COLTONS POINT, MD – It was a perfect Saturday afternoon to jive to live jazz music and taste the seafood offerings at the 17th annual Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival.

Artists such as Selina Albright, Matt Marshak, and Eric Darius put their hearts and souls into their performances. Albright opened the event with songs she created based on her life experiences. Marshak featured a simple quartet to show off his bandmates’ talents and his unique guitar abilities. Darius offered a hybrid of sounds that approached jazz with exciting and innovative energy.

Event-goers reclined in their lawn chairs or camping chairs, swaying with the breeze and the beat under the shade of the trees or umbrellas. Event officials provided free ice cold water and a cooling station at the Little Red Schoolhouse for participants to get out of the heat. While lounging, event-goers had the chance to enjoy fresh seafood, barbecue and cold, creamy ice cream.

Before the artists took the stage for the evening, North Star Charters were available to ferry people across the river to tour St. Clement’s Island and the replica Blackistone Lighthouse.

The Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival raises funds for the Friends of the St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Lighthouse Museums. They also contribute to museum projects at Drayden African American Schoolhouse, The Charlotte Hall Schoolhouse, and the U-1105 Black Panther Historic Submarine Shipwreck Preserve.

Vendors include The Crab Claw Museum Store, Bear Creek BBQ, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Calvert Kettle Corn, Chief’s Bar, New Orleans by MYRA, and Optimist International.

Sponsors include ADF Bingo, Bozick Distributors, Inc., Country Inn and Suites in California, the 2016 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Brothers Johnson Septic Service, Inc., Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, College of Southern Maryland Twilight Performances, The Cherry Cove Group, JASINT Consulting Technologies, La Quinta Inn and Suites of Lexington Park, Days Off Deli and Grill, and WhittenLaserEye.

For more information, check out the festival’s website or Facebook page.

Contact Jacqui Atkielski at j.atkielski@thebaynet.com.