2008 Western Maryland Blues Fest

2008 Western Maryland Blues Fest

Hagerstown, MD (April 4, 2008)- The Western Maryland Blues Fest serves up an annual community celebration centered around one of America's most enduring musical forms. Set amidst raw-boned guitar riffs and emotionally charged vocals, Blues Fest represents a partnership between City government and local business sponsors as they team up to create an incredible event.
Over the extended weekend of May 29 through June 1, 2008, Downtown Hagerstown's community house party will feature an impressive lineup of national, regional and local blues and jazz musicians. For 2008, Blues Fest will stage a new event, with its revamped free "Blues Prelude Concert," featuring national recording artist, Albert Cummings, performing from 5pm to 6:30pm on Thursday, May 29, in University Plaza Park. This beautiful, downtown, green space is located beside the Hagerstown Campus of the University Systems of Maryland. On Friday, May 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Blues Fest kicks off its first day of multi-artist entertainment with its popular "Lotta Blues Show" on the main stage in the City's Central Parking Lot. After an opening set by the local Hagerstown blues band, Stack O'Blues, Friday's lineup will continue with vocalist Gina Sicilia, (nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2008 Blues Music Awards), guitar legend Jimmy Thackery, and conclude with international blues-rock legends, Savoy Brown, led by guitarist Kim Simmonds! From 12 noon to 9:30pm on Saturday, May 31, Blues Fest moves into high gear with the event's signature "Downtown House Party," where alternating stages will showcase back-to-back sets by eight local, regional and national acts, including 2007's Best Blues Band winners, Lil, Ed & the Blues Imperials, r&b crooner Nappy Brown, blues diva Bettye LaVette, legendary harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and Scofield, Medeski & Deitch, featuring internationally-known jazz guitarist John Scofield and jam band keyboardist John Medeski. Saturday culminates with the incomparable, Creole sounds of Louisiana's, Buckwheat Zydeco! Food, beverages, souvenirs and comfort facilities are available within the festival site - so you won't need to miss a note.
On Sunday, Blues Fest gives back to the community with its free "Family Blues Picnic" from 12 noon to 5pm in Hagerstown's City Park. Starting with Frederick, MD - s exciting blues guitarist, Bobby Flurie, fans will then hear the exciting Ray Charles - tribute of Westminster jazz keyboardist, Eric Byrd's fine band, and then will be thrilled by fiery, Chicago blues-woman Nora Jean Bruso, followed by the legendary Guitar Shorty to close out our weekend fun. Saturday and Sunday will also feature musical workshops, an exhibition of Blues artwork and many kids' activities.
Advance tickets are on sale NOW!!! Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau's Visitors Center at 301.791.3246. Visit www.blues-fest.org for more details including stage times, biographies of the entertainers, directions and much more!