The 5th Annual Main Street Music Fest (“MSMF”) will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., after the devastating flood in Old Ellicott City forced the relocation of the event. Merriweather will donate 100 percent of its event proceeds to Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) and its efforts to assist those merchants and residents impacted by the flood.
Representatives from Merriweather contacted the Ellicott City Partnership which sponsors MSMF, shortly after the flood offering to host the event. “We all saw the news of the flood and like a lot of people wanted to pitch in to assist in the recovery,” said Jean Parker, general manager of Merriweather. “Hosting the Main Street Music Fest represents a way to help in the way we know best.”
The event, which has traditionally been a fundraiser for the ECP hosted on and around Main Street in Old Ellicott City, will serve to raise funds for the flood relief fund established in the wake of the deadly flood. “Our organization is excited to work with Merriweather to continue one of our signature events even though we cannot host it in our hometown,” said ECP President Karen Besson.
Main Street Music Fest will feature dozens of bands and singer/songwriters across six stages at Merriweather. “The Merriweather folks have been amazing working with us to maintain the ethos of the event while allowing an exciting opportunity to expand it in order to help raise funds for those impacted by the flood,” said Andy Hall, co-founder of MSMF.
The layout of the event will feature a vendor area where merchants and restaurants displaced by the flood can sell their wares. “The Merriweather team was quick to suggest that we incorporate the Main Street vendors,” said Hall. “They really understand that Ellicott City is about community and more than just the bricks and mortar of the town, and we hope that MSMF will serve as a celebration of that community.”
Tickets to MSMF can be purchased at Ticketfly.com or service-charge free at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9:30 Club, and Lincoln Theatre during normal box office hours. Tickets are $12 for adults and children 12 and older. Children under 12 will be admitted FREE.
Those who wish to contribute to the flood relief efforts can go to http://www.helpellicottcity.com to donate.