At A Glance

Friday, June 1

Main Stage
6:00-8:00 The Channel Cats

Saturday, June 2

Main Stage
11:30-1:30 Swingin’ Swamis
1:00-2:00 ESP Dance
2:00-3:30 The Original Booze Brothers
4:00-5:00 US Navy Superintendents Combo
5:30-8:30 ilyAIMY
7:00-7:30 ClancyWorks Dance Company

East St. Stage
11:00 Lydia and Emily Martin
12:00 Darla Jean and the Something or Others
1:00 The Merry Landers
2:00 PHD
3:00 The Gravy Soppers
4:00 “Banjo Man Frank Cassel”

Amphitheater Stage
11:00 Lark Rize
12:15-1:15 Jason & Michelle
1:30-2:30 Todd C Walker
2:45-3:45 Willie Barry & The Chaperones
4:00-4:45 Stephen Darnell
5:00-6:00 Juliet Lloyd

Sunday, June 3


Main Stage
11:30-1:30 Hard Swimmin’ Fish
2:00-4:30 Flatfoot Sam and the Educated Fools
3:00 Preview of Indie Rock Musical MURDER BALLAD

East St. Stage
11:00 Copper Canyon
12:00 Mountain Ride
1:00 Tumble Weeds
2:00 The Crop Dusters
3:00 Plate Scrapers
4:00 Morning Sky

Amphitheater Stage
11:00 Dr. Dave Koronet
12:00 Casey Cleveland
1:00 Safe Harbor
2:00 Empty Ecstasy
3:00 Michelle Swan


Main Stage

The Channel Cats
Friday 6:00pm-8:00 pm

The Channel cats have been performing throughout the region since the late 1980’s, when the band was formed in Cumberland, MD. The Channel Cats continue to entertain year round with a mix of musical styles: soulful sounds from Motown, the doo-wop of the 50’s, the dance-able rock & roll from the 60’s and 70’s as well as blues. Audience participation is always encouraged during the bands performances.

The band features Tom, “TJ” Jenkins on vocals and harmonica; Bill Ryan on drums; Paul Sayles on guitar and vocals; and Pat Sullivan on bass guitar and vocals. We are honored to return to Frederick to participate and perform in the 2018 Frederick Festival of the Arts!

The Swingin’ Swamis
Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm

First and foremost a “Party Band”, The Swingin’ Swamis compliment any occasion. Whether you are entertaining guests at an intimate cocktail party or looking for a high energy dance band, The Swingin’ Swamis have the music and veteran showmanship to satisfy your needs. Their songbook is vast, with styles ranging from R&B, Soul, Rock-N-Roll to Contemporary Pop, Jazz, Latin and World Rhythms. There is no better band for your event.
Since 1997, the Swingin’ Swamis have provided the music for hundreds of corporate and private functions, weddings, music and arts festivals, restaurants and night clubs.
Noteworthy performances include: The Kennedy Center, The Ram’s Head Live (opening for The B-52’s), The Chocolate Affair, and Baltimore City House of Ruth.

ESP Dance
Saturday, 1:00pm-2:00pm

ESP Performing Company is a non-profit dance company that has been competing and performing for 30 years. ESP currently has 29 dancers ranging in age from 6-16. ESP specializes in unique choreography in many dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and acro. ESP always lights up the stage!

The Original Booze Brothers
Saturday, 2:00pm-3:30pm

The original Booze Brothers, a Frederick Maryland band founded by Lee Radcliffe and Fred Humbert, have been getting fans, young and old, dancing for years. Their high energy Motown inspired songs have all been rearranged to maximize the audiences’ listening and dancing experience. Anti-depression Blues for the masses.

US Navy Superintendent’s Combo
Saturday, 4:00pm-5:00pm

The Superintendents Combo is the United States Naval Academy Band’s jazz combo designated to support the many social events hosted by the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. The group regularly performs for the local military officials and visiting dignitaries from around the globe. Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician James Fowler, the Superintendent’s Combo has become one of the most sought-after ensembles in the Naval Academy Band for concerts and clinics at schools throughout the region.

Saturday, 5:30pm-8:30pm

For 15 years, ilyAIMY has played everything from bait shops to biker weeks, to clothing-optional resorts nationwide. Their energetic brand of new-fold engages audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that pair an unforgettably soulful and powerful female vocalist with a percussive, claw hammer-like guitarist. Headlining the Frederick Festival of the Arts allows the band to appear as a full six piece-fully realized with drums, percussion, piano, cello, and more-ilyAIMY is truly a “bone-rattling acoustic act…with driving lyrical force [and] male/female harmonies that lock in, life, drop, and pull…And then they slow it down and rip you open.” –Jake Stephens, On Tap Magazine

ClancyWorks Dance Company
Saturday, 7:00pm-7:30pm

ClancyWorks is an ensemble of professional and passionate artists with an interest in collaborative partnerships to serve the community. This contemporary modern dance company company shifts perceptions through performance! The Washington Post has described Dr. Adrienne Clancy, founder, as “wizard of invention” and her choreography as “a tour de force of unpredictable partnering.” Specific to Clancy’s creative process is a collaborative exploration of architecturally informed partnering work that uses dance to further pedagogical practices by promoting tolerance, teamwork, community activism, and individual empowerment.
Partnering in not only the artistic strength of our company, but also the baseline of our organizational work! Now in our eighteenth season as a 501(c03 dance company, ClancyWorks presents national and local performances; conducts numerous workshopsto participants of all ages and all levels of ability at national conferences, universities, public and private schools K-12; participates in and facilitates panel discussions; adjudicates the work of emerging artists; coaches youth artists as performers, educators and choreographers. Dr. Clancy has been invited to present at the 2016 TEDx MidAtlantic Conference on the power of dance in education: see link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyFRTAJLM4l. Clancy continues to be seen as a leading speaker for the power of arts in our society, and was recently asked to deliver and Keynote Speech (2016) for the Anne Arundel Arts Council. Visit our website at www.clancyworks.org for more details on upcoming projects and collaborations.

Hard Swimmin’ Fish
Sunday, 11:30am-1:30pm

Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Their down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely their own. Frederick Magazine chose Hard Swimmin’ Fish as “Best Original Band” in 2016 and 2018.

Flatfoot Sam and the Educated Fools
Sunday, 2:00pm-4:30pm

Singer, song-writer and harmonica player Flat Foot Sam (Sam Peightal) performs a unique blend of Swing, Jump, Chicago and Down in the Basement ‘Gut Bucket’ Blues. In addition to being a dynamic front man, Sam is a strong and soulful singer. Whether he’s shoutin’ jump blues or crooning a ballad, he delivers with intensity and passion. Flat Foot Sam has been performing on the East Coast for over 25 years, many of those years as house band at the Twist and Shout and Tornado Alley. During his career he’s shared the stage with such greats as Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Sean Costello and the Nighthawks. With his band, the Educated Fools, Sam has played at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, Western Maryland Blue Festival, as well as several local blues society events. You can also find Sam in blues clubs from Pennsylvania to the Carolina’s. With 2 CD’s and more original tunes on the way, Flat Foot Sam and the Educated Fools have made their mark on the blues scene. From the first note, you’ll know you’re in for one of the best shows you’ve ever seen-don’t miss it!

Sunday, 3:00pm

Preview of MURDER BALLAD, a steamy rock musical thriller exploring complications of love, compromises we make, and betrayals that undo us. Performed by new professional theatre company FREE RANGE HUMANS coming June 21-29 to McClintock Distilling


East Street Stage

Saturday Host: Bill Heard (billheard@earthlink.net)
Sunday Host: Eric Avey (ericflatpicker@gmail.com)

Saturday, 11:00 am
Lydia and Emily Martin

“The Martin sisters grew up performing folk music in a family band. Their repertoire is Old Time Appalachian and Irish music. Always a favorite for audiences of all ages.”

Saturday, 12:00pm
Darla Jean and the Something or Others

Darla Jean and the Something or Others have their roots in the songs of musicians such as the Cater Family, Stanley Brothers, and Hank Williams. They feature fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass and lots of tight harmony. Singing along and dance are highly encouraged!

Saturday, 1:00pm
The Merry Landers (Kids band playing half a set)

We are The Merry Landers! Playing traditional American folk and Irish music. We are kids and their dads from Clarksburg and Damascus, Maryland. Clara Becker (fiddle), Leah Becker (guitar), Clare Van Hoven (fiddle), Nick Van Hoven (mandolin), Mr. Chuck Becker (bodhram, mandolin), and Mr. Steve Van Hoven (guitar/banjo).

Saturday, 2:00pm

PHD combines DeLaura Padovan’s effervescent calling of family-friendly dances from around the world with the fabulous fiddle and guitar of Steve Hickman and John Devine. The trip has been a happy presence in and around Washington DC for 25 years creating joyous gatherings at festivals, schools and barn dances throughout the area. Smile and sing along with their hilarious repertoire of favorite songs!

Satruday, 3:00pm
The Gravy Soppers

The Maine Line Gravy Soppers band combines fiddle, banjo, and guitar players from two Frederick County families. This high-energy band gets those toes tapping with their fast and fun renditions of traditional tunes of the Appalachian Mountains.

Saturday, 4:00 pm
Banjo Man Frank Cassel

Frank Cassel has been a performing musician, songwriter, and teacher in the Washington, DC area for many years. He plays guitar, flute and 5-string banjo professionally, specializing in folk, bluegrass and original music. He is well known in the Washington, DC area as an entertaining and engaging performer. Recently, his banjo music can be heard in the movie, “Barnstorming’, on PBS stations nationally. He received an Individual Artist Grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Commission to complete his new CD of original songs for general audiences.

Sunday, 11:00 am
Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon Bluegrass is a collection of musicians that have an amazing connection to each other and their musical likes and desires. This is immediately apparent when you see them perform as one single unit producing some of best covers of the best Bluegrass Music has to offer. They perform songs from Traditional Bluegrass through the latest Newgrass as well as covers of artists like Marshall Tucker, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and many others.
Great vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and innovative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes or listening intently to the lyrics. Copper Canyon covers the best songs that other band plays. They pride themselves in the research they do to find Great Songs that other bands aren’t aware of.

Sunday, 12:00pm
Mountain Ride

In just three years, Mountain Ride evolved from playing traditional bluegrass, to writing, recording, and performing their own original music. Eric Avey (guitar) and Kate Avey (bass) started Mountain Ride as a side project to cure their blue grass bug. Once Scott Matlock (violin) and Corey Woodcock (banjo) joined the ranks, things started to sync up. When Chance Hurley (mandolin) jumped on board, there was no denying that they had something special. So now, celebrating the release of their third albumn One Place To Go (October 27, 2017), Mountain Ride is original Pennsylvania bluegrass.

Sunday, 1:00pm
Tumble Weeds

Sunday, 2:00pm
The Crop Dusters

The Crop Dusters feature some of the top blue grass musicians in the Washington, DC area: Jason Hannan and Howard Parker of Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night, Patuxent Records recording artist Rob Benzing, Rob Webb, formerly of Circa Clue, and Matthew Geiger of The Hazards.
The band was formed as a joint venture by Jason and Howard, who wanted to get back to their bluegrass roots, and Rob Benzing, one of the DMV’s most prominent young banjo players. Ron Webb and Matthew Greiger round out the band’s dynamic sound.
The Crop Dusters feature a rare combination of high and tight trio harmonies and some of the best instrumental work around. The band plays both high energy covers of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as orginials written by the band’s members.

Sunday, 3:00pm
The Plate Scrapers
In their relatively short time as a band, The Plate Scrapers have gained a reputation from their live performances as solid musicians who are sure to have you singing along right before they break it down with some serious picking. Through their charisma on stage, it’s obvious that these guys genuinely love what they do. That charisma does not disappear as soon as the mics are unplugged however; The Plate Scrappers are immensely appreciative of their fans and show it often by leading them in all out bluegrass jams complete with beer drinking, picking, and grinning.
The Plate Scrapers are becoming a more familiar name every day. They have taken multiple tours building their fan base throughout the entire east coast and have supported well known international acts such as Larry Keel, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Keller Williams, Cabinet, and more. In February of 2015, they proudly released their debut studio album, “Contact”, which has since been featured on nationwide radio programs such as WDVX (Knoxville, TN) and WAMU (Washington, DC) and regional magazine, Appalachian Jamwich.

Sunday, 4:00pm
Morning Sky

Morning Sky is a bluegrass/country band based out of Carroll County, Maryland. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Dempsey Price, is joined by his wife, Rebecca on mandolin and vocals, along with Bill Cosden on bass and banjo. We play a range of music genres, specializing in bluegrass inspired harmonies with a strong influence from the music of Chris Stapleton and the Steeldrivers, old country love songs, folk, and a few old 70’s and 80’s tunes.


Amphitheater Stage

Host: Todd Walker (todd@toddcwalker.com)

Saturday, 11:00am-noon
Lark Rize
The music of Lark Rize reflects a blend of musical and life influences and world views that weave a rich tapestry in the folk/Americana genre.

Saturday, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Jason & Michelle
Energetic, original, hardcore Country and Americana music written and sung from the heart. Featuring the warm, soulful vocals of Michelle Hannon.

Saturday, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Todd C Walker

Put Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor & Paul Simon into a blender and you’ll get the smooth sounds of local music and television personality Todd C Walker.

Saturday, 2:45pm-3:45pm
Willie Barry & The Chaperones

23-year old Willie Barry and his slightly older chaperone sidekicks perform infectious ‘rock-a-billy’.

Saturday, 4:00pm-4:45pm
Stephen Darnell

Incredibly talented, classically- trained musician Stephen Darnell weaves meditative music with his large collection of native American flutes, Australian didgeridoo and steel hand drum.

Saturday, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Juliet Lloyd

The Boston Globe says piano-playing vocalist Juliet Lloyd is on the ‘cusp of stardom.’ She can “move you from uncontrollable dancing to the brink of tears within a moment.”


Sunday, 11:00am-noon
Dr. Dave Koronet

Dr. Dave Koronet is a singer-songwriter who plays an eclectic acoustic mix of original songs and covers, some rather obscure and some familiar, all served up with a dollop of humor. Dave is a seasoned performer whose appearances space from Maryland to New York. He has been featured at Brewers Alley in Frederick and has performed at Great Stage in Clarksburg. A resident of Mount Airy for over 20 years, Dave is originally from New Jersey, and says he is only one of a couple of chiropractors who have played the legendary CBGB in New York.

Sunday, noon-1:00pm
Casey Cleveland

Casey Cleveland is a singer-songwriter who is equally at home with a guitar in hand or sitting behind a drum kit. As a child he developed a deep love for music and was strongly influenced by The Beatles, POCO, CSNY, and The Band Perry, and even a little AC/DC. His drumming has influenced his approachto songwriting, creating music that is rhythmic and percussive by nature.

Sunday, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor acoustic duo has appeared at a variety at a variety of venues throughout the tri-state area for over fourteen years and was twice named as the GigMasters Rising Star Award Winner for Top Variety Duo. Past accomplishments include placement as a finalist and semi-finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington. Musical style influences include rock, country, folk, blues and more, which is reflected in the songs from their two CD releases, “Drifting Under” and “Safe Harbor II”. The duo combines great vocal harmonies backed with solid rhythms and melodic leads to create full sound. Their song selection spans multiple decades and genres and includes many familiar favorites as well as their original songs. Their eclectic mix is sure to please a wide variety of musical tastes.

Sunday, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Empty Ecstasy

Empty Ecstasy is a husband and wife duo Mike and Shawna Taylor who blend sweet harmonies and smooth guitar work as they share acoustic classics from the 70’s to now that are sure to please. They have been featured at several acoustic listening rooms and Mike is one of the open-mic hosts at the Music Café in Damascus.

Sunday, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Michelle Swan

Introduced to the guitar at age nine by her father, himself a former singer/songwriter, Michelle Swan has pursued a musical career path ever since. After studying classical musical and clarinet performance at Towson State University, Michelle entered the Baltimore-Washington music scene in 1990, performing at local open-mic nights and coffee houses. Self-reflective and acutely observant, Michelle deftly weaves lyric and note together to create intensely personal songs that tell of sentiments and circumstances nonetheless familiar to everyone.