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B.J. Thomas headlines four stages of music at Frederick's 4th

July 01, 2004|by Alison Burke

Five-time Grammy Award winner B.J. Thomas will be the headlining musician at Frederick's 4th - An Independence Day Celebration - at Baker Park in Frederick, Md.

Known for his hits "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," Thomas has been prolific in pop, country and gospel music since the 1960s, with two platinum and 11 gold records to his credit.

Thomas has been selling records steadily since he first hit the music scene with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

Thomas will perform in the Carillon area of the park at 3:30 p.m. after The Black Cats Blues Band, which mixes swing and rhythm and blues music, opens the concert at 1:30 p.m.

The day kicks off at noon. Fireworks are scheduled to light the night at about 9 p.m. Four musical stages, free children's activities, games, crafts, pony rides, a chili cooking contest, pie-eating, a volleyball tournament on the Frederick High School Lawn and boat rides offer something for all. Most activities are free.

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Canoes, paddle boats, and kayaks will be operated from noon to 10 p.m., along with a climbing wall and swimming at the Edward P. Thomas Municipal Pool.

Visitors to Baker Park also can choose from three other stages of live musical entertainment: country, "Summerjam" and big band. The first band will take the stage at noon with the last beginning at 8:15 p.m. The country stage will feature new Nashville artist Andy Griggs. Local rock acts will jam at Culler Lake in Baker Park. Big-band music and Dixieland jazz will tune up in the band shell to start at 6:15 p.m.

Alison Burke is a correspondent for The Herald-Mail.

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Frederick's 4th - An Independence Day Celebration

Noon to Sunday, July 4

Music begins at noon; B.J. Thomas concert at 3:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.

Baker Park, Frederick, Md.

Frederick County Transit will provide free shuttle service from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Thomas Johnson High School and Harry Grove Stadium to Baker Park.

For more information, call 301-694-2489, or go to www.Fredericks4th.com on the Web.

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