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2011 Western Maryland Blues Fest

2011 Western Maryland Blues Fest

Hagerstown, MD (April 7, 2011) - Tickets are now on sale for the Western Maryland Blues Fest slated for June 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2011. The Western Maryland Blues Fest serves up an annual community celebration centered on one of America's most enduring musical forms. Set amidst raw-boned guitar riffs and emotionally charged vocals, Blues Fest represents a unique partnership between City government, event volunteers and local business sponsors as they team together to present four incredible days of musical entertainment and family fun.
Over the extended weekend of Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5, 2011, the 16th edition of Hagerstown's annual summer "house party" will feature an impressive lineup of national, regional and local blues and jazz musicians. Blues Fest 2011's festivities commence at 5pm on Thursday, June 2 with the free "Blues Prelude" concert 2, in University Plaza -- a beautiful, city center green space located beside the Hagerstown Campus of the University Systems of Maryland. The regionally popular Skyla Burrell Band of southern Pennsylvania will perform classic "hard-drivin' blues." Available seating is limited so Blues Prelude attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. From 6pm until 8pm on Thursday June 2, the Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) will host the opening reception for an exhibit of the art of Blues Fest 2011 poster artist Suzee White. The Arts Council Gallery is located at 14 W. Washington Street just a short walking distance from the Blues Prelude venue, so Blues Prelude attendees should be sure to visit the WCAC at the conclusion of the concert.
Beginning at 4:30pm on Friday, June 3, Blues Fest kicks off its first day of multi-artist entertainment with its popular evening "Lotta Blues Show" in the City's Central Parking Lot. Four bands will provide entertainment on Friday. The recently-formed blues quartet, Grand Point Station featuring Dennis Mickley on lead guitar, kicks off Friday's fun, followed by the exciting Hagerstown power trio, Duffy Kane & The Freedom Train. Friday's fantastic music offerings shift into yet another gear when Bonerama, New Orleans' unique trombone ensemble, takes the stage for an extended set of unique rock- and jazz-inflected trombone fun. Finally, as part of Blues Fest's 2011 tip of the hat to emerging female blues guitarists, Friday's "Lotta Blues Show" concludes with blistering high-energy guitar stylings and superb vocals of Belgrade-born Ana Popovic, who has been slaying audiences all over the globe!!
On Saturday, June 4, Blues Fest 2011's excitement ramps up still further with the event's signature "Downtown House Party". From noon until 9:30pm, alternating stages showcase back-to-back sets by eight regional, national and international acts, beginning with regional keyboardist/vocalist Tommy Lepson Band, power blues trio Devon Allman's Honeytribe and some old-school R&B blues by Guitar Blues Legend, Bobby Parker Band. Saturday performers also include world-renowned New Orleans bassist and founding member of The Meters, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin Pardners, Great Britain's Matt Schofield (winner of Best British Blues Guitarist and Best British Blues Album at the 2010 British Blues Awards), as well as New Orleans' acclaimed Soul Rebels Brass Band. Saturday's Blues Fest entertainment culminates with a 2011 encore performance from Galveston's Bo Diddley-influenced, Hamilton Loomis, followed by the amazing guitar wizardry of Great Britain's young Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam!!
Food, beverages, souvenirs and comfort facilities are all available within the festival site so fans won't need to miss a note of Saturday's incredible lineup.
On Sunday, June 5, Blues Fest once again "gives back" to the community with its free "Family Blues Picnic" from noon to 5pm in Hagerstown City Park. Beginning with a solo acoustic set by 2002 International Blues Challenge winner, Toby Walker, will be followed by a R&B-infused set from regional favorites BG & The Mojo Hands. Sunday fans will then be treated to the unique instrumentation (acoustic guitar, trombone, tuba and washboard) of the Reverend Gary Davis-influenced Ernie Hawkins Band. Capping off Sunday's entertainment is none other the thrilling high-powered guitar of England's always amazing guitar goddess, Joanne Shaw Taylor (Best British Female Vocalist, 2010 British Blues Awards). Sunday will also boast education entertainment at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts with separate lecture/performance workshops by both Ernie Hawkins and Toby Walker, as well as music from the North Hagerstown High School Jazz Ensemble.
As always, Blues Fest 2011 is family friendly, featuring free Saturday and Sunday "Kids Jam Too" children's activities. Please visit Blues Fest's Web site: or its Facebook page for more details!!
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau's Visitors Center at 301.791.3246. An incredible value, Western Maryland Blues Fest ticket prices are: "Lotta Blues Show" on Friday, June 4: Adults $20 in advance (plus a $2.50 transaction fee) and $25 at the gate, Children ages 6 to 12 years are $7; "Downtown House Party" on Saturday, June 5: Adults $35 in advance (plus a $2.50 transaction fee) and $40 at the gate, Children ages 6 to 12 years of age are $7. Special combination Friday and Saturday tickets are available in advance for $50 (plus a $2.50 transaction fee). Thursday's "Blues Prelude Concert" in University Plaza and Sunday's "Family Blues Picnic" in City Park are free! Children 5 and under are free all days.
Individual and Business Sponsorships are also available and feature wonderful advertising opportunities and exclusive V.I.P. "Blues Club" Tickets. Detailed sponsorship information is available at
Visit for more details including stage times, biographies of the entertainers, directions and much more! We hope to see you in Hagerstown for the 2011 Western Maryland Blues Fest. Don't miss it!

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