Performances by Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart and Highway 101 will headline Crisfield's second country music festival, according to Jody Albright, director of the Governor's Office of Art and Culture.
The Tangier Sound Country Music Festival, scheduled for June 27, originally was designed to help rejuvenate an area of the Eastern Shore that had been hurt by layoffs and plant closings in the seafood and other, manufacturing industries. In 1990, the first year of the festival, about 14,000 music fans visited the tiny town at the southern tip of Somerset County.
The state's Department of Economic and Employment Development contributed $100,000 to the first event. Last year's festival was canceled because the festival committee was unable to find a suitable site. This year, the state has given the festival a matching grant of $25,000 as well as a loan of $25,000.