Legendary Bands WAR and The Family Stone Coming to Harry Grove Stadium

PRESS RELEASE – Legendary bands WAR and The Family Stone are coming to Harry Grove Stadium for one night only, Friday, September 30th. Tickets will go on-sale August 24th at 10:00 a.m. through the Frederick Keys Box Office at 1-877-8-GO-KEYS or online at frederickkeys.com. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. The Parking Lots will open at 3:00 p.m. Pricing for the event is stipulated below.

WAR, whose song “Low Rider” gained world-wide acclaim amongst others in 1975, is long-hailed for its musical virtuosity and influences. Those include, jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B, and Latin, and have impacted their fans, as well as other musicians, regardless of race, generation, or genre.

WAR’s career skyrocketed in the early 1970’s with the release of “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “Me and Baby Brother” as their exhilarating sound spoke to millions of Americans about the troubled times of Vietnam and Watergate as well as the tensions of the inner cities and racial strife. In 1972, they released The World Is a Ghetto which was very successful. Its second single, “The Cisco Kid” shipped gold, and the album attained the number one spot on Billboard, and was Billboard magazine’s Album of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973.

To date, WAR has sold nearly 50 million records and has been honored with 17gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, which include: triple platinum The World Is A Ghetto, multi-platinum Why Can’t We Be Friends’, All Day Music,and Deliver the World, and gold singles from their four times platinum Greatest Hits Album.

Featuring the original founding members of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini, Cynthia Ericson and Greg Erico bring The Family Stone to Frederick. All three were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and will play legendary hits like I Want to Take You Higher, Everybody Is A Star, Dance To The Music, Everyday People, Family Affair, Hot Fun In The Summertime, Thank You, Sing A Simple Song.

Jerry Martini is the original founder of Sly & the Family Stone; calling upon Sly Stone to become the leader of the first inter-racial, multi-gender major American Band. He has also performed with countless luminaries including Mike Bloomfield, Carlos Santana, Rolling Stone Bill Wymann, Robert Cray, Willie Lomax, Prince, Graham Central Station, and Van Morrison.

Cynthia Robinson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is back on the throne! Cynthia, along with Sly, was part of “Sly and The Stoners” in 1966. Through her years with Sly & The Family Stone, she was notable for being an early, black, female trumpet player in a major American band. In recent years, you would of found her on many stages through the US and Europe, playing with P-Funk maestro George Clinton, Larry Graham, and Prince to name a few.

Greg Errico, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and R&B Foundation “Pioneer Award” recipient, joins fellow founding members, Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson, in The Family Stone. Errico’s list of credits include his ability to play a broad range of musical styles with such legends as Joe Zawinul (Weather Report), Jerry Garcia Band, Grateful Dead and Santana. Greg’s talents as a drummer, songwriter and producer keep him in continuous demand.

Also hitting the stage is local outfit The Knolly Moles. An accomplished alternative, jazz, ska band from Frederick Maryland, their sound is drawing in diverse crowds of dance happy fans, and it is really no surprise. The Knolly Moles have been nominated for ‘Best New Band of 2011’ by the LA Music Awards and are now considered 1 of 50 new bands to lookout for in the U.S. The show is presented by Morningtown Productions of Frederick, MD. Ticket prices for WAR and The Family Stone at Harry Grove Stadium are as follows:

* $ 37 for Festival Floor (Advance)

* $ 40 for Bench/Hillside

* $ 45 for Reserved

* $ 47 for Festival Floor (At the Door)

* $ 77 Club (Includes Buffet and Non-Alcoholic Beverages)

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