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Music Festival to fill park with harmony Twelve groups will perform variety of styles


SYKESVILLE -- Music will be in the air Sunday as the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Committee presents a Music Festival at Millard Cooper Park.

Twelve musical acts will perform a variety of music at the park's amphitheater and pavilion from noon until 9 p.m.

All groups are performing without charge to the town, though they will be allowed to take free will donations, said Bill Hall, committee chairman.

"So far as I know, this is the first music festival of its kind in the county," said Hall. "It's a fun thing and we tried to get a variety of acts to reach out to everybody."

Besides non-stop music, downtown businesses will have booths in the park offering food, crafts and other items. Entertainment for children includes face painting, clowns and a half-hour of music for the younger set.

The committee will be selling Music Festival T-shirts and other memorabilia to support future programs, Hall said.

Yvonne Bishop, a Reisterstown, Baltimore County, singer/songwriter, will open the festival with her acoustic fare.

"I'm trying to establish my name around the Baltimore area, so I'm doing this for exposure," she said. "A lot of people do things like this for the exposure and for the community."

Bishop will perform by herself for a half hour, then return at 4:30 with Lisa Renee Schafferman, with whom she forms the duo Feminine Gender.

"We do a combination of rock/folk/blues/progressive," Bishop said.

Bishop's husband, Gary Gray, also will be helping out as sound man for both stages and will play bass for Sagebrush, a country-rock group.

Ray Williams, leader of Silver Run, a country/rock 'n' roll band, said his group was looking for a different place to play when they signed up for the festival.

"We play around York [Pa.] and Frederick County and wanted to get down in that area," he said. "We practice every Thursday and the guys are really dedicated and we have a lot of fun."

The free shows can bring in paying jobs, such as one in Mount Airy that got the group five or six dates, he said. Perry Olphin of Hanover, Pa., and Wayne Wivell of Ladiesburg, Frederick County, complete the group.

Here is the schedule for the day's musical acts:

* Noon-12:30 p.m. -- Yvonne Bishop (acoustic variety).

* 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- String Band America (bluegrass).

* 1:30-2 p.m. -- Mike & Barbara (folk, blues).

* 2-3 p.m. -- Dixie Cats (Dixieland).

* 3-3:30 p.m. -- Sagebrush (country rock).

* 3:45-4:15 p.m. -- Vicki Kelley and Kim Reynolds (children's songs).

* 4:30-5 p.m. -- Feminine Gender (variety).

* 5-6 p.m. -- Silver Run (variety and country).

* 6-6:30 p.m. -- Vicki Kelley and Kim Reynolds (pop).

* 6:30-7:30 p.m. -- Glass Hammer (progressive rock).

* 7:30-8 p.m. -- Rob Reid, Larry Wilson and Jason Puig (jazz fusion).

* 8-9 p.m. -- Country Classics (country).

The park is off of Springfield Avenue across from Sykesville Middle School. Information: Town House, 795-8959, or Hall, 795-4843.

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