First 40 Fest in Maryland Highlights Music Artists, Others

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — The first 40 Fest took place this weekend, featuring hip-hop and R&B artists from around the region.

“I’m a West Side kid. I grew up on the west side of Frederick. We call it the Golden Mile. A lot of resources were cut and reallocated to other parts and we wanted to bring something for ourselves through us and it was necessary,” said Kiki Wilson, the festival organizer.

More than 20 musical artists showcased their talents. Asa Weeks was one of them.

“I know a lot of these guys here. We are all passionate about music. To be able to do something like this, with all of us in one place, is special,” Weeks said.

Aspiring business owners said the opportunity was significant in the community.

“I’m excited to be a part of something new at Frederick, especially to shine a light on a group of different black artists and creators like myself,” said LaTosha Maddox, owner of Art by Tosha.

“It’s another way for people to showcase their talent and that’s why I’m here. I am fortunate to be able to continue to showcase my talents and all that I have to offer the world,” said Zechariah Kint, owner of Gelani Luxury.