The Navy’s Premiere Bluegrass Ensemble plays the Leonardtown Square on Saturday, May 18, 2019

News Release, Town of Leonardtown

Leonardtown, MD— On Saturday, May 18th, the new Leonardtown Summer Music Festival (LSMF) will kick off with a free, family-friendly concert featuring the U.S. Navy Band Country Current Bluegrass Ensemble in Leonardtown Square in honor of Armed Forces Day. The band will perform a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. Country Current provides a fun-filled, family friendly stage show that has been delighting fans for over 40 years.  

Featuring musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive recording and touring experience, the seven-member ensemble is comprised of banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.

The band, formed in 1973, has a rich legacy of notable alumni including Bill Emerson, Wayne Taylor, and Jerry Gilmore. They have performed for country music fans all over the world; as well as for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The performance will start at 6:00 p.m. and take place on the Square in historic downtown Leonardtown: 22735 Washington St. Leonardtown, MD 20650 (In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the St. Mary’s Ryken Auditorium: 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown, MD 20650).

New this year, attendees can pre-order picnic bags from participating businesses in Town for select concerts during the music festival that runs from May 18th – September 7th. Participating local restaurants for the Country Current concert include: Social Coffeehouse & Speakeasy, Jessie’s Kitchen, Smokey Joe’s on the Town, Shepherds Old Field Market and Port of Leonardtown Winery. Why not order and pick up a picnic bag, bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the concert in the Square. To learn how to order a picnic bag for the concert, visit:

Other LSMF Concerts in May include the Leonardtown High School Jazz Band at the Wharf on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (rain date May 30th at the same time) and the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra at Leonardtown Wharf on Monday, May 27th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (no rain date has been set for this concert).

The Leonardtown Summer Music Festival is sponsored by the Commissioners of Leonardtown and the Leonardtown Business Association in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, James LePore Productions and generous sponsors that include Marrick Homes, Quality Built Homes, Leonardtown Cheverolet, Buick and GMC. A special thanks to Big Larry’s Eatery for catering the reception for the Navy Band. For more information, visit or call 301-475-9791.

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