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SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Side Stage Added!


A couple of key elements to the upcoming SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL will combine to recall the flavor of the original Lollapalooza, back when it started as a traveling rock circus in 1991.

One of those elements is undoubtedly PERRY FARRELL, who conceived the original alterna-rock extravaganza (now an annual three-day festival in Chicago) as a “farewell” tour for alt-rock legends JANE’S ADDICTION, which co-headlines the second annual edition of THE SHINDIG with punk rock favorites RISE AGAINST to anchor a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s historic Pigtown districtwhen the festival returns Saturday, Sept. 27 to Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD.

The other key element is the sideshow – in this case, the RIPLEY’s BELIEVE IT OR NOT! SIDE STAGE, where festival goers will “step right up” and into the bizarre world of the carnival sideshow, for hours of unparalleled amusement emblematic of the fun and diversity of Charm City’s people and neighborhoods that THE SHINDIG represents. At the Vending Village in the Woods, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! will be presenting a stage overflowing with outrageously abnormal entertainment, featuring fire breathers, sword swallowers, aerial acrobats, burlesque shows and other visually captivating oddities, all hosted by The World Famous LIZARDMAN. Among the more than 20 featured acts are Adam Realman, the Coney island Strongman Spectacular; Serpentina, the Snake Charming Contortionist; Marlena Dee, the Daredevel Showgirl and sword swallowing Playboy model; Jonathan Burns, the Sexy FlexyComedy Contortionist; Danny Borneo, the Wild Man of Sideshow; Candy Del Rio, and her Bodacious Burlesque, and many other fashionable freaks. Seeing is indeed believing!

Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year’s two main stages will be musical performances by Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone,Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, and Bad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $70. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT! Ticket sales are well ahead of the pace of last year’s inaugural, attended by over 10,000 people, and going fast! To order tickets, go to Complete festival information at

The all-day festival – currently nominated Best Local Music Festival in the annual Baltimore City Paper Reader’s Poll (voting ends Friday) – will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. Aside from the Ripley’s Side Stage, the Vending Village in The Woods also will offers a variety of Baltimore’s best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available.

“I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we’ve never seen was my goal,” says THE SHINDIG’s curator, longtime Maryland independent concert promoter, Paul Manna at 24-7 Entertainment “As a fan of every artist playing, I just know that thousands of live music lovers will truly appreciate this lineup as much as I do. Seeing Perry Farrell and Jane’s Addiction, one of my all-time favorite bands, perform in Pigtown will certainly be the icing on the cake.”

The Shindig’s inaugural event last year, featuring Dropkick MurphysJoan Jett and The BlackheartsThe Gaslight AnthemClutch,The Mighty MightyBosstonesReverend Horton HeatThe Hold Steady, and more, was a resounding success, prompting Pigtownofficials to welcome its 2014 return.

“The Shindig showcased our historic neighborhood to the most people ever gathered for an event in Pigtown or Carroll Park – without any incidents or arrests,” says Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street. “They are yet another example of our investment inPigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development.”



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