Park concerts begin Saturday

July 05, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

For a band that started off playing rock, Dead Men's Hollow might be hitting its stride as a bluegrass act.

The Music by the Lake summer concert series in City Park had something to do with that, said Dead Men's Hollow singer Amy Nazarov.

"He was one of the earliest supporters of our band," Nazarov said of Kevin Moriarty, who is head of the Washington County Arts Council, the group organizing the series.

Music by the Lake will feature a concert by a regional band every Saturday at City Park, from July 7 through Aug. 25.


Most of the bands fall in the bluegrass, country rock and Southern gospel genres. The South Mountain String Band from Hedgesville is set to perform mountain music opening night with dancing by the Rock Candy Cloggers.

Dead Men's Hollow will make its third appearance at the series July 28, Nazarov said.

"We felt it was a confidence boost, him inviting us back," Nazarov said of Moriarty.

Dead Men's Hollow was formed as a rock band in 2001. But after some original band members left, others wanted to try something different - bluegrass.

So by 2003, Dead Men's Hollow had transformed into a six-piece band, with three singers, a fiddler, a guitarist and an upright bass player, Nazarov said.

The change meant they had to grow an all-new fan base. So far, they're seeing some success.

The band debuted at the Music by the Lake series in 2004 and performed there again in 2006, Nazarov said.

Band lineup

July 7 - South Mountain String Band with Rock Candy Cloggers

July 14 - Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition

July 21 - Borderline

July 28 - Dead Men's Hollow

Aug. 4 - Rattlesnake Hill

Aug. 11 - Soleil

Aug. 18 - Borderline

Aug. 25 - Wing & a Prayer

If you go ...

WHAT: Summer concert series

WHEN: Concerts at 7 p.m. Saturdays, July 7 through Aug. 25

WHERE: City Park band shell, Hagerstown

COST: Free

MORE: Contact the Washington County Arts Council by calling 301-791-3132.

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