Robbie Boothe

Leonardtown, MD — The regular monthly Downtown Tunes in Leonardtown switched to country Saturday, Aug. 22 with a long-time local favorite and a fast-rising up-and-comer. The three-hour free performance to an appreciative audience on the square highlighted the talents of Sara Gray and Robbie Boothe.

Gray is a local girl made good. According to her website, she “has opened for Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and the WMZQ Fest.  And Gray and her band have opened for Nashville act Scarletta, Kellie Pickler and Little Big Town on the main stage at venues in Maryland and Washington, DC.”

The website says, “Sara has wowed thousands of fans singing the national anthem at Major League sporting events including the Washington Capitals, Washington Kastles, and Washington Nationals. Sara has also performed the national anthem for ESPN’s Pro-Bass Tournament, minor league football team- the Washington Eagles, minor league baseball team – the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, NIKE’s First Women’s half marathon in Washington, DC to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for The Preakness celebrations. Sara has also sung “God Bless America” at the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. She has been a regular performer in Washington DC and other US cities including San Antonio, Texas and Columbus, Ohio traveling with a corporate band.”

According to Robbie Boothe’s website, “I am 18 years old. I have lived in Southern Maryland all my life and come from a great family. I have two amazing parents and two awesome siblings; one brother (16) and one sister (12). My family is extremely large and they are so supportive of my music. I have been singing for my whole life but never really got into the performing side of music until two years ago. I made the decision to take guitar lessons and if it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t be performing the shows that I do today. Last summer, I played my first ever show at the bike fest in Leonardtown, opening for the “Sam Grow Band.” Ever since that day, they have given me so many opportunities to open for them and I am so appreciative of all they do for me. “The Sara Gray Band” as well as “Come Back Iris” have also given me opportunities to open for them. The local artists around this area are so helpful with advice and always trying to “get my name out.” I am looking forward to forming a band once I find the right people. Lastly, I would like to say that I am so blessed to have encountered so many great people in my life and I can’t wait to perform more shows for y’all in the future. Thank you Southern Maryland! Y’all’s support and love is what keeps my music going!”

Downtown Tunes is hosted by James LePore in cooperation with the Town of Leonardtown and the Leonardtown Business Association, and sponsors Quality Built Homes, Winegardner Automotive, Marrick Homes, Guy Distributing and Big Larry’s Eatery.”

Please enjoy the attached Photo Gallery of Downtown Tunes Aug. 22 by The BayNet Photojournalist Ron Bailey.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com