Blues Fest: Established 1996
City Center, Central Lot Hagerstown, Maryland

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.

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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