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With the weather warming up, more and more of us will flock outside and venture to new events. This weekend features two special concerts in Annapolis with a blend of indoor and outdoor entertainment.

All weekend, The Whiskey will host the BLUSH Music & Art Festival 2013, which supports the Gene Gadd Cancer Foundation and the annual Avon Breast Cancer walk.

The event runs Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.

Over two days and three stages (upstairs, downstairs and outdoor), patrons can choose to enjoy the sun and the weather outside or unwind inside during the performances. Those in attendance will see 36 bands on Saturday and 21 on Sunday, including: The Kelly Bell Band, Mama Black Sheep, Happy Fuzzy, Bumpin’ Uglies, Viki Nova, Skribe, Pietasters, Faycez U Know, Cold Cash, Shawn Owen and a lot more.

What began as a project between Shannon Greb, of the Avon Foundation of Women, and Raoul Graves, the owner of Next Big Thing Productions, the company that runs the concert, has grown from a one-day event to two days for the first time this year.

“Every year it’s gotten progressively bigger,” said Laura Mackay, manager for Next Big Thing Productions and bartender at The Whiskey. “We’re aiming for 1,000 people for the two days. Last year we had about 600.”

If you’re in the mood to rock out and contribute to a good cause, head out to West Street this weekend.

by Jake Russell

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