Summer is nearly here, and if even the weather has been a little wishy-washy about it lately, it won’t be long until hot sunny days and warm nights lure everyone outdoors. One sure sign of the start of the season is the return of WTMD’s First Thursday concerts, held on (surprise!) the first Thursday of every month from May to September at Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore. Bringing in a wide variety of artists from the internationally known to the new and local, and covering a wide range of genres, the free monthly events have something for everybody. This past week’s inaugural show for the 2018 season was no exception.
WTMD, the public radio station affiliated with Towson University, has been running their First Thursdays summer concert events in Baltimore for well over a decade now, bringing in a diverse range of artists from small local bands to legends. Their 2017 season has been no different, and has, in fact, seen the event grow from one stage to two in Canton Waterfront Park. A rainy day for their July event forced them to combine the event onto a single stage on the adjacent parking lot, but couldn’t put a damper on the spirits of the performers or the crowd who braved the forecast to see them.