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O’Malley’s band scheduled to reemerge in Germantown this weekend

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fronts the seven-piece O’Malley’s March. (Photo courtesy O’Malley’s March)

Whatever Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political future may hold, his side career as the frontman of his Celtic rock band is rolling on.

O’Malley’s March is booked for three concerts in the coming month, including one Saturday. The Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown has billed the band’s performance there as “a rare Montgomery County concert appearance.”

Another pair of shows is scheduled in Annapolis toward the end of next month at a more familiar venue for the seven-piece band: the Rams Head, which is just around the corner from the governor’s mansion.

O’Malley’s March remains a part-time pursuit for the governor, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid. But his band outings have become far more frequent than early in his tenure, when aides worried that the performances detracted from his gravitas.

O’Malley’s detractors have continued to argue that the band — which played at the White House last year — distracts him from more pressing state issues.

Proceeds from Saturday’s concert will benefit arts education and other programs at Black Rock, according to the center.

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



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