WTMD First Thursday Festival

WTMD First Thursday Festival

Presented by MPT and WTMD 89.7
Airing Thursdays, October 18 and 25 at 10pm
on MPT and WTMD 89.7 FM

Performances recorded during two summer 2018 concert events at Baltimore’s Canton Waterfront Park bring the outdoor music festival experience into living rooms with high-energy performances by indie music acts from Baltimore and across the country. The one-hour programs include a unique blend of songs, backstage interviews, and striking visuals of Baltimore’s waterfront.

The October 18 broadcast features performances by Danielia Cotton, Typhoon, and Family of the Year. Cotton, a New Jersey native, released her debut album in 2005 and has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, and Bon Jovi. Typhoon, an 11-member band, has been praised for a masterful combination of indie rock instrumentals and vocals. Los Angeles-based Family of the Year, best known for its song "Hero," featured in the 2014 film Boyhood, delivers melodic male/female vocal harmonies and folktale-style lyrics.

Preview for the October 18 concert:

The October 25 broadcast features music by Andy Bopp, The Suffers, and Lake Street Dive. Power pop singer and Baltimore-native Bopp has written, recorded, and released dozens of albums over a nearly four decade career. The Suffers, an eight-member band from Houston, offer what it calls “Gulf Coast Soul” and rock and roll to crowds that love to dance. Lake Street Dive, the popular Boston-rooted quartet formed in 2004, features a discography influenced by classic pop music and swing-era jazz.

Preview for the October 25 concert:

WTMD Towson University Radio has staged its First Thursday Festival concerts in Baltimore for more than 10 years. The free summer concert series regularly attracts more than 10,000 people to each of its events from May through September.