Three Days Of Live Music In Berlin Starts Friday

BERLIN — Three days of live music and competition highlight the 23rd Berlin Fiddler’s Convention, which gets underway tonight and continues through Sunday afternoon in downtown Berlin.

The free, family friendly event attracts competitors from across the country to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes during the popular annual event sponsored by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce.

Such Fools, winners of last year’s full-band competition, kick off this year’s festival on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7-10 p.m. on the north end of Main Street. Headline act Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass will immediately follow. The free concert is scheduled to run until 10 p.m.

The competition runs on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on South Main Street, featuring adult and children’s categories including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and full band.

A Gospel Bluegrass Jam closes out the weekend on the lawn of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on Main Street from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Burley Oak Brewing Company will provide a beer garden on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, nearly a dozen vendors selling local art and artisan products will be set up on Main Street. Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services will sponsor children’s activities, and the Chamber will provide a bouncy house.

In a statement, the Chamber thanked headline sponsors PNC Bank and The Car Store as well as additional sponsors Taylor Bank, Bayside Gazette, TaDa, Bank of Ocean City, The Globe, Church Mouse Thrift Shop, Rayne’s Reef, Victorian Charm, Treasure Chest, Baked Dessert Café, Bruder Hill, Siculi Rustic Italian Kitchen, Atlantic Hotel and Fager’s Island.

For more information about event specifics, call 410-641-4775 or visit