King Solomon Hicks’ Band Of Brothers At The Silver Spring Blues Festival

Blues fans at the 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival will enjoy a star-studded line-up of the best in local, regional and national blues talent. The Silver Spring Blues Festival, presented by the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., is Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10 am to 9 pm on two stages in Downtown Silver Spring.

Headlining the Festival’s “Fountain Stage” is New York blues guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks, known by his fans in Harlem as “King Solomon.” Solomon has been playing professionally since the age of thirteen. His King Solomon Hicks’ Band of Brothers is a popular fixture of the music scene in New York City.

An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He has been the lead guitarist at New York’s Cotton Club since age 13, and frequently performs at B.B. King’s Blues Club, and other famous venues. Now 20 years old, he tours nationally and internationally, performing with artists like Neyo, Tony Bennett, Antoinette Montague, and Elvin Bishop.

This year’s Silver Spring Blues Festival also features the nationally-acclaimed Billy Thompson Band and the Lisa Lim Band. Billy Thompson has been delivering guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s sizzling performances, both live and in studio. Billy has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King, and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few.

A multiple Washington Area Music Association (Wammie) Award winner as Best Modern Rock Instrumentalist, Lisa Lim has been touring, performing solo, in duos, and with her various bands over the past two decades. Her blazing lead, slide and rhythmic guitar chops leave both fans and critics breathless. Lisa brings her unmistakable guitar sound to over 200 live shows a year with an energy and passion unmatched in the DC/VA/MD music scene. Other “Fountain Stage” artists include the Legendary Warner Williams, Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, Nadine Rae and the AllStars, and the popular School of Rock.

In the morning, Silver Spring blues fans will enjoy an exciting offering of acoustic blues at the Market Stage, located on Veterans Plaza, beginning at 10 am. The Market Stage line-up will include nationally-known acoustic guitarist Rick Franklin, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Ensemble, Oziel & Jackson, Miles Spicer and Pearl Bailes, and a harmonica workshop offered by Geoff “Stingy Brim” Seals.

Leading up to the Blues Festival, there will be a number of free blues performances on Veterans Plaza, produced by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. A Blues Festival Kick-Off party will be held at the El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring on Saturday, June 13, starting at 6 pm. All the events are free and all are welcome to the Silver Spring Blues Festival events.

For more information, visit the Silver Spring Blues Festival Facebook page or

SSTCi Announces 2015 Silver Spring Blues Festival Line-Up

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. is proud to announce the star-studded line up of the 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring.

The Silver Spring Blues Festival will be Saturday , June 20, 2015, from 10 am to 9 pm.

On the Market State at the Fenton Street Market

10:00 Miles Spicer & Pearl Bailes
11:00 Geoff “Stingy Brim” Seals’ Harmonica Workshop
12:00 Rick Franklin
1:00 Jackson & Oziel
2:00 Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Ensemble

On the Fountain Stage on Ellsworth Drive

3:00 School of Rock
4:00 Lisa Lim Band
5:00 Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
6:00 The Billy Thompson Band
7:00 Nadine Rae & the Allstars
8:00 King Solomon Hicks’ Band of Brothers

Times subject to change

Watch this space for information about our Blues Festival Kick Off party and Silver Spring Blues Week on Veterans Plaza!


Great Sponsors for 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival

The 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival, presented by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., is proud to welcome this year’s sponsors: the Peterson Cos., United Therapeutics, The Blairs/Tower Cos., Monument Bank, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Montgomery College, Quinter Design, Statland & Katz, Fenton Street Market, Montgomery Community Media, McGinty’s, Radio One, WPFW-FM, and Atomic Music.

The 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival is Saturday, June 20, 2015 on two stages. Come enjoy the blues at the Fenton Street Market Stage and the Fountain Stage at Downtown Silver Spring.

If you’d like to be a sponsor of this year’s festival, email

Don’t forget the blues!

The Stars Will Come Out for the Silver Spring Blues Festival!

This year’s 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival features a star-studded roster of great blues musicians.  Come to the Festival and enjoy some of the finest blues performers in metropolitan Washington.

  • Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown

Funky cool blues rock music

Gary Brown grew up in the DC suburbs of Palmer Park, MD, and along with the record collections of his parents, Brown was surrounded by the sounds of such local artists as Chuck Brown, Danny Gatton, and Bobby Parker.  Gary was named “Best Up and Coming Blues Rock Artist” for The Rock Over America Magazine Music Awards in 2012.  Bushmaster’s new CD, “Revolution Rhapsody aka: Uprising Music”, debuted at #21 on the Living Blues Magazine Radio Chart, and has received reviews and radio airplay nationally and in Croatia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Canada, and Australia.   


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  • Skyla Burrell Blues Band

2012 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee – Hard Driving, House Rocking Blues You Can Use!

 A regional favorite, from nearby Chambersburg, PA, Skyla Burrell takes her traditional Chicago-style blues on the road, from the Daytona Blues Festival to here in Silver Spring!


Videos:   Daytona Blues Festival, October 8, 2011!


  • Bad Influence Blues Band

Blues-infused dance music

The award-winning Bad Influence Band has been playing their style of blues-infused, high energy music for crowds of blues lovers in clubs and festivals since 1988. 

2012 International Blues Challenge finalist for Best Self-Produced Recording for their 2012 CD Under The Influence

Nominated in 2013 by the Washington Area Music Association for:

o   Best Blues Recording of 2012 

o   Best Blues/Traditional Group

o   Best Blues/Traditional Instrumentalist – guitarist Michael Tash

o   Best Blues/Traditional Vocalist – bassist Bob Mallardi

Featuring Bob Mallardi on bass and vocals, Hohner-endorsed artist Roger Edsall on harp and vocals, Epiphone-endorsed artist Michael “Jr” Tash on guitar and vocals, and Sonor-endorsed artist David Thaler on the drums.



Videos:      Playing the blues at The Kennedy Center | Some swinging blues at The Kennedy Center |


  • Ursula Ricks Project

Soul, Funk & the Blues

Ursula Ricks has been compared to such greats as Etta James, Koko Taylor, and Aretha Franklin.  Ursula has been playing along the East Coast from New York to Florida for over 20 years.  Known by her Fans as “The Real Deal”, Ursula Ricks Project will help you get your Blues Groove on. 

Ursula’s new CD, a Severn Records release due out this fall, features her bluesy, soulful vocals backed by great artists, such as Kim Wilson, from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, adding his harmonica talents on the original track, “Tobacco Road.” Connect Ursula with her band and you’ll be grooving!   Featuring Ursula Ricks – vocals; Gary Gilpin – keyboards; John Bell – guitar; Rod Dunton – drums; Roy Brooks – bass.





  • Guitar Blues Legend Bobby Parker

Rocking the blues – a veteran bluesman and true legend!

Bobby Parker performs internationally, performed with Bo Diddley, and was a guitar inspiration for John Lennon and The Beatles, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton, and more.  Bobby appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show with Bo Diddley.  Dance with a legend!  

“He’s one of the few remaining guitarists who can pierce your heart and soothe your soul. He inspired me to learn and play guitar”

Carlos Santana


Interview:  Bobby Parker on MSNBC 



*Schedule and Artists Subject to Change

SSTCi Announces Line Up for 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival

Breaking! Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Announces Line up for 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring.

The Blues Festival is Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 10 am to 9 pm on two stages.

On the Market Stage (Veterans Plaza) 10 am to 3 pm

  • Archie Edwards Blues Ensemble
  • Blue Panamuse
  • Gina DeLuca
  • MSG: The Acoustic Blues Trio
  • Stacy Brooks

On the Fountain Stage (Ellsworth Drive) 3pm to 9 pm

  • School of Rock
  • Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown
  • The Skyla Burrell Band
  • Bad Influence
  • The Ursula Ricks Project
  • The Bobby Parker Band

Times & Artists subject to change

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