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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Firefly Music Festival, the most prominent multi-day summer music festival in the area, will return to the Woodlands at Delaware's Dover International Speedway for its third year on June 19-22. Reuinted rap duo Outkast leads the lineup, along with Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Arctic Monkeys, the Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Imagine Dragons, Third Eye Blind, Chance the Rapper, Girl Talk, Childish Gambino and more. (For the full lineup, click here .) More than 100 artists - but none based in Baltimore - are scheduled to perform over the course of four days.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Musicians will sing and strum and play the harmonica Thursday night in Annapolis night to raise funds - and awareness - for Lyme disease. Headlining the Ticked Off Music Fest will be Les Stroud, a TV survivalist and musician from Canada. He'll be joined by two musicians who survived Lyme disease and a lawyer-singer-songwriter from Annapolis. "My hope is to bring awareness to Anne Arundel County about the dangers of tick-borne diseases," said Karen Owen, a fitness instructor and mother from the Broadneck community who is organizing the concert.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Musicians will sing and strum and play the harmonica Thursday night in Annapolis night to raise funds - and awareness - for Lyme disease. Headlining the Ticked Off Music Fest will be Les Stroud, a TV survivalist and musician from Canada. He'll be joined by two musicians who survived Lyme disease and a lawyer-singer-songwriter from Annapolis. "My hope is to bring awareness to Anne Arundel County about the dangers of tick-borne diseases," said Karen Owen, a fitness instructor and mother from the Broadneck community who is organizing the concert.
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By Dan Singer and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
When inspiration hits, Wayne Coyne needs to act on it. “You just feel like, 'This is what I want to say right now,' and you have to absolutely say it before you can be rational again,” the Flaming Lips frontman said on the phone recently from Fredonia, N.Y., where he was working on an upcoming release.  The Oklahoma-based Flaming Lips - who headline the Silopanna Music Festival on Saturday - are entering the fourth decade of a career that...
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Following the deaths of two concert goers in Columbia earlier this month, promoters of a traveling music festival have banned a number of items including bright, decorative, chunky bracelets known as "kandi," which is popular among electronic dance music fans but some say is linked to the drug culture. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., and Daniel Anders, 17, of Woodbridge, Va., both died after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Aug. 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2012
Finally, a no-brainer. Kicking of Merriweather Post Pavilion's season, the Sweetlife Food and Music Festival boasts an eclectic, solid lineup of established acts and rising talents. In chronological order, here are the five acts I suggest finding time for on Saturday: Action Bronson (12:25 p.m., Treehouse) Before heading over to the main stage for Fun., check out a few songs from this Albanian-American star-in-waiting. If you like raps about high-end food, left-field pop references and other atypical topics for hip-hop, Action Bronson will make your day. His latest mixtape, "Blue Chips,"  is an intoxicatingly fresh listen.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2011
He was shielded from the afternoon sun by the awning that covered his booth, but the bright mood emanating from Larry Stevens was hard to miss. An artist who grew up in Baltimore, Stevens was so busy selling prints of his colorful cityscapes he barely had time to talk Sunday — until it came time to discuss the bustling SoWeBo Arts and Music Festival that was unfolding all around him, the 26th in a row to be held in the Hollins Market neighborhood on...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
In 2008, Ed DeRosa witnessed the infamy of the Preakness infield - the passed-out partiers, the chucking of full beer cans into crowds and of course, the "Running of the Urinals," where drunken infielders ran down a row of portable toilets. DeRosa, a horse-racing reporter from Lexington, Ky., who attended Preakness from 2005 to 2011, says nothing could have prepared a first-timer for the debauchery. "I was in Vegas for New Year's Eve a couple times, and until I had been to the Preakness infield, that was the craziest I'd ever seen people behave," DeRosa, now 33, said.
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | June 27, 1993
CRISFIELD -- Those looking for country music, sunshine and Eastern Shore seafood found it all yesterday at the Tangier Sound Country Music Festival.Tony Bruce, the festival's treasurer, reported last night that ticket sales topped 19,000, a record for the one-day event, which began on a smaller scale in 1990 with a financial pump priming from state government.Carolyn Brown, a Baltimore-based public relations spokeswoman for the festival, earlier reported a higher figure -- "just over 22,000."
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By Bob Allen and Bob Allen,Contributing Writer | June 29, 1992
Crisfield Organizers of the Tangier Sound Country Music Festival in Crisfield, as well as the handful of die-hard music fans who had waited outside the gates since as early as 4:30 a.m. to stake out the best seats, heaved a collective sigh of relief Saturday morning when the sun peaked through the overcast and mildly threatening skies.As it turned out, they needn't have worried. The serendipitous weather conditions -- partly sunny skies and a delightful breeze blowing in off Tangier Sound -- combined with good planning, a solid lineup of musical talent and an exceedingly well-mannered crowd of 18,000 to make for a pleasant day of country music.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Following the deaths of two concert goers in Columbia earlier this month, promoters of a traveling music festival have banned a number of items including bright, decorative, chunky bracelets known as "kandi," which is popular among electronic dance music fans but some say is linked to the drug culture. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., and Daniel Anders, 17, of Woodbridge, Va., both died after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Aug. 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
The second and final day of the first Moonrise Festival, the electronic dance music event that attracted thousands to Pimlico Race Course over the weekend, appeared to be running smoothly Sunday evening, city officials said. At 9 p.m., a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman said 10 concertgoers had been transported to a hospital Sunday afternoon, all for minor injuries. Spokesman Ian Brennan said the medical needs of the crowd were what would be expected for an event of that size.
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August 5, 2014
The deaths of two young men at a music festival in Howard County's Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday has prompted an investigation into whether security and screening procedures there were adequate to protect concertgoers. Officials suspect many in the audience may have been under the influence of the drug Ecstasy or "Molly," which produces a mild euphoria in users but which also has been linked to several deaths at similar events around the country. Whether Ecstasy played a role in last weekend's tragedy is unclear, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if it turns out audience members had relatively easy access to it despite the best efforts of concert organizers and police.
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By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
A 17-year-old Woodbridge, Va., boy died Sunday evening of an apparent overdose, the second drug fatality following a Merriweather Post Pavilion concert on Friday, Howard County police said. The teen, whom police did not identify at the request of his family, was one of 20 hospitalized after the "Mad Decent Block Party" music festival at the Columbia venue. Authorities identified the man who died Saturday as Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C. Police do not believe the two knew each other.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Artscape is remembered by many for perennially steamy weather, but that won't be the case for this year's edition of the weekend arts and music festival. Temperatures are forecast to peak only around 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday afternoons, about 8 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year. Humidity will also be on the lower end of the spectrum for summertime, with dew points around 60 degrees, about 10 degrees lower than in typical heat spells. Some storms are possible Sunday afternoon and evening, but no washout is expected.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The Firefly Music Festival is not for everyone, especially for those that find much of the following unappealing: Multiple days of camping, ironic tank-tops, drinking games, Grateful Dead tapestries, dust, drug dealers, bugs, hydration packs, portable toilets, 30-minute treks from camp to the festival grounds, high-waisted shorts, flying glow sticks and bad tanlines. For the rest of us - and there were approximately 80,000 music fans in attendance, according to Billboard - the four-day music festival that took place from Thursday to Sunday in Dover, Del., was an unofficial kickoff to summer celebration that was thrilling and - if we're being honest - draining.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,sun reporter | June 30, 2007
Thirty-eight years ago, during the Haight-Ashbury heyday of West Coast pop music, a gleefully visionary guitarist, Jerry Garcia, couldn't contain himself. Already the creative force behind the Grateful Dead, the multitalented Garcia kept trying new instruments and forms. He even built a new band - the New Riders of the Purple Sage, nowadays better known as NRPS - around his fascination with one of the most difficult stringed instruments, the pedal steel guitar. "Not to idolize the man, but he was the hippest guy, the most musically dedicated person I've ever been around," says Buddy Cage, who replaced Garcia as NRPS steel player in 1971 and has been in the band, more or less, ever since.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | April 23, 2009
In 2002, when the city first named the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, it was hard not to chuckle. Aside from a few galleries with sporadic hours and a two-block stretch of North Charles Street by the Charles Theatre, there wasn't much arts or entertainment in the area. Since then, the fledgling neighborhood has slowly started to grow into its own. Saturday, it will play host to the first (and, organizers are hoping, annual) Station North Spring Music Festival. In addition to being a free event with live music and other entertainment, the festival is, in a way, a coming-out party for the neighborhood.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
UPDATE: Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson, who grew up in Takoma Park and released his latest album ("Pure Fiction") in April, has been named the final addition to the Silopanna Music Festival lineup. ------ Get ready, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, because Wayne Coyne is coming this summer. The Flaming Lips, led by Coyne, Dashboard Confessional and Matt & Kim are a few of the 19 acts scheduled to perform at the fairgrounds for Aug. 16's Silopanna Music Festival. Other artists set to take the stage include Sleeper Agent, Hellogoodbye, Chappo, Twin Forks, Damn Right!
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Influential alt-rockers Jane's Addiction and punk-rock vets Rise Against will headline the Shindig Music Festival on Sept. 27. Like last year, the all-day festival will take place at Baltimore's Carroll Park. Other acts scheduled to perform include Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, Bad Seed Rising and one more local artist still to be announced. An "early bird presale" will take place April 1-3, with a general admission price set at $50 and $150 for VIP. General public sale ($60 for general admission, $165 for VIP)
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