BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is locking out its musicians now that contract and salary negotiations have stalled.

The Baltimore Sun reports the lockout starts Monday. Musicans say they're also losing 12 weeks of pay since management abruptly cancelled summer concerts. Musicians have been playing without a new contract since September.

National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival has announced its first eight musical acts for this year.

Among them are the award winning blind fiddler Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Sounds of Korea and the fiddle Western singing group Quebe Sisters.

In addition there will be Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, Imamyar Hasanoy & Abbos Kosimov as well as Mariachi Los Comperos, Marquise Knox and Orquesta SCC.

Mayor Jake Day said that he was “blown away at how lost you get in the talent.”


DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Musicians booking gigs in the town of Dewey Beach will have to pay to play.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,  reports that for the first time the town is making musicians and DJs buy a $109 business license to play in the town. If a performer does not pay, they face a warning or a fine of up to $500.

The fee only applies to musicians being paid, so free acts are exempt.

Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson says having artists pay for a business license is a matter of fairness.