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Country Current draws large crowd to The Amp

By Staff | Aug 16, 2019

The U.S. Navy band, Country Current, performs on-stage at The Amp at Sam Michael's Park on Sunday. Toni Milbourne

HARPERS FERRY — The Amp at Sam Michael’s Park drew the largest crowd to date on Sunday evening, with a performance by the U.S. Navy eight-member band Country Current.

Originally scheduled to play at Happy Retreat in Charles Town, the band’s performance was relocated to Sam Michael’s Park because of its more appropriate size.

“We don’t have the facility for this type of concert and crowd,” said Walter Washington, president of Friends of Happy Retreat. “We are very grateful to Jennifer [Myers] and the Parks and Rec for allowing the concert to be held here.”

Hundreds of community members filled the lawn in front of The Amp.

“This has been a prime example of a successful partnership,” said Myers, who serves as the parks and recreation director. “Our goal is to actually do a full military band concert series next year.”

Country Current posed for a photo following their concert at The Amp at Sam Michael's Park on Sunday evening. Toni Milbourne

Moving in that direction, the park will host the Army’s Blues Band on Aug. 25 at 3 p.m., as the last concert in its free summer concert series.

Doug Pittinger, of Shepherdstown, said he came to the Country Current concert to support the Armed Forces.

“I like this Amp, too,” Pittinger said, mentioning has attended several of the concerts offered in the summer concert series this year. “I hope it becomes more attended. Word of mouth and reputation will soon bring people.”

Fellow concert-goer Jim Schmitt agreed.

“I didn’t get to any of the concert series, but I did see Fiddler on the Roof here,” Schmitt said about the other performances in the series.

Country Current performed a variety of country and bluegrass cover songs, as well as some original music.

During the course of their show, they also recognized all of the U.S. veterans in the crowd by playing a medley of the military fight songs. Members of each branch of the service rose when their tune was played.

“Of course we end with the U.S. Navy,” shouted lead singer Musician First Class Daniel Stewart, as the band started “Anchors Aweigh.”

Stewart engaged the crowd throughout the evening.

“Do you all like country music?” Stewart asked early in the evening. At the shouts of affirmation, he said, “Good, because that’s all you’re going to hear tonight!”

Angie Hill said this was the first concert she had attended at The Amp.

“We came to check it out and enjoy the concert as a family, because, you know, my boy’s in the Navy,” Hill said, referencing her son.

Many other attendees were first-timers at The Amp.

Heather McIntyre, member of the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission, said she was pleased to see such a good turnout.

“Bringing the community together is something that we want this venue to do,” McIntyre said. “Tonight is a good example of that working.”