Thursday, October 23, 2008

Harp Master Jay Summerour to play SSTCI "Tribute to America's Veterans" Program

Harp master Jay Summerour will join acoustic blues guitarist Michel Baytop at the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.'s "Tribute to America's Veterans" concert, on Sunday, November 9, 2008, at the Round House Theatre, in Silver Spring.

Harmonica player Jay Summerour has been involved with music for well over 40 years. Beginning his musical education on the trumpet at age 7, Summerour learned the harmonica from his grandfather Smack Martin. Largely self-taught, Summerour picked up bits and pieces from “folks he ran into”—folks like Sonny Terry, James Cotton and Magic Dick.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Summerour took the traditional harmonica into the popular arena, joining the Starland Vocal Band and playing with Nils Lofgren and his band Grin. Four of the Starland Vocal Band’s records went gold during Summerour’s tenure.

--excerpt from The American Folklife Center and the Public Service Collections Directorate at the Library of Congress

Friday, October 17, 2008

Marcus Johnson, Michel Baytop to perform at Silver Spring Veterans Concert

Jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson and the Marcus Johnson Project will perform, along with acoustic blues guitar master, Michel Baytop, at the "Tribute to America's Veterans" concert sponsored by the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring.

Marcus Johnson
Michel Baytop

The November 9th event will benefit Operation Second Chance, a Montgomery County non-profit organization that assists wounded and recovering Army soldiers and Marines.

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.'s partners for this event are the D.C. Blues Society, the Round House Theatre, and the Peterson Companies.

Tickets are $20.00 each. Doors open at 7 pm.

for ticket information, email Alan Bowser at

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. receives 501(c)(3) designation

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been certified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizaton by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

By receiving this designation, SSTCI is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions to the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

SSTCI is also also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Silver Spring Town Center, Inc Elects Officers for 2008-2009

At its October 15, 2008 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. elected its officers for the 2008-2009 year: Alan S. Bowser, President; Jon Lourie, Vice President; Estefany Carrillo, Secretary; and Graciela Jaschek, Treasurer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Town Center Inc. to Honor America's Veterans, November 9, 2008

For Immediate Release


Silver Spring, Maryland. October 6, 2008. The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. is pleased to announce its “Tribute to America’s Veterans” concert to be held on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Roundhouse Theatre in downtown Silver Spring.

The evening of entertainment will feature performances by Michel Baytop, acoustic blues guitar, and the internationally known jazz group, the Marcus Johnson Project.

Among the special guests at the benefit concert will be soldiers from Walter Reed Hospital and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, a Vietnam veteran.

The event will benefit Operation Second Chance, a local non-profit organization which provides recreational opportunities for wounded American soldiers.

Tickets are $20. No tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets can be obtained by email by contacting Alan Bowser or through SSTCI Board members.

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