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Coming up NXT: Music, art and earth highlight area events

Coming up NXT: Music, art and earth highlight area events

Bill Kirchen to perform at BuddyLou’s

Hancock — On Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m., Bill Kirchen will perform a collection of rock ‘n’ roll, hardcore country, boogie and rockabilly sounds at BuddyLou’s in Hancock. He will be joined by Johnny Castle and Jack O’Dell, with whom he played for many years when he lived in the Washington, D.C. area.

Though Kirchen had played and recorded with well-known artists since the 1960s, he has earned accolades from Guitar Player Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine, and had recorded chart-topping music, the clucking sounds of “Poultry in Motion” earned him his one and only Grammy nomination thus far. He has played and recorded with artists including Elvis Costello, Bo Diddley, Sammy Hagar, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and many more.

Kirchen recorded 13 CDs following his time with Commander Cody, the most recent being “Transatlanticana,” which stayed on the Americana Top 40 Radio chart for five months and cracked the Top 10 in 2016.

Harvested Goods festival to celebrate agricultural heritage

Ijamsville, Md. — Harvested Goods, a festival showcasing the importance of agricultural goods, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Glen Ellen Farm.

Beer, wine, food and vendors will be on display. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Music will be provided by Jason Perry, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hard Swimming Fish, 2 to 4 p.m.; and Patty Ann Reese, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To buy tickets, visit

Military bands to perform at HCC

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host a pair of military bands during the first two weeks of August as a part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series.

The 257th Army Band will perform on Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:15 p.m., while the U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s Wind Ensemble takes the stage on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6:15 p.m. The concert series takes place at HCC’s Alumni Amphitheater.

Based in Washington, D.C., the 257th Army Band is nationally recognized as “The Band of the Nation’s Capital” and reports directly to the president.

Performing under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Commander Daniel Wood, the band currently consists of more than 40 members who perform a variety of classical, patriotic and contemporary music. Each year, the 257th Army Band leads the Fourth of July parade in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Fleet Forces Band, known as “The Finest of the Fleet,” is the musical representative for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. The band provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries and community events throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley region, and regularly deploys to Central and South America.

Under the direction of Lt. Gregory Fritz, the band is staffed by some of the U.S. Navy’s finest and most talented musicians. The Wind Ensemble will present a wide-range of music from traditional marches, popular songs, patriotic favorites, and the finest works of wind band literature.

Sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, Amvets Riders Chapter 10, and Forty & Eight Voiture 651, this concert is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds and concerts are subject to change by the U.S. Military.

For more information about the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, visit, or call 240-500-2346. To learn more about the 257th Army Band, visit

Two-day plein-air painting workshop offered

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley Arts Council is offering a plein-air painting workshop Sept. 19 and 20 at Alpine Lake Resort in Terra Alta, W.Va.

It will be led by Judith Becker.

Participants working in any medium are welcome. They will develop four different scenes of the West Virginia mountains while improving their art skills. Learning objectives include choosing the best view for the best layout, redesigning the view, capturing the light and mood, painting efficiently, utilizing limited colors and expressing oneself.

Becker is a regular instructor at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg and directs the art-education program for the Berkeley Arts Council. She has a Bachelor of Science in design, certificate of education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in education from Monmouth University. She specializes in painting with watercolors, colored pencils and pastels, and often mixes her media for unusual effects.

She is an award-winning member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and is a juried artist of Tamarack, “The Best of West Virginia,” where she exhibits and sells her work through its Dickirson Gallery. Becker also shows her work at Berkeley Arts Works.

Tuition for the two-day workshop is $135 if registration is received by Sept. 3, $165 after that date. Advance registration is required. Go to to register and obtain information about rates for lodging and meals. More information for participants will be available closer to the event.

For more information about the resort, go to

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