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Hot August Music Festival Returns for it’s 25th Year this Saturday August 19th!

Hot August Music Festival Returns for it’s 25th Year this Saturday August 19th!

Celebrating its twenty-fifth year the Hot August Music Festival will once again return to the picturesque setting of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland (minutes from downtown Baltimore) August 19, 2017.  Hot August Music Festival has assembled a lineup this year that reflects the overriding principle festival founder and promoter, Brad Selko, has adhered to over the previous twenty five years.  “To provide a different variety of American roots music each year.  Blues, bluegrass, rock, funk, jam, whatever.  I like to cover the whole spectrum,” explains Selko.  This year’s line-up topped by Old Crow Medicine Show and featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Turkuaz, Lettuce, Cabinet, Baskery, ELM, John Mooney & Bluesiana, The Dustbowl Revival, Squaring the Circle, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, and Memphis Gold does just that.

Since its beginning on the cozy confines of Selko’s farm in 1993 to blossoming to its present day location at Oregon Ridge Park, the Hot August Music Festival has stayed true to Selko’s vision of a creating a high-quality, intimate, fan-friendly festival, that in addition to three stages of live music will feature performance artists, local artisans, a wide range of food and beverage vendors, and activities throughout the day for kids.

The Hot August Music Festival was born twenty-five years ago out of Selko’s desire to raise money for the Baltimore Blues Society by hiring two bands, Charlie Musselwhite and the Brett Wilson Band, to play a picnic on his farm for a few friends.  That small backyard picnic attracted four hundred people the first year and quickly grew into an award winning festival (Baltimore Magazine Best Music Festival 2013, Tri-State Indie Music Award for Festival of the Year 2011) and annual event that is a must see each year.

In celebration of the Hot August Music Festival’s twenty-fifth year, this year will feature the Back to the Farm Stage and will highlight the festival’s humble, blues-based roots found on Selko’s farm.  The stage will feature blues acts throughout the day and will be headlined by delta-blues legend John Mooney.


Here is the history of Musicians that have played this festival:

Hot August Music Festival – Line up History

 25th HAMF 2017

Main Stage

Old Crow Medicine Show, Infamous String Dusters, Lettuce, Cabinet, ELM

Professional Vision Zeiss Stage

Turkuaz, Dustbowl Revival, Baskery, Squaring the Circle,

Back to the Farm Stage

John Mooney &Bluesiana, Lil’ Ed & The blues Imperials, Memphis Gold w/special guest Brett Willson (who played at first HAB in 1993), Fried Pickin’ playing at the front gate.


 24th HAMF 2016

Main stage

Thievery CorporationJoe Russo’s Almost DeadThe RevivalistsLeftover Salmon and Litz

Professional Vision Zeiss Stage

Railroad EarthSamantha FishCabinetEastman String Band

Pickers Grove:  Fried Picken’ played at front gate.


23rd  HAMF  2015

Main stage:

Marah,  Shakey Graves, Railroad Earth,  The Punch Brothers,  and  Counting Crows

Professional Vision Zeiss Stage

June Star, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Revivalists,  The Infamous String Dusters

PayPal Stage

The Sligo Creek Stompers, Hollis Brown, Dennis Jones Band, Cabinet, Jarekus Singletone


22nd HAMF 2014

Main Stage

Old Crow Medicine Show, Nickel Creek, Dr. Dog, Houndmouth, Bosley

Professional Vision Zeiss Stage

Tab Benoit, Turkuaz, Ursula Ricks, Jordan August Band

PayPal Stage

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Cabinet, ELM, The Solicitors


21st HAB 2013

Main Stage

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Galactic, Greensky Bluegrass, JD McPherson, Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale

B-Side Stage

Boombox, Antibalas, Eddy Clearwater, MOTH Poetic Circus, Country Devils

Hillside Professional Vision Stage

DELTAnine, Scott Tournet and Ver La Luz, 61 North, Herd of Main Street


20th HAB 2012

Main Stage

Gov’t Mule, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Justin Townes Earle, Locos Por Juana, Cris Jacobs Band

B-Side Stage

Magic Slim & The Teardrops, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Bovine Social Club, Chris Kasper, Matt Pless


19th HAB 2011

Main Stage

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kings Go Forth, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Tom Larsen Band

B-Side Stage

Lower Case Blues, Sweet Leda, Jesters of Kindness, Lawnchair, Lennon La Ricci & The Leftovers


18th HAB 2010

Main Stage

LYLE LOVETT and his Large Band, Keb’ Mo’, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, The Bridge, Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers

B-Side Stage

Higher Hands, Sweet Leda, Choo Choo Charlie, Dean Rosenthal


17th HAB 2009

Main Stage

The Derek Trucks Band, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Chopteeth, Old Man Brown, Dean Rosenthal, Batala Percussion Band


16th HAB 2008

Main Stage

John Hiatt & The Ageless Beauties, Marcia Ball, JJ Grey & Mofro, Bonerama, Prof. Louie & The Crowmatix, Janet Griffin & The Fine Young Segovians


15th HAB 2007

Main Stage

Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Joan Osbourne, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Lindell, Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings, Blues Therapy


14th HAB 2006

Main Stage

The North Mississippi Allstars, The Subdudes, Larry McCray, Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Peter Karp, Lea Gilmore


13th HAB 2005

Main Stage

Walter “Wolfman ‘Washington with John Mooney – Shemekia Copeland, Chubby Carrier, Anthony Gomes, Kelly Bell Band


12th HAB 2004

Main Stage

Taj Mahal, Sonny Landreth, Renee Austin, W.C. Clark, Choo Choo Charlie, Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers


11th HAB 2003  (First year at Oregon Ridge)

Main Stage

Delbert McCinton, Marcia Ball, John Mooney, Chris Cain, Scott Cunningham


10th HAB 2002   (festival was located at Big Jim’s Farm on papermill Rd.)

Main Stage

Otis Clay, Bernard Allison, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, John Mooney, Theresa Andersson


9th HAB 2001  (last year festival was held at the farm in  Monkton –Across from the Manor tavern)

Main Stage

Delbert McClinton, Frankie Lee, Willie Kent & the Gents w/ Bonnie Lee, Dona Oxford


8th HAB 2000

Main Stage

Jimmy Johnson, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, Lloyd Jones


7th HAB 1999

Main Stage

Carl Weathersby, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Deanna Bogart, Memphis Gold


6th HAB 1998

Main Stage

Lonnie Brooks w/ Ronnie Baker, Shemekia Copeland, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha’s, Kendra Holts


5th HAB 1997

Main Stage

Kim Wilson, Big Jay McNeely w/ Little Sonny, Rosie Ledet, Steve Kramer & his Bluesicians


4th HAB 1996

Main Stage

Marcia Ball, Son Seals, Larry Johnson, Tino Gonzales w/ Carl Filipiak


3rd HAB 1995

Main Stage

Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Doug Jay & the Bluejays


2nd HAB 1994

Main Stage

Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Greg Piccolo & Heavy Juice, The Shirley Lewis Experience


1st HAB 1993

Main Stage

Charlie Musselwhite, Brett Wilson

Peace & Blessings,

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