Benefit Concert for Widow of SRHS Grad at Maryland Hall
Country music recording artist Adam Ritchie will be performing a concert at Maryland Hall on April 22 as a benefit for the widow of Greg Sears. Sears was shot and killed in his driveway in Laurel in January.
It was a random act of violence that took Greg’s life just one week before the birth of his
first child. We caught up with Ritchie about the concert and how he got involved. He said that the concert came about when Ritchie attended Sears’ funeral.
“I spoke with a few family members and friends from high school and we decided that I would have the show in Annapolis and it would become a benefit,” Ritchie said.
Sears and Ritchie both attended South River High School in Edgewater.
Ritchie and friends got the ball rolling, but didn’t tell Sarah Sears, Greg’s widow, until after the baby came and things had settled down. Once everything was set up, they asked for her blessing.
“Sarah agreed… and here we are,” he said.
At the show, Ritchie will play last in the lineup. Ronnie Wayne and then Tidewater Band will take the stage first.
“People should expect a concert,” Ritchie said. “I mostly do country music, but I like all types and we will throw some rock and alternative songs in the mix as well.”
Ritchie will be performing with the AbiRose Band, a group that plays at venues around the mid-Atlantic.
The tickets for the benefit cost $25 per person. Ritchie is hoping someone will come forward to pay for the rental of Maryland Hall so that more money can go to Sarah and the baby.
To order tickets, visit the Maryland Hall ticket page.
The concert at Maryland Hall will be a venture slightly outside of Ritchie’s frequent gigs. Although he grew up locally, he lives in Baltimore now, playing venues in the city, Timonium, Towson, West Virginia—all around.
Ritchie’s past took him to Nashville in 1997 where he cut his first album. He’s been back and forth to that city of music, recording three other albums since.
Ritchie said that his songs sell on iTunes. He’s got fans around the globe who enjoy his songwriting and singing. Music still isn’t the thing that pays the bills though, so Ritchie also follows another one of his passions by day—soccer. He is the technical director of Maryland Rush.
“I am privileged to run the Maryland Chapter [of Maryland Rush]. Coaching is something I love to do,” he said.
He also coaches soccer at the Severn School and works at the Chesapeake Academy as a PE teacher.
Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis. For more information on Adam Ritchie, check out his Facebook page.