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Jazz 20/06/2017

Black Masala And The Young Artist Series Headlines The Shepherdstown Street Fest - A Great Multi-Generational Go Blue Ridge Travel Road Trip

Black Masala And The Young Artist Series Headlines The Shepherdstown Street Fest - A Great Multi-Generational Go Blue Ridge Travel Road Trip

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Shepherdstown Street Fest is a free summer music festival in the small German town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Just one hour outside of metropolitan DC, the festival celebrates new and upcoming bands with a ten-hour music extravaganza on June 24th. The festival showcases the largest array of music talent in the VA, WV, MD, and DC featuring well-established bands to a new young artist series that connects fresh talent to bands. A surprise that awaits the visitors is the artisan gallery alley with over seventy plus juried vendors showcasing their wares down German Street.

The bands featured in the street fest are selected based on their popularity. "We pick bands that can draw crowds from different areas with a major emphasis on the popularity of this band in Shepherdstown," says Bob Keel, President and Main Stage Coordinator. This year's main stage headliner band is 'Black Masala'. Black Masala will offer a new sound for the festival. "We do gypsy brass, or rock and brass music, mixed with funk, and New Orleans street band music." said Mike Ounallah, co-founder and original founder of Black Masala.

There are many wine and music festivals that have craft and artisan vendors. The Shepherdstown Street Fest stands out because of its devotion to the town and the high quality of both musicians and artisan vendors. Since the town is a great place to raise a family, the festival also ranks number one for its Kids' Camp organized this year by The Light of the Child Montesorri School.

"Go Blue Ridge Travel's (GoBRT) mission is to select the best multi-generational road trips here in the valley and the Shepherdstown Street Fest is a winner for all generations," said Nancy Craun, founder and owner of GoBRT. "This festival is great because its organizers want to showcase the town of Shepherdstown and give back financially. Up and coming local bands have the opportunity to play next to top musicians. The artisan gallery is the best in the Shenandoah Valley"

The festival highlights Shepherdstown history as the oldest town in West Virginia. "First and foremost, the festival is a fundraiser," says, Keel. "For 2016, we are proud and excited to announce that our regional non-profit is the Shenandoah Women's Center and the PIGS Animal Sanctuary.

The festival opens at 10 am with the first band playing at 12 noon on the Main Stage. At 1:15, the Library stage opens. "We do two stages to eliminate any down time between band set ups" says Keel. "Traditionally there is a thirty minute lull at most music festivals between bands."

The festival has a food gallery as well as the air-conditioned restaurants where one can take a break and enjoy local fare.

A free event with free Parking and Shuttle, the Shepherdstown Street Fest is a 'Yes' on one's bucket list for visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley. Make a weekend trip out of it. Plan a weekend with the festival on Saturday and a day of hiking and river adventures on Sunday.

Launched in December 2011, Go Blue Ridge Travel (GoBRT) is an e-commerce marketing company using digital internet channels to both create a travel ecosystem community for the northern Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley of VA, WV, and MD. In 2014, the Kids Trail was launched to promote multi-generational family travel and has received three grants from Virginia Tourism. In 2016, Taste of Blue Ridge, a foodie escape experience supporting local resourcing in the valley.

Founded and owned by Nancy Craun who grew up in the area and has 30 years of experience in the event planning, restaurant, hotel, and marketing arenas. GoBRT covers 160 plus mile radius of the Interstate 81 Corridor spanning the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

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