BALTIMORE AURAL

To celebrate the opening of CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore—during an invitation-only reception with a zesty performance by the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire—the following VIPs gathered for this lively photo op, which was followed by a trivia contest dedicated to the first season of The Wire (l-r): Oak View Group Chairman and CEO Tim Leiweke, EWF's Verdine White, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, EWF's Philip Bailey, CFG Bank Arena GM Frank Renesch and EWF's Ralph Johnson. Later, as a demonstration of the arena's cutting-edge tech, all were dazzled by a hologram of Irving Azoff that emerged from a giant knish. The venue, owned and operated by Oak View Group, will be launched with a blockbuster opening weekend featuring Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (4/7) and the Eagles (4/8). EWF will appear with Lionel Richie on 8/19 (tix are on sale now via Ticketmaster).

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
High times in Inglewood (6/20a)
BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
Sloshing through the fun (6/20a)
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Black Music Month in the ATL (6/18a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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