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June 4, 1997
For tickets, call - 301-714-1111 - 1-410-481-7328 - 1-202-432-7328 or - 1-703-573-7328 Tickets for the Friday, June 6, 8 p.m. Rory Block performance at HJC's Kepler Theater are $15. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 for the Saturday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. Luther Allison show with opener Kelley Joe Phelps at The Maryland Theatre.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
By Kate Coleman Staff Writer In planning this year's Western Maryland Blues Fest organizers decided to keep the same format as the 1996 premiere. One change they wanted to make was to include more women performers, said Carl Disque, festival founder and chairman. Rory Block will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Hagerstown Junior College's Kepler Theater. Her Blues Fest performance will be presented in conjunction with Mountain Green Concerts. Block is hardly on the program just because she's female.
NEWS
April 16, 1997
Stars of "Gettysburg" Several stars of the movie "Gettysburg" will share dramatic readings, film clips and reminisce about their experiences working on the film. Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. The Maryland Theatre 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Tickets are $32.50. For information, call 714-1111. Mark Chesnutt Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. North Hagerstown High School 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown Tickets are $30. The $35 tickets are sold out. For information, call JDA Productions at 714-0134 or 1-304-274-0222.
NEWS
June 5, 1997
Hub City gets down to the real nitty-gritty City ready for thousands of blues fans By TERRY TALBERT Staff Writer Come this weekend, Hagerstown will have a heavy dose of the blues. The city is hosting the Western Maryland Blues Fest, featuring top blues performers from across the country, for the second year in a row on Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin said at a press conference in Public Square on Wednesday that 16,000 jazz buffs from across the nation are expected to attend.
NEWS
June 3, 1999
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer If the weather cooperates as promised, the fourth annual Western Maryland Blues Fest that kicks off today likely will draw the largest crowd in its history. [cont. from front page ] "We're inundated with phone calls, e-mails, voice mails," said Karen Giffin, public information manager for the city of Hagerstown. The weekend forecast is calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the lower to mid-80s, which would mirror the weather of the festival's 1996 debut.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
Thursday, June 5 5 to 9 p.m. - Ben Andrews, blues and Delta slide guitar, Miller House Gardens, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, $15 Friday, June 6 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Push and Steve Kemp Trio, Courtyard of The Maryland Theatre, sponsored by Washington County Arts Council 6 to 6:45 p.m. - Pregame concert by Bad Influence at Hagerstown Suns game. 8 p.m. - Rory Block, Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Junior College, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown Saturday, June 7 Street Festival Downtown HagerstownPublic Square Paid and free areas 11 a.m. to noon - W.C. Spencer 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. - The Meteors 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Cathy Jean Band 2:35 to 3:05 p.m. - Mr. Downchild 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. - Skeeter Brandon & Highway 61 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers 7:30 p.m. - Luther Allison with Kelly Joe Phelps opening.
NEWS
June 6, 1999
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photos: JOE CROCETTA / staff phototgrapher Record-breaking crowds jammed the city this weekend for the fourth Western Maryland Blues Fest, which culminated Sunday in a free daylong blues concert at Hagerstown's City Park. "Things have gone incredibly well. We predicted it would be the best ever and it was," said Carl Disque, organizer and blues performer. [cont. from front page ] An estimated 18,000 to 20,000 people attended the three-day music festival, up from 14,000 last year, he said.
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NEWS
June 6, 1999
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photos: JOE CROCETTA / staff phototgrapher Record-breaking crowds jammed the city this weekend for the fourth Western Maryland Blues Fest, which culminated Sunday in a free daylong blues concert at Hagerstown's City Park. "Things have gone incredibly well. We predicted it would be the best ever and it was," said Carl Disque, organizer and blues performer. [cont. from front page ] An estimated 18,000 to 20,000 people attended the three-day music festival, up from 14,000 last year, he said.
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NEWS
June 3, 1999
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer If the weather cooperates as promised, the fourth annual Western Maryland Blues Fest that kicks off today likely will draw the largest crowd in its history. [cont. from front page ] "We're inundated with phone calls, e-mails, voice mails," said Karen Giffin, public information manager for the city of Hagerstown. The weekend forecast is calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the lower to mid-80s, which would mirror the weather of the festival's 1996 debut.
NEWS
By ANDREA ROWLAND | May 26, 1999
The scope of the Western Maryland Blues Festival is swelling like a Billy Branch harmonica crescendo. At least 18,000 people are expected to attend the fourth annual festival on June 4-6, said Karen Giffin, spokeswoman for the City of Hagerstown. [cont. from front page ] That's a jump of 2,000 visitors over last year, she said. Some 12,000 blues enthusiasts flocked to the city in 1997, and 7,000 people visited in 1996, the first year the festival was held. "It's going to be the best one ever," Blues Fest founder Carl W. Disque said.
NEWS
June 6, 1997
By TERRY TALBERT Staff Writer The sound of the blues pulsed over downtown Hagerstown Friday at lunchtime, giving spectators a taste of what they'll be getting this weekend at the Western Maryland Blues Fest. People packed benches and spilled out on the sidewalk in front of The Maryland Theatre courtyard to hear The Push and the Steve Kemp Trio perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The blues groups' performance was sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council. Hagerstown Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin and others involved in organizing the fest were selling T-shirts and hats, and handing out programs for the weekend's events.
NEWS
June 5, 1997
Hub City gets down to the real nitty-gritty City ready for thousands of blues fans By TERRY TALBERT Staff Writer Come this weekend, Hagerstown will have a heavy dose of the blues. The city is hosting the Western Maryland Blues Fest, featuring top blues performers from across the country, for the second year in a row on Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin said at a press conference in Public Square on Wednesday that 16,000 jazz buffs from across the nation are expected to attend.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
For tickets, call - 301-714-1111 - 1-410-481-7328 - 1-202-432-7328 or - 1-703-573-7328 Tickets for the Friday, June 6, 8 p.m. Rory Block performance at HJC's Kepler Theater are $15. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 for the Saturday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. Luther Allison show with opener Kelley Joe Phelps at The Maryland Theatre.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
By Kate Coleman Staff Writer In planning this year's Western Maryland Blues Fest organizers decided to keep the same format as the 1996 premiere. One change they wanted to make was to include more women performers, said Carl Disque, festival founder and chairman. Rory Block will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Hagerstown Junior College's Kepler Theater. Her Blues Fest performance will be presented in conjunction with Mountain Green Concerts. Block is hardly on the program just because she's female.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
Thursday, June 5 5 to 9 p.m. - Ben Andrews, blues and Delta slide guitar, Miller House Gardens, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, $15 Friday, June 6 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Push and Steve Kemp Trio, Courtyard of The Maryland Theatre, sponsored by Washington County Arts Council 6 to 6:45 p.m. - Pregame concert by Bad Influence at Hagerstown Suns game. 8 p.m. - Rory Block, Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Junior College, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown Saturday, June 7 Street Festival Downtown HagerstownPublic Square Paid and free areas 11 a.m. to noon - W.C. Spencer 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. - The Meteors 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Cathy Jean Band 2:35 to 3:05 p.m. - Mr. Downchild 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. - Skeeter Brandon & Highway 61 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers 7:30 p.m. - Luther Allison with Kelly Joe Phelps opening.
NEWS
May 24, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Although still in its infancy, the upcoming Western Maryland Blues Fest is already on the cutting edge of blues festivals around the country, music industry sources say. "It's the kind of lineup we like to see. Your headliners are right there," said Bob Vogel, publisher of Blues Review Magazine in West Union, W.Va. Rory Block, who takes the stage at Hagerstown Junior College's Kepler Theatre on Friday, June 6, will appear two days later at the famed Chicago Blues Fest.
NEWS
May 14, 1997
That's the ticket Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus Thursday, May 22, through Monday, May 26, times vary Hersheypark Arena 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pa. Tickets are $10.50 to $16.50. Ticket holders can purchase admission into Hersheypark for $13.95 by presenting Ringling Bros. tickets at the park's main gate. For information, call 1-717-534-3911. Rory Block, acoustic blues part of Western Maryland Blues Festival Friday, June 6, at 8 p.m. Kepler Theater Hagerstown Junior College Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown Tickets are $17.50.
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