Berlin Jazz and Blues Bash

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Country and Region United StatesMaryland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Berlinl, Maryland, USA
Festival Contact Information

Berlin, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
103 North Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811 USA
Phone: +01 410-641-4775
Fax: +01 410-641-3118

Festival Description

The one-day annual Berlin Jazz & Blues Bash takes place in in historic downtown Berlin.  The programming features national jazz musicians on 2 stagesdd. In addition there are artisans and food vendors set along the streets of the historic district.  The event is free to the public.

Note that in-place seating is limited at each stage, therefore you should bring lawn chairs for your comfort. Food and alcohol will be available for purchase on site – therefore no outside food or drink is permitted. The festival is presented by the collective efforts of The Berlin Chamber of Commerce and WESM FM 91.3.

Festival Dates May 5, 2012
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2011:
  • Lower Case Blues
  • Slim DeNunn
  • Patrick McHenry Quartet
  • Chaz DePaolo
  • Dark Gold Jazz
  • Danielle Miraglia
  • Tom Principato Band
Featured Artist 2011:
  • American blues quartet, Tom Principato & Powerhouse will perform at the festival on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:00pm
    • Background:
      Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, DC. In the 1970’s, Tom was leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenem who released an album “Night Life” to critical acclaim. Tom also did a one year stint with Geoff Muldaur and recorded an album “I Ain’t Drunk” (Hannibal/Island Records 1980) with the band Geoff Muldaur and His Bad Feet. Tom has also done brief stints with various acts including Billy Price And The Keystone Rhythm Band, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Adams, Sunnyland Slim, James Montgomery, and a group called the Assassins with Jimmy Thackery, former guitarist with the Nighthawks. Tom appears on two albums with the Assassins, “No Previous Record” (1986) and “Partners In Crime” (1987) which won a “Wammy Award”. In 1984 Tom began a solo career, notably recording a live album with the late Washington guitar legend Danny Gatton titled “Blazing Telecasters”. Since 1984 Tom has recorded twelve solos albums as well as two collaborations: “Smokin’!” (1986), “I Know What You’re Thinkin’…” (1988), “Live In Europe 1988” (2001), “In Orbit” (1989), “Blazing Telecasters” (1990), and “Oh No! More Blazing Telecasters” (2005), “Tip Of The Iceberg” (1993), “In The Clouds” (1995), “Really Blue” (1997), “Live & Kickin’” (1999), “Not One Word” (2000), “Fingers On Fire” with Pete Kennedy (2002), “House On Fire” (2003), “Guitar Gumbo” (2005), ” Raising The Roof!” (2008) and two DVD’s: “Blazing Telecasters” from a show recorded for Maryland Public Television in 1984 with Danny Gatton, and “Anniversary DVD”, a career retrospective.
    • Touring/Awards/Works:
      The band has toured clubs and festivals extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe including Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, France, Slovenia, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, Sardegna, Corsica, Spain, Portugal, Majorca, Menorca, St. Croix, and even Greece and Turkey! In addition to winning first place in the WHFS/Harmony Hut “Guitar Talent Hunt” (1980) Tom has won a total of 21 “WAMMY” Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. In 1986, “Smokin’!” won three Wammy Awards; Best Blues Album, Best Male Vocalist-Blues, and Best Blues Instrumentalist. In 1987 Tom won four Wammy Awards; Best Artist/Group-Blues, Best Male Vocalist-Blues, Best Instrumentalist-Blues, and Best Recording-Blues for The Assassins “Partners In Crime” album. In 1988 Tom won three more Wammies; Best Blues Recording-“I Know What You’re Thinkin’…”, Best Artist/Group-Blues, and Best Instrumentalist-Blues. Tom also won Best Instrumentalist-Blues in 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2005, plus Best Male Vocalist-Blues in 1997. In 1999 “Live & Kickin’” won Best Blues Recording, and Tom Principato Band won Best Blues Group. In 2003 “House On Fire” won Best Blues Recording. Tom Principato Band was also voted “Blues Act Of The Year”-1997 and “Blues Act Of The Month” for Oct. 1997 by the listeners of “Talkin’ Blues Radio” Koln, Germany and Gitarre & Bass Magazine In 2000, Tom’s book, Open-String Guitar Chords, was published world-wide by Hal Leonard Corporation. In addition to being a master craftsman on the guitar, Tom is a prolific songwriter, having composed over 50 songs, which have been published through BMI by French Lady Music.
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