Silver Spring: Got Live When You Want It

Silver Spring is a burgeoning scene for live music performances. Sure, you know about the Fillmore and the variety of acts that perform there. However, there are plenty of other places in the Arts & Entertainment District downtown that feature live performances, and you can find a show somewhere pretty much any night of the week.

The Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee, appointed by the county Executive and which I chair, decided to do something to show people what we have to offer. The chosen vehicle was a short video. We received a small grant from the Maryland State Arts Council to help fund the production (they were quite excited by the application—no other district in the state had tried to do something like this as a promotional tool), which was matched with funds from the Silver Spring Urban District.

The result is this video titled “Got Live When You Want It.” We hope you enjoy it and it opens some eyes to what’s going on in Silver Spring. Incidentally, I showed this to the county executive’s Nighttime Economy Task Force, on which I served. Another task force member, who owns Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, reacted this way: “It makes me want to come to Silver Spring!” Exactly what we’re hoping the video inspires people to do.

P.S. Watch the credits all the way through to see the names of the performers and the venues in which they played. Thanks.

About the Author: Mike Diegel is a 20-year resident of Northwood/Four Corners and a long-time advocate for Silver Spring. Currently, he is chair of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee and a member of the county executive’s Purple Line Implementation Advisory Group. Despite all that, his two Great Pyrenees dogs are better known around town than he is.

Pete Tan
A DC Native, people say I'm rude and abrasive; I say I'm passionate. I've been working in marketing since 2005. My brothers and I paid Geppi's rent through the 80s and 90s. My relief at an indoor wavepool never materializing in Silver Spring is balanced by my disappointment that City Place has dozens of shuttered storefronts. I love what you've done with your hair.

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