4byJoe to perform before hometown at Smithsburg Days
Nearly everything about Smithsburg Days is a family affair.
The annual two-day community event, which will take place on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, has something for all ages.
This year the family theme that has fueled the last few decades of the neighborhood event will take center stage as a musical act.
4byJoe, comprised of three brothers who graduated from Smithsburg High School and one of their sons, will perform on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the carnival grounds.
Rich Sneckenberger, who is president of the Smithsburg Days planning organization, says that attracting 4byJoe to the community event, wasn’t exactly the best laid plans.
“The group we originally booked had to cancel on us about six weeks ago so we didn’t have a band,” Sneckenberger said. “We posted on Facebook, and we kind of tripped over 4byJoe. We got lucky because the story behind this band is what we need in this town.”
4byJoe was named after the late Joseph Roberts Jr., the father of Joseph “Joe” Roberts III (singer), Jason Roberts (drums) and Jared Roberts (bass) as well as grandfather of 25-year-old Tom Roberts (lead guitarist), Joseph’s son. The family patriarch passed away in 2009 and the band formed in 2010.
Like the namesake they honor, the musical homecoming is also something special for the family.
“We are super excited and stoked,” said Joe, whose mother Beverly still lives in Smithsburg. “We will see a lot of familiar faces.”
According to Joe, brothers Jason and Jared have been playing together in bands since high school and were originally a part of “South of Sobriety” which still performs and includes the trio’s other brother, Phil.
Each of the band members have full-time careers and playing is a hobby as the group typically performs three times a month.
“The money we make pays for the habit,” Joe joked.
On Saturday, 4byJoe will perform twice in the same day as the band is also booked for a performance in Clear Spring earlier in the day.
Concert goers can expect mainly ’70s rock ‘n’ roll from 4byJoe.
“We are a variety rock band that plays a lot of ’70s, but don’t be surprised if we put a song from Imagine Dragons right up against that,” Joe said.
Though, 4byJoe will highlight Smithsburg Days, Sneckenberger is excited to have 35 vendors and the return of signature events such as Friday evening’s 5K and the cornhole tournament Saturday afternoon.
Friday night, events are scheduled for Veteran’s Park and will be highlighted by fireworks at dusk.
Sneckenberger said his personal favorites at Smithsburg Days are the ice cream from Antietam Dairy and Kona Ice.
On Saturday, the scene shifts to the carnival grounds where a free Kids Zone will be set up throughout the day.
“We have fundraisers throughout the year so we can give back to the kids,” said Sneckenberger, who has been involved with the event for the past 10 years. “The whole purpose of Smithsburg Days is to get people out of their houses and get them to know their neighbors. We like our small town.”