Downtown Frederick Theaters Join Forces for Fundraiser Concert at Fairgrounds
The idea for this fundraiser grew out of conversations between Weinberg Center Executive Theater Manager, John Healey, MET Managing Director, Kathryn Vicere and New Spire Arts Executive Director, Gerard Gibbs over the past several months. All three were looking for a way to present programming to a community starved for live entertainment in a safe and socially distant way. But with the continuing health crisis, none of their organizations had been able to open their doors.
John Healey noted, "Many businesses in the Frederick area have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 including the service and entertainment industries. Our theaters have joined forces to produce this family friendly fundraising event as an effort to not only support the arts but also with the hopes of attracting visitors to the Downtown area as well as surrounding hotels and motels."
When asked about her motivation for moving forward with this event, Kathryn Vicere noted, "It's been rough-going for the arts for the last 7 months, and we still have a long way to go before our three venues on Theatre Row can get back to fully serving their mission to bring the community high-quality live programs in the way we are used to seeing them. This concert hits all the right spots."
Gerard Gibbs with New Spire Arts said, "I look forward to this opportunity to provide both a safe form of fun and entertainment and give members of our community the chance to support us financially at this special event."
The Seldom Scene, hail from Bethesda Maryland and have been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement with shows that include bluegrass versions of country music, rock and even pop. Musical talent, a signature sound, a solid repertoire and a sheer sense of fun have been The Seldom Scene's recipe for success for more almost 50 years. The opening act, Hogslop String Band, is based out of Nashville and creates & performs cross-genre music that pushes the boundaries of what Old Time music could be, blending country, psych, and astounding stamina for an energetic performance.
Tickets for this fundraising event go on sale to members of these organizations today at 10:00 AM and to the public this Friday, October 23 at 10:00 AM. Tickets are sold by the car and start at $150 for up to four people per car. Complete details and ticketing information for this event can be found at https://weinbergcenter.org/