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Stanstock 2013 was such a raving success, we're doing it again ... Bigger & Better! 

Come join us November 1 & 2 at Timonium State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall for 

Stanstock 2014  ~ 30 artists ~ 2 Days ~ 2 Stages ~ Vendor Midway ~ Food & Drink ~ All Ages

In early 2012 Stan Gibson created a Facebook group page entitled Baltimore Bands from the 70s 80s 90s as a social media gathering place for people interested in the topic. Stan's motivations stem from his being an active musician in those decades, and was done solely out of love for the Maryland music scene in that period.

The page rapidly grew in popularity, garnering musicians and fans from the era. Today the page boasts over 6,000 active members.  Early in its extremely aggressive growth, Stan realized that he could not handle all of the administrative tasks alone and recruited Kitten Chavis and Linda Wake Garza as page administrators to be co-admins on the page. Kitten and Linda were quite active on the page, and Stan recognized that they had similar enthusiasm and vision for the potential of the page.

The Baltimore Bands page has had the effect of reuniting a large number of musicians in the area who had lost touch with each other over the years. The comradery today between the musicians, especially of those who were in competition with each other back in the day, is remarkable; it evidences the strength of the Maryland musical community. Several musical groups have reunited for performances as a result of Stan's efforts in providing a community watering-hole to gather around.

The page is active in reinforcing that community spirit, and has evolved to a tacit family, where members share in each other's' lives, celebrating birthdays together, mourning losses together, and responding to special needs of other members.

Recognizing the potential in that community spirit, Stan wanted to honor the musical artists from the era, and issued several editions of tee-shirts honoring and commemorating artists and crew members.

It also sparked a vision in Stan. It quickly became apparent that cancer has touched everyone's lives, in one way or another; it followed suit that raising funding for cancer research became the de facto fundraising focus of the Band Page.  Stan had the vision of producing a multi-day, multi-cultural event, providing a performance outlet for many more artists to support the cause. The idea for Stanstock was born.

Stanstock came together in the fall of 2013 to raise funds to fight cancer.  On October 5th and 6th of 2013 McAvoys of Parkville hosted the first annual Stanstock Concert Festival.  

Two days, two stages of continuous music featured a volunteer staff of more than sixty and a musician roster of over 165 musicians who donated their time, sweat and love for this worthy cause.  Things went smoothly in what could have been a chaotic get together, completely without a hitch.  

So smoothly, in fact, that we want to do it again...and again...and again...

There is not a soul that we've seen who has not been touched by the scourge of cancer in one way or another.  The Nicole Van Horn Trust Fund touched the staff so deeply because its focus is on cancer as it relates to children.   This year Stanstock has reaffirmed its commitment to the Nicole Van Horn Trust Fund.  http://nvhfund.org

But that's not all.

The group also has a big heart for the Wounded Warrior Project, whose vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.  Their mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.  Many of the page members are military veterans. http://woundedwarriorproject.org

 

"I have to tell you, going to Stanstock changed my life. I met a few people that weekend but in the days following the energy was still flowing and, in the sharing of it on facebook, my "friends" list began to grow. The amazing thing is that over the next few months those "friends" began to turn into relationships. Bonds have formed and continue to form as the ripples that started on that fabulous weekend spread. One of my favorite lines from a song "We are stitched together and held by the threads of song" seems to be exactly what is happening. And for me, those threads are beginning to pull on numerous areas of my life and blending with goals I set before I ever knew about Stanstock. As different as some of us are, music is our commonality and we share it with such passion. My life is so much fuller and richer as we explore these new friendships together... which brings me to my longwinded point... THANK YOU!!!! Thank you all for being such lovely fellow humans!" -- Heather Anne Walter

"Stanstock was what you hope every gig will be like! Couldn't have been more fun and you get to support a great cause at the same time!" -- Scott Jordan

"Even Mother Nature chipped in to make Stanstock two days of peace, love, music and fundraising." -- Ron Zuskin

"The entire event was very pleasant to say the least. Met many new friends. Saw many many....great bands. Something there for everyone's taste." -- Justin Johns

"Baltimore may take some knocks from other parts of our nation, some in jest, some just mean spirited, but this weekend's event is a testament to home town, it's people, it's musicians, and it's dedication to one-another. Hats off to you, Baltimore, you deserve it!" -- Rob Fahey