The City of Hagerstown is excited to announce the lineup for the 2020 Imagine Hagerstown Fourth Friday Music Series. The four evenings of outstanding free musical entertainment are slated to be June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 11—which is the rescheduled date for the original May 22 concert. Keeping the fluid COVID-19 situation in mind, the City is cautiously optimistic that the series will take place on these dates in some form or fashion. All shows are scheduled to take place at University Plaza at 50 West Washington Street from 5-8pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue.
The Amish Outlaws kick off the proceedings on June 26 with a performance combining the audience’s initiation into the life of an Outlaw with a party that celebrates band members’ freedom from their Amish upbringing. Straight outta Lancaster, PA, The Amish Outlaws constantly surprise with an eclectic playlist that includes covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Pitbull, Elvis Presley, Luke Bryan, the Dropkick Murphys, and themes from popular TV shows. Singer, songwriter, and self-described EccentroSoul 1-Woman Band, Chaquis Maliq, opens the June 26 event. Incorporating guitar and percussion, Maliq creates a sound NPR music has called “soulful and slightly Prince-like.”
On July 24, the Skyla Burrell Band headlines with high-energy original electric blues. A fan favorite, what Skyla produces is best described as “blues, rock, swinging good time, get down and boogie music”. Skyla will follow The Plate Scrapers, a bluegrass band with proud Washington County roots, to the stage. With influences ranging from jazz to hard rock to funk, The Plate Scrapers feature both original songs and genre-bending “jamgrass” material.
On August 28, Funkstown native Josh Morningstar and his full band will showcase their brand of new wave country music—one full of soulful honesty and the true twang of an old guitar. Morningstar has shared the stage with some of today’s most sought after artists, including Tyler Childers and Cody Jinks (whose #1 hit “Must Be The Whiskey” Morningstar wrote). Up-and-coming Marylander Alex Fraze, whose vocals are influenced by every genre, while leaning to soul and R & B, will open that evening.
The Kelly Bell Band—originally scheduled to open this year’s series—will play the finale on September 11. Bell’s band combines blues, funk, rock, and more into a signature sound that has earned the group multiple awards and a busy touring schedule. Opening for Bell will be Frederick, MD rapper J Berd. His rhyme slinging and wordplay wizardry has landed him past warm-up dates for Biz Markie and Brand Nubian.
Imagine Hagerstown is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), the Washington County Arts Council, and Visit Hagerstown. Updated information about the Fourth Friday Music Series can be found on Facebook (@imaginehagerstown), or by calling 301-739-8577, ext. 116.