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Music outlasts rain at Downtown Live!

October 25, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- By the time the headline band cranked up its amps, the sky was, appropriately, ever clear.

That was a welcome respite for fans who endured an early downpour that threatened to wash away Saturday's Downtown Live! music festival.

This year's crowd appeared to be in the hundreds, not the thousands that came last year.

But they were no less pumped when Everclear took the stage shortly after 8:30 p.m. and started its set with "Everything to Everyone."

Everclear followed Sister Hazel, part of an all-day program that included seven bands for $29.

Public Square and portions of the streets around it were fenced off for the music festival, which was in its third year.

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"They need to do this more often," said Leslie Crabill of Martinsburg, W.Va., who went with her husband, G.F., and their friends, Chris and Courtney Munsterman of Martinsburg.

Beer and food were available. The crowd was reminded to call upon Downtown Taxi! instead of trying to drive after drinking.

Downtown Taxi! and Downtown Live! both are enterprises of Mike Deming, whose development company has been renovating the downtown area.

As they waited for the final band, Courtney Munsterman was noncommittal about whether she liked Everclear.

Chris Munsterman chimed in: "She's the spouse of an Everclear fan."

There was no doubt about the loyalties of Beth Goodman's son, Stephen.

At 4 years old, Stephen looked to be one of the smallest and youngest hard-core fans in the crowd.

When Beth -- who attended with her boyfriend, Joe Plum -- asked Stephen to name his favorite Everclear song, he instantly replied "Santa Monica."

"He's been talking about coming for weeks," Beth Goodman said.

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