Pigtown’s Carroll Park doesn’t get too much activity—the occasional softball game, people visiting Mount Clare Museum House, or a neighborhood cleanup. But, on September 14, things will get a whole lot busier with The Shindig festival. Presented by Baltimore-based 24-7 Entertainment, the festival features a dozen rock bands. “I just wanted to throw a big rock-and-roll party,” says Paul Manna, president of 24-7 Entertainment. “These bands are hard-working and independent, which is the spirit of Baltimore.” Acts include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Gaslight Anthem, and local band Clutch, pictured. Manna is hoping the festival’s location will be a highlight, too. “Pigtown’s neighborhood association has been trying to revitalize that area,” he says. “This will certainly help shed a positive light.” Other festival attractions include a Ripley’s Believe It or Not tent, as well as drink stands from the Ottobar and Mother’s Federal Hill Grille. “I don’t have to do a 15,000-person festival,” says Manna. “But the people who are coming will be extremely passionate about these bands and about Baltimore.”
A new kind of festival comes to Carroll Park this month.
Issue date: September, 2013