Musicians Tapped For Salisbury’s 1st Saturday Event

SALISBURY – 1st Saturday returns to the steps of the Government Office Building this Labor Day weekend with two talented groups of musicians.

Sponsored by the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District, 1st Saturday’s Sept. 5 event, held on North Division Street, will feature The Jesters, a local six-piece alternative rock band with Tyler Brunner on lead vocals, Luis Gomez on guitar, Zach Simms also on guitar, Drew Flinn on bass, Kevin Flinn on drums and Connor Bailey on keys.

This month’s intermission performance is the students of the Academy of Music Performance (AMP), a school that teaches rock music to kids between the ages of 10 and 18 and operates out of Headquarters Live.

The Jesters will play from 4 to 7 p.m. AMP will play during the set break, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

“We’ve got a great show planned for our return to North Division Street,” said Sarah Rayne, co-chair of the 1st Saturday Committee. “We are so grateful to our friends at Headquarters Live for hosting our event during the exceptionally rainy summer. But it’s time to once again put a rock band on the steps of the GOB. Let’s all hope for great weather.”

Be sure to browse the 1st Saturday Art Market and stay hydrated with free water compliments of Roadie Joe’s Bar & Grill. The Salisbury Zoo will be on hand with educational information and a few critters. Also, the group trying to build restrooms at Ben’s Red Swings will set up during 1st Saturday to distribute information and collect donations.

This month’s charity drive is for the Humane Society of Wicomico County. They need peanut butter, cleaning supplies and canned cat/kitten and dog/puppy food. Drop off a donation at the 1st Saturday table and receive a waterproof sticker for your car.

“This will be the last month of this season that we’ll be collecting for the Humane Society, and we really want to deliver a significant amount of donations this time,” Rayne said. “Let’s show the Humane Society that we appreciate everything they do for the homeless animals of Wicomico County.”

When 1st Saturday ends, attendees are encouraged to stay downtown and browse the shops and have dinner or grab a drink at one of the locally-owned and operated restaurants, or check out other music events happening that night.

North Division Street between Main and Church streets will be closed to traffic between 2 and 8 p.m. The area will still be accessible to pedestrians. Plenty of free parking will be available in the parking garage and in Parking Lot 1 in between the library and WMDT.

In April 2007, Maryland granted Salisbury an Arts & Entertainment District designation, bringing additional tax and financial benefits to certain arts and entertainment related businesses and investments. The A&E designation is another tool to encourage individuals and businesses to become part of the renaissance underway in this charming historic community. The district is overseen by a committee of local, committed volunteers who spearhead downtown arts events such as the highly successful 3rd Friday, 1st Saturday, and Park & Flea, among others.

1st Saturday provides a free, family-friendly experience for locals while also promoting local business, tourism growth, and community involvement through music and celebration. The event is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee.