Morningtown Productions Announces its Labor Day “Rest Fest”, an Arts/Crafts and Music Festival to be Held at Crumland Farms in Frederick Maryland September 5th, 2011

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Greg Baughman, Director of Morningtown Productions, a festival event and musical production promoter stated in a personal interview today that Morningtown will be hosting an Arts/Crafts Festival and Music Concert featuring Blind Melon, Pat McGee and Lukas Nelson (son of country star Willie Nelson) at the Crumland Farms Festival Grounds owned by Denny and Judy Crum and conveniently located in Frederick Maryland. The festival will run from 11 am to 8 pm.

Greg Baughman, Director of Morningtown Productions, a festival event and musical production promoter stated in a personal interview today that Morningtown will be hosting an Arts/Crafts Festival and Music Concert featuring Blind Melon, Pat McGee and Lukas Nelson (son of country star Willie Nelson) at the Crumland Farms Festival Grounds owned by Denny and Judy Crum and conveniently located in Frederick Maryland. The festival will run from 11 am to 8 pm.

“Crumland Farms started as a dairy farm and although the dairy operation may be gone, Crumland is still a working farm. The family grows corn, wheat, soy beans, alfalfa and hay, but their main product is… FUN!” stated Denny and Judy Crum, owners.

It was Morningtown’s vision to combine all possible family entertainment including music, arts and crafts, food, beverage, beer and just good clean family fun into one “power-packed” play day. Over 50 Arts/Crafts vendors and 20 food and beverage vendors will be host to over 7000 people for the Labor Day Rest Fest, Baughman predicted.

The music entertainment features National Recording artist, Blind Melon, Pat McGee, Lukas Nelson and a host of other local favorites such as Jah Works, the Knolly Moles, the Amish Outlaws, the Golden Butter Band and others.

Best remembered for their 1993 single "No Rain", Blind Melon enjoyed critical and commercial success in the early 1990s with their neo-psychedelic take on alternative rock and still do to this day. It's possible that Blind Melon is some form of reference to the 1920s' Blues artist Blind Lemon Jefferson. Cheech & Chong had an act involving a character named Blind Melon Chitlin [1] which was itself a reference to Blind Lemon. Another story states that the band took its name from the bassist Brad's father, who teased the band calling them "Blind Melons".[2] Even if this story is the true inspiration, the possibility that the father took the reference from either the early blues artist or the skit in parody of him still exists. The reference to Blind Lemon Jefferson also fits the band's blues-influenced style.

On November 2, 2010, Blind Melon announced 3 dates with Travis Warren singing. On November 27, Blind Melon played a concert at the base of Aspen mountain in Aspen, Colorado. They continued sporadic performances over the coming months, opening for Candlebox at The Hard Rock Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 4, 2011. They are still extremely popular and have a hard core fan base to this day.

Virginia based rock outfit, Pat McGee Band is also performing and they have a lot to celebrate this summer. Pat McGee was quoted in an earlier interview, "After 18 years touring and recording nine albums, I firmly believe that live performance should be respected and promoted as a true art form that enriches society and brings people together. As an artist I feel a welcomed obligation to connect to my listeners so they can relate to the music on a different level".

The songs in McGee's latest album “No Wrong Way To Make It Right”evoke emotions that he states he previously shied away from--deeply personal pain, pleasure, regret, bliss, discouragement, resentment, love, anger, fear, and peace of mind. The songs range from light-hearted to deeply introspective, but always positive in the end.

McGee additionally stated, "For some of the material, I had the good fortune of writing with some of my oldest comrades in the business: Jason Mraz, Emerson Hart, Stephen Kellogg, Keaton Simons and Ryan Newell from Sister Hazel. All the musical influences—everything from rock, pop, country & folk—that spurred my desire to be a musician come to play in this album".

While in college, he played every night he possibly could in the Richmond VA area and on weekends performed at universities up and down the East coast. In the winter of 1994, he wrote his first song “Rebecca,” which led to his first real-deal CD “from the wood” released from the back of his truck just before he left college the following Spring. With that album, McGee dove headfirst into the touring singer-songwriter world and never looked back.

McGee additionally stated, "In ‘96, I founded Pat McGee Band to back my acoustic-driven shows, and we hit the road hard. We were a touring machine. I lost count once the band did our 3,000th show. I recall in one 103-day stretch, we played 98 gigs. That was all before tour buses and cushy hotels, and we loved every second of it".

McGee has played hard and has had the good fortune of selling out venues, such as the Filmore in San Francisco, The Troubadour in LA, House of Blues in Chicago, as well as Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Virginia.He has also had the joy of sharing the stage with some of my musical heroes such as: The Who, The Allman Brothers, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.

In 2001 his band was asked to be the sole performer at President Bill Clinton’s farewell gala in Washington, DC.

Lukas Nelson, son of country icon Willie Nelson, has made his own way as a musician. To say Lukas was born to play music is an understatement. The sixth child of one of the most acclaimed and beloved music stars of all time Willie Nelson, and his fourth wife Annie, Lukas inherited his father's musicality, his penchant for penning his own music, and his love of the road. But more important - and possibly more surprising to some - he also inherited his father's humility and genuineness.

"Our name, Promise of the Real, comes from trying to do it the real way. That's what my goal in life is - to stay human, stay real, stay humble, and stay grounded for the rest of my life. I've learned a lot from my dad. He got me my first guitar when I was 12 and taught me chords, but I also learned by his example of how he lives his life and how he keeps his humility."

Morningtown Productions is a Performing Artist and Entertainment Management company that provides consulting to local musicians pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. The company is a division of Just Write Professional LLC, a music publishing company registered with the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP). The company is a Frederick Maryland based corporation registered with the State of Maryland that also provides marketing support and promotion of smaller concerts/events and festivals.

For additional information please contact Greg Baughman, President/CEO of Morningtown Productions. Visit Morningtown on the web at http://www.morningtown-music.com or call Mr. Baughman at 240-507-8156.

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