O’Malley’s band booked for free concert Saturday night on Maryland’s Eastern Shore


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, center, plays with his band in 2011. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
August 9, 2014

Whatever his political future holds, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) still has his band to fall back on.

O’Malley’s March, the Celtic rock outfit that the governor fronts, is booked to play a free concert Saturday night in downtown Easton, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The band’s re-emergence is part of an outdoor summer concert series sponsored by the Avalon Foundation, which in a promotional blurb on its Web site says O’Malley’s March has a “hauntingly beautiful, soulful and rousing sound.”

The band played regularly during O’Malley’s days as a Baltimore City Council member and mayor and then briefly went on hiatus as he ran for governor in 2006. At the time, some advisers feared the ban detracted from his gravitas.

Since then, it has continued to play as O’Malley’s schedule allows, and there appear to be no similar concerns as the governor weighs a possible 2016 White House bid.

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