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Inspired by Diversity

This past Thursday was a milestone day for me not only in my campaign, but also in life. It was the culmination of numerous hours of work, many ideas coming to fruition and many Baltimoreans in attendance to support both myself and great local music. Show goers were from just about every ethnic, socio-economic, generational and gender group imaginable. The event was more than just another concert however and also more than a traditional campaign event. It was based on the idea that the culture found in the music and creative arts world is one supportive of a better society. Concerts aren't just about making music, but often making change. This mentality is something I fully believe in and will be holding close throughout my campaign.

From the beginning I was supported by one of the staples in music industry in Baltimore, the 8x10. I approached the owners with uncertainty as I have worked with them over the years in various capacities, but realized such support is hard to come by. I am truly grateful to have such a well respected venue help me reach the residents and music lovers of Baltimore!

The evening was as diverse musically as it was in attendance. With a line up of southern rock, reggae rock and hip hop, there was something for everyone. I chose having bands that would cater to any musical interest, but also wanted the evening's consensus to be one of overwhelming satisfaction despite your taste in tunes. Throughout the night I was greeted by many old friends and new faces. Greg Schwalenberg, one of my Pigtown neighbors and curator of the Babe Ruth Museum and Sports Legends at Camden Yards told me he really enjoyed the bands! I saw people I never expected and couldn't help but think they too were inspired by the diversity of the evening. I even met a gentleman named Everette "Reel Life" Johns that invited me to "Get Motivated", a business seminar at the Baltimore Arena drawing an estimated 10,000 Marylanders yesterday. I started to think how easy it was for people to take a few hours to do something they enjoy and make an impact even though they are potentially stepping out of their comfort zone. A portion of the evenings proceeds also benefit 89.7 WTMD!

It's my hope that this event and those that follow will introduce people to the idea that getting involved can start with something we all enjoy. I imagine you live where you do because at the least, you enjoy a certain element of the neighborhood right? Take that simple enjoyment and turn it into action. Take a day in the near future and use it to meet your neighbors, clean up your block or work with a community organization. Just recently I co-sponsored a South Baltimore community cleanup with one of SOBO's newest upscale restaurant/bars, The Reserve. We were able to clean around 5 city blocks collecting enough trash to fill a dumpster with over 20 yards of debris. I also participate in the WVDA (Washington Village Development Association) bi-monthly cleanups which have collected over 400 tons of trash in 4 years! Donating your time will not only inspire you and those around you, but create a new element within your life that is sure to be music to your ears!

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