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Imagine Hagerstown: A diverse and eclectic experience

Imagine Hagerstown: A diverse and eclectic experience

Learn how to juggle, listen to some new music and try out some new dance moves during Hagerstown’s new festival throughout the month of June.

“Imagine Hagerstown,” presented by the City of Hagerstown, is bringing multiple performers to stages throughout the downtown area for a cultural experience.

“Our goal is to make it a diverse and eclectic experience that keeps people coming back,” said Kitty Clark, community events coordinator with the City of Hagerstown.

Events are taking place every weekend throughout June with different performers at every turn.

From 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday for the rest of June, bands will perform at University Plaza on West Washington Street. Local beer and wine will be available.

Musicians, dancers, visual artists, circus artists, storytellers, poets and bands will present special performances from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays on the Cultural Trail between Antietam and Lee streets.

The Best of the Hub City Showcase comes to University Plaza at 7:30 pm June 15 with unique music and performances for all ages.

 Mark Lohr of Frederick, Md., is going to bring a different kind of entertainment to the streets of Hagerstown.

The Lohr Family Follies will bring their slapstick comedy and circus routine to Imagine Hagerstown on Saturday, June 15. (Submitted photo)

“I love bringing our circus act in front of audiences because you never know what is going to happen and how they’re going to react,” said Lohr, who leads his circus troupe known as the Lohr Family Follies.

Their show mixes slapstick comedy with circus skills including spinning plates, juggling, walking on large rolling globes, jump roping and more. Lohr has been a circus performer for more than 30 years, traveling the world with his acts.

They will perform at the festival on Saturday, June 15, at 12:15 p.m. on the stage at the Mural of Unusual Size and at 1 p.m. on the Cultural Trail. They will also have a “circus school” for the audience, where willing participants will get their chance to try out some juggling and other circus tricks and skills.

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, the PBQ band is bringing a new acoustic experience at the entrance to the Cultural Trail.

“We play an acoustic variety,” said Jeff Taulton, a member of PBQ and a longtime resident of Western Maryland. “We all have different music styles and taste and we thought that there was a need in this area for a band to play acoustic music and not be tied to one genre.”

The group performs an eclectic mix of acoustic music including hits from The Beatles and Hank Williams as well as original music by Taulton.

“I hope that this inaugural event can turn out to be an annual one,” Taulton said. “I’m hoping that this will be a tradition for many years to come and we’re delighted to be a part of it.”

The Get Right Band from Asheville, N.C., will perform during Imagine Hagerstown on Friday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Kicking off the Friday night music festivities at the festival is “The Get Right Band.”

From Asheville, N.C., the group is bringing indie rock to the Hagerstown area from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

“If you like good honest music then you’ll enjoy our set,” said Silas Durocher, who plays guitar and sings for The Get Right Band. “Live music has a way of drawing together many types of people and we’re really excited to get to be a part of this festival and get the crowd moving with our high energy music,” he said.

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