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!


SAVE THE DATE! 6th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival is Saturday, June 14, 2014!

We are pleased to announce that Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.’s 6th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Downtown Silver Spring.

Watch this space for Silver Spring Blues Festival updates!

Here are some pics from the 5th Annual Festival!


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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Save the Date – Saturday, June 15, 2013 – 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival is set for Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.

The popular festival will take place on two stages–the Fountain Stage and the Market Stage–from 10 am to 9 pm.

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Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Thanks the Sponsors of the Silver Spring Blues Festival 2012

Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. appreciates the support of the sponsors of the 2012 Silver Spring Blues Week & the 4th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring.

Abyssinia Restaurant Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Atomic Music Big Greek Cafe Bombay Gaylord Courtyard by Marriott Dale Music DC Blues Society DigiPrint Connection Downtown Silver Spring Fenton Street Market Fire Station 1 Frozenyo Home Properties Ledo Pizza Lesaac Cafe McGinty’s Public House Montgomery Community Media Monument Bank Olazzo’s Peterson Cos. Piratz Tavern Planet Cotton Pyramid Atlantic Safe Silver Spring Silver Spring Patch Silver Spring Regional Center Silver Spring Voice Statland & Katz Ltd. The Quarry House The Society Lounge Zed’s Cafe ZPizza

Patty Reese Plays McGinty’s Public House, Thursday, June 14, 2012 for Silver Spring Blues Week

ImageSee Patty Reese at McGinty’s in Downtown Silver Spring, Thursday, June 14 at 8 pm. Free. A featured performance of Silver Spring Blues Week 2012

Patty Reese is winner of eleven WAMMIES including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Roots Rock Vocalist! With the voice and musicianship on Patty Reese’s latest release Strong Medicine, it couldn’t be more clear that the medicine is working.

After a standing ovation following her performance at the packed Strathmore Music Center during the recent Woodstock tribute, Patty Reese’s attitude with soulful expression and her powerhouse pipes proved a match for the likes of Janis Joplin and other prolific and important artists. Other comparisons have been made, that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Patty Reese performs more than 250 dates a year, released a WAMMIE award winning album “Here and Now” and has garnered multiple songwriting awards over the years. Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and honed songwriting skills have led her to the release of her best work to date Strong Medicine where between acoustic guitar-accompanied story songs and powerful songs backed by a full band, Patty puts all of her crafts to work. This CD has garnered even more attention and awards (WAMMIES) including Roots Rock Album and Roots Rock Vocalist.

Photo by Melia Hartley