It was Live Aid come to Bowie last Saturday -- on a much more modest scale than the recent concerts in Philadelphia and London -- but the idea was the same: to help the starving people of Africa.
A free concert dubbed Music Explosion for USA for Africa, held at Allen's Pond in Bowie, featured local musicians and drew a crowd of about 400. Sponsors said about $600 was collected.
Organizer Tim Haynes said he had hoped for 2,500 people and $5,000 in contributions, but at least, he said, "we gave it a go. I'm just happy with doing it." Haynes, 27, said he thought a heavy rain Saturday morning may have scared people off.
Those who came Saturday spread picnics out on a hillside facing the outdoor stage and listening to a variety of music as a refreshing breeze blew in from Allen's Pond.
First up was Mary Ann Marlowe, 11, a singer who was Maryland's Miss National Pre-Teen. She was followed by Kashmir, an all-female rock group, and Fat Fingers, a progressive jazz and blues band. Guitarist Jimmy Joyce played jazz songs.
But the musical highlight was provided by Haynes' own band, the Honeybees, which played such favorites as "How Sweet It Is," "What's Love Got to Do With It?" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
Mike Eagney of Bowie said he didn't know how effective the concert would be, but "the idea is all-world. You know, not all-county, all-state or all-America. All-world. It's great, and definitely a great show, too . . .