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March 3, 1991
*TC ALL MUSICIANS KNOW THE RULE BY HEART, A CLASSIC CAUTION THAT RANKS WITH THE LIKES of "Don't put your hand in the piranha tank" and "Don't play cards with a guy named Doc." For even though a little applause in a smoky saloon can make a guitar player see stars, when it comes to things like health insurance or paid vacations, the rule of thumb and every other musical finger has always been, "Don't give up your day job."In the early 1960s, fresh out of the University of Maryland, a business career beckoning, Kenn Roberts heard that warning.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2011
On Sunday morning, Bryan Cronin will go to church and pray for a Ravens victory. Then he'll don his trusty Kelly Gregg jersey and board a bus to the stadium, four hours before game time. That the Baltimore contractor will be performing his game day rituals in Kansas City hardly matters to him. He will go anywhere for a Ravens game — except Pittsburgh, which might as well be a circle of hell as far as he's concerned. "I like to travel, I like to see different cities and I'm a Ravens nut," said Cronin, who hasn't missed a non- Steelers game in eight years.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
V. Buddy Renfro was a man of the mountains, and their rhythms and beauty infused his life's work as a singer-songwriter, sculptor and award-winning filmmaker.Mr. Renfro, 61, a founder of the Hard Travelers folk music group, died of cancer Friday at his farm overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains near Shepherdstown, W.Va.Born in Green Mountain, N.C., Mr. Renfro was the son of a gospel-singing father who performed on the radio and a pianist mother. He became interested in music and the arts as a child.
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October 26, 2005
Mountain music -- Maryland Therapeutic Riding will present the fifth annual Music from the Mountains benefit concert, featuring songs of the late John Denver, on Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. The event includes a reception with Maryland chefs at 6 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Denver's band and the Hard Travelers. VIP tickets for the reception and concert cost $125. Concert-only tickets are $37.50. VIP tickets include an invitation to an event at 6 p.m. Friday at 700 Old Herald Harbor Road, Crownsville.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Evening Sun Staff | September 25, 1990
Last year, just before the second annual Hard Travelers . . and Friends Concert for Cystic Fibrosis, researchers discovered the gene that causes CF, one of the most common, fatal genetic diseases of children and young adults in the United States.This year, only a week before the third annual Hard Travelers . . . and Friends benefit concert, researchers announced they have found a method of therapy that replaces the abnormal CF gene with a healthy copy of the gene."I do believe strongly that the concert is our good luck charm," says Larry Kushner, director of development for the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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By Elizabeth Large | March 3, 1991
Kenn Roberts wears a T-shirt that reads "You're only as old as the music you sing," but in his case that's not quite true. Yes, his music is folk music from the '60s. Kenn is a member of the Hard Travelers, a folk group that broke up three decades ago to pursue more conventional careers -- and then got back together five years ago.So although you might argue that the members of the Hard Travelers and their music are somewhat middle-aged, that's not how staff writer Patrick McGuire and various music critics see it. Other "folkies" from the '60s may have done their songs to death, but the Hard Travelers' music has a freshness to it that only comes when you haven't been singing together for 30 years.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1998
If you ever wanted to learn how to paint, now's your chance.John Ebersberger, artist-in-residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, will conduct an impressionist landscape-painting workshop this weekend. During the workshop, you can study lights and shadows in nature and how to reproduce them on canvas.The classes are free, but call Maryland Hall at 410-269-1087 to register.Hard Travelers concertThe Hard Travelers, one of the longest-running opening acts in show business, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Chase Street in Annapolis.
NEWS
October 26, 2005
Mountain music -- Maryland Therapeutic Riding will present the fifth annual Music from the Mountains benefit concert, featuring songs of the late John Denver, on Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. The event includes a reception with Maryland chefs at 6 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Denver's band and the Hard Travelers. VIP tickets for the reception and concert cost $125. Concert-only tickets are $37.50. VIP tickets include an invitation to an event at 6 p.m. Friday at 700 Old Herald Harbor Road, Crownsville.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Karin Remesch | April 25, 1999
Mission: Sharing the love and power of music as a conduit to raise funds and public awareness for worthwhile charitable causes. Founded by Kenn Roberts and his Hard Travelers Band 11 years ago, the Baltimore-based M.U.S.E. (Music Unites the Soul of Everyone) Foundation organizes charity concerts that are headlined by international stars. Since its inception, the foundation's annual Hard Travelers Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis at the Baltimore Arena has raised more than $3 million for CF research.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 21, 1991
Reviewing charity concerts can be awkward. No one wants to be a curmudgeon and pan such a show, but neither is it nice to give praise more for good intentions than good music.Last night's Hard Travelers and Friends benefit for Cystic Fibrosis at the Merriweather Post Pavilion made worries unnecessary. With a bill topped by Barbara Mandrell and featuring a reunion appearance by the Starland Vocal Band, it would have been a laudable concert even if there hadn't been a worthy cause.Take Mandrell's set as an example.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Karin Remesch | April 25, 1999
Mission: Sharing the love and power of music as a conduit to raise funds and public awareness for worthwhile charitable causes. Founded by Kenn Roberts and his Hard Travelers Band 11 years ago, the Baltimore-based M.U.S.E. (Music Unites the Soul of Everyone) Foundation organizes charity concerts that are headlined by international stars. Since its inception, the foundation's annual Hard Travelers Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis at the Baltimore Arena has raised more than $3 million for CF research.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1998
If you ever wanted to learn how to paint, now's your chance.John Ebersberger, artist-in-residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, will conduct an impressionist landscape-painting workshop this weekend. During the workshop, you can study lights and shadows in nature and how to reproduce them on canvas.The classes are free, but call Maryland Hall at 410-269-1087 to register.Hard Travelers concertThe Hard Travelers, one of the longest-running opening acts in show business, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Chase Street in Annapolis.
NEWS
By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
V. Buddy Renfro was a man of the mountains, and their rhythms and beauty infused his life's work as a singer-songwriter, sculptor and award-winning filmmaker.Mr. Renfro, 61, a founder of the Hard Travelers folk music group, died of cancer Friday at his farm overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains near Shepherdstown, W.Va.Born in Green Mountain, N.C., Mr. Renfro was the son of a gospel-singing father who performed on the radio and a pianist mother. He became interested in music and the arts as a child.
FEATURES
By SYLVIA BADGER | August 13, 1993
There is still time to reserve your tickets for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 11th anniversary gala on Sept. 11 at the Meyerhoff. It should be an elegant evening, thanks to the work of a dynamic wife and husband team, Carol and George McGowan. They are co-chairs of the "Hats Off to the BSO" gala, which is a salute to the orchestra's rise in national stature and to our fine maestro David Zinman.The evening begins with a short concert, followed by cocktails in the lobby, and a dinner dance.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 21, 1991
Reviewing charity concerts can be awkward. No one wants to be a curmudgeon and pan such a show, but neither is it nice to give praise more for good intentions than good music.Last night's Hard Travelers and Friends benefit for Cystic Fibrosis at the Merriweather Post Pavilion made worries unnecessary. With a bill topped by Barbara Mandrell and featuring a reunion appearance by the Starland Vocal Band, it would have been a laudable concert even if there hadn't been a worthy cause.Take Mandrell's set as an example.
FEATURES
By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1991
Some songwriters like to take the long road in getting their point across, but John S. Hall, lead singer and songwriter for the college/alternative band King Missile, doesn't mince words."
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1991
Some songwriters like to take the long road in getting their point across, but John S. Hall, lead singer and songwriter for the college/alternative band King Missile, doesn't mince words."
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | September 27, 1990
IT'S HARD to pinpoint the best part about last night's Cystic Fibrosis benefit concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.The four-hour marathon, hosted by local favorites The Hard Travelers, brought together a special group of talented musicians.The performers showed genuine concern for the cause -- a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. And the stellar country and folk music that came at a machine-gun pace sure didn't hurt, either.Seven acts performed throughout the evening, with short breaks and long sets.
FEATURES
By Elizabeth Large | March 3, 1991
Kenn Roberts wears a T-shirt that reads "You're only as old as the music you sing," but in his case that's not quite true. Yes, his music is folk music from the '60s. Kenn is a member of the Hard Travelers, a folk group that broke up three decades ago to pursue more conventional careers -- and then got back together five years ago.So although you might argue that the members of the Hard Travelers and their music are somewhat middle-aged, that's not how staff writer Patrick McGuire and various music critics see it. Other "folkies" from the '60s may have done their songs to death, but the Hard Travelers' music has a freshness to it that only comes when you haven't been singing together for 30 years.
FEATURES
March 3, 1991
*TC ALL MUSICIANS KNOW THE RULE BY HEART, A CLASSIC CAUTION THAT RANKS WITH THE LIKES of "Don't put your hand in the piranha tank" and "Don't play cards with a guy named Doc." For even though a little applause in a smoky saloon can make a guitar player see stars, when it comes to things like health insurance or paid vacations, the rule of thumb and every other musical finger has always been, "Don't give up your day job."In the early 1960s, fresh out of the University of Maryland, a business career beckoning, Kenn Roberts heard that warning.
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