The Washington Post

O’Malley’s band to entertain nation’s mayors

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political profile has been on the rise in recent months, as evidenced by a series of speeches around the country to Democratic audiences.

Next week, the governor’s Celtic rock band will also get a chance to play to a national audience — of sorts .

O’Malley’s March has been booked to perform at a crab feast that is part of an annual gathering of the non-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors. This year, Baltimore is playing host.

O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, is scheduled to appear with his bandmates at a Saturday evening crab feast at the historic Fort McHenry national monument.

Besides the “special performance,” the more than 150 mayors who have registered to attend from across the country will be treated to “Maryland’s bounty” and “a ‘bursting in air’ fireworks display,” according to the conference agenda.

O’Malley is also scheduled to appear at the four-day gathering in his day job as governor.

Other speakers include U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), a Baltimore native; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), a former chief of staff to President Obama; some Obama Cabinet members; and former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.


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