Pic Playback: The 2018 Frozen Harbor Music Festival Heats Up Downtown Baltimore

2 Days…10 stages…160 acts…WOW, that’s a WHOLE lot to digest period, but the Frozen Harbor Music Festival seemed to pack that in to one full explosive weekend of music during February 16th and 17th, taking place on the landscape of Downtown Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor.

The 2018 Frozen Harbor Music Festival was a spectacle that brought together some of the best acts in music ranging from 1970’s funk to present day rock. The DMV may often get overlooked for it’s music festivals, but we actually offer up a generous amount to suit all musical tastes, and the Frozen Harbor Fest is the one which starts off festival season here in the area.

Two of the area’s most popular concert venues, Baltimore Soundstage and Rams Head Live!, were the anchor points, while the rest of Power Plant Live! served as the remaining home base for artists this weekend.

When you have this many acts in one place at one time, it’s extremely overwhelming for fans of music to pick who they want to see, unless of course they are in attendance for a specific act. There was no shortage of headliners with the likes of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams, Chris Lake, Drag-On, and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack keeping the masses entertained.

Friday night was certainly more geared towards the hip-hop crowd, as former Ruff Ryder artist Drag-On took over the Soundstage, but he wasn’t afraid to share the stage. Throughout the night, fans of REAL hip-hop were treated to the sounds of Saigon, and local rap stars Tate Kobang, Deetranada, and Ace Cannons.

During Saturday’s run of shows, it was all about alternative rock, metal and a fusion of different eclectic sounds with Rhett Repko, The Kelly Bell Band, Joey Harkum among others that killed the stage.

As a lover of music myself, I can honestly say that there were a lot of bands that I had not previously heard of, so the exposure to new music that I was given while covering this event opened my ears up to new sounds, and I’ll have to say that I’m appreciative of it all.

For all of the bad that is generally pushed upon Baltimore, it was exuberant to see all walks of life, regardless of color, creed or religion all sharing the same space and vibing out to the music as one, but u know, that’s what music is supposed to do anyways.

Be on the look out for information about the 2019 version of the festival, but in the mean time, take a gander at some of our photos that were captured of the entire weekend from our photographer, Arturo Holmes.


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