News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Event to include expanded festival weekend in Partnership with Historic Leonardtown

Leonardtown, MD – The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s signature jazz events, held along the shores of the beautiful Potomac River in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, is set to feature a fantastic lineup of jazz artists in celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary this July. For the first time, the Festival will be expanded from a one day event to a three day jazz weekend.

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 kick-off with an intimate jazz concert on the Square in downtown Historic Leonardtown on Friday, July 12, featuring contemporary jazz trio “Higher Standards”. The evening will also include after parties and jazz-themed events throughout the town. The event is also 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. 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, where the Town of Leonardtown will 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 the in-town coffee shop, Social Coffeehouse and Speakeasy, jazz classes at a local, in-town fitness studio, jazz events at Port of Leonardtown Winery Cooperative tasting room, and an afternoon jazz event featuring local jazz artists and other 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 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.

Out of town visitors are encouraged to stay the entire weekend to enjoy all the festivities by purchasing special discount festival hotel packages, which will include such amenities like hotel room stays, festival tickets, brunch and other dining tickets and wine tastings. Additional details to come.

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.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...