O’Malley’s March rained out

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plans to join one of the bands on stage at a pre-convention street festival in Charlotte were foiled Monday by a torrential downpour.

File: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley raises his fist during a song tribute to Baltimore as he plays with his band, O'Malley's March, for a one off engagement at Ft. McHenry June, 18, 2011. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

O’Malley (D), who fronts his own Celtic rock band, was still back stage when Jeff Bridges and the Abiders were forced to stop playing five songs into their set at CarolinaFest, a Labor Day celebration which drew thousands of people to downtown Charlotte in advance of this week’s Democratic National Convention.

Bridges, best known as an actor, kept playing for a few minutes as the crowd scrambled to find nearby overhangs, many of them getting thoroughly soaked.

“Irish music outdoors always brings the rain,” O’Malley said afterward through a spokesman.

Though the rain stopped after about 15 minutes, the show did not go on, and O’Malley never took the stage.

O’Malley and Bridges share a cause, eradicating childhood hunger. During his set, Bridges implored the crowd to do their part.

“No child in America should go hungry, right?” he asked to hundreds of nods.

O’Malley’s March, the governor’s band, is scheduled to play at two late night gatherings in coming days, one for the Democratic Governors Association, which O’Malley chairs; the other for the Maryland Democratic Party.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.



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