Hi Everyone. I know it’s been a while since my last post. Life has been a bit crazy as of late; nonetheless, I’m back with a new post.

This past week I had the privilege of photographing the second annual Frederick Music Showcase, hosted by Frederick Playlist. Frederick may be a small Maryland town; however, there is a lot happening up there and the music and arts scene is exploding.

This year, history was made at the showcase. For the first time ever, the Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts featured a hip hop artist on its stage. That artist… Retro/Ricole featuring Da’Mood Band and Passport. Here’s a little background on him:

MC Retro/Ricole (2 names Retro orRicole) appeared first to the listening public as a member of Center Of Attention (later changing their name to Razor Eaterz) in 2005 releasing mixtapes & albums until the groups amicable split in 2009. It’s when in 2010’s critically acclaimed Passion Park (LP) w/ the single “Another Eagle” released by the artist that his presence was felt.

He’s shared his music with major hip hop artists such as Wale, Wiz Kahlifa & Yelawolf. His music has been featured on WKYS  93.9 Kiss It or Diss it & website gaining praise consecutive nights.

– Bio via

I’ve been a long time fan of hip hop music and I’ve gotta tell you not only is Retro a gifted lyricist, his overall sound and precise beats are better than some of the mainstream artists out there today. Not only was Downtown Frederick (aka the DTF) on their feet the entire time, the energy in the room was infectious and knew no race, creed, or color.

Retro closed his show by inviting his mother on stage and dedicated his performance to his late grandfather who, according to Retro, “would be proud.”

Well done, my man. I can’t wait to catch you again soon!


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