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Southern Maryland Country Music Festival Coming To Regency Furniture Stadium

July 8, 2008 - Atlantic League (AtL) Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Professional Baseball Club, in partnership with Kool Productions, is pleased to announce that award-winning country music performer Gary Allan will be appearing live in concert at Regency Furniture Stadium on Saturday, September 20 as part of the Southern Maryland Country Music Festival. Joining Gary Allan will be the John Luskey Band, Shooter Jennings, SwampDaWamp and a special mystery star who has recorded multiple top ten hits.

Tickets for the all-day music festival are on sale now at www.somdbluecrabs.com, at the Regency Furniture Stadium box office or by calling 301-638-9788. Ticket prices are $25 for students (already SOLD OUT), $42.50 for field general admission and $55 for seating bowl general admission. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization which has helped in the fight against breast cancer since 1982.

The gates to the festival will open at 2 p.m., with a performance by the John Luskey Band beginning at 2:15 p.m. The festival will conclude with a pair of performances by artists who have combined to record four #1 hits, and 15 top ten's. An award-winning country mystery star with five top ten hits, including one #1, will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Allan from 8:30-10 p.m.

Allan has produced 21 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three that ranked number one: "Man to Man" and "Tough Little Boys" in 2003, and "Nothing On but the Radio" in 2004. Seven others have reached the top ten. Allan's newest album, "Living Hard," promises to push the edges of rock and country music, even by the standards already set by one of country's most successful artists.

"The record has taken about a year to make," he says, "and I think the whole thing reflects change. I think every record sort of reflects where I'm at, and I've made a ton of changes this year, just mentally and in how I'm approaching everything."

Allan attributes the change in his music to the audience, saying it was audience driven. He is proud of the resulting edge in the new album, and hopes that the fans will enjoy it as well. Allan's newest single, "Learning How to Bend," is now being played on country music stations everywhere, as well as on CMT.

Luskey is a Southern Maryland native who wrote his first song at the age of 13. He has been playing for 20 years, and is joined by bassist Jack Bannister and drummer Dwayne Taylor. Luskey has released two CD's titled "My Country" and "My Country II," and has received awards from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the song "Honky Tonk Rhythm," as well as from Billboard Magazine for "When She Cries" and "King of the World."

SwampDaWamp, an exciting band with an incomparable sound, will follow Luskey at 3:30 p.m. SwampDaWamp is made up of six musicians: Gig Michaels (lead vocals & acoustic guitar); David Lee (drums); Michael Hough (guitar & vocals); Keith Inman (guitar); Mike Huffman (keyboards, B3 & vocals); and Cody Bennett (bass). The band debuted in 2007 with their self-titled CD, and the album was named one of the top-23 albums of 2007 by Eartaste.com.

Following a brief intermission, Shooter Jennings will take the stage at 5 p.m. Jennings may be best known for his family lineage, but he has carved out a place in the music industry by his own merits, having released four albums, including his newest work, "The Wolf." Jennings's hit single "The Fourth of July" reached as high as #26 on the charts in 2005, and Shooter even appeared as an actor on CSI and in the movie, "Walk the Line," which chronicled the life of Johnny Cash. Shooter played the role of his father - the great Waylon Jennings - in the film.

The Southern Maryland Country Music Festival will be the second major concert at Regency Furniture Stadium. Rock legends REO Speedwagon will perform on August 11. Tickets are ON SALE NOW for both events, as well as all remaining Blue Crabs home games in 2008, and can be purchased at www.SOMDbluecrabs.com, at the Regency Furniture Stadium box office or by calling 301-638-9788

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