A Maturing Mario

Now 20, Baltimore's singing sensation grows up with both a new album and movie role

December 27, 2006|By Rashod D. Ollison | Rashod D. Ollison,sun pop music critic

Standing just inside Copra, a chic restaurant in downtown Baltimore, Mario looks as if he's about to stroll down a runway.

The R&B-pop star - lean and disarmingly handsome at 6 feet 1 - extends one hand and slips the other into his loose-fitting dark jeans. He's wearing a tailored, chalk-white shirt with French cuffs. Around his neck and over his shoulder, a thin, chocolate-colored scarf is loosely draped. Pea-sized diamond studs sparkle in each ear.

If you go Mario is part of Scream Tour 5, with Ne-Yo, Omarion, Yung Joc and Pretty Ricky, at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $28-$43. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

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