Rock Out to Live Bands on New Year’s Eve in Hagerstown

Ring in the new year at The Historic Maryland Theatre with legendary music and a chance to win thousands in cash.

New Year’s Eve is back, baby! If you’re looking for an adrenaline-fueled way to celebrate the new year, New Year’s Eve at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown promises an epic countdown with full-volume hits by some of the biggest sounds in rock and roll. Paired with drinks, food, and over $30,000 in Cash Prizes leading up to the lowering of the Cash Bash Ball presented by Los Amigos, and a $20,000 final drawing at midnight, we’re having one heck of a party!

The 2021 event, hosted on Friday, December 31, takes place at the beautifully restored historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The theme: legendary rock and roll from the ’70s–’80s, kicked off by Jester, a five-man band from Hagerstown known for their big sound and repertoire of fan favorites.

Then, party on to some of the most significant hard rock tunes of the ’80s performed by Nightrain—The Guns & Roses Tribute Experience, a nationally acclaimed Guns N’ Roses tribute band known for their authenticity and showmanship.

Get ready to raise your hands and voices as you ring in the new year to the recognizable riffs of AC/DC performed by Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute band. The headliners are known for immersing audiences in an experience that includes authentic vocals, impeccable musicianship, and a stage show complete with smoke and cannons.

Rob Immer, president of Interstate Festival Group and the event’s organizer, expressed his enthusiasm about this year’s celebration: “We held the 2020 New Year’s Eve event online because of COVID-19 restrictions. It was fun but there’s nothing like listening to live music to ring in the new year. We can’t wait to be back together to celebrate in person.”

Cash Bash Live drawings will be held throughout the evening, culminating in a mega $20,000 cash prize. Proceeds from Cash Bash Live benefit the Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League.


Jester |

Regional rock heavyweights Jester kick off New Year’s Eve at the Maryland Theatre with a high-energy setlist of classic and current rock favorites. 

Entertaining audiences for over 15 years, band members Butch Barnhart (vocals/guitar), Mark Grove (drums), Jeff Barnhart (bass guitar/vocals), Scott Blake (guitar/vocals), and Eric Schanzenbacher (guitar) have committed themselves to entertain the masses with an energetic stage show and songs geared towards getting fans up on the dance floor and having a good time. 

Formed in late 2001, Jester was founded by Butch Barnhart and Rob Richardson, bassist Jeff Barnhart and drummer Pat Henson. After rocking the region for three years the band took a year-long hiatus, regrouping in 2005, replacing Pat Henson with drummer Mark Grove, a mainstay for years in the local music scene.

For the next eight years, Jester brought rock and roll to fans across the region, opening for nationally-acclaimed band Kix and entertaining crowds of up to 10,000 at the Bonanza Extravaganza, a benefit for the IAFF Local 1605 Foundation.

In 2012, the members of Jester planned to retire after three decades of performing— but the band was destined to live on, and in 2014, played a reunion show at Thunder Road Bike Week, adding guitarist and vocalist Scott Blake. In 2019, Jester added guitarist Eric Schanzenbacher, finalizing the immersive live sound Jester fans love.


Nightrain—The Guns & Roses Tribute Experience |

New Year’s Eve at the Maryland Theatre is proud to welcome Nightrain—The Guns & Roses Tribute Experience! This tribute to Guns N’ Roses has rocked the hottest venues across the US, including The House Of Blues, MTVs Famous Club La Vela, and The FC Dallas Stadium. At the renowned Carolina Rebellion festival, they shared the bill with rock legends Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Buckcherry.

Fans will be transported by the authentically styled vocals and the hypnotic swaying of Lee Robinson (Axl Rose); and John Bradford’s (Slash) classic riffs, perfect showmanship, and top hat. The tight rhythms of Jeff Young (Izzy Stradlin), Brian Rankin (Duff McKagan), and Dee Williams (Steven Adler) provide the style and energy that keeps this true concert tribute together.

Nightrain’s vibrant stage presence and musically accurate lineup leave Guns N’ Roses fans wanting more.


Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute |

Journey down the Highway To Hell with headliners Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute—known for capturing the sights and sounds (including bells and cannons!) of AC/DC to sold-out audiences across the country. 

Pulling from the full AC/DC catalog, including the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras, fans will experience familiar hits along with a few deeper cuts and band members’ personal favorites.

Tyler Melen’s ridiculously non-stop on-stage performance replicates the Angus Young of the ’70s and ’80s, while Bobby Lee Stamper’s versatile vocals mimic both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson ranges. Rhythm guitar player Kevin Feller, drummer Corey Baetz, and bass player Chris Jones recreate the chugging rhythms, crafting a show that’s as true to the spirit of AC/DC as you can get.



Click HERE for special advance discounted ticket offers and to order tickets.

General admission and VIP tickets are available. 

General admission includes open seating at the Maryland Theatre on the upper and lower level. The concession stand will be open for adult drinks and concessions. 

VIP tickets include premier lower-level seating, two adult drink tickets, and heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Bella’s Bites in the cocktail lounge. 

All VIP and General Admission tickets include one Cash Bash Drawing number. All Cash Bash Drawing numbers are eligible for prizes on New Year’s Eve totaling over $30,000 in Cash Prizes, including the $20,000 final drawing at midnight. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Additional Cash Bash tickets are sold separately.

Up-to-date Maryland State COVID-19 protocol will be followed during this event. 

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Friday, December 31, 2021

The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md.

7:00 p.m. | Doors Open

7:30 p.m. | Jester

9:00 p.m. | Nightrain—The Guns & Roses Tribute Experience

10:45 p.m | Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC

Midnight  | Countdown to 2022 as we lower the Cash Bash Ball—presented by Los Amigos!

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