What to expect at this year's Blues Fest

May 29, 2010

Hagerstown's annual ode to the blues celebrates its 15th year with a self-reflective lineup.

The Western Maryland Blues Fest is Thursday, June 3, through Sunday, June 6, in and around downtown Hagerstown. The focal-point concerts are the ticketed shows Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5, in Hagerstown's central parking lot. The free shows are Thursday's blues prelude at University Park Plaza and on Sunday at Hagerstown's City Park.

Each year, attendance at the event has grown, drawing thousands of blues attendees from all over the region - rain or shine.

Founder and event chair Carl Disque said organizers approached the booking of this year's Blues Fest as a retrospective, a look to the past and where blues music is headed - a future he said looks promising. "The blues is in very good health," Disque said.


He pointed to headliners The Tommy Castro Band who close out Saturday night's schedule. The Tommy Castro Band swept the 31st Blues Music Awards on May 6 in Memphis, Tenn., winning all four of the categories in which the West Coast band was nominated. The band won B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for album "Hard Believer." Tommy Castro won Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year.

He also pointed to Blues Fest alumni such as Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris, who are performing Sunday at City park.

The schedule and Disque's blog are posted at

- Tiffany Arnold

Where to get the blues

o For a complete schedule of events, see the Western Maryland Blues Fest program in Sunday's Herald-Mail newspaper.

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