“There have been some concerts where, for sure, we’ve had over 2,000 people,” said Katie Long, program director for the Friends of Patterson Park.
Residents grabbed their blankets and picnic dinners for seven free concerts, including the Bellevederes, the Bumper Jacksons, the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet, ellen cherry, Big Daddy Stallings, Son Tres y Mas, and the All Mighty Senators.
Long said that acts are negotiated during the winter. Sometimes the Friends approach bands, and sometimes potential bands approach the friends.
“There are some people, like the All Mighty Senators and Big Daddy Stallings, that we’ve had before, and we know they’ll be a great show,” Long said.
She said that the Bellevederes were added to the list after she saw them on New Year’s Eve.
“We are definitely open to suggestions for bands to contact, and if we think they’ll be a good fit for the series, then for sure we will,” she said.
Sponsored by 101 Ellwood, Live Baltimore, Ron Howard and Associates, WYPR, Salt Tavern, CareFirst, Joe’s Bike Shop, and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, the Free Concert Series has been bringing bands to the park for over a decade.
“It’s such a family-friendly event,” said Long.
Joe’s Bike Shop offered free bike check-overs during every other concert, she said.
Lately, Long said, attendees have taken to creating “very elaborate spreads” to eat at the concerts. Some have brought hula hoops and slack-lines for extra activity, she added.
by Erik Zygmont