Leonardtown, MD – The 20th Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s signature jazz events, in partnership with the Town of Leonardtown and Visit St. Mary’s MD, announces discount overnight hotel packages available for visitors to stay the weekend in St. Mary’s County and experience all 3 days of the festival’s 20th anniversary events this July. For the first time in its 2-decade history, the Festival has expanded from a one day event to a three day jazz weekend to celebrate this milestone and encourage visitors and locals to experience all there is to do in Leonardtown and St. Mary’s County.
The money-saving packages, now available on the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival website, include overnight stays at a local hotel, 2 tickets to the Saturday event, a $50 gift certificate for Jazz Brunch at The Front Porch in Leonardtown on Sunday, July 14, and a commemorative 20th Anniversary Festival Poster.
This popular, annual festival, known for showcasing local culinary delicacies of Maryland’s Mother County and spotlighting renowned, national jazz talent, draws close to 1,000 jazz enthusiasts every year. The 20th anniversary weekend, billed as “A Soulful Summer Serenade,” is anticipated to be even bigger, as the Festival will now include a series of jazz-themed events throughout Leonardtown. These will include jazz brunches, after parties, art shows and more.
The festivities begin on Friday, July 12 with a Kickoff Concert and Party on the Town Square in Historic Leonardtown. This special event is a FREE, jazz era experience for the whole family featuring the Chesapeake Swingband performing from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The evening will be a celebration of jazz throughout the 20’s, the swing era of the 30’s – 40s, and the modern and Latin jazz era of the 50’s – 90’s. There will be a special Roaring 20’s dance performance from Ballet Caliente during the evening. Attendees are encouraged to come in their choice of period costume from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. There will be raffles and prizes awarded for costumes. After the concert, the celebration continues with jazz-themed after parties at restaurants throughout Leonardtown, including The Rex, Social Coffeehouse & Speakeasy, and Olde Town Pub. The event is part of the Leonardtown Summer Music Festival series.
On Saturday, July 13, the Festival’s main event takes place on the grounds of the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, Maryland. The lineup includes three nationally-acclaimed jazz acts, beginning with Art Sherrod, Jr. at 3 p.m., followed by Brian Simpson and Paula Atherton at 5 p.m. and concluding with headliner Mike Phillips at 7 p.m. A plethora of local food vendors, offering a wide variety of seafood and other Southern Maryland fare, will be available throughout the day. Free water taxi rides around picturesque St. Clement’s Island, the first landing of English settlers in Maryland in 1634, will be offered to all event-goers, as well as free admission to the museum. Special memorabilia commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Festival, including the ever-popular music poster with this year’s design, will be available for purchase.
The weekend wraps up on Sunday, July 14, when the Town of Leonardtown will once again host several jazz-themed activities, including jazz brunches at several in-town restaurants, a cocktail movie screening party of a classic jazz-age/themed film at Social Coffeehouse and Speakeasy, jazz exercise classes at a local in-town fitness studio, a jazz band and wine tastings at Port of Leonardtown Winery Cooperative tasting room, and an afternoon jazz event featuring local jazz artists and other related activities at Shepherds Old Field Market, an historic warehouse and hardware store rehabbed into an indoor marketplace and community gathering space containing shops, a deli, coffee shop, beer garden, winery and more.
Tickets and discount packages are now available on the festival’s new website, www.PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival.com, as well as on the event’s Facebook page. There, additional information about the weekend’s events can be found. The public is encouraged to check the website and Facebook page often as new information is updated weekly.
Proceeds from the event go towards funding the non-profit Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums’ mission of supporting the museums and historic sites under the care of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. The event’s major partners include the Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums, St. Mary’s County Museum Division, Town of Leonardtown and Visit St. Mary’s MD.
For more information regarding the festival, view promotional videos, purchase tickets or packages, please visit www.PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival.com. This event was made possible in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council.