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Posted on: July 26, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Annapolis Rising Benefit Concert on Saturday, 7/28 - UPDATE

For Immediate Release:                

Media contact: Susan O’Brien, 443-254-6000 or


Update #2: 

Information about Annapolis Rising: 

A Benefit for The Capital Gazette Fund and Free Press on July 28

Event features Capital Gazette Journalists, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake

& Jordan Klepper 


Annapolis, MD (7-26-18) – Mayor Gavin Buckley and the City of Annapolis will host a benefit concert on Saturday, July 28, for the victims’ families and survivors of June 28’s mass shooting at The Capital Gazette building in Annapolis. The concert also will promote freedom of the press and its importance to our country’s democracy. Headlining the concert is international recording artist, Good Charlotte, a Maryland-based band with connection to the City. In addition, Less Than Jake, another national recording artist currently performing on the Vans Warped Tour, will open for Good Charlotte in the evening portion of the event. Jordan Klepper, from Comedy Central’s The Opposition and Klepper shows, will speak before Less Than Jake.


Gates open at 11 a.m. with the band, Zee Band, performing during this pre-event time. The benefit will officially begin at 12 noon with the National Anthem performed by Paul Reed Smith of PRS Guitars, based in Stevensville, Md. Immediately after, there will be a special presentation to the families of the five victims of the shooting – Wendi Winters, Rob Hiassen, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, and Rebecca Smith. Music will continue at 12:30 p.m. with the band, Western Star Band. At 1:20 p.m., the Great Heights Band will perform. At 2 p.m. during the set change on stage, journalist Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times, Tom LoBianco – formerly of the Associated Press and CNN and The Gazette, and Lucy Dalgish – Dean of the Merrill School of Journalism at University of Maryland. At 2:20 p.m., music will continue to with Art Sherrod, Jr. At 2:33 p.m., Bishop Craig Coates of Fresh Start Church will lead a moment of silence in honor of the victims. At 3 p.m., former Director of Civil Rights for the Maryland Attorney General and Annapolis Alderman The Honorable Carl Snowden will speak during the transition to music group, Skribe. At 4 p.m. Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and White House Correspondents Association Olivier Knox will speak before the next musical group, Higher Hands. At 5 p.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center Board Chair and World Class Sailor Gary Jobson will speak during the transition to the musical group, Dublin 5. Dublin 5 will perform Amazing Grace as their last song leading to the 6 p.m. ceremony to honor First Responders. The ceremony will be led by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. At 6:20 p.m., the band Clones of Funk will take the stage. At 7 p.m., Rick Hutzell, editor of The Capital, will speak, along with other representatives of The Capital and Maryland Gazette staffs. At 7:30 p.m., Less than Jake will take the stage. At 8:15 p.m., during the set change, Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper will speak. At 8:30 p.m., the headlining act, Good Charlotte, performs. At 10 p.m., the event ends.

The entire event takes place on Calvert Street between West Street and Northwest Streets. Tickets cost $25 each in advance, $30 at the door (children age 10 and under are free with paying adult) and can be purchased on this link. There is a limit, first-come, first served, of 3,000 tickets due to space limitations. Ticket holders must bring tickets with them to event. Legal identification required for alcohol purchases inside the venue. No chairs, coolers, backpacks or outside beverages allowed. There will be food and drink sold inside the event perimeter. Attendees will be issued wrist bands to leave and return to the event as needed throughout the event.

Preferred parking is available at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Rowe Boulevard side of lot) for $10, with proceeds also going to the victims’ fund. Free shuttles will be transporting Navy stadium parkers to the event. Additional parking information available at There are several garages located near the event location.

Sponsors are helping offset costs associated with staging, A/V, security and more so that nearly all proceeds from tickets can be donated to The Capital Gazette’s Families Fund. 


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