The Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes Shawn Owen Band to Bands on the Bricks on Friday evening August 12. The concert is sponsored by Surplus City Inc. It will take place on the Historic City Center Stage at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets and will begin at 6:00 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.

Professional snowboarder turned songwriter, Shawn Owen performs 300+ shows per year as a solo performer and fronting the Shawn Owen Band, sharing the stage with national acts such as The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Dropkick Murphys, Passafire, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Donovan Frankenreiter, and many others.

Chill. That’s Shawn’s style and sound. That’s the best way to describe it… His versatility and passion are undeniable in every performance. Shawn is lightly finger picking and singing a beautiful falsetto one minute, then violently strumming and screaming with aggression at a defenseless microphone the next. Watching Shawn perform, you will go through these emotions with him: relaxation, energy, love, aggression, peace and struggle. Then later, you’ll be singing his original tunes in your head for days.

Owen released his debut album as a solo artist in early 2012 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV. In this 6 song acoustic EP, Shawn writes about life, love, pain, joy, loss and other topics that relate to all our lives. Leicester Bangs says “assured writing is delivered with a solid, distinctive voice.” TAXI describes the album as “catchy reggae styled groove. Interesting & clever lyrics…”

In addition to the concert, Volkswagens on the Mall will take place on Friday, from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region’s best Volkswagens will be on display on Baltimore Street.

If you would like to display your automobile, no registration is required. Simply show up with your vehicle between 4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street. Volunteers will help direct you.

Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission.

Bands on the Bricks concerts take place in the heart of Cumberland on the bricks of the one-and-only Historic City Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Friday until August. 26.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Downtown Development Commission Promotions Director at 301-724-3655 or visit

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