Mayor Scott Announces Important Update to 'Charm City Live' Music Festival Lineup

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Brandon M. Scott
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Headliner H.E.R. Cancels Appearance, Ari Lennox to Take Center Stage

BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, August 21, 2023) - Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced an important update to the lineup for the Charm City Live music festival. After H.E.R. made an abrupt decision to cancel a number of her tour dates, including her appearance in Baltimore, Mayor Scott announces Ari Lennox as the new headliner for the outdoor music festival taking place on Saturday, August 26.

Watch the video message from H.E.R. regarding cancellation. 

“While, we’re incredibly disappointed that H.E.R. needed to cancel her appearance in Baltimore, we are absolutely thrilled that the incomparable Ari Lennox has graciously stepped in at the last minute,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “As a world-class artist and performer, she is certain to deliver an exceptional show. We remain excited to welcome everyone downtown to the new venue at Pratt Street and Market Place in Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. We know that Ari Lennox, alongside R&B artist Donell Jones and DJ and Hip Hop artist MC Lyte, will put on a brilliant show for Baltimore. As a free and accessible event that welcomes every resident and visitor, this is going to be one of the highlights of Baltimore’s year.” 

Charm City Live is a free, one day festival on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the intersection of Market Place and E. Pratt Street. The festival will feature local bites, live music, and entertainment. For more information, including street closures and parking information, please visit: 

This year, Charm City Live is excited to partner with Port Discovery and the National Aquarium. We encourage families to visit the Port Discovery Museum as they kick off the beginning of the new school year with “Set Sail for School” and to check out their sensory friendly installations and activities. At Port Discovery families can also receive resources and services that support parents and caregivers. Families are encouraged to visit the National Aquarium on a free access opportunity with admission from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information and a link to register will be available on the Charm City Live website. Advance registration is required. Tickets to the aquarium event will sell out.

Charm City Live offers all the excitement set against the stunning backdrop of the City of Baltimore’s picturesque surroundings. WJZ-TV CBS Baltimore will return as Charm City Live’s official broadcast media partner. 

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