June 12--Summer is here and with warmer nights, it's a great time to explore the outdoor concert scene in the area. As the rhythms of the Moody Blues cover band or classic rhythms and blues wash over you, tilt your chair back or lie on your picnic blanket and enjoy the light show above: the dozens of cartwheeling constellations twinkling high in the sky.
Enjoy the starry, starry skies as Vincent Van Gogh envisioned the heavens or create a masterpiece of your own.
Back on earth, inhale the music streaming out in the night air over the audience. The lineup at venues and parks are impressive -- a literal palette of sounds from classic to contemporary from a cornucopia of local, regional and national talents.
Love jazz? There's easily a half dozen concerts you'll want to take in. Ditto for rock 'n' roll, R&B, country, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass, soul, hip hop or the big band sound.
Best of all, the concerts are free.
The concerts are also all family-friendly events. Go as a family or a block party. Be sure to take lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket laden with a dinner alfresco.
Bring your camera for selfies with the evening's musical stars.
Note, all venues except Maryland Hall prohibit alcohol. Some also ban dogs. For more details, always check the venue's website before you go.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
The museum's 14th annual Tides 'n' Tunes series will feature a wide range of music -- and an evening of fun at Cap'n Herbie Sadler Waterman's Park on Back Creek at the end of Second Street in Eastport.
The Thursday night concerts run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. While admission is free, a $10 donation is suggested.
For more information, visit www.amaritime.org or call 410-295-0104.
In case of rain, the concerts will be held in the Buchanan Bay Room of the McNasby Oyster Co. building -- the museum's headquarters at 723 Second St.
--June 19 -- Chester River Runoff.
--June 26 -- Eastport Oyster Boys.
--July 3 -- The Shatners.
--July 10 -- Sly 45.
--July 17 -- Higher Hands.
--July 24 -- D'Vibe and Conga.
--July 31 -- Blue Suede Bop.
--Aug. 7 -- Hypnotic Panties.
Note: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 21, the museum grounds will once again be the scene for Eastport A Rockin' festival. This year's family friendly event will spotlight more than 25 up-and-coming bands -- all local talent from around the Chesapeake region -- performing on three stages. Admission is $12 online for advance purchase ($15 at the gate), $75 VIP online advance purchase ($100 at the gate), and free for children under age 13. For more information, visit www.eastportarockin.com.
Annapolis Towne Centre
This summer's concert series presented at Annapolis Towne Centre, on Towne Centre Boulevard, off Route 2 south in Parole, will showcase an assortment of local talent. Bring a beach chair, but be ready to dance.
These Friday night concerts run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Note: No concert on July 4.
For more information, visit www.visitatc.com/events or call 410-573-0703.
--June 13 -- Doug Segree.
--June 20 -- Dan Haas.
--June 27 -- Bodkin Creek.
--July 11 -- The Reagan Years.
--July 18 -- Swamp Candy.
--July 25 -- Eastport Oyster Boys.
--Aug. 1 -- Swingin' Swamis.
--Aug. 8 -- Chanssez.
--Aug. 15 -- Blue Suede Bop.
--Aug. 22 -- Misspent Youth.
--Aug. 29 -- The Kelly Bell Band.
Bay Breeze Concert Series
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, housed in the historic circa 1898 train depot at 4155 Mears Ave. in Chesapeake Beach, will host four different performances on the porch.
The concerts will be held on Tuesdays -- a change from previous years -- from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.cbrm.org or call 410-257-3892.
--July 8 -- The Dixie Ramblers.
--Aug. 12 -- The Barry Gurley Trio.
--Sept. 9 -- The Dixie Power Trio with The New Line Brass.
Bayside Concert Series
Downs Park, at 8311 John Downs Loop (off Mountain Road) in Pasadena, will again offer concerts with free parking starting one hour before the shows begin.
For more information, visit www.aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm or call 410-222-6230.
--June 15, 6 p.m. -- Summer Knights.
--June 22, 6 p.m. -- Retro Rockets.
--June 29, 6 p.m. -- Sunset.
--Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m. -- Hot Buttered Nuggets.
--Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m. -- Annapolis Bluegrass
--Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m. -- Max Impact.
--Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m. -- Appaloosa.
City Dock Concerts
Susan Campbell Park at the end of the Annapolis City Dock will provide the scenic backdrop for these 15 special programs.
For more information, visit www.annapolis.gov or call 410-263-7996. (Felicia Caravela)
The United States Naval Academy Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 4, and on Tuesdays July 8, 15, 22 and 29, and Aug. 5.
Thursday Nights with the Stars, featuring several area performing arts groups, will be on the City Dock stage at 7 p.m. on the dates listed below. The performances are a new initiative by the Arts in Public Places Commission for local actors, actresses and musicians.
--July 17 -- Jazz Mosaic, a quartet featuring Tea and David Arthur, revisit the sultry sounds of the 40s.
--July 24 -- TBA.
--July 31 -- Blues performers Lilly and Mudd, singer and songwriters Tish Martinez and
--Aug. 7 -- Extravaganza: local music educators and students will perform with a variety of
instruments, vocals and dance movements.
--Aug. 14 -- TBA.
--Aug. 21 -- U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz
--Aug. 28 -- Music from the Carrs Beach '50s era.
Concerts in the Park
The GFWC Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will present its 34th annual concert series at Linthicum Park, on Benton Avenue (off Route 170 -- look for the blinking light at the firehouse) in Linthicum Heights.
The Sunday night concerts start at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 410-859-3308.
--June 22 -- Art in the Park in conjunction with Christian contemporary bands from local churches.
--June 29 -- Eastport Oyster Boys.
--July 6 -- Summer Knights.
--July 13 -- Love Story Duo.
--July 20 -- Bayside Big Band.
--July 27 -- The Junkyard Saints (plus free picnic).
--Aug. 3 -- Crabtowne Big Band.
Crofton Concert Series
Crofton'sVillage Green, located on Crofton Parkway across from the Crofton Country Club, will be the venue for this summer series. Among the musical treats will be sounds of easy listening, jazz, big band, cabaret, bluegrass and the best of the Beatles.
The Sunday night concerts start at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit http://croftontownhall.com/events.htm or call 410-721-2301 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
--June 22 -- Big Band Caliente.
--June 29 -- Ruth Capobianco.
--July 13 -- Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition.
--July 20 -- Goodfellas.
Fort Meade Summer Concerts
This summer, the series, presented at Fort George G. Meade's Constitution Park by the four performing components of the U.S. Army Field Band, promises to be better than ever.
All concerts will start at 7 p.m. The July 3 concert will be on the Parade Field.
Note: A photo ID must be shown for those age 16 and older before entry is permitted through the post's main gate at Route 175 and Reece Road.
For more information, visit www.armyfieldband.com or call 301-677-6586.
--June 19 -- Jazz Ambassadors.
--June 26 -- Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus.
--July 3 -- Fourth of July Celebration: The
Volunteers (Parade Field).
--July 10 -- The U.S. Naval Academy Band's
--July 17 -- U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Downrange.
--July 24 -- U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" The U.S. Army Blues.
--July 31 -- The Volunteers.
--Aug. 7 -- The Jazz Ambassadors.
--Aug. 14 -- Soldiers' Chorus.
--Aug. 23 -- 1812 Overture & Alumni Concert, Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, The Volunteers, Salute Battery and the Silent Drill Team.
Glen Burnie Summer
Jazz, big band, rhythm, blues, classic rock, country and favorite sounds from the 1950s to the '80s will be featured in this series. The concerts take place at the Corcoran Pavilion in the Glen Burnie Town Center, 103 North Crain Highway.
The Friday night concerts run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
No alcohol or pets are permitted and no parking in Town Center. Free parking in the nearby garage.
For more information, call Betsy Slikker at
--June 13 -- Summer Knights Band.
--June 20 -- Bayside Big Band.
--June 27 -- Whiskey Reign.
--July 4 -- Pet Rock.
--July 11 -- Esquires.
--July 18 -- The Pocket Change Band.
Hatton-Regester Green, on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, located one block south of McKinsey Road and across from Woods Memorial Church, is the setting for these summertime concerts.
The Sunday night concerts run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.friendsofaatrails.org or call Betsy Slikker at 410-647-0057.
Note: In case of rain, the venue will be the Holy Grounds Youth Center, just across the road.
--July 20 -- Jazz Mosaics.
--July 27 -- Pet Rock.
London Town Series
During July and August, this National Historic Landmark, situated along the South River shoreline at the end of Londtontown Road in Edgewater, will be filled with eclectic sounds of music performed by talented musicians and vocalists.
The Sunday night concerts run from 5 to 7 p.m. (While admission is free, a $10 donation is suggested.)
For more information, visit www.historiclondontown.com/index.php/events/event or call 410-222-1919.
--July 6 -- School of Rock.
--July 13 -- Eastport Oyster Boys.
--July 20 -- D'Vibe and Conga.
--July 27 -- Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition.
--Aug. 3 -- Naked Blue.
--Aug. 10 -- Pilgrim and Trout.
--Aug. 17 -- The Shamrogues.
--Aug. 24 -- Wall and Frye.
Naval Academy Band Concerts
Tuesdays at the Dock -- an Annapolis tradition since 1976 -- continues this summer with an exciting concert schedule presented by three of the Naval Academy Band's performing units at the Susan Campbell Park at the end of the City Dock.
The concerts start at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 4, and on these Tuesdays: July 8, 15, 22 and 29; and Aug. 5.
For more information, visit www.usna.edu/USNABand/summer or call 410-293-0263.
Pops in the Park
To kick off its season, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Labor Day extravaganza -- Pops in the Park -- on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, off Hillsmere Drive, in Annapolis.
The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. No parking fee will be charged for cars entering the park starting one hour before the show begins.
For more information, visit www.annapolissymphony.org/calendar or call 410-263-0907.
Note: In case of rain, the program will be held on Monday, Sept. 1.
Quiet Waters Park Concerts
A great lineup of local talent, showcasing various musical styles -- classic, blues, country, Motown, contemporary, psychedelic pop and funk -- will provide the summer's entertainment at the park, at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road (off Hillsmere Drive) in Annapolis.
No parking fee will be charged for cars entering the park starting one hour before the concerts begins.
For more information, visit www.aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm or call 410-222-1777.
--July 5, 6:30 p.m. -- U.S. Naval Academy Electric Brigade.
--July 12, 6 p.m. -- Fractal Cat.
--July 19, 6 p.m. -- Kelly Bell Band.
--July 26, 6 p.m. -- Clones of Funk.
--Aug. 2, 6 p.m. -- Georgia Lea & Stone Cold
--Aug. 9, 6 p.m. -- U.S. Navy Band Cruisers.
--Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m. -- Chanssez and his Band.
--Aug. 23, 5:30 p.m. -- Sweet Leda.
--Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m. -- Annapolis Symphony
Rock the Dock Concerts
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, on the waterfront overlooking the Bay at 4165 Mears Ave. in Chesapeake Beach, will spotlight a vast array of local musicians and vocal talent during its summer music series held inside the bandshell on the beach.
Nearly 70 performances, featuring a myriad combination of beach music, rock 'n' roll, tribute bands and concerts, are scheduled through Sept. 1. The concert list is extensive, with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and on Labor Day.
Visit the website for a complete listing of dates, times and performers:
For more information, call 866-312-5596.
Sachs Summer Concert Series
Concertgoers will enjoy the array of lively music to be presented on the labyrinth, a brick pathway on the front lawn of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis.
All performances will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Food, wine and beer available for sale. Bring a lawn chair.
For more information, visit www.marylandhall.org or call 410-263-5544.
Note: In case of rain, concerts will be moved indoors.
--July 10 -- The Kings of Crownsville.
--Aug. 14 -- Night and Day.
Waugh Chapel Concert Series
Every Saturday from 7 until 8:30 p.m., some of the area's best talent takes the stage on South Main Chapel Way in the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre in Gambrills to deliver rockin' performances.
For more information, visit www.visitwaughchapel.com/event/saturday-night-summer-concert-series.
--June 14 -- The Muleman Band.
--June 21 -- The Front.
--June 28 -- Everyman.
--July 5 -- Eric Scott Band.
--July 12 -- A Classic Case.
--July 19 -- D'Vibe and Conga.
--July 26 -- Texas Chainsaw Horns.
--Aug. 2 -- Time Will Tell.
--Aug. 9 -- Foreplay.
--Aug. 16 -- Legend.
--Aug. 23 -- Moonshine Society.
--Aug. 30 -- Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys.
Thursdays in the Park
Now in its 37th year, this popular series, presented by the Queen Anne's County Arts Council, will feature a diverse lineup of family friendly entertainment performed at a variety of Eastern Shore venues.
The Thursday night concerts start at 7 p.m. Bring blankets or chairs, and a picnic. Contact the Arts Council in the event of the potential for bad weather.
For more information, visit www.queenannescountyarts.com or call 410-758-2520.
--June 26 -- Chris Sacks Band, Kent Island Yacht Club, Kent Narrows in Chester.
--July 10 -- Chesapeake Bay Community Band, Centreville Court House Square, Centreville.
--July 24 -- 21 Horses, Kent Island Yacht Club, Kent Narrows in Chester.
--Aug. 7 -- Milkshake, Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center, KentNarrows.
--Aug. 21 -- Bobby and the Believers, Matapeake Amphitheatre, Matapeake Clubhouse, Route 8 in Stevensville, Kent Island.
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