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

June 1 – 2, 2018

City Center, Central Lot
Hagerstown, MD
Held on the first weekend following Memorial Day,

The Western Maryland Blues Fest


The Nighthawks appear at Cabin Fever Blues Bash-March 1, 2018!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW at the Maryland Theatre for the annual Cabin Fever Blues Bash!  On Thursday, March 1, The Nighthawks kick off the 23rd Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest with a rocking evening in Hagerstown! Founded in the early 70’s in Washington, DC, the band is a musical product of pre-1958 DC radio, when founder Mark Wenner […]
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Call to Artists: Be the 2018 Blues Fest Visual Artist
The Western Maryland Blues Fest goes beyond the music to celebrate the arts, including visual art. The Western Maryland Blues Fest (WMBF) committee and the Washington County Arts Council (WCAC) are seeking submissions to select the upcoming 2018 Blues Fest Visual Artist. All artists who would like to be considered for this honor will need […]
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2018 Event Information Coming Soon!
Marks your calendars now and save the date for  the WESTERN MARYLAND BLUES FEST – June 2018, the first weekend after Memorial Day.
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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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