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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2011
Hammerjacks, Baltimore's shrine to big hair, loud dresses and heavy metal, is plotting a comeback. An Anne Arundel County man has bought the trademark to sell Hammerjacks-related merchandise. And, he said he's negotiating with developers for a new branded club near the planned Baltimore slots casino off Russell Street. His plans are the second time a revival of the iconic megaclub has been attempted since it closed in 1997; a 2000 reincarnation failed to win over the original's legions of fans, which included, over the years, the likes of Bret Michaels and the classy lady pictured above.  Kevin Butler, a 47-year-old mortgage executive from Anne Arundel County, was a regular at the Howard Street location of Hammerjacks; the club originally opened in 1977 on South Charles Street, but it was the club under an Interstate 395 overpass that became iconic.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 2, 1998
When VH1 aired its big "Divas Live" special in April, some folks wondered how Gloria Estefan sneaked into the line-up. After all, when it comes to making a bravura display of vocal virtuosity, Estefan is not on the same level as fellow VH1 divas Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, or Mariah Carey.But if Estefan isn't quite a diva in the pop or operatic sense, she surely qualifies as a disco diva. She made her name belting out dance tunes with the Miami Sound Machine, and still owes a sizable portion of her audience to such oldies as "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | January 1, 2004
There was something warm and real about the sound of vinyl: the pops and hisses. Placing the needle down on the groove made you feel as if you were part of the music. But some of us wouldn't know anything about that, because the compact disc has been around for more than two decades. For those of us who remember LPs and how versatile the cover could be (a wall decoration, a fan, a dust pan), we experience something new and exciting when we hear our old records digitally remastered. (Was that guitar line always so resonant?
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Tionah Lee and For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
It's semi-finals time! Monday night's episode of "The Voice" kicked off the semi-finals with two performances from each of the remaining five contestants. The semi-finals weren't only about competition, but also dedications and homecomings. Each contestant got to take a trip back home to see those who voted for them and have supported them week after week in the competition. (Hello Texas, Massachusetts, New York City and Oklahoma). Kicking off the show was a performance by coach Usher.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | March 20, 1997
By 10: 30 on Thursday nights, disc jockey Bobby Nyk's 1970s biosphere throbs with hustling, bumping, pretzeling, booty-shaking, uh-HUH uh-HUH retro rhythms.Strobe, black light, smoke machine, beacon and a rotating, high-voltage monster called the Mace have transformed the Belvedere Hotel's swank, 13th-floor bar into a disco inferno.The "piece de resistance," a mirror ball, shoots a dizzying galaxy of whirling stars across the small dance floor, where Nyk and three volunteers have become the Village People, complete with hard hat, headdress, policeman's hat and that ridiculous Gilligan sailor cap.As if the nonsensical ditty were part of their primordial memory bank, the four men lip sync and perform the signature moves to "Y.M.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 11, 1997
They were the best of intentions; they were the worst of intentions.RTC Stirred by the music she heard at the memorial service for President Clinton's mother, Barbra Streisand began work on "Higher Ground" (Columbia 66181, arriving in stores today), an album of inspirational songs.As she says in the liner notes, her hope was to fill her listeners' souls "with the breath of life and faith," and so gives voice to the likes of "I Believe" and "The Water Is Wide."But as much as Streisand may want to pay tribute to a higher power, she can't help glorying in her own musical magnificence.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | June 25, 1995
Get ready for a bang-up weekend as Fourth of July celebrations crowd the calendar. Some of the biggest and the best celebrations of the summer are scheduled over the holiday weekend. Three of them are in Pennsylvania. The Kutztown Folk Festival opens July 1 at festival grounds in Kutztown for nine days of family activities and fabulous food.Through its many stage programs, the festival provides opportunities to discover the culture and lifestyles of the Pennsylvania Dutch. There will be presentations about the Mennonite religion and its many different sects; one on Pennsylvania Dutch humor; and one on snake lore.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | November 6, 2003
AS A BOY growing up in the Dirty South (Arkansas, to be exact), I didn't hear a wide variety of music. Soul. Blues. Gospel. A little funk. That was about it. (Fusion, jazz, hip-hop, folk, alternative rock -- all that stuff came later in high school and college.) The music that enlivened the house was like the food in Mama's kitchen: greasy and flavorful, Southern style. She loved Aretha and Gladys Knight, the Temptations. And if a Johnnie Taylor cut or a Bobby Womack ballad came on, Mama would close her eyes, shake her thick curls and wave her hand in the air -- the same moves she did in church occasionally.
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By MILTON KENT | November 24, 2005
There will be turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the necessary Thanksgiving accouterments around City football coach George Petrides' house today, just like usual. But dinner will be early, just as it has been for the past 12 years, since the City-Poly football game was moved from this day to accommodate the entrance of Baltimore city public high schools into the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. "I never thought of it [coaching on Thanksgiving] as work," Petrides said.
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By Erika Hayasaki and Erika Hayasaki,Los Angeles Times | April 18, 2007
NEW YORK -- The diary is a 70-sheet spiral notebook with candy wrappers and a used pair of chopsticks taped inside. A picture of Donna Summer is glued to its cover next to a scratch-and-sniff pizza sticker that - after 27 years - still smells like pepperoni. Its cursive-scrawled pages hold Becky Ciletti's most intimate pubescent thoughts and secrets. The 39-year-old freelance magazine writer came to this bar on a rainy April night to read the mostly embarrassing excerpts - food-fighting, French-kissing, babe-loving and all - to nearly 100 strangers.
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