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Nestled on the shore of the Potomac River along the banks of St. Mary's County, MD is a little museum that tells the story of how Maryland was founded by the English who landed at St. Clement's Island in 1634. The St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point has hosted the annual Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival as a fundraiser for museum educational programs and preservation projects since June 1999 when the legendary jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd performed on the lawn just months before his passing that following December. In the years that followed, the event gradually grew to larger audiences and better-known artists. Past jazz performers include the reunited Blackbyrds with guest sax man Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Marcus Johnson, Gregg Karukas, Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, 480 East, and many more.
Festival goers prefer Smooth Jazz artists by far and will be pleased with this year's amazing line up for the July 14 event. The three jazz groups on tap for this year are the young and dynamic sax man Marcus Anderson at 3 pm, world-reknown jazz guitarist Marc Antoine featuring hip keyboardist Brian Simpson at 5 pm, and the heavy-hitting veteran saxophonist Steve Cole at 7 pm. All are encouraged to come early to enjoy an optional and complimentary boat ride to visit St. Clement's Island State Park and also a surprise 2 pm musical performance everyone will be sure to enjoy!
The museum is nestled in a residential neighborhood and limited parking restricts ticket sales to 800. Many enjoy the intimacy of the venue and the simplicity of keeping the focus on the music, the artists, and the amazing choices of seafood and other specialties that taste all the better at this riverside venue. As word gets out about this festival, the 800 tickets are selling out faster every year, last year in 16 days! It is expected to sell out even sooner this year!
You can and should mark your calendar for two things. The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival is always scheduled for the second Saturday of July and tickets always go on sale June 1. If you would like to buy tickets to this year's event, it is recommended you buy sooner than later, and preferably on Friday, June 1! Tickets are $60 per person. For full details of the event, policies, directions, on line ticket sales, info about the event sponsors, just go to the museum's home page at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums. If you would like to become an event sponsor, please contact the event coordinator Kim Cullins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-769-2385.
It is the most intimate and unique jazz experience in Southern Maryland and proceeds go to a great cause! Don't miss it!
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