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Swedish-born musician Robert Lighthouse performed at the Silver Spring Blues Festival. PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE  SILVER SPRING — Singers pined for old lovers, protested social ills, and asked the timeless question, “When I get drunk, who’s gonna carry me home?,” at the 10th annual Silver Spring Blues Festival on Saturday.

The 12-hour-long concert featured 12 artists performing on two stages in downtown Silver Spring. The show marked the end of Blues Week, a series of concerts in the area leading up to Saturday’s festivities, in which 1920s-era blues classics shared the stage with new original songs to create a lively mix of styles.

Alan Bowser, former president of Silver Spring Town Center, started the Silver Spring Blues Festival in 2009. He created the festival to be something unique to Silver Spring, and to help support local businesses.

“Over the years we’ve grown from one stage from two stages. We’ve gone from all-electric blues to electric blues and acoustic blues. We’ve gone from one day to Blues Week because there wasn’t enough time for just one day of blues,” said Bowser.

Instead of large national acts, Rockville now relies more on local musicians to perform at Hometown Holidays. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

ROCKVILLE – The Hometown Holidays festival is more condensed now than in the past.

The city no longer hosts the large concerts like a decade ago because the development that sprang up in recent years absorbed the space needed for an event of that scale, according to city officials.

Tim Chesnutt, director of Rockville Parks and Recreation Department, said the city will not be able to host another performance with matching what the festival in 2005 drew when Hootie and the Blowfish headlined.