The Leonardtown Summer Music Festival Presents: A Kickoff Concert/Party for the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival Weekend
This special event is a FREE, jazz era concert/party in historic Leonardtown with the Chesapeake Swingband performing from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Leonardtown Square on Friday, July 12, 2019. The evening will be a celebration of jazz throughout the 20’s (jazz age), the 30’s-40s (swing era), and the 50’s (modern and Latin jazz). There will be a special Roaring 20’s dance performance from Ballet Caliente during the evening and a classic antique car show featuring classic cars from the 20’s – the 50’s courtesy of St. Mary’s Rod & Classic Car Club.
Attendees are encouraged to come in dressed in attire from their favorite era from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, but costumes are not required. There will be a complimentary accessories table with costume pieces while supplies last. However, there will be a costume contest with gift cards and a cash prize for those who want to go all out and dress in attire from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. There will also be a 50/50 Raffle. Attendees may wish to bring portable tables and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Order a picnic bag from participating restaurants in town and enjoy a Kid-free Evening with Drop N’ Dine where children will be entertained with kid-friendly art activities at participating businesses (by reservation only).
The Maryland State Arts Council will be filming during the event for inclusion in an Arts & Entertainment film to be screened on Maryland Arts Day. Be sure to come in costume and be there early!
The celebration continues after the concert with jazz-themed after parties at the following restaurants in Historic Leonardtown: The Rex, Social Coffeehouse, and Olde Town Pub. See below for more details!
For more information, visit the Leonardtown Summer Music Festival Website at www.leonardtownmusicfest.com.
See below for just some of the activities (check back often; more activities added weekly!):
St. Mary's Arts Council at the Leonardtown Arts Center
St. Mary’s County resident Susan McNeill shares the rich heritage of her father’s photography of jazz legends and other entertainment stars taken at the pinnacle of the Swing Jazz era during the “Art Share” program. Susan’s father, Robert McNeill, was a celebrated freelance, and later, State Department photographer, and a native of Washington, D.C. Much of the photography on exhibit is set in the streets and venues and in and around Washington in the pre-and post WWII era. Washington D.C.’s U Street-Shaw corridors as well as New York’s 125th St and Lenox Avenue were the boulevards and meccas of “Swing” and of the early modern jazz era of the 1930s and 40s. The show will run from July 5 – August 2, kicking off during the First Friday “Art Share” presentation on July 5 from 5:30PM – 6:30PM.
North End Gallery
A month-long show called “JaZZitUP!” July is JaZZitUp month at North End Gallery in downtown Leonardtown. The gallery’s artists will celebrate the great American art form – Jazz Music – with their own interpretations through painting, photography, clay, glass, wood and jewelry. What does that look like? Find out at the First Friday Reception from 5-8 pm on July 5. This exhibit runs through July 28.
North End Gallery also joins the fun of the 20th Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival July 12-14 with longer hours and refreshments. See website for details.
Fenwick Street Used Books & Music
Check out Fenwick Street Used Books & Music near the Leonardtown Square for a wide variety of jazz records on vinyl, many of which would be great for collectors!
Board & Brush Creative Studio Leonardtown
Have some creative fun while in for the festival weekend! Use the code JAZZ10 to get $10 off any class booked at Board & Brush Leonardtown. Enter the code in the “Apply Code” box at checkout anytime between July 6 – 20. Code cannot be combined with other discounts and discount cannot be applied retroactively.
The Good Earth Natural Foods Co.
The Good Earth Natural Foods Co., a healthy grocer in downtown Leonardtown, will be featuring the “Summertime” smoothie (just like the Ella Fitzgerald song!). The “Summertime” is made of blueberry, mango, peach, date, coconut water, and is dolloped with So Delicious Coconut Whipped Topping. This smoothie will be 10% off the weekend of the Jazz Festival (July 12 – 14, 2019) for all attendees.