People under 30 often ask me as I attempt to wheedle some change from them outside a 7-11 or Dunkin' Donuts, "Gosh Mr. Cabbage Hat, what was Baltimore like in the '80s and '90s with all that crack and murder and lack of fabulous stuff?"
Well, let me tell you, it was just as fabulous, just in smaller quantities and you often had to drink or drug a lot harder to see it. Lots of cabooses went off the rails, aye, but many came back from the dark side and what they came back as makes the new zombies movie look like early Disney.
Then there are a few who ran and got far away and occasionally dip a teasing toe back into the brackish psychedelic city water to prove they still got the Crazy Bone. Queen of these Marauders, close personal friend of Nicolas Sarkozy, gym workout pal of Queen Latifah, frequent cocktail companion of Jose Merce and late night phone consolor of what's left of Pauly Shore is tiny Mickey Cutler.
Rumor has it that she's been visiting her old stomping grounds here in Baltimore for a week or so and she's rounding up some of the fiesty musical icons of Baltimore's '90s to come to Normal's and the Red Room to strutt their Nancy Sinatra-level-of-preservation-stuff. Here is the show spiel:
Tuesday, May 17 at Normal's Books & Records
425 E. 31st St.
An evening of live musique with The One And The Other (Eric Maroldo, Jefrey Leighton Brown, Alex Layne), Tony Agostinelli, Amanda Pollock, and the Ding Dong Daddy himself, William Marshall. Other guests TBA.
Entrance is FREE. The music will rotate throughout the evening. You can’t miss a thing unless you don’t show up. Normal’s will be open for browsing and shopping (a very hot clerk will man the register).
We will be recording the evening, and sounds of jubilant accord are welcome, as well as regular ol’ shout ‘out’s to my homies in San Quentin’ also encouraged.
More information to follow regarding the international INTACT ANIMAL project - email list to be collected on site.
Bring a camera, take a picture, enjoy enjoy.
This should be a fantastic night of entertainment and revelry whether yee be an old head or a new head.