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Artscape draws up this year's musical lineup

The Baltimore Sun

Musical acts the Isley Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Keyshia Cole, Ryan Shaw and Burning Spear are among those set to appear at this year's Artscape festival, scheduled for July 20, 21 and 22 on Mount Royal Avenue.

Yesterday, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced the lineup for Artscape, which will feature free musical performances by local, regional and national talent on four outdoor stages, as well other performing arts acts.

On the main stage, audiences will be able to see violinists Nuttin' But Stringz, two brothers from Queens, N.Y., whose real names are Damien and Tourie Escobar and who play a mixture of classical music, jazz, R&B; and hip-hop. Their talents were honed at the Juilliard School and the Bloomingdale School of Music, and they have played on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and other TV venues.

The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, aka Mr. Biggs, are likely to be a main draw. Some of their hits go back more than four decades, like the 1962 smash "Twist and Shout." They are also known for "It's Your Thing," "Summer Breeze" and, more recently, "Contagious" and "Down Low," featuring R. Kelly.

Other acts include:

Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, best known for his hit singles "Kick, Push" and "Daydreamin'."

R&B; singer-songwriter Cole, who brought raw emotion to "I Should've Cheated," "Love" and her current hit single with Diddy, "Last Night."

Roots and reggae artist Burning Spear, a Grammy-winning singer and musician.

Los Lonely Boys, who are also Grammy winners and best known for chart-topping hits such as "Heaven."

Sam Bush, an accomplished bluegrass vocalist.

Shaw, a rhythm-and-blues singer-songwriter.

The University of Baltimore stage will host local and regional acts such as roots and rock band Damsels, funk-and-dance band Soul'd Out, R&B; singer Wendy McIntyre and rock band Fools & Horses.

The DJ Culture stage will feature bands and performances by DJs including DJ Vadim, Karizma, Tittsworth, Pase Rock, Uncle Jesse, DJ Sabo with Nappy G, DJ Ulken with Shanta Live and DJ Impulse.

Artscape will also feature about 120 arts and craftspeople from across the country; visual art exhibits both on- and off-site; a full schedule of performing arts, including dance, opera, theater, fashion, film and classical music; children's entertainers; three street-theater locations; and a variety of food and beverages.

Festivities, which begin at noon, will be centered on the 1200 block of Mount Royal Ave.

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