WTMD Hosts Yet Another Amazing Night of Music at the June First Thursday Festival

Baltimore’s alternative radio station, 89.7 WTMD, rocked Canton Waterfront Park again this past Thursday.  This was the second free concert presented by Brewers Hill and hosted by WTMD.  Despite the rain in recent days, the weather was delightful with plenty of sun and mild temperatures.  Last month, WTMD kicked off their First Thursday Festival Series with quite a show (revisit that review here) and this month did not disappoint!  Food trucks and vendors lined the park as families and friends socialized and enjoyed the sunshine. Two stages, demonstrating the talent of 6 different bands, provided the entertainment for the evening. 

The East Stage featured three talented women who kept the night going with wailing guitars and incredible vocals.  First to take the stage was Natalie Prass, a singer/songwriter from Richmond Virginia.  After Prass, Lauren Ruth Ward rocked the stage in striped bell bottoms and wild colorful hair.  Ward has been making music in Los Angeles since moving from Fells Point in 2015.  Her charisma on stage won the crowd. Closing out the evening on the East Stage was Jessica Lea Mayfield, entertaining the crowd with her cute smile, pastel purple hair, pink tights, and chiffon baby-doll dress. 

On the opposite side of the park, the West Stage kept the momentum going as the sun set on the Baltimore Harbor.  Danielia Cotton started the evening with her rocky blues, referencing her love of the band, Sly and the Family Stone.  Playing their first show in Baltimore, the band Typhoon memorized the crowd with a perfect blend of ambient dreamy melodies and electrifying guitars.  As darkness fell, Family of the Year took the stage closing this perfect night in June with perfect harmonies. 

Special thanks to WTMD for organizing such a wonderful night of music.  Be sure to check out next month’s First Thursday featuring Lake Street Dive! 

About the author

Shantel Breen

Shantel (Mitchell) Breen has been photographing shows for various blogs and publications in the DC/Baltimore area since 2008. Music has always been a big part of her life and she always admits to being a lover of music before being a photographer. She enjoys going to smaller club shows and supporting local musicians. In addition to a degree in photography, Shantel has a Masters in Secondary Math Education and teaches for Baltimore County Schools.