12th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest-
City of Hagerstown Advisory
12th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest
Plan to be in Downtown Hagerstown on June 1, 2 and 3, 2007 for the 12th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest (www.blues-fest.org) - Hagerstown's community house party featuring a jam-packed weekend of performances by an impressive lineup of national, regional and local blues and jazz musicians. Led by a cadre of committed volunteer organizers and hosted by the City of Hagerstown, Blues Fest represents a unique partnership between city government and local business sponsors as they team together to create an incredible community celebration. You won't want to miss out on the extra fun and special activities that planners have in store for Blues Fest 2007 including continuation of the free Thursday lunchtime and Sunday City Park events together with Friday evening's expanded Lotta Blues Show and Saturday's wildly popular multi-stage Downtown House Party! In 2007, Saturday will once again run later into the evening, giving your tickets even more value!
Residents and guests can treat themselves to a lunchtime sampling of the coming weekend's festivities by attending the Blues Fest's popular Blues Prelude concert on Thursday, May 31, in University Plaza on West Washington Street. Located beside the downtown campus of University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, this beautiful urban green space will host a free, 2-hour concert featuring the original blues of Bushmaster with electric guitarist Gary Brown of Carlisle, PA followed by the talents of Hagerstown's Rhythm Kings featuring local guitar hero Lewis Palladino. Thursday's lunchtime fun runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
The three-day Blues Fest proper kicks off on Friday, June 1 with our Lotta Blues Show starting at 4:30 p.m. and continuing until 9:30 p.m. from our festival main-stage located in the City's Central Parking Lot off North Potomac Street. The sounds of Hagerstown's harmonica-led Ronnie Ray and the Coolers will kick off Friday evening opening festivities followed by The Bobby Flurie Band of nearby Frederick, MD. The classic Chicago blues of Nora Jean Bruso and her fine band will then take to the stage preceding a closing set of sensational electric guitar from the internationally acclaimed Walter Trout & The Radicals. You'll want to visit Blues Fest's website (www.blues-fest.org) as soon as possible to purchase advance tickets for Friday's exciting show.
On Saturday June 2, Blues Fest ramps into high gear in the Central Lot showcasing its unique Downtown House Party where alternating stages featuring eight different acts which pump nearly continuous blues and jazz performances from noon until approximately 9:30 p.m. Performances will include highly regarded national artists including past and present Grammy and Blues Music Award winners and/or nominees as well as new and noteworthy regional talent. Food, beverages, souvenirs and comfort facilities are all available within the festival site, so you won't need to miss a note.
Premier national artists appearing Saturday include legendary Chicago bluesman James Cotton and his fabulous harmonica skills together with, by popular demand, a sizzling Blues Fest 2007 encore performance by young guitar phenomenon, Joe Bonamassa. These can't-miss, got-to-see stage closers will be preceded by a variety of bands and performers: 8-string jazz guitar by Charlie Hunter Trio; Louisiana-based bluesman John Mooney and Bluesiana; Delta acoustic legend "Honeyboy" Edwards; sacred lap-steel artists, The Campbell Brothers; the vocal stylings of Ruby Hayes from Washington, D.C. and many more! More information, performer links, maps, directions and precise stage times are listed at Blues Fest's website, www.blues-fest.org. You just HAVE to come witness what many consider the best single event in Western Maryland!
On Sunday, June 3, the Blues Fest continues its tradition of giving back to the community with the free Family Blues Picnic in Hagerstown's aesthetically lush City Park. Sunday events begin at noon at the Band Shell and conclude at 5:00 p.m. Preceded by three exciting regional and local acts including the acclaimed Mary Ann Redmond Band, Chicago's exciting blues saxman Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang will close out our weekend fun. You'll want to consider a lawn-chair or blanket to get into the laid-back Sunday park vibe.
Wait, there's more!! Saturday and Sunday will both feature musical workshops, an exhibition of the works of Blues Fest 2007 graphic artist Mike O'Brien and a myriad of free, special kids' activities at designated Kids Jam Too children's areas sponsored by CitiGroup. As more activities are constantly being added to bring additional spice to this fantastic community celebration, please periodically re-visit Blues Fest's website, www.blues-fest.org, for evolving and updated information about the weekend's events including precise stage times.
Call 301-791-3246 or go to www.blues-fest.org for ticket information. For other festival information, visit the Blues Fest website or call 301-739-8577, ext. 116.