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Blues Fest: Established 1996
Downtown Hagerstown, MD

June 1 – 2, 2018

City Center & City Park
Hagerstown, MD
Held on the first weekend following Memorial Day,

The Western Maryland Blues Fest

Mark your calendars now for the weekend of June 1st - June 2nd for the 23rd Anniversary of the Western Maryland Blues Fest! The 2018 series will feature yet another fabulous line-up of national, regional and local musical acts to jump-start your summer fun.


QUINN SULLIVAN: Headlining the Downtown House Party
◊QUINN SULLIVAN (8:15)◊ Closing out our twin-stage Downtown House Party is international rising star, Quinn Sullivan. 17-year-old Sullivan has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talented emerging blues guitarists of the next generation.  Sullivan first garnered national attention at the age of six after performing rendition of the Isley Brothers’ classic “Twist [&helli
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Expect a Rockin’ Saturday Afternoon!
Saturday begins with some rocking blues bands!   THE RHYTHM KINGS (12:00) Hailing from Hagerstown, Maryland, The Rhythm Kings kicks off Saturday’s Downtown House Party at noon. This hometown trio returns for their eighth performance at the Western Maryland Blues Fest after first partaking back in 1997. “Lightning” Lewie Palladino on guitar, Bob Tantillo on […]
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Check out Sunday’s FREE Rockin’ Family Blues Picnic Lineup
Come enjoy Sunday’s FREE Family Blues Picnic at the bandshell in Hagerstown City Park from 12 to 5! TERRY OATES & THE MUDCATS (12:00) Popping off our Family Blues Picnic is Terry Oates & the Mudcats! This high-energy blues band from Virginia draws inspiration from legendary artists like BB King, Howling Wolf, and Muddy Waters. […]
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Ron Holloway Jams at the Blues Fest on Saturday
RON HOLLOWAY BAND (3:00)   On the roster for our Downtown House Party is world renowned tenor saxophonist, Ron Holloway and his eponymous band. Over the years, Ron has played with some of the most important names in blues, rock and jazz, including Little Feat, Government Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, Sonny Rollins and even […]
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Nick Moss Band Plays the Downtown House Party
NICK MOSS BAND (6:45) If you are a blues music lover, even a quick listen to the Nick Moss Band’s critically acclaimed 2016 CD, From the Root to the Fruit, will leave you feeling ecstatically optimistic about the future of blues music. It also leads us to think, “OMG! Why haven’t we presented Nick Moss […]
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Thursday’s Free Blues Prelude: Hard Swimmin’ Fish!
HARD SWIMMIN’ FISH (6:00) Commencing our 22nd Annual Blues Fest is Hard Swimmin’ Fish, an infectious blues quartet from Frederick, Maryland. With over 20 years to hone their skills together, Hard Swimmin’ Fish has cultivated a unique juxtaposition of traditional blues, jazz, funk, and swing music with a modern twist. Members Demian Lewis, Waverly Milor, […]
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Downtown House Party’s Nikki Hill
Rocking out the Blues Fest stage at 4 p.m., we have the incredible international star, Nikki Hill. Hill and her band have been touring extensively following their independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’. With a no-filter energy and explosive live show, they deliver a sound like no other, and have garnered fans from America […]
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Returning to This Year’s Lineup: Justin Kalk
Jamming Friday on our Blue Moon Stage is Smithsburg, Maryland-native guitarist, Justin Kalk, who now calls Nashville home.  Berklee School of Music-trained, Kalk returns to our stages on June 2 after first impressing us with his promising youthful blues back at Blues Fest 13 in 2008.  Nine years later, his music has now developed into an […]
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Introducing Friday’s Headliner: Selwyn Birchwood
Selwyn Birchwood ends Friday night’s Lotta Blues Kickoff with his raw and passionate high-octane blues. In 2013, this energetic electric- and lap-steel guitarist shot to national prominence, as he beat 125 top bands from around the world to win the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. There, he simultaneously claimed the “Albert King Guitarist of the […]
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Meet Our New Emcee, Joe Boyd
Meet Our New Emcee! We are very excited to introduce the new Master of Ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest! Joe Boyd is the latest addition to the Blues Fest family, and has over seventeen years of experience working in event planning and management. Joe has served as Chairman & Stage Manager of the […]
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