Common Ground festival slated for next weekend

Music-and-arts event to be held at farm museum in Westminster

July 02, 2006

Common Ground on the Hill will present its ninth annual Music & Arts Festival on Saturday and July 9 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Headline acts include Woodstock star Richie Havens on Saturday and folk musician and Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin, along with blues artist and W.C. Handy Award winner Guy Davis on July 9.

The event is a "roots" music, dance and arts festival for all ages, celebrating the common ground found in traditional arts.

The two-day festival is held in conjunction with the 12th annual Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Workshops & Concerts at McDaniel College.

The workshops and concerts will be held the next two weeks, starting tomorrow, and attract participants of all ages from around the globe.

Musical offerings include blues, folk, bluegrass, Native American, Appalachian old-time music and dance, jazz, gospel, Celtic, African drumming and dance, world percussion, storytelling, poetry, performance art, juried arts and crafts, ethnic foods, and a Family World Village.

Both days of the festival feature more than 75 performers making music, dancing and telling stories on four stages.

Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Featured artists are Richie Havens at 6 p.m.; Dr. Loco & His Rockin' Jalapeno Band; Walt Michael & Company; Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble; Michael Chapdelaine, national fingerstyle and classical guitar champion; and Lea Gilmore, blues.

After the grounds close, a dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, featuring old-time dance led by the Common Ground Concert String Band.

Next Sunday's event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature Tom Chapin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Guy Davis at 3 p.m.

Tickets prices are:

Weekend pass, $40; Saturday only, $25; July 9 only, $20; seniors ages 65 and older, $20 each day; teenagers ages 13 to 18, $15 Saturday, $10 July 9; children ages 6 to 12, $5 each day with an adult; ages 5 and younger, free with an adult.

Camping in the rough overnight is available at the Agricultural Center for $15 a person.

Information: 410-857-2771 or e-mail

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