Saturday, May 26, 2012

Update - 4th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring!

The 4th Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring is less than a month away.  Here’s an update.

We kick off the Festival and first-ever “Silver Spring Blues Week” with a fundraising/ticketed event at Pyramid Atlantic.  Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Executive Director, Lisa Martin, has arranged an exciting three-hour program that includes food, drink and live music performed by Jonny Grave.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Get advance tickets for this event on PayPal
Our first-ever “Silver Spring Blues Week” includes live blues performances, and food and drink specials throughout downtown Silver Spring.  As of today, the venues include Fire Station 1, Zev’s Café, McGinty’s,  and more.  SSTCi has plans to present blues bands on Veterans Plaza during that week, and we expect to present popular singer/songwriter Patty Reece & David Chappelle at McGinty’s on Thursday night.
The Festival takes place on Saturday, June 16, from 10 am to 9 pm on two stages—the Fountain Stage on Ellsworth Drive, and the Market State on Veterans Plaza at the Fenton Street Market.  Like last year, we’ll have acoustic blues music on the Market Stage, with some incredible performers including Eleanor Ellis, Ruben Dobbs of Swampcandy, Sheryl Sears, Gina DeSimone, and the Archie Edwards Blues Ensemble.  Our thanks go to the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation for producing the Market Stage program.  Performances on the Market Stage go from 10 am to 3 pm.
On the Fountain Stage, we’ll have a dizzyingly array of acoustic & electric blues performances from 2 pm to 9 pm.  Starting at 2 pm, we have a solo guitar performance from NEA honoree Warner Williams, followed by the School of Rock, Nate Foley & FLLD, the Moonshine Society, Fast Eddie & the Slowpokes, The Unruly Blues Band, the DC Blues Society Band featuring Ayaba Bey, and, for the finale, Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner.  Our celebrity hosts for the 4th Annual Blues Festival are Ida Campbell of WPFW-FM, returning for her 4th Festival, Majic 102.3 radio personality Cortney Hicks, and Ted Kelly of
There will be an after-party at McGinty’s featuring the popular group “Hard Swimmin’ Fish” starting at 10 pm.
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