Imagine hagerstown: fourth Friday music
University Plaza, 50 West Washington Street
Free Admission - No Tickets Required
*capacity may be limited by Covid-19 orders in place at the time of the event
Bring blankets and chairs, get takeout from downtown restaurants, and bring drinks (alcohol permitted) in non-breakable containers!
Friday, September 24, 5-8 pm - READ ABOUT PARKING HERE
The Woodshedders are an Indie Roots band boasting four all-original studio albums and performances at hundreds of festivals and shows. The band consists of Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Fiddlin' Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, Jacob Smith on saxophone and keys, and Randy Ball on bass. The Woodshedders bring lyricism and musicality to fun, danceable shows that swerve through Honky-Tonk, Gypsy, Appalachian, and Vintage Rock n' Roll. They have shared this unique musical alchemy at venues near and far, including Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, PBS Song of the Mountains, The U.S. State Department's Fourth of July Picnic, Opera House LIVE!, The Hamilton, Confluence Festival, The State Theatre, The Hippodrome, WAMU’s Capital Americana, The Jefferson Theatre, and at their rowdy monthly residency at Hill Country BBQ in D.C. They are the also the host band of Virginia’s celebrated Watermelon Park Fest. www.thewoodshedders.com
Opening: Rudy and the Bluefish
Rudy & the Bluefish was formed in 1998 in an ongoing effort to "keep the blues alive," and has continued to deliver a potent dose of blues with a feelin', rhythm & blues, funk, and rock n' roll, from the 50's to the present, at each performance ever since. Based out of Hagerstown, MD, there are four seasoned musicians in the band's current core line-up: Van Showe on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Michael Holtzman on vocals and drums; Tom Borum on vocals, guitar and harp; and Rick Lahr on bass and vocals. Each of the members of the group has been performing and recording various styles of music for over 30 years. Collectively, they've appeared in a wide variety of venues in countless major cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. www.rudyandthebluefish.com
Friday, May 28, 5-8 pm
Kelly Bell Band
Blues Revue Magazine describes the Kelly Bell Band (KBB) as “Among the most genre-expanding acts on today’s blues scene. Who else can combine elements of hip-hop, funk, and blues-electrified here.” Originally formed as the back-up band for rock and roll pioneer, Bo Diddley, KBB has been touring the world ever since entertaining fans in Japan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cuba, Germany and more. The band is active in supporting the military, regularly playing shows for our troops. KBB believes in providing both physical and emotional support to our nation’s soldiers through Navy Entertainment. KBB doesn’t take any show or appearance for granted. The band’s goal remains to always put on the best show every night, entertaining fans through their music and audience interaction. The band has won two prestigious Maryland Music Awards, including “Best Blues Band.” In 2018 they were been nominated for “Music Icon.” KBB has been voted “Best Blues Band” in the Mid Atlantic Region (12 years in a row), and was recently named “Best Band” by Baltimore Style Magazine. www.kellybellband.com
Opening: Ash the Artist
Ash the Artist is a musician and Lyme Disease activist from Hagerstown. Her music is lyrical, real, and positive, and she aims to leave her audiences feeling connected and uplifted.
Friday, June 25, 5-8 pm
The Amish Outlaws
Amish Outlaw gigs are less performances than they are initiations into the life of an Amish Outlaw and parties celebrating their freedom. Four of the original six members of the Outlaws were born and raised in Lancaster, PA, with a strict Amish upbringing. At age 16, they went on their "Rumspringa" during which they had the opportunity to live free of the strict Amish code of conduct. They never looked back. A mutual love of music and a chance meeting at a Pocono "Rock and Roll Hootenanny" brought the Outlaws together. With a few "honorary Amish" they formed their band which combinestheir love of the modern world with their traditional upbringing. Thus, with a bold lust for life and a fire for music and performance that can only come from 16 years of repression, The Amish Outlaws were unleashed upon the world. There is no "typical" Amish Outlaws show, but the average crowd can expect to see men in full Amish garb releasing all of their pent up energy with an infectious joy. With a set that is always evolving as the Brothers discover more and more music and culture, The Amish Outlaws constantly surprise the audience and keep them guessing as to what they could possibly play next, from Johnny Cash to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Snoop Dogg, Pitbull to Elvis Presley, Luke Bryan to Dropkick Murphys, to theme songs from the TV shows they have come to know. Throughout, The Outlaws spin yarns about the Brothers' upbringing and adventures since Rumpspringa. www.amishoutlaws.com
Opening: The South Mountain Breed
Local favorites playing rock, southern rock, country -- a little bit of everything! The South Mountain Breed Facebook page
Friday, July 23, 5-8 pm
Across the Pond
Across the Pond has played over 500 performances of Celtic music over the past decade in the US and Canada. They have entertained audiences of all ages at concert halls, festival stages, weddings, municipal summer concerts and parties from North Carolina to Montreal, QC.
They play and sing both traditional and contemporary Celtic folk music from Ireland and Scotland, with subtle Appalachian Mountain music influences. A musical blend of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, whistles, and bodhrán make for the perfect entertainment. Adding a dash of modern influences without straying too far from traditional roots sets Across the Pond apart from many other trad bands.
From the Burren, to the Highlands, to Appalachia, they find the best songs and tunes, then add their own unique arrangements. From slow airs to driving jigs & reels, to lilting slip jigs, to soulful love songs and ballads, they aim to please.
Awards and recognitions, combined with repeat bookings and a loyal fan base, attest to the musicianship and entertainment value of their performances. www.acrossthepondmusic.com