Concert jazzes up University Plaza

'A Night of Jazz' brings music and dance to downtown

August 15, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU |
  • ReFreshed Band performs Thursday during "A Night of Jazz" at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown. From left are Carl Redman on drums, Shatyra Henry on vocals and Virgil Boysaw on bass.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Scores of area residents flocked to the University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown on Thursday night to enjoy an evening of jazz and dance.

“A Night of Jazz” was presented by the Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city.

The concert featured Hagerstown’s OTB Jazz Band and another group called ReFreshed Band from Princess Anne, Md.

Phillip Doc Martin, a saxophonist, was also scheduled to play.

Shadiyah, a Maryland based dancer, who specializes in South Asian and Middle Eastern dances was another draw at the event.

“We are here to enjoy the music and have a lovely time,” said Alesia Parson-McBean, a former Hagerstown city councilwoman and the organizer of Thursday evening’s concert.

Thomas Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said free quality music is always a big draw.

“We have this nice venue. It is a wonderful opportunity for visitors, as well as citizens to experience this wonderful event,” Riford said.


James Shields, a student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., said he was visiting family friends in Hagerstown and had come to University Plaza “to listen to good music of various styles. I like them all.”

Some at the concert said that they wanted to see more events in downtown Hagerstown.

“We need to have more of these in Hagerstown to draw people out just like Frederick. We need foot traffic. That is what businesses need,” said John Carter, a Hagerstown resident who formerly owned a business called The Dog House downtown.

Sheila Carter, his wife, said her family always tries to support downtown events.

“We enjoy being out here. Yes, I love music,” she said.

Carolyn Sterling, a Hagerstown resident, said she had come out to support the Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum.

“I also came here to be a part of what is going on the community,” Sterling said.

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