Thursday, March 1st, 2018
The Maryland Theatre
21 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
The legendary Nighthawks rock the Maryland Theatre to kick off the 23rd Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest! Founded in the early 70s in Washington, DC, the band is a musical product of pre 1958 DC radio, when founder Mark Wenner didnt know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky tonk, country, doo wop, gospel and rockabilly into one delicious stew. Since then, the Hawks have become known as the hardest working band in America. Their latest release, All You Gotta Do, is about as close to perfection as you can get from a blues and American roots band. With Mark Wenner on vocals and harmonica, Johnny Castle on vocals and bass, Paul Bell on guitar, and Mark Stutso on vocals and drums, this incarnation of the band outshines all others. Opening for the Nighthawks and hailing from our very own South Hagerstown High School, is The South High Commercial Music Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Benford.