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Posted on: April 27, 2015


Celebrate Frederick is pleased to announce the 2015 Summer Concert Series line-up. This FREE series of musical performances has become a summer tradition in Frederick....


Celebrate Frederick is pleased to announce the 2015 Summer Concert Series line-up. This FREE series of musical performances has become a summer tradition in Frederick, offering a variety of genres and styles that are sure to please audiences of all ages every Sunday evening starting June 14th in the Baker Park Band Shell from 7 to 8:30 pm.

While each performance is FREE to the public, the Summer Concert Series Committee encourages each guest to bring a canned food item in lieu of admission to support the Frederick County Food Bank. Non-perishable items such as canned meats and vegetables, soups, peanut butter, cereal, rice and pastas are preferred and appreciated.

And don’t forget to support Celebrate Frederick by participating in the Summer Concert Series 50/50 Raffle at every concert. Your raffle ticket purchase supports Celebrate Frederick’s mission “to plan and implement special events and activities to offer the Frederick community a shared cultural experience.” Raffle ticket sales and individual donations support a 10 event, 28 date annual calendar boasting such Frederick event traditions as In the Street and Frederick’s 4th.

Red Molly, Americana

Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies.

G racing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. Four-time featured artist at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass, and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The "Mollies" look forward to bringing our audience to their feet one last time before they take a hiatus from touring this August 2015.

Band Influence Blues Band featuring Mary Shaver, Blues

Bad Influence, the premier Washington, DC band, has been playing their style of blues-infused, high energy music since 1988.

Ever-growing crowds turn out for the band's scorching hot and sinfully addicting shows, which are charged with a masterful blend of sensuously rough edges wrapped in soulful smoothness, riveting rock currents and potent shots of swing and American roots music. All this is signed, sealed and delivered in a suggestive, in-your-face style guaranteed to captivate even the most stoic of mind, body and spirit.

The award-winning Bad Influence features Bob Mallardi on bass and vocals, Hohner endorsed artist Roger Edsall on harp and vocals, Epiphone endorsed artist Michael "Jr" Tash on guitar and vocals, and Sonor endorsed artist David Thaler on the drums.

Bad Influence has invited blues artist, Mary Shaver to join them for their series performance. Mary has been singing all her life and highly influenced by the likes of Slim Harpo and Big Mama Thornton. She labels her own style as “Texas, Louisiana and Chicago Blues meets Memphis Soul,” and local critics and musicians have likened her powerful voice to all her idols.

Donnie Wood & The Front Porch Boys, Rockin’ Country

From a farm in Ijamsville to recording studios in Nashville, Donnie Wood has placed his talents in many professions spanning from professional baseball to drag racer. However his heart always led him back to his music. After connecting with Paul and Tre' Corley of Oak Tree Productions, Wood released “Livin’ My Dream” in March 2010 and has been living his musical dream since.

Donnie is joined fellow Tri-State musicians Greg Johnson (pedal steel), Jay Wells (bass guitar), Bob Basford (lead guitar) and Dean Martin (drums) to bring his “Bad Good Ole Boy” country music to Frederick.


The Get Right Band, Funk Rock Reggae

One of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to make you shake everything you’ve got. From funk to rock n’ roll to reggae, this is a dance party.

The band is built on the musical brotherhood that guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry have formed playing music together since middle school. Durocher, who is a trained composer and has been commissioned to write for symphonies and chamber groups, possesses guitar chops that can soothe or rage and a charismatic swagger as a frontman and a singer. “Durocher has an impressive range and rich clarity to his vocals—think a more soulful Dan Auerbach,” writes Connect Savannah. Gentry’s virtuosic bass playing “catapults from elastic to nasty” (The Mountain Xpress). With the addition of Jian-Claude Mears, a powerful and dynamic drummer, the group’s sound has become an unstoppable force.

The Apple Core Band, Beatles Music

Formed during the Summer of 2009, The Apple Core Band came together with a focus on recreating the music of The Beatles. You'll find no costumes, wigs or other theatrics; it's the music that matters. Using period correct instruments - such as a Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass, a Gretsch "Country Gentleman", a rosewood Telecaster, Rickenbacker 6 and 12 string guitars, an Epiphone Casino, a Gibson J-160E and Vox guitar amplifiers - the band covers material from the early days of The Beatles at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance atop the Apple Corp building in London.

Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown, Funky Blues Rock

Gary Brown, lyricist, composer, guitar player, and vocalist for Bushmaster, is in an energetic, enthusiastic, and natural performer. Born in Washington, DC, and growing up in the DC suburbs of Palmer Park, MD, along with the record collections of his parents, Brown was surrounded by the sounds of such local artists as Chuck Brown, Bobby Parker, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Link Wray, and others too numerous to mention.

As a teen Brown learned guitar by jamming with other local talent and musicians. In 1992 Brown took the leap and formed his own band, Bushmaster. The band's funky, guitar-centric, blues-rock music enlightens as well as entertains. You can hear the influence of such artists as Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix among others in their music. Gary was also named "Best Up and Coming Blues Rock Artist" for The Rock Over America Magazine Music Awards 2012.

Robert Eric’s Tribute to The Piano Man, Billy Joel Tribute

Robert Eric began his Piano Man tribute with the group "Big Shot", in 2003 playing in the Long Island Area. Robert Eric has also toured "Rocksplosion" from 2004-2005, as Billy Joel, playing throughout the New York/Metropolitan Area.

Known as "Philly's Piano Man", Robert Eric performs regularly at Caesars, Harrahs, Trump Marina, Hilton, and the entire Jersey Coast. The band has opened for Dennis DeYoung and twice at the Wachovia Center for Billy Joel, with Billy asking for and receiving a big round of applause from the crowd in honor of the warm-up tribute act.

Dublin 5, Irish Rock

Dublin 5 has taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist. Their musicianship and show is nothing short of high octane. Their fan base is continually expanding and covers people of all ages from all walks of life.

The group has performed at The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Syracuse Irish Festival, The Oshkosh Irish Festival, The Maryland Irish Festival, The Celtic Classic, The Celtic Fling, The Dayton Ohio Irish Festival, The Annapolis Irish Festival, The Maryland Renaissance Festival, FEDEX Field, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, Raven's Stadium, USNA Stadium and Shamrock Fest Washington, D.C.

Dublin 5 are fronted by Ray Murphy (lead guitar) from Dublin, Ireland and backed by Jenn Belle (fiddle), Gary Hewitt (bass), Jim Martin, (percussion), and drummer Kevin Shook. They are sure to keep you on edge until the final track has been played!

The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, Big Band/Swing

C’mon, all you hep cats! Come see for yourself why everyone calls the Tom Cunningham Orchestra “the Swingin’est Band Around!”

The Tom Cunningham Orchestra plays the best Basie since Basie, the best Goodman since Goodman, the best Ellington since Ellington, the best Miller since Miller, the best swing music since the swing era.

Adding to the Orchestra’s luster are their renowned singers. Robin (Mrs. Tom) Cunningham shares her husband’s passion for the Swing Era, and her love for it shines through in her swingin’ style and interpretations. Robin sang with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, under the direction of the late Dick Johnson, whenever they were in town. She’e also sung the Anthem at sporting events for the Redskins and Nationals. The phenomenally rich harmonies of the YazooZazz Trio (Robin Cunningham, Kathy Farmer and Jeanine Greene) cover the “Sisters” trio gamut from the Boswell Sisters, Dandridge Sisters through the Andrews Sisters and more.

The Fabulous Mary Ann Redmond Band, Rock Blues

A Virginia native, Mary Ann Redmond has a voice that is both staggering and memorable. So much so, that a critic from Washington City Paper wrote, “If Aretha is the Queen of Soul, Redmond must be considered an official Lady in Waiting.” Redmond is a truly remarkable musician, having won fourteen Washington Area Music Awards. She also boasts an impressive musical resume, including being the first and only backup signer for Mary Chapin Carpenter, and opening for music icons like The Pointer Sisters, The Neville Brothers and Smokey Robinson.

Legacy IV, 60’s, 70’s and Beyond
Presented by Natelli Communities & Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc.

Legacy IV will close out the concert season with classics from the 50's, 70's and beyond. You may know Gabby, Troy and Al as former members of the popular area band, The Shades. James Brown, Chuck Berry, Chicago, and the Doobie Brothers are just some of the classic music you will hear fill Baker Park. Legacy IV promises to provide an evening for all to remember and enjoy.

The following Corporate Sponsors make Celebrate Frederick events possible by their generous financial contributions. Our 2015 sponsors are: Spires Level Sponsors – Bechtel and Nymeo; Carillon Level Sponsors – Sandy Spring Bank and Weis Markets. Bandshell Level Sponsors –The Frederick News Post, Frederick Magazine, Offit Kurman, The Plamondon Companies, Roy Rogers and WHAG. Event Sponsor – The City of Frederick

For more information, please contact Celebrate Frederick at 301-600-CITY (2489) or visit


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