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 in non-breakable containers!
2021 SEASON 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.
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
Opening: Emily Lehr
A native of Martinsburg, WV, songwriter and instrumentalist Emily Lehr’s introspective lyrics explore the emotional complexity of life as a young adult in these trying contemporary times. Influenced by such songwriters as Jon Foreman, Sara Bareilles, Matt Thiessen, and Hazel Dickens, Lehr crafts hooky melodies that she delivers with the emotional intensity of a mountain ballad. Currently a music therapy major at West Virginia University, she is a classically trained violinist and the lead singer of the WVU Bluegrass Band. www.emilylehrmusic.com
Friday, August 27, 5-8 pm
Jah Works is a true grassroots success story that emerged from Baltimore’s reggae scene over 20 years ago. This is music made by and for lovers of real, authentic reggae music. Consistently performing hundreds of shows a year worldwide, they have forged their sound in clubs, festivals and on the sun drenched beaches of Negril. Their sound is firmly planted in the roots of Jamaican music and culture, encompassing rock steady, reggae, and elements of dancehall and dub. What Jah Works does best is introduce the novice music listener to the fullness of reggae music and culture.
Formed in 1993, the band found their identity while listening to the song “Jah Works” by the classic Jamaican vocal group The Gladiators. Lyrics like “I’m a man of prayer, none of my doings, shall ever go wrong…” and “Jah hear I when I cry” resonated with the members, and so Jah Works was moved to begin writing their own original reggae music. Starting with “Feast or Famine” in 1994, the band has recorded and released 9 albums to date. They have sold over 100,000 copies independently, and with the upcoming release of “Believe”, Jah Works is set to take their music to even higher heights.
Longtime fans know that the Jah Works sound consists of strong vocals over heavy duty original reggae riddims. After a brief hiatus, founding member and original front man, Scotty P. has returned to lead the brothers forward into new musical territory. Together with the rest of the group, they have come up with their best album to date, “Believe” which will be released in 2016. The new album brings the group's evolution full circle, with lush, horn drenched roots reggae music. Mixed by some of reggae music’s top producers, including Jim Fox (Lion & Fox) Tippy I (I Grade), Jason “Jocko” Randall (JBB), Nathan Sabanayagam (Chillhouse Studios), and Baltimore’s own Steve Wright (Wrightway), Jah Works’ latest and greatest effort will cement their standing as one of the finest reggae bands to ever come out of the United States.
Opening: Dirty Soul
The formation of Dirty Soul was kismet. Performing together in the Washington D.C. metro since 2017, our band is all about feel good soul played in our own unique style. We reach people who appreciate great music and want to share our sweaty, funky, freeing soul--and just in case you are wondering, we are definitely not a cover band. Dirty Soul is like Bonnie Raitt, The Foo Fighters, Ella Fitzgerald, The Allman Brothers, and Susan Tedeschi got together and had a really wild party. Think stanky funk meets bluesy soul. We bring the sweaty, low-down heavy funk and soul your body craves. Our intoxicating sound features the powerful vocal talents of Tish Martinez and Michael Feldman, and the funky rhythm section of Gary Doughman and David Norod. Guitarist John Vengrouskie along with keyboardist Dave Gorozdos bring their exceptional talent and vocals to the mix gluing the notes together with nuances that will stick in your mind for time to come. Our band also features an amazing cavalcade of special guests ensuring the energy level is high and you will go home knowing you just heard one of the best bands in the DC Metro Area. If you like to move and groove, and aren't afraid of a good time, come on out and join us on a musical adventure. www.dirtysoul.com
Friday, September 24, 5-8 pm
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
All dates subject to change, based on orders from the Governor of the State of Maryland.