The City of Hagerstown is proud to kick off the 23rd Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest with the Cabin Fever Blues Bash, a fundraising concert featuring The Nighthawks for 2018. The performance takes place on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Theatre, located at 21 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Opening for The Nighthawks is the South Hagerstown High School Commercial Music Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Benford. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students; seating is general admission. Tickets to the Cabin Fever Blues Bash are available by calling the Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000 or by visiting the Maryland Theatre website, www.mdtheatre.org or www.blues-fest.org.
The Nighthawks have a long history in the blues music genre and are a regional favorite. They started up in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970’s and are a musical product of pre-1958 D.C. radio, when founder Mark Wenner didn’t know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky-tonk, country, doo-wop, gospel, and rockabilly into one delicious stew. Since then, the ’Hawks have become known as the hardest working band in America. They’ve performed with the Vaughan brothers, Greg Allman, George Thorogood, Warren Haynes, Muddy Waters, BB King, and others.
Their latest release, “All You Gotta Do,” is about as close to perfection as you can get from a blues and American roots band. With Mark Wenner on vocals and harmonica, Johnny Castle on vocals and bass, Paul Bell on guitar, and Mark Stutso on vocals and drums, this incarnation of the band outshines all others. Their March 1 show at the Maryland Theatre promises to be a hot night of great roots and blues music!
The Western Maryland Blues Fest and Cabin Fever Blues Bash are supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Washington County Arts Council. Major sponsors include Antietam Broadband, Herald Mail Media, Citi, and M&T Bank.
For more information on the Western Maryland Blues Fest and the Cabin Fever Blues Bash, call 301-739-8577 ext. 116 or visit www.blues-fest.org.