WELCOME TO MARYLAND'S GREATEST: A SHOWCASE OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ARTISTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Local Small Business

T-Does Designs Graphic Service is Maryland based and run by Michael Thompson, a professional graphic artist with 30 years of experience.

 

Services provided:

  • logo design     

  • Photoshop editing

 

  • design and layout for print advertising (flyer, newsletter, business card, post card, and other stationary).

 

  • design and layout for online advertising (web ads, social media flyers, web banners)

                                   

​​

  • custom face mask

                                   

  • illustration

 

  • table cover design

 

  • banner design

 

  • tent design

 

  • Printing service is available for print advertising but is limited for t-shirts!

Local Artist

Cherie “Sweet Cherie” Mitchell-Agurs

Music Director, Violinist, Composer, Singer and Writer

 

I began playing the piano at age 5. My mother and grandmother played the piano, so I would imitate what they were doing. My father plays the bass, so that’s where I get all that FUNK from (listening to that ‘ole Brothers Johnson and Larry Graham all the time!). I officially took lessons from the late Mamie Ronca, and studied with Barbara Durost, Michael Patterson, Kim Tucker, Dorothy Dash, Davey Yarborough, Greg and Chuck Royal, Hilton Felton, Atrius Flemming, Bob Hallihan and Geri Allen.

For my formal education, I attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Oklahoma City University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and received my BA in Fine Arts, cum laude, from Howard University in 1994.

The past 20+ years have been such a blessing for me because I've had the privilege to perform with many of my favorite artists including Pieces of a Dream, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Chuck Brown, Sugar Bear w/ Experience Unlimited (EU), Miki Howard, Cherrelle, Roy Ayers, George Duke, Jean Carne, George Clinton, Stephanie Mills, Prince, Ledisi, Jill Scott, Wynton Marsalis, Maysa, Patti LaBelle, Miles Jaye, Chaka Khan, Kid Rock, Sir Elton John, Michael Bolton, Doug E Fresh, and many others.

As a Performer, I am featured on cd's by artists such as Chuck Brown, Pieces of a Dream and George Clinton's Montreux Jazz Live DVD.  As a Bandleader, I established my first 5-piece Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, entitled "Confirmation," circa 1995.  We performed in many local jazz venues in the DC area. Around 2003, I formed an R&B/GoGo Band entitled "SweetCherie and Friends" that opened for many of the late Chuck Brown’s shows and also performed in various other local venues. In 2008, I became the Musical Director for the hottest and most successful all-female band, Be’la Dona.

In addition, I have performed on many major tours and festivals all over the world in countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea, Yugoslavia, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Russia, Poland, Begium, England, The Netherlands, and the US Carribbean. Also, I performed at The Essence Festival, The Montreux Jazz Festival, VH1 HipHop Honors and The Black Girls Rock Tour.

Outside of performing on stage, I am an educator of GoGo Music for the Smithsonian Institution and "Teaching For Change." Our goal is to introduce and educate the history and importance of GoGo to DC Public School scholars. Previously, I served as a Board Member for the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). I am a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences also known as The Grammy's, The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), and The American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).  In addition, I have been nominated and won several awards throughout my career.

Nonetheless, I continue to perform on stage for large crowds every week.  It’s what I love to do! As long as I have God walking with me and holding my hand, I'm straight! Lastly, my band, Be’la Dona, is a work for hire.  We play different genres of music for all kinds of events.

As a public service, this section here is a dedicated platform for local small business owners and artists of all genres that are located here in this great state of Maryland.  Citizens throughout the various communities should know who you are and what you have to offer.  Follow the submission guidelines below and we will put you on blast!  Have a great day! 😊

 

Attention All Small Business Owners!  Want to be Showcased here?  Submit the following:

  • A written bio, 5-10 sentences, of your business and what you offer.  Highlight the good stuff! If it is more than ten sentences, we will not be able to post it.

  • A picture that is a minimum size of 1200 x 1050 pixels (at 100 dpi).

  • Your contact information that includes the full name of you and your business, website address, email address and phone number.

 

Attention All Local Artists!  Want to be showcased here?  Submit the following:

  • A written bio, 500 words or less, of who you are, what you do and what you hope to achieve within the next five years.  Explain, if any, the kind of support that you need/want or if you are an artist for hire.

  • A picture of you or sample of your work that is a minimum size of 1200 x 1050 pixels (at 100 dpi).

  • If you are a singer, rapper, musician, writer and/or a composer, you are welcome to provide a mastered mp3 file of your hottest track but it is not mandatory!  If the track is not mastered, we will not post it here.  Also, the track should be four minutes or less.

  • Your contact information that includes the full name of you and your business, website address, email address and phone number.

Submit your information to:  MarylandsGreatest@gmail.com