Summer fun at a glance: Music festivals and concert series

May 20, 2010
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor is one of the blues artists who will be performing at the Western Maryland Blues Fest June 3-6 in Hagerstown
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If you live in the Tri-State area, you've got easy access to bluegrass, blues and jazz this summer. We've rounded up highlights of upcoming music festivals and summer concert series - many of which are free. This is not an all-encompassing list, but we do try to include complete listings of Tri-State area events in our calendar listings each week. So check back regularly.

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- compiled by Tiffany Arnold

Pen Mar Park Summer Concert Series | May 30-Oct. 3

Free summer concert series and dances, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays at Pen Mar Park, Cascade. The Ray Birely Orchestra kicks off the series; Martinsburg Big Band closes the series. Josh Tindall Orchestra will perform during Pen Mar Park's Everybody's Day, Sunday, Aug. 29. For more information, call Washington County Parks & Recreation, 240-313-2700.


Western Maryland Blues Fest | June 3-6

Hagerstown's ode to blues turns 15 and has a roster of blues vets and up-and-comers headed to venues downtown and at City Park. Free admission to Thursday's concert at University Park Plaza with the Mike Westcott Band, though space is limited. Bernard Allison closes out Friday's lineup at City Central Lot downtown. Blues Fest headliner The Tommy Castro Band performs Saturday. Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris are the headliners for Sunday's free show at City Park.

Friday tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Saturday tickets cost $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. A $2.50 transaction fee applies for advance-ticket sales. Children's tickets cost $7 both days; free admission for children age 5 and younger. IDs required for entry.

Go to for the complete schedule of performers.

Second annual Bluegrass Festival | June 5

Outdoor concert features nine bluegrass bands at The Woodmen of the World campgrounds, 8334 Reichard Road, Fairplay. Rain or shine. Advance tickets cost $15 per person or $20 per couple; tickets at the gate cost $20 per person. Additional fees for overnight camping. Gates open at 10 a.m.; last band performs at 9 p.m. Late night entertainment for campers starting at 10 p.m. Call 301-582-2473. An updated schedule will be posted at http://www.creatingsmiles

Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series | June 9-Sept. 10

Military bands will perform patriotic tunes and other music throughout the summer at Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater. The free concerts are coordinated by HCC's Alumni Association. The campus is off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. For more information, call Lisa Stewart, 301-790-2800, ext. 346.

Wind Down Friday | June 11-Aug. 27

Thique kicks off The Maryland Theatre's weekly music series. Other performers include Rudy & The Blue Fish, Big Whiskey and series closer Riverknot. Tickets cost $5 at the door, discounted season tickets are available. 5 to 8 p.m., The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-790-2000 or go to

Hagerstown Municipal Band Summer Concert Series | June 13-Aug. 22

Sunday evening band performances at the Peter Buys Band Shell, Hagerstown City Park, on Virginia Avenue between Key Street and City Park Drive. Go to .

Ninth annual Don Redman Jazz Heritage Concert and Awards | June 26

Ode to the late West Virginia jazz man Don Redman will honor hard bop jazz pianist Harold Mabern and jazz drummer Mickey Roker. Mabern and Roker will perform. Camp Hill at Mather Training Center, Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The concert is free. For more information, call 304-535-6029.

Renfrew Jazz Festival | Aug. 29

This year's festival is being billed as Saxophone Summit and will feature alto sax player Jim Snidero and baritone sax player Ronnie Cuber, backed by the Paul Bollenback trio. 2 to 4 p.m., Renfrew Institute for Cultural & Environmental Studies, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. The free concert will be held on the lawn behind the museum house; rain site at Waynesboro Middle School. For information, call 717-762-0373 or go to .

Editor's note:

Last week we published the wrong dates for the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co.'s Carnival. The correct dates are June 28-July 3. The event is at the carnival grounds to rear of the fire hall, 22 N. Main St. Go to

Plan your summer

Let us help you plan your summer. Here's what's coming up in Lifestyle's Summer Fun at a Glance series.

  • Thursday, May 27: Town festivals
  • Thursday, June 3: Food festivals

    Click on these links below for the rest of our listings in our Summer Fun at a Glance series:

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  • Carnivals and Fairs
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