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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Kirk Franklin is singing "Jesus Walks," the Kanye West song that lampoons mainstream radio for shunning songs about Christianity. "But if I talk about God, my record won't get played, huh?" Franklin, who performs at the Modell Center at the Lyric on Saturday, raps. "Well let this take away from my spins ... So freaking dope. " The veteran contemporary gospel singer can relate to the song's frustration, but it doesn't get him down. Franklin says part of his aim is to change the current perception that Christians are the overzealous televangelists and ultra-conservative talking heads on TV. He calls them "weirdos.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Kirk Franklin is singing "Jesus Walks," the Kanye West song that lampoons mainstream radio for shunning songs about Christianity. "But if I talk about God, my record won't get played, huh?" Franklin, who performs at the Modell Center at the Lyric on Saturday, raps. "Well let this take away from my spins ... So freaking dope. " The veteran contemporary gospel singer can relate to the song's frustration, but it doesn't get him down. Franklin says part of his aim is to change the current perception that Christians are the overzealous televangelists and ultra-conservative talking heads on TV. He calls them "weirdos.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 20, 2006
Kirk Franklin is tired. Calling from the road en route to Indianapolis, the pint-sized gospel star performed the night before in Kansas City, Mo., sprinting across the stage, shouting, "giving it up," as he usually does. So, of course, the artist is drained the morning after. His voice is hoarse, gravelly and sometimes inaudible. "Can you hear me? Sorry. Yeah, I'm fine, man," he says, sounding as if he's reassuring himself more than the reporter. Franklin, whose "Hero Tour" stops at 1st Mariner Arena on Sunday night, has reigned over contemporary gospel since breaking out in 1993.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 20, 2006
Kirk Franklin is tired. Calling from the road en route to Indianapolis, the pint-sized gospel star performed the night before in Kansas City, Mo., sprinting across the stage, shouting, "giving it up," as he usually does. So, of course, the artist is drained the morning after. His voice is hoarse, gravelly and sometimes inaudible. "Can you hear me? Sorry. Yeah, I'm fine, man," he says, sounding as if he's reassuring himself more than the reporter. Franklin, whose "Hero Tour" stops at 1st Mariner Arena on Sunday night, has reigned over contemporary gospel since breaking out in 1993.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | January 28, 1999
By most standards, Kirk Franklin is a raging success.At 29, he's the biggest-selling artist in gospel music. Where most gospel stars spend their time on the revival circuit, preaching to the choir, Franklin and his crew, The Family, are in the pop mainstream, with videos on MTV and cameo appearances by the likes of R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige and U2's Bono.His funk-based, rap-schooled gospel sound has clearly struck a chord with pop fans. Franklin's current album, "The Nu Nation Project," has moved more than a million units to date and continues to sell steadily.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | October 16, 2003
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / The Funk Box The band's new album, Save My Soul!, celebrates American music by way of New Orleans swing. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy jams at the Funk Box Saturday night. The show starts at 8, and tickets, available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com, are $36. Shania Twain / MCI Center Shania Twain is one of the most successful acts in country (or some would call her music market-conscious pop with a little twang.) Whatever it is, it works.
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October 6, 2005
Kirk Franklin -- National Mall / Platinum-selling gospel artist Kirk Franklin, whose new album is Hero, will bring his funky inspirational sounds to the Luis Palau Festival on Saturday at the National Mall in Washington. The show starts at noon and is free to the public. For more information about the festival, visit dcfestival.org. Blues Traveler -- Rams Head Live / Blues Traveler, whose new album is Bastardos!, plays Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Saturday night at 9:30. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.
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By Karin Remesch | January 28, 1999
Peter Nero at the MeyerhoffGrammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in ``The Great American Songbook,'' a selection of many of his own orchestral arrangements of songs by some of America's greatest composers, today through Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Hours for the SuperPops concert are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $20-$57. Call 410-783-8000.Helene Grimaud at Shriver HallPianist Helene Grimaud, known for her fiery and unorthodox interpretations of some of the world's best-known piano works, presents a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. The performance is dedicated to the late Walter Hartman, a longtime supporter of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.
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By Karin Remesch | July 6, 2000
Cirque Le Masque For an evening of special effects, lavish costumes, creative music and high-energy acts from around the world, attend a performance by Cirque Le Masque at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the William H. Amoss Performing Arts Center, Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Watch artists defy the laws of gravity with aerial and trapeze acts, acrobatics and feats of juggling. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 410-836-4211 or 410-879-8920, Ext. 211. Junior Chess Championship Watch the country's top 10 chess players under age 20 compete for the title of 2000 US Junior Chess Champion and a $40,000 scholarship to UMBC tomorrow through July 16 on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle.
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By Jim Abbott and Jim Abbott,ORLANDO SENTINEL | June 15, 2004
A blonde walks into the White House and meets Interior Secretary Gale Norton: "I really like what you've done with the place," she says. The punch line, reported in Teen People, comes from Jessica Simpson, though it's open to conjecture whether the singer-turned-reality-star-turned-uber-p roduct-pitcher is really a ditz or just plays one on TV. Either way, the popularity of her MTV series, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, has made the dazzling singer America's...
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October 6, 2005
Kirk Franklin -- National Mall / Platinum-selling gospel artist Kirk Franklin, whose new album is Hero, will bring his funky inspirational sounds to the Luis Palau Festival on Saturday at the National Mall in Washington. The show starts at noon and is free to the public. For more information about the festival, visit dcfestival.org. Blues Traveler -- Rams Head Live / Blues Traveler, whose new album is Bastardos!, plays Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Saturday night at 9:30. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.
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By Jim Abbott and Jim Abbott,ORLANDO SENTINEL | June 15, 2004
A blonde walks into the White House and meets Interior Secretary Gale Norton: "I really like what you've done with the place," she says. The punch line, reported in Teen People, comes from Jessica Simpson, though it's open to conjecture whether the singer-turned-reality-star-turned-uber-p roduct-pitcher is really a ditz or just plays one on TV. Either way, the popularity of her MTV series, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, has made the dazzling singer America's...
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By Rashod D. Ollison | October 16, 2003
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / The Funk Box The band's new album, Save My Soul!, celebrates American music by way of New Orleans swing. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy jams at the Funk Box Saturday night. The show starts at 8, and tickets, available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com, are $36. Shania Twain / MCI Center Shania Twain is one of the most successful acts in country (or some would call her music market-conscious pop with a little twang.) Whatever it is, it works.
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By Karin Remesch | July 6, 2000
Cirque Le Masque For an evening of special effects, lavish costumes, creative music and high-energy acts from around the world, attend a performance by Cirque Le Masque at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the William H. Amoss Performing Arts Center, Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Watch artists defy the laws of gravity with aerial and trapeze acts, acrobatics and feats of juggling. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 410-836-4211 or 410-879-8920, Ext. 211. Junior Chess Championship Watch the country's top 10 chess players under age 20 compete for the title of 2000 US Junior Chess Champion and a $40,000 scholarship to UMBC tomorrow through July 16 on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | January 28, 1999
By most standards, Kirk Franklin is a raging success.At 29, he's the biggest-selling artist in gospel music. Where most gospel stars spend their time on the revival circuit, preaching to the choir, Franklin and his crew, The Family, are in the pop mainstream, with videos on MTV and cameo appearances by the likes of R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige and U2's Bono.His funk-based, rap-schooled gospel sound has clearly struck a chord with pop fans. Franklin's current album, "The Nu Nation Project," has moved more than a million units to date and continues to sell steadily.
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By Karin Remesch | January 28, 1999
Peter Nero at the MeyerhoffGrammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in ``The Great American Songbook,'' a selection of many of his own orchestral arrangements of songs by some of America's greatest composers, today through Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Hours for the SuperPops concert are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $20-$57. Call 410-783-8000.Helene Grimaud at Shriver HallPianist Helene Grimaud, known for her fiery and unorthodox interpretations of some of the world's best-known piano works, presents a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. The performance is dedicated to the late Walter Hartman, a longtime supporter of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1999
UPN may be having its troubles as a network, but its year-old Baltimore affiliate, WUTB, Channel 24, is doing all right for itself.The station, which was hurriedly thrown together last year after WNUV, Channel 54, switched its allegiance to WB, has seen its audience climb steadily over the past 12 months.And as the WUTB folks gather at the Inner Harbor's ESPNZone for tonight's birthday bash, they're confident the numbers will only get better."In every possible aspect, we've succeeded far beyond our expectations," says station manager Jeff Weiss, who this time last year faced the unenviable task of building a TV station essentially from scratch.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | February 29, 1996
"He Say, She Say, But What Does God Say?" -- a gospel musical about the power of a small church to take back its community from the evil influences of drugs and drug dealers -- continues through Sunday at the Lyric Opera House. The cast includes "What's Happening's" Ernest Thomas, "Good Times' " BernNadette Stanis and the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family.Show times at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8 o'clock tonight through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1999
UPN may be having its troubles as a network, but its year-old Baltimore affiliate, WUTB, Channel 24, is doing all right for itself.The station, which was hurriedly thrown together last year after WNUV, Channel 54, switched its allegiance to WB, has seen its audience climb steadily over the past 12 months.And as the WUTB folks gather at the Inner Harbor's ESPNZone for tonight's birthday bash, they're confident the numbers will only get better."In every possible aspect, we've succeeded far beyond our expectations," says station manager Jeff Weiss, who this time last year faced the unenviable task of building a TV station essentially from scratch.
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