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Nine acts in one night raise funds for theater

August 09, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

A benefit concert for The Maryland Theatre on Saturday promises to hand over "a good chunk of change" to the theater, said organizer Josh Morningstar.

Nine acts are scheduled to perform at the downtown Hagerstown theater starting at 5 p.m. Performers include The Freddie Long Band from Frederick, Md., the hard rock group Seventh Seal and The Blue Sky Traffic.

Tickets cost $15. There also will be free music and art vendors outside the theater from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from art sales also will go toward the theater, said co-organizer Hannah Vann, 23, of Hagerstown.

All money raised from the concert will go to programming that bolsters the theater's broader goal of increasing attendance - particularly among young people, said Brian Sullivan, the theater's executive director.

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Sullivan said Morningstar, 24, came to him with the idea of hosting the concert. Morningstar was one of the organizers for a benefit concert near Boonsboro last year in honor of three teens who died in a Keedysville house fire. Morningstar and Vann, his girlfriend, have been planning this benefit since May.

"He's the age group that needs to be coming into the theater," Sullivan said of Morningstar. "They will be the new keepers of the theater."

Morningstar and several other artists will make their Maryland Theatre debut Saturday.

Freddie Long, 23, of Ijamsville, Md., said it would be the first time his group has performed at the venue.

"Bars and taverns are great, but to have a facility like The Maryland Theatre, with its history - to play for a venue with an audience like that, that's an honor," said Long.

The Freddie Long Band recently opened for Blue Oyster Cult in Frederick. Long said he hopes the band will have the opportunity to open for well-known acts at The Maryland Theatre.

Seventh Seal is another newcomer to the theater. Bassist Jason Clark, 26, of Owings Mills, Md., said he grew up in Hagerstown. Being invited to play at the theater brought back memories.

"It was weird," Clark said. "I was immediately 10 years old again watching 'Phantom of the Opera.'"

Morningstar used to play guitar for the five-piece rock group Vestascension. The group performed at CBGB in December 2005 for the venerable New York City rock venue's final New Year's Eve show.

Morningstar said Vestascension split up in 2006. Band members have kept in touch since the breakup but have gone their separate ways musically. Former members will perform as separate acts Saturday - Morningstar as a solo country act and as part of rap duo IL Duce. Former Vestascension guitarist Justin Gosnell is a member of Seventh Seal, and Vestascension's former lead singer, David Manning, will perform solo on Saturday afternoon.




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WHAT: Benefit concert at The Maryland Theatre

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 11

· 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Art vendors and live music outside the theater. Acts include Mike Seibert, Dan Morgan and David Manning, each on acoustic guitar. The schedule is subject to change; more acts may be added. Go to www.myspace.com/mdthea tremusicfest for more details.

· 5 p.m. - Live music begins inside The Maryland Theatre. See the lineup below for details. Tickets cost $15.

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

COST: Tickets cost $15 for the 5 p.m. concert. Outdoor concert is free.

MORE: For more information, call 301-790-2000 or go to www.mdtheatre.org.




Concert lineup for inside the theater



· 5 to 5:25 p.m. - Revelation, rock

· 5:35 to 5:45 p.m. - Justin Parks, acoustic rock

· 6 to 6:25 p.m. - River Knot, R&B, funk and jazz

· 6:40 to 7:05 p.m. - MC Young Einstein, rap

· 7:20 to 7:45 p.m. - The Blue Sky Traffic, rock

· 8 to 8:25 p.m. - Josh Morningstar, country

· 8:40 to 9:05 p.m. - Seventh Seal, hard rock with a positive message

· 9:20 to 9:45 p.m. - IL Duce, rap

· 10 to 10:25 p.m. - The Freddie Long Band, rock

· 10:30 p.m. - Presentation of funds raised for the theater

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