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Jazz & Blues Bash back in Berlin, June 6

(June 4, 2015) The 6th annual Jazz & Blues Bash returns to Berlin on Saturday with four performances taking place on Main Street from noon to 6 p.m.
Chris English, Bryan Russo and the Tragic Figures, the Larks and the Shrapnels will present free concerts, sponsored by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce.
The Larks, veterans of the local music scene, will play a set during the festival at 3p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. performance down the street at Burley Oak Brewing Co.
“The vibe is great, the people are awesome and I love playing in such a picturesque setting,” guitarist Pete Bozick said. “The Larks are thrilled to be back at what I consider the best outdoor jazz and blues festival on Delmarva.”
Vendors during the event include a food truck from Salisbury-based restaurant SoBo’s, beer by Burley Oak and snacks by Eastern Shore Kettle Corn.
Horse and carriage rides around town are $5 for adults and $3 for children during the event. Additional children’s activities will be available and several local artists will set up booths along Main Street.
Russo, a Berlin resident, said previous incarnations of the festival had to compete with major events in nearby Ocean City.
“This year, the timing of the event, coupled with good weather and the region’s evolving desire for different genres of music and culture in general, has me very excited for the future of the Jazz & Blues fest,” he said. “The Jazz & Blues fest is picking up momentum and support, and could be yet another fantastic annual event on Berlin’s Main Street in the same vein of its famous Fiddlers Convention.”
Russo also raved about the band lineup this year.
“I hope people come and watch these four bands who have all collectively done things in their musical career that go well past the moniker of local musicians, and just come out and have a great time, shake off their blues, and experience all that Berlin has to offer,” he said.
“I live in Berlin with my family and I love it here and to be able to play in a festival that features great art and showcases the town’s unabashed charm and allure is something that I’m honored to be a part of. We do a lot of big shows throughout the year and the Berlin blues and jazz fest remains one of our favorites.”
Free public parking is available on William, Pitts and Commerce streets, as well as at the post office on Broad Street, the church parking lot on Bay Street and farmer’s market parking lot on West Street. Handicapped parking is accessible off of Pitts Street behind Rainbow Florist.
Limited seating is available to the public. Lawn chairs are recommended.
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