Articles by Sam Sessa
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7:32 AM CDT, March 20, 2013
Sunni Gilliam does, in fact, know how to read the tea leaves.
9:33 AM CST, February 4, 2013
6:12 AM CST, February 7, 2013
FROM SUN MAGAZINE
They call him the Ramblin' Pie Man, and he lives up to the name.
9:39 AM CST, December 28, 2012
When it opened a few years ago, the Abbey Burger Bistro was the first restaurant in Federal Hill to offer upscale burgers with odd meats. (Wild boar, anyone?) But it quickly became a neighborhood favorite of Ravens fans and the post-college set.
6:04 AM CST, December 26, 2012
If the Bellevederes isn't Baltimore's best soul/R&B band — and it just might be — it's certainly the biggest.
6:44 AM CST, November 16, 2012
A large drawing hangs behind Doreen Bolger's desk, dripping with the words "Forward in all directions."
2:21 PM CDT, October 25, 2012
When the Bridge, the biggest band on Baltimore's jam scene, split up last Thanksgiving, live-music fans wondered who would fill the void.
9:27 AM CST, November 23, 2012
A Ravens game in a Mexican restaurant?
8:01 AM CDT, September 14, 2012
If you're searching for gameday atmosphere in Federal Hill but looking to avoid the foot traffic of the Mother's Purple Patio, check out its relatively new neighbor, Cowboys & Rednecks Pub.
4:27 PM CDT, September 5, 2012
For decades, music fans have obsessed over Pink Floyd's 1973 masterpiece, "Dark Side of the Moon." It's used as an unofficial soundtrack for "The Wizard of Oz" and performed by countless cover bands. There's a reggae version and even an 8-bit version that would be at home on a Nintendo game.
11:25 AM CDT, September 5, 2012
Buck Showalter means business.
7:04 PM CDT, September 7, 2012
About six years ago, the Baltimore rock band Arbouretum played at a club in Chicago for an audience of almost no one.
6:34 AM CDT, May 31, 2012
It's hard to keep Nelson Emokpae down. The Baltimore singer/songwriter, who leads the band Nelly's Echo, is perpetually upbeat — both in person and in song.
6:11 AM CDT, March 22, 2012
In the more than 45 years since the Prime Rib opened, precious little has changed at the iconic midtown restaurant.
5:54 AM CDT, July 6, 2012
After five years as Baltimore's police commissioner — five years of sleepless nights, crime scenes and news conferences —Frederick H. Bealefeld III was ready to unplug.
5:56 AM CDT, March 29, 2012
In 2009, Baltimore singer/songwriter ellen cherry was temporarily sidelined with a nasty throat infection.
6:48 PM CDT, September 7, 2012
In the past few years, Height, aka Dan Keech, has become the biggest white rapper in Baltimore — both musically and physically (he's a pretty large guy, hence the name). He has a plodding, deliberate cadence that begs a closer listen. You might call him the anti-Busta Rhymes.
2:43 PM CDT, May 17, 2012
What time is the Preakness Stakes run?
5:48 AM CST, February 8, 2012
Michael Owen has spent a lot of time around love — even as he began to lose his faith in it.
November 17, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield has packed a lot of living into her 22 years.
2:55 PM CDT, September 22, 2011
When it comes to Federal Hill Ravens bars, there's Mother's and there's everybody else.
10:14 AM CDT, September 16, 2011
With the Ravens out of town this weekend, many fans will be firmly planted on comfy couches, watching the action on their giant flat screen TVs.
September 10, 2011
Yes, the name is a little silly, in an Abbott and Costello kind of way.
5:47 AM CDT, July 22, 2011
Jay Davidson is, admittedly, no gear-head.
4:08 PM CDT, April 27, 2011
Soon-to-be princess Kate Middleton has a few prominent Marylanders — and American celebrities — in her family tree.
3:50 PM CDT, July 14, 2011
When G. Love started tossing around ideas for his new album, he found himself revisiting his roots as a young blues lover kicking around Philadelphia.
7:19 PM CDT, April 28, 2011
The liquor board Thursday suspended Tiki Barge's license for the month of July — peak season for the floating South Baltimore bar — for disturbing the peace and misleading statements from the bar's lawyer, according to liquor board chairman Stephan Fogleman.
April 16, 2009
5:11 PM CDT, April 26, 2011
In Federal Hill, the bars are growing — expanding into adjacent buildings and drawing more rowdy crowds than ever — but so are the complaints from the neighborhood.
1:26 PM CDT, May 12, 2011
Two years ago, Ocean City debuted a sunny, slightly absurd ad campaign starring a lifeguard named Rodney, who "rescued" people from their daily lives and whisked them away to the beach.
July 23, 2009
For six years, the Wiyos ground out a living on the road, playing hundreds of shows in the U.S. and abroad.
2:46 PM CDT, July 22, 2010
Baltimore might never be a club-going city like New York, Miami — or even Washington.
3:13 PM CDT, April 15, 2011
Every morning for the past eight months, Nicole Mazarakis wakes up, rolls out of bed and puts on music.
4:28 PM CDT, March 18, 2011
It's Thursday afternoon, and downtown is awash in live music. Guitar solos shriek through the air, and the crisp snap of snare drums echoes from inside live music clubs. Hundreds of bands are crammed into every nook and cranny, vying to impress the tens of thousands of music lovers and industry folks who swarm the streets.
July 12, 2009
Brian Sacawa and Erik Spangler see themselves as sound guerrillas.
6:30 PM CDT, April 30, 2011
Rebecca Miller's five-year high school reunion seemed dead on arrival.