By Kathy Knotts, CBM Bay Weekly managing editor
A lot of musical news in the works this week.
First up, Deale natives T.J. and John Osborne snagged their first Grammy last weekend for best country duo/group performance at the 64th annual awards. Their song “Younger Me” was written in response to T.J. publicly coming out as gay.
The brothers make a stop at Calvert Marine Museum’s PNC Waterside Pavilion this summer (July 16). I had the pleasure of meeting the duo last time they came through the area and yes, they are just as nice as you can image. CBM Bay Weekly is a proud sponsor of the Waterside Music Series in Solomons this year. You will want to snag tickets early to this one, as I predict a sell-out. If you get a museum membership you get early access to tickets. Tickets to see Old Dominion go on sale this week for their June performance (calvertmarinemuseum.com).
You will appreciate that early access for CMM’s August concert. It was just announced that The Beach Boys, The Temptations and The Four Tops will perform August 20. Yes, The Beach Boys are still around! Mike Love now leads them along with longtime member Bruce Johnston.
On a sad musical note, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival organizers, Don Hooker and daughter Sarah Petska have announced that this year will be their last. Held at Sandy Point State Park, this blues festival draws an international crowd, come rain or shine. But rising costs and declining attendance have put a strain on the production—which donates its profits to local charities.
“We … realized that we were also making a difference in the lives of our audience by giving them a respite from the outside world and that was just as important” stated Sarah in a news release.
Don adds, “We feel we have had a positive impact on many lives, not just the charities that we have supported over the years, but also our audience. People have met their spouses there; Children have grown up with the festival and are, now, bringing their kids; lifelong friendship have been cemented and many, many memories have been made”.
CBM Bay Weekly is sad to see them go but we know this won’t be the last time Chesapeake Country hears from this powerhouse father-daughter team. The festival is May 21 and 22 (tickets: bayblues.org.)
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve seen our ticket giveaway for Clint Roberts’ show at Rams Head next week. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment—it couldn’t be easier. If you are a fan of country music you need to check out this musician out of Asheville, N.C.
We hope to do more ticket giveaways over the coming months so watch our social media pages and be sure to like and follow us. Let’s make 2022 the year we all learned to dance again!