Saturday, June 20, 2009

Silver Spring, Wheaton concerts heat up summer - Gazette

Downtown areas keep the free music rolling

by Zachary Kohn | Special to The Gazette | Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Silver Spring will be swinging a little less this summer, as its annual concert series will start a week later than in past years and end a week earlier due to economic hardships, organizers said.

And in Wheaton, the TGIF Summer Concert Series is already up and running with five more shows scheduled for the coming months.

According to Susan Hoffmann, director of marketing and special events for Silver Spring, the concert series, which kicks off this Thursday, is primarily funded by the county, which is struggling to make cuts to balance the budget in a challenging economy.

The series also uses corporate funds from the Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation toward the end of the series and pays for major events such as the annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival, Hoffmann added.

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