In the mid-2000s, a group of friends who'd met at the State University of New York at Purchase moved three-and-a-half hours south to Baltimore's Station North neighborhood.
They called themselves Wham City, and started putting on musical performances, comedy shows, book readings and other less tangible events. More than some Baltimoreans, even, the Wham City kids understood that Charm City is a place where you can get weird.
While Dan Deacon might be Wham City's breakout star, the collective has another 20 or so members, most of whom are now in their late 20s and early 30s. They've loaded into buses and toured the country, put on countless underground performances and organized Whartscape, a huge arts and music festival. Eight years after Wham City hit Baltimore, we caught up with three of the more prominent members.
--By Sam Sessa (Handout photo / courtesy of The Walters)
Catching up with three key players in the Baltimore arts collective