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Hagerstown Bike Night brings fans downtown

July 03, 2013|By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Motocycles lined the first block of South Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown during the 2012 Bike Night celebration. Bike night will be Friday, July 5, opening the three-day Hagerstown Bike Week.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

In music, players find a kind of truth that spoken language cannot articulate.

That’s the message in the name of Prophets of the Abstract Truth, the band that opens the season of Wind Down Fridays at the Maryland Theatre Friday, July 5, in connection with Hagerstown Bike Night.

Saxophonist Carl Disque, the band’s leader, said the playlist trends toward “interesting covers” that are jazz-inflected. Musical genres include blues, bossa nova and Latin-tinged modern jazz standards, as well as interpretations of songs by the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and The Beatles.

The three-piece band includes Arne Helmick on bass and Bob Courter on guitar.

The three veteran players have been around Hagerstown awhile, Disque said, and always kept in touch.

“Bands come and go and change,” he said. “Arne and I have a performance history that goes back 20 years or so.”

The band takes its name from a 1961 jazz album, “Blues and the Abstract Truth,” by jazz saxophonist Oliver Nelson.

“The title was provocative to me,” Disque said.

Using effects, the players manipulate sounds. Helmick employs an electric upright bass, then plays against looped, recorded lines of himself playing, to create harmonic rhythm. “He solos over his own rhythmic pattern,” Disque said.

An attorney by day, Disque said music is his passion. “Anything creative and artistic, if you have that bent in your personality, it’s something that you love,” he said.

Also performing that night is Steel Rose, a band whose playlist trends toward classic rock. A five-piece ensemble, Steel Rose was founded in 1989 as a top-40 cover band and has evolved to include covers of  Pink Floyd, Heart, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynard, Steppenwolf, Journey, Foreigner and AC/DC.

 Prophets of the Abstract Truth opens the evening at 6 p.m. and plays until 8 p.m.; Steel Rose begins at 8 p.m. and concludes the evening at 10 p.m.

This is the sixth season of Wind Down Fridays, an event organized by the Maryland Theatre that continues every Friday night through September.

“It’s local bands that the Maryland Theatre hires,” said Jessica Green, the theater’s operations director.

Located in the theater courtyard, Wind Down Fridays offer a cash bar and light bites from local restaurants, as well as musical entertainment. There’s a cover charge of $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Bike Night, which is sponsored by the City of Hagerstown, is “a much larger event,” Green said. “Four blocks are closed off for bike parking. It’s a big festival.”

Bike Night is part of Hagerstown Bike Week, which runs from Friday, July 5, to Sunday, July 7, with various events in the area.

No admission is charged for Bike Night. Carnival-style food vendors will offer wares, and there will be motorcycle dealers and vendors as well. Bike Night kicks off a weekend of motorcycle events in and around Hagerstown, including poker runs, scenic rides and motorcycle-themed activities.





If you go ...       

WHAT: Wind Down Fridays

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, July 5

WHERE: Maryland Theatre courtyard, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

COST: Cover charge of $5 for adults and $2 for children.

CONTACT: Call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org


If you go ... 

WHAT: Hagerstown Bike Night

WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5

WHERE: Four blocks surrounding Public Square, intersection of Potomac and Washington streets, downtown Hagerstown

COST: Free

CONTACT: Jennifer Miller at 301-797-9004, or at hagerstownbikeweek@yahoo.com.

For a complete schedule, go to www.hagerstownbikeweek.com.


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