Museum hosts rhythm and blues trio

July 19, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Susan Abbott-Jamieson was looking at exhibits in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts last month for the first time when she heard a pianist playing inside the building.

She returned Sunday for a better view of one of the museum's concerts, usually held at least once each month. Abbott-Jamieson and her friend, Patricia Perry, who both live outside of Shepherdstown, W.Va., were among about 50 people who attended The Bill Thomas Trio concert.

The trio performed rhythm and blues, particularly roots music. Bill Thomas played guitar, and was joined by Charles Solomon on bass and Jimmy Jones on drums.

Abbott-Jamieson and Perry are both artists and said they were looking forward to touring the museum before and after Sunday's concert.


José Acevedo and Evelyn Baer, both of Hagerstown, said they took a walk around Hagerstown's City Park, near the museum, before attending the performance.

Acevedo said he is a donor to the museum, and the pair enjoy live music, especially in the "intimate setting" of the museum.

Elizabeth Jones, and her friend Deb Danner, both of Hagerstown, said they have attended many concerts at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Jones said she was looking forward to Sunday's show, and was hoping to hear some Appalachian folk music, which she enjoys.

Danner said the museum typically has a variety of musical genres during its concert series.

"They're all great," Jones said.

"And they're free," Danner added.

If you go

Upcoming concerts at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, near Hagerstown's City Park

o Shepherd Faculty Recital: Two Rivers Trio -- Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

o Perry/Brandenburg Recital: Pianist Jennifer Tao -- Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

o Appalachian Wind Quintet -- Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

o Museum Consort -- Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

For details call the Museum at 301-739-5727 or go to

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