Kickstarter: A place to inspire and be inspired

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Kickstarter is one of my favorite sites to visit for a little inspiration. This innovative platform allows people to spread the word about their project or idea and raise the funds to see it come to life.

Everyone is encouraged to use Kickstarter. Musicians, artists, filmmakers, designers, illustrators, etc. can use Kickstarter’s tools to create campaigns and watch as they gain backers and supporters.

There’s a few rules and guidelines, but once your video is up and running your project has the potential to be fully funded.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or looking to inspire, Kickstarter lets you take a look at innovative and creative projects happening all over.

Search by city and you can see what’s going on right in Baltimore.

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A Day in DC

Baltimore is a cultural hub filled with things to do and see. But, what’s also great about this city is location, location, location. Philly is a short drive, New York City is a bus ride away, and our nation’s capital is a little down the road. So, if you ever want to explore another city’s hustle and bustle there are many options!

This week, I crossed DC off my to do list. I have been to the city a few times before, but not as often as I have hoped while living in Baltimore. So, taking advantage of a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, a friend and I took a day to explore.

While we strolled around the monuments my friend had the great idea to ride bikes to our next destination; the Newseum. We found the closest bike share which is located all around the city and pedaled our way down the streets of DC. In no time we were at the Newseum which has an amazing collection of news and journalism. As a journalism student, I was in awe of what filled the walls of the gallery and could have stayed the entire afternoon!

But, back on the bikes we went. Our next stop was Dupont circle where we walked around and did a little window shopping. After working up an appetite we grabbed a quick bite to eat and made our way back on the Metro to head home.

We only scratched the surface of what DC has to offer. The city is filled with art, music, and museums that can keep you busy for days. So if the weather keeps us on our toes like it has, take advantage of the next sunny day and explore!

*Bolt Bus and Mega Bus offer cheap tickets to some great cities.

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Shuttle Spotlight: Rams Head Live

Summer festivals are behind us, but thankfully our favorite bands and musicians aren’t going into hibernation anytime soon.

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Baltimore is filled with places to hear live music. From hole-in-the-wall venues to huge theaters, there are so many options. The hard part is deciding what you’re in the mood for on a certain night.

My first concert in Baltimore was at Rams Head Live. It was my birthday and Julian Casablancas, the lead singer from the Strokes, was in town for his solo tour. Not too big, not too small I thought when I took a look around the venue.

From mainstream artists like Lauryn Hill and Corrine Bailey Rae to upcoming musicians like Beirut, Rams Head’s calendar is filled with all types of music. As a college student I know how pricey tickets can be, but luckily Rams Head has affordable prices perfect for students.

So if you’re like me and need your fall fix of summer jams, Rams Head is a great place to check out.

How do I get there? Easy! Bring your college ID and jump on the free Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station. From there take the free Charm City Circulator orange route to Stop 202 Commerce Street. Just walk a couple of blocks down to Market Place and signs for Rams Head and Power Plant Live are in bright lights!

Upcoming shows at Rams Head Live!

The AP Tour
October 14
$15 advance/$18 door

Mat Kearney
October 24
$20 advance/$23 door

Brett Dennen
November 18th
$20 advance /$23 door

Getting ready for Artscape

This Friday kicks off Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival right here in Baltimore. The streets will be filled with sculptures, vendors, crafts, music, and so much more to keep you coming back for more.

July 15-17
Mt. Royal Ave | North Charles Street

Who’s taking the stage at Artscape, take a listen.

Volunteer and listen to some live tunes

Reverb volunteers

Last summer I had the opportunity to volunteer with Reverb and see John Mayer live!  Reverb is an organization that educates and promotes community activism and a sustainable future.

On of the best parts about Reverb is the organization focuses on greening the music industry by providing custom greening programs for music tours and educating fans at concerts.

So on a hot August evening I got to spread the word about reducing our carbon footprint and Mayer’s Another Kind of Green organization.

Volunteering with Reverb was a fun opportunity to inform music fans of all ages about ways to get involved and help our environment, even in the smallest of ways.

John Mayer at PNC Bank Arts Center, New Jersey.

My next Reverb adventure will be at the Brett Dennen concert in D.C.

Looking for another way to combine your love for volunteering and music? Check out HeadCount which promotes community activism by getting people to register to vote, right at the concert!

Lauryn Hill takes the stage

Iconic performer Lauryn Hill stopped at Rams Heads Live to play an energetic set on February 10. Before I handed over the $65 for a ticket, I really tossed the idea back and forth.  But once a friend hopped on board, I didn’t need much more convincing.

On the drive downtown we sang along to the Grammy winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and as we got closer pumped up the volume to the Fugees. But one thought kept popping in our heads…what time would she actually go on stage?

This past August, Hill joined Wu Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg and A Tribe Called Quest at Merriweather Post Pavillion for the Rock the Bells tour. I had tickets for the festival, but had to give them up last minute. Although she reportedly came on stage two hours late, I was still bummed I missed her and was more the reason to catch the singer while in Baltimore.

So after driving the streets looking for a cheap and close parking spot, we finally made our way into the venue around 10 p.m. The tickets said she’d be performing at 11p.m., but along with the rest of the crowd, we prepared ourselves for a late night.

After chatting for awhile with the group around us, Hill’s DJ took the stage to get the audience ready for the show. The DJ spun old school hip-hop and reggae which seemed to be the perfect mix to get the crowd moving and to get me to join a little dance circle to show off some moves.

Hill set the stage around midnight and the audience was filled with excitement. Starting off the night with a Bob Marley cover, “Loving Jah”, she quickly went into a mix of songs from her impressive list, including the first time she and her band performed “Everything is Everything” together.

Hill kept her set going with Fugees material and even though my feet began to ache a little I was jumping with the crowd to the rhythm of the music.

The night ended around 1:30 as she finished her performance with “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

On our walk back to the car we talked about the show since between the dancing and jumping we didn’t chat much when Hill came on. With our ears buzzing and songs replaying in our heads, we agreed it was a good choice we made it.

All this action on a Thursday night was a good way to get out of my normal routine and do something new. If you’re looking for something to do during the week and want to hear live music, there’s always something going on in Baltimore.

It doesn’t have to be an award-winning musician or a large venue performance, something even low-key and intimate could be just what you need as a middle of the week pick-me-up. Look at our Collegetown Calendar of Events for ideas.

Wanna jam? Here’s a few places close by:
8×10
Ottobar
Recher Theatre