Gardens at Night set

Posted: June 14, 2013

Star staff report

Winchester — Music from the Bruce Ewan Blues Band, activities for children, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight this summer’s first Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

In addition, wine from Bogati Bodega & Vineyard and food from Bill’s Backyard BBQ and River House Pizza will be available.

The extended series includes an October concert, and along with nighttime garden tours, gallery admission has added to the experience.

Also new this year and due to the preservation project on the Museum’s Glen Burnie House, the concerts will take place on the lawn by the MSV and the adult ticket price has been raised to $10 to help cover the cost of keeping the Museum galleries open for the event.

Admission remains free to museum members and youth ages 12 and under.

Bruce Ewan, part of the Washington, D.C., blues scene for more than 30 years, has toured Europe, Latin America, and South Africa. He will be joined by Steve “Baby Jake” Jacobs, a DC-area blues-guitar legend, who toured and recorded with W.C. Handy Blues Award winner Carey Bell (1936-2007), drummer Bob Berberich and bassist Steve Shaw.

Ewan and his band will perform original music, blues music that was influential to the development of modern rock during the 1960s, and classics from blues greats such as Muddy Waters (1913-1983), Sonny Boy Williamson (1914-1948), Little Walter (1930-1968), and Howlin’ Wolf (1910-1976).

Along with live music, the event will feature free children’s activities. Youngsters may explore the gardens with a seek-and-find game, Can You Find This?

In addition, from 6 to 8 p.m. children may play lawn games including hula-hoops, Frisbee, horseshoes, and beachball toss.

Visitors are to bring chairs.

Visitor may tour the six-acre Glen Burnie Gardens and the museum galleries, including the newly opened exhibition “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony,” featuring 75 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper from the collection of Pennsylvania’s Reading Public Museum.

The 2013 Gardens at Night series will take place on the second Friday of the months June through October. Following this Friday’s event, Gardens at Night will take place July 12, Aug. 9, Sept.13, and Oct. 11. In July, the Soul Expressions Band will play funk, rock, and Motown. Bluegrass from The Naked Mountain Boys will highlight the August Gardens at Night, and in September the Robbie Limon Band will celebrate the music of the 1970s. The series will conclude with Shag and a concert of pop-rock classics and originals.

The gates and museum galleries will open at 6 p.m. and the music will begin at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the musical performance will take place in the MSV Reception Hall.