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: