Tuesday, May 29, 2012

THE 4th SILVER SPRING BLUES FESTIVAL - more than just a day of blues!

(This is a 'guest blog' from Alan Bowser, Chair of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., the folks responsible for this amazing event.)

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 on June 8th, from 6 pm to 9 pm, 8230 Georgia Avenue  Silver Spring, MD 20910.  Lisa Martin, Silver Spring Town Center's Executive Director, has arranged an exciting three-hour program that includes food, drink and live music performed by Silver Spring's own Jonny Grave!  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  We hope that you can attend.  Thanks to Jose Dominguez & Pyramid Atlantic for their support of our kick-off program.

Our first-ever “Silver Spring Blues Week” (June 8 – June 15) includes live blues performances, and food and drink specials throughout downtown Silver Spring.  As of today, the venues include Fire Station 1, Zev’s, McGinty’s, and the Big Greek Cafe, and others.  Lisa has plans to present blues bands on Veterans Plaza during that week, and we expect to present popular singer/songwriter Patty Reese at McGinty’s on Thursday night.

The 4th Silver Spring Blues 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.  Special thanks go to Willie Leebel & the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation for producing the Market Stage program.  Performances on the Market Stage go from 10 am to 3 pm.  Many thanks also to Megan Moriarty & Fenton Street Market for their continued support.

On the Fountain Stage, we’ll have a dizzying 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.

There will be an after-party at McGinty’s featuring the popular group “Hard Swimmin’ Fish” starting at 10 pm, as well as live acoustic music at Zev's Coffee Cafe starting at 9 pm.

The Festival performances on the Fountain Stage will be videotaped again by Montgomery Community Media (Channel 21).  Our celebrity emcees will be Ida Campbell of WPFW-FM (returning for her 4thFestival), Cortney Hicks of Majic 102.3,  and Ted Kelly of andmagazine.com

This year’s Festival sponsors include Downtown Silver Spring ▪ DC Blues Society ▪ Statland & Katz Ltd ▪ Monument Bank ▪ Home Properties ▪ Montgomery Community Media ▪ Prudential Foundation ▪ Courtyard by Marriott▪ Fenton Street Market ▪ Pyramid Atlantic ▪ McGinty’s Public House ▪ Atomic Music ▪ Silver Spring Voice ▪ Silver Spring Patch ▪ Safe Silver Spring ▪ Dale Music ▪ Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation ▪ Silver Spring Regional Services Center.

Stay tuned for more information on the Silver Spring Blues Festival, and regularly check out our website www.silverspringblues.com or our Facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/events/227033237401703/   We also have a new Festival blog at http://silverspringblues.wordpress.com/

Thank you very much for your support.

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