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NEWS
June 3, 2007
Tom Nyberg, Herndon, Va. Tom Nyberg likes a lot of different music genres and the blues at this year's festival was pretty good, he said. But Nyberg was even more excited about the food and the company as he dug into a pit beef sandwich Saturday afternoon. "Lots of friendly people here," Nyberg said of his first Western Maryland Blues Fest experience. Nyberg had only one complaint. "Where's the air conditioning?" he asked. Bob Lubbehusen, Annandale, Va. Bob Lubbehusen travels from Annandale to attend the Western Maryland Blues Fest every year.
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NEWS
by CHRISTINE BRUGH and ELIZABETH KRAMER | June 5, 2007
Saturday. Downtown Hagerstown. Blues Fest. Crowds teemed with people of all ages, from casual blues listeners to fans of specific bands. Most couldn't resist at least tapping a foot to the music, and many of the more extroverted fans danced. "It really brings out the liveliness in Hagerstown," said Cary Smith, 14, of Smithsburg. As afternoon approached, the already sweltering temperature increased, as did the number of flushed fans foregoing shade to watch famous blues artists perform.
NEWS
August 21, 2005
TicketMaster locations include: · Hecht's at Valley Mall in Hagerstown. Tickets may be purchased with cash or Hecht's charge. For concert information, call 301-582-0517, ext. 372. · To order by phone, call TicketMaster at 1-410-547-SEAT, 1-202-397-SEAT, 1-703-573-SEAT or 1-800-551-SEAT. Marcia Ball plus Cathy Ponton King 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 The State Theatre 220 N. Washington Falls Church, Va. Tickets cost $22, plus service charge, and are available at TicketMaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | March 16, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - As a youth, Marsh Townsend, 30, wanted nothing to do with her Appalachian roots. She considered speech lessons to kill the homespun drawl in her voice, and when she was old enough to leave her small town and go to college, she chose Atlanta. On Thursday, Townsend took a step toward embracing her heritage. She joined hundreds of others jamming to the sounds of the blues, a genre that reminds her of the past. "So, I just, I really wanted to get more involved, so the blues helps me really embrace my heritage that I ran from for so long," Townsend, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 1, 2007
Harold Jones said his love affair with the blues and cold beer made it easier to deal with the scorching heat on Friday as the opening riffs were played to kick off the 12th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest. The Funkstown resident and his friend, Fred Muray, seemed to be in heaven, even though the 90-degree temperature felt a little more sinister. "I work outside anyway," Jones said. "As long as I have a cold beer ... I'm all right. " Muray said the heat didn't bother him either.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH and ERIN JULIUS | June 2, 2007
The Western Maryland Blues Fest started 12 years ago with one stage, four bands and a $35,000 budget, said Julie Donat, Blues Fest co-chairwoman. Since then, the annual festival has more than quadrupled in size, she said. Eighteen bands will have performed on two stages when the four-day event ends today. On Saturday night, festival headliner Joe Bonamassa brought the crowd to its feet. His fans agreed that Bonamassa is the best guitarist, and certainly the best blues guitarist, in the world.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | June 3, 2006
HAGERSTOWN He sat alone in an expanse of empty, wet folding chairs and was neither hunched in a poncho nor huddled underneath an umbrella. He simply was waiting for the blues to begin, unconcerned that heavy rain had forced many others to seek shelter. "That's why you have skin," Mike Hensley, a retired correctional officer who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., said as rain gathered on his flatcap and striped shirt. "Plus, if the music is good, I can dry out dancing. "I've never owned an umbrella in my life," Hensley added.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | January 25, 2009
Check your calendar and reserve your seats: This year's arts calendar is taking shape. Highlights include folk legends Peter, Paul & Mary, filmmaker John Waters, comedian David Sedaris and bluesman Joe Bonamassa. New this year: the 150th anniversary of the John Brown raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the Frederick Film Festival in March. Annual festivals on the schedule include the Western Maryland Blues Fest in late May, New Voice Play Festival in June and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, which starts in July in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
NEWS
June 2, 2007
The 12th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest's Downtown House Party will be today from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Central Parking Lot on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown. Tickets at the gate will be $30. For those ages 6 to 12, tickets cost $7, and the event is free for those ages 5 and younger. Today's lineup includes: · Jumptown - noon to 1 p.m. · Ruby Hayes Blues Band - 1 to 2 p.m. · David "Honeyboy" Edwards - 2 to 3 p.m. · Campbell Brothers - 3 to 4 p.m. · John Mooney & Bluesiana - 4 to 5:15 p.m. · Charlie Hunter Trio - 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. · James Cotton Band - 6:30 to 8 p.m. · Joe Bonamassa - 8 to 9:30 p.m. The Blues Fest concludes Sunday with the Family Blues Picnic from noon to 5 p.m. at the City Park band shell.
NEWS
March 15, 2007
Western Maryland Blues Fest From 4 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 1; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2 Central Parking Lot on North Potomac Street on Friday and City Central Lot on Saturday; both in downtown Hagerstown Friday tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the gate. Saturday tickets are $27.50 in advance and $30 at the gate; $9.50 in advance for ages 6 to 12 and $7 at the gate; and free for ages 5 and younger. Combination tickets for both days are $37.50.
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