Rockin Rob, mobile deejay since '71, begins new season [Towson]
By By Rus VanWestervelt
Oct 02, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Rob Bruns, known for the past 40 years as Rockin Rob in and around Towson's local music circuit, begins a new season hosting Hall-of-Fame rockers Nov. 22 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie, featuring The Soul Cruisers and Dr. K's Motown Revue with The Bleu Lights.
Since 2007, the Towson resident has been holding events at Towson's American Legion Hall, featuring classic acts such as Tommy Vann and The Echoes. He has also promoted and produced shows for Al Rossi, The Duprees, and Sonny Turner, the former lead singer of The Platters.
Bruns began his career in 1971 as the first mobile deejay in Baltimore. He has provided entertainment for thousands of weddings, reunions, dances and special occasions since then.
"I know music has always had a happy or healing effect for me, and I'm sure it does for others as well," Bruns said.
Bruns, inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame last October, hosts the "Saturday Night Dance Party" radio show on Q1370 AM, featuring classic songs, trivia and giveaways.
"Being able to host my own radio show is a dream come true," Bruns said. "There's nothing like a smile or a nice compliment about a show or song I've played that has made someone happy."
You can learn more about Rockin Rob and his upcoming shows and appearances at rockinrobrevue.net.
Mike DeVita, of Glendale, has been hosting his own radio program, 3M: Mike's Music Memories, at live365.com for the last three years, providing an eclectic blend of the classics, primarily from the late 1940s to the 1960s.
"I want today's audiences to hear the music that made such wonderful memories because they will not hear it any place else," DeVita said.
DeVita, a retired English and drama teacher from Baltimore County who taught at Towsontown, Cockeysville and Loch Raven junior and high schools, is also the author of "My 'Secret Love' Affair With Doris Day," chronicling his correspondence with Day over a 60-year period. You can find his book, both in paperback and digital form on amazon.com.
If you are looking for some live classical and jazz performances, The Baltimore Flute Choir, now in its 10th season, kicks off its anniversary season on Oct. 12, 4 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Towson. The performance, under the direction of Sara Nichols, is free to the public and will feature standards such as Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Irving Berlin's "Fascinating Rhythm." For more information, contact Tom Bozek, director of music at IHM, at 410-668-7935.