Sidewalk Serenades: Black Root

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Sidewalk Serenades: Black Root

Close (But Not Too Close) Personal Concerts

SUN JUN 28 | 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PM, & 7PM
$75 (+$4 Service Fee)​

Sunday June 28th | $75 (+$4 Service Fee)​







Black Root is a Baltimore-based artist that pairs boundless, benevolent energy with an infectious rhyme scheme reminiscent of feel good Hip Hop music of the Golden Era with a soulful feel. Get the positive vibes of Root's vocal percussion loops and playful rhymes 6 feet from your doorstep!

In the time of Covid-19, we shouldn’t forget the power of live music. ONLY 6 SLOTS! Secure a personal concert while you can!


About Black Root:

Jamaal 'Black Root' Collier is a full-time multidisciplinary performance and master teaching artist. For more than two decades, he channels his art form through theatre, vocal percussion, emceeing (Rapping), singing, didgeridoo playing, drumming, spoken word poetry and hosting events. His infectious energy and skill set serve him well as the co-founder of Baby Beats! With Max & Root, front man of the Black Root Underground, vocal percussionist for The QueenEarth Band, and Emcee for the Mindstate Mix duo with J Pope, as well as Root & Word (Axiom). Root articulates his passion and appreciation for his artistry and his community every time he teaches and performs.

About Sidewalk Serenades:

As you likely know, working musicians, dancers, magicians, burlesque performers, aerialists, and other performance-based artists have had their gigs and their livelihoods cancelled for the foreseeable future. Join Creative Alliance in creating performance opportunities for these artists throughout Baltimore while simultaneously respecting the need for everyone to keep a safe distance.


Creative Alliance is once again offering you the opportunity to have a short performance of two to three songs delivered to the front of your home (or a friend/loved one’s home) for a small fee.


Performers will come to the confirmed address, text the residence upon arrival and, like a burst of sunlight through these gray skies, share their talents from the sidewalk. The donations from each of these performance events will be shared between the artist and Creative Alliance to help keep the arts alive and thriving in Baltimore!


The Basics:

  • Performers will come to the front of your (or loved ones) home and will perform for 10-20 minutes.
  • Concerts will be scheduled on the hour, and you can purchase them on the Creative Alliance website.
  • Ticket sales end when all slots are booked OR 8am day of the concerts.
  • If there is poor weather, concerts will be rescheduled to the next nice day, if possible


What if I want to purchase a concert for someone else??? 

  • Just leave the name, address, and cell number of the person the concert is for in the COMMENTS Section when you check out online.


What if I live in an apartment?

  • Performers will not enter an apartment or shared home but can perform in front of the complex or on the side of a building. This situation is better suited for louder musicians (horn players, trios etc).


What if I would like a performance but just can't afford it at this time?

While there is a fee per concert, there are opportunities for those without the means to still enjoy some live music. Musicians have been asking to do additional community performances for free. If you are in need, know someone in need, or work at an organization of essential workers (a hospital, perhaps) and have a safe space for a performance to occur, reach out to to coordinate.




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