD staff and volunteers will be there to raffle a large limited-edition print by Baltimore artist Robert McClintock (reproduced above) plus 20 new CDs. They'll also distribute free bumper stickers, renew station memberships and answer questions.
General manager Steve Yasko says the station's continuing participation in 1st Thurdays "creates a genuine sense of community and has a significant, positive economic impact on Mount Vernon businesses.
"Our listeners support these shows because they want Baltimore to be known as an energetic, cultural city with many opportunities."