Music event is a family affair

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Country music, says Tim McGraw, is "a social music. It's a lot more social-oriented to families. It talks a lot about families, and country music sings a lot about families."

Maybe that's why country music festivals, like this weekend's Chesapeake Country Music Festival, are much more family-oriented than rock-and-roll festivals. In addition to the main stage, which over two days will play host to such stars as McGraw, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Marty Stuart and Blackhawk, there will also be a children's stage offering daily performances by singers and puppeteers.

The festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Martin State Airport in Middle River, will offer music from 11: 40 a.m. until about 10 p.m. Southern Harmony kicks things off Saturday, followed by Dwayne Curtis, Kimi Durkin & Smoking Gun, Marge Calhoun, the Thompson Brothers, Sammy Kershaw, Faith Hill and McGraw. Sunday's lineup starts with Branded and continues with Blackhawk, Detour, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride and the festival-closing Sawyer Brown.

Musicians on the children's stage include Bill B., Sue Trainor and Sue Ribaudo, Marc Spiegel and the Puppetone Rockers.

The festival will also feature craft and souvenir vendors as well as a range of foods. Coolers, cans and bottles are prohibited on festival grounds, however.

Shuttles will run all day from the festival parking lots. To get to the festival, take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to Exit 36, which is Route 702, to Essex. Follow 702 to the second exit, which will be Route 150 (Eastern Boulevard), to Chase. Proceed about two miles, and watch for signs. Parking personnel will direct cars to access roads and lots.

THE FACTS

What: Chesapeake County Music Festival

When: Saturday and Sunday, starting about noon each day

Where: Martin State Airport, Middle River

Tickets: $28.50 each day or $50 for the weekend if purchased by tomorrow; $32.50 per day at the gate

Call: (410) 481-7328 for tickets; (410) 574-2204 for more

Pub Date: 5/23/96

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