3 groups' joint efort results in RockFest '95

September 03, 1995|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Three area recreation groups have banded together this summer to put on the show of shows for area teens, without a budget but with a lot of determination.

RockFest '95, featuring six locally known bands, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Carroll Community College's soccer and event arena at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The event is being organized by a committee of one representative from each of the three main sponsors: Donald Smith, recreation supervisor for the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks; Ronald J. Schroers, director of Westminster City Recreation Department; and Craig Bare of the Carroll County Youth Recreation Council and former owner of the Live Mix Under 21 Club.

The all-day event will give parents a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free place to drop their teen-agers while they enjoy some of the many activities happening around the county next weekend.

"We think it's going to be a nice event," said Mr. Smith. "It's going to be a real festival-type atmosphere."

RockFest '95 will offer continuous entertainment, vendors selling food, T-shirts, tapes and compact discs, and sports on the grounds.

Scheduled to perform are four Carroll County groups and two regionally known Baltimore groups as the headliners:

* Crosswalk, a Christian contemporary group from Westminster.

* Highwater, an alternative music group from Westminster High School.

* A2Z, a Sykesville area rock band that sings some classic rock.

* Zero, a Westminster singer whose music is a cross between hip-hop and funk.

* Eli in Lust, a regional band with a smooth, alternative sound.

* Julius Bloom, another Baltimore alternative band.

"It's real tough to group Julius Bloom, but they're getting more radio play," said Mr. Bare, 21. "I heard Eli in Lust's latest CD and I was really impressed."

Between bands, Mr. Bare will be disc jockey Live Mick, entertaining the crowd while the groups set up. A professional stage and sound system will bring the music to the audience.

The bands also will sell tapes and CDs and other items supporting them and their music. In addition, there will be a nature products vendor and the Carroll County Prides teen club selling raffle tickets and taking memberships.

"There will be open field space for sports, so they [visitors] can bring Frisbees, soccer balls, any kind of active gear they'd like to bring," said Mr. Schroers. "They should also bring blankets or chairs to sit on."

Parents need not worry about security. The committee has arranged for law enforcement personnel to patrol the grounds, Mr. Schroers said.

There will also be a first aid station.

Although the committee had no money for the RockFest, it obtained sponsorships and got the bands to donate their time for the concert in return for the chance to perform in front of a larger audience.

Co-sponsors include Speakeasy Productions, a Baltimore recording studio; Cranberry Graphics, a Westminster printing firm; Coffey Music of Westminster; and UK Productions, another area recording studio.

"It's been a three-way street between the county, city and Youth Recreation Council -- a real good combination of resources," said Mr. Smith. "We expect this to be an annual event for area teens and young college students."

Tickets to RockFest '95 are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate, plus $3 for parking. Ticket and parking fees will go toward paying concert expenses, such as portable restrooms, security, ticket printing and stage and sound equipment, said Mr. Schroers.

Tickets are available at Tees Etc. in Cranberry Mall, Westminster Burger King, Westminster Thunderhead Bowling Lanes, the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks at 125 N. Court St., Westminster City Recreation on Longwell Avenue, and all Baltimore-area Record and Tape Traders.

Information: 848-6962 or 857-2103.

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