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Susie's Cause Bluegrass-Folk Festival July 30th

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Susie's Cause Bluegrass-Folk FestivalBaltimore, MD -- The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc. (“Susie’s Cause”) is thrilled to present rising star singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz and old-time bluegrass stalwarts Seldom Scene at its Bluegrass-Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland. The legendary bluegrass superstar set to headline this second annual event will be announced on May 30. The Stray Birds, Mipso, Tim and Savannah Finch with the Eastman String Band, and the Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet round out the bill of this year’s festival, all proceeds of which will benefit Susie’s Cause, the Baltimore-based national nonprofit foundation dedicated to colon cancer prevention, treatment, and support services.

Gates for the rain-or-shine festival open at 11 a.m., with music starting at noon and continuing until 10 p.m. A limited number of early-bird general admission tickets are available until May 29 for $45. General admission tickets will then increase to $55 in advance and to $65 on the day of the festival, including those purchased at the gate. In addition, a limited number of early-bird premier tickets—a new offering at this year’s festival—are available, also until May 29, for $135. Premier tickets will then be available for $155. Premier ticket holders will enjoy free parking, preferred seating, catered lunch and dinner, and libations courtesy of festival sponsor Tito’s Handmade Vodka. One parking pass per car is required to park at the event. Parking passes for non-premier ticket holders are available in advance for $10 and will be sold at the festival for $15. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted free to the festival with a paying adult. Tickets and parking passes can be purchased online, at

Gifted multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” Only 24 years old, the precocious, folksy Texan already has three Grammy Award nominations to her credit. Her fourth album, Undercurrent, is scheduled for release on June 17.

With the retirement of Ben Eldridge earlier this year, bluegrass darlings Seldom Scene may have lost their last remaining original member, but the addition to the lineup of virtuosic fiddler Rickie Simpson—brother of longtime Scene bassist Ronnie Simpkins—means the future remains bright as ever for this Grammy Award-nominated quintet, now in its fifth decade of making music.

Susie’s Cause’s Bluegrass-Folk Festival is held in loving memory of Charlotte Bohn, a lifelong Baltimore resident and classically trained singer and performer who had a passion for bluegrass music. “Charlotte was a Susie’s Cause board member who sadly lost her battle to colorectal cancer in early 2015 at age 38, leaving behind two small children and a loving family,” said Susie’s Cause founder and president David Rodman Cohan.

Festival attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax and enjoy this spectacular summer day of great bluegrass and folk music. Food, including open-pit BBQ, beer, and other adult beverages will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages are prohibited, with the exception of three unopened bottles of water per person and baby food and snacks.

About Susie’s Cause: The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc. (“Susie’s Cause”) has broken the silence about colorectal cancer and worked tirelessly to establish itself as the national grassroots voice championing the critical importance of early screening and detection, healthy living, and aggressive therapeutic intervention in preventing and treating this disease. Also dedicated to funding critical research, Susie’s Cause has raised and donated over $500,000 to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

This year, Susie’s Cause is taking its signature Outreach Health Festival to 10 cities across the United States, including Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and New York. A free day of overall health education, with a particular focus on colon cancer screening and prevention, these festivals are specifically designed to engage underserved communities, in which colon cancer diagnoses and deaths occur at an alarmingly high rate. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Baltimore, Susie’s Cause, a 501(c)(3) charity, currently has affiliates in California and North Carolina, with plans for further expansion. To learn more, go online to, or call 410-244-1778.

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