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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 18, 2007
Downtown Live music festival returns with bigger acts and more activities. Set for Saturday in downtown Hagerstown, Downtown Live Music & Arts Festival has nine bands on the bill. The Wailers - musicians and vocalists who played with Bob Marley - will headline the show. Baltimore-area rock band Clutch is on the bill along with Alter Bridge, the group started by three former members of Creed. Festival proceeds will benefit the Washington County Historical Society and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation.
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NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 14, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - At the core of a daylong music festival near Hagerstown on Saturday was Matt Bellon's push to help his partially paralyzed brother, Cole, get a van. Matt's band, Van Lear, was the last on stage in the parking lot of Beef 'O' Brady's, where he works. It capped a day of band performances, silent auctions and good wishes for Cole and his family. About 7 p.m., as Cole, 22, waited near a van that would take him home, friends hugged him and offered kind words.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 30, 2007
FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Derek Whitten and his girlfriend Blondy's reason for traveling about eight hours from their home in Toledo, Ohio, to the American Roots Music Festival this weekend was simple. "It's the music, man. It's the music," Whitten said as the psychedelic country rock sound of New Riders of the Purple Sage and friends reverberated along the Potomac River off U.S. 11 near Marlowe. "It's a classic love fest," said Kemp Blair, who along with his brothers, Bob and Chris, organized and staged the event and began booking more than 20 bands for the event in January.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | June 17, 2007
Folks looking to drive through downtown Hagerstown as fast as possible are probably grateful that traffic signals are coordinated to speed their progress. Not all downtowns do it that way. Some purposefully stagger lights to ensure motorists have to stop and wait for the light to change at several points in the city. The reason is that if a motorist is stopped, she is more likely to look around and perhaps take note of an interesting downtown shop or two that might have otherwise gone unnoticed as she breezed by. Any rookie ad agent can tell you this: eyes matter.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 27, 2007
Guitar slinger Joe Bonamassa started playing at age 4, opened for BB King at age 12 and cranked out eight blues albums by the time he reached 30. The bluesman isn't showing signs of stopping. "For 30 years old, I've been in the business a long time," said Bonamassa during a phone interview. "But I don't think you ever get complacent and think, 'I've found it,' and go on autopilot as an artist. " For Bonamassa, music is a constant evolution. He's bringing his brand of blues to downtown Hagerstown Saturday for the 12th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest.
NEWS
March 23, 2007
Washington County Public Schools will present the Western Maryland Large Ensemble Festival at North Hagerstown High School from March 27 to 30. The festival will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. each day. The festival will feature and adjudicate music ensembles from every secondary school and a few elementary schools in the county. This festival is not a competition. Every group is performing for ratings and/or comments. The main focus of this festival is to provide a learning environment for the ensembles and teachers.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | October 9, 2006
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.VA. - Folk music - the art form that reflects the daily life of people and gained momentum in the 1960s as singers spoke out against issues like war - gets its own celebration in the Eastern Panhandle every year. It comes in the form of the Country Roads Folk Festival, where folk music fans can take in a day's worth of performances in a picturesque country backdrop that encourages one to slow down and enjoy some time with friends, organizers say. Festival founder Maureen Harrigan - who was putting on her seventh installment of the event Sunday - hopes the music still holds, for some, solutions to modern-day issues.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | August 25, 2006
Festival to shut down city block in October A music festival to raise money for The Maryland Theatre will shut down a city block for one day in October. The Hagerstown City Council voted to approve a music festival proposed by Mike Deming, president of Demcore Development. The Oct. 21 festival would have music, food and other entertainment, according to a letter Deming wrote to the city. Any profits produced from the sale of $10 event tickets would go The Maryland Theatre.
NEWS
August 17, 2006
Mike Deming, president of a development company that has purchased a number of properties in downtown Hagerstown, this week told the City Council he would like to hold a music festival on South Potomac Street on Saturday, Oct. 21. Other than seeking the council's permission to close off one block of the street, Deming did not ask for any city funds. But despite Deming's investment in downtown, most council members did not give it a rousing endorsement. That's a mistake. It's possible to disagree on some of the details, such as whether an exception should be made to allow hard liquor on the street despite the city's ban on open containers of alcohol.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 16, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A downtown Hagerstown developer wants to close off a city block and hold a music festival in October. Mike Deming, president of Demcore Development, has asked the city to close the first block of South Potomac Street. The festival would have music, food and other entertainment on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to a letter Deming wrote to the city. He told the city council on Tuesday that the idea is "to expose people to the momentum that's occurring in the downtown area.
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