B’more charm festival
After freshmen Emily Walsh, Dan Baker, and Dan Santangelo attended the winning football game at Johnny Unitas stadium Saturday afternoon, their day was far from over. They traveled to Harbor East to attend the Charm City Music Festival.
Charm City Music Festival was the first festival of its kind to be held at Harbor East, right next to Fells Point. The line-up of artists varied from local artists like the All Mighty Senators and Ballyhoo! to headliners Eve 6, Stephen Marley, Flogging Molly and Weezer. The event also featured an electronic dance tent.
“We really just came for Weezer, but it’s been pretty good so far,” Baker said as he and his friends watched regaee artist Stephen Marley perform.
The festival’s head organizer Paul Manna said he passed the festival’s location many times by boat and had always envisioned holding a music festival there.
The lot was of decent size and offered panoramic views of the water, he said.
Manna said he had never organized a festival before and the process was slightly overwhelming.
He wanted to incorporate a taste of Baltimore into a festival that would also feature big name artists.
“A lot of festivals probably wouldn’t book that many local artists but I felt it was important to support the local bands as well,” Manna said. “[Many local businesses] have reached out wanting to either help, promote or just say thank you for bringing this to Harbor East.”
Walsh said that the artist lineup was what attracted her to the festival originally, but the ticket price was slightly out of her budget.
“I was going to come, but tickets were too expensive,” Walsh said. “But then I won [tickets] through CAB. I was so excited.”
Beginning at 11 a.m., local bands performed on both of the festival’s stages. This gave attendees a chance to see their favorite local artists in a more intimate venue, Manna said.
After 6 p.m. the smaller stage closed so fans could focus their attention on Stephen Marley as he performed.
“I’m not a huge fan of competing stages,” Manna said.
After Marley’s performance, Irish rock band Flogging Molly performed. They were followed by the headliner alternative rock band Weezer.
“I was extremely happy that Weezer was available,” Manna said. “Personally, I’m a big fan. They’re one of those bands that don’t tour a lot, they have a wide variety of a fan base, and their fan base is extremely diverse.”
Manna said the feedback he’s received so far about the concert has been overwhelmingly positive from both fans and local businesses.