Free Summer Concerts in Southern Maryland

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on June 11, 2016

Image via Town of La Plata. Top image via St. Charles, MD.

Image via Town of La Plata. Top image via St. Charles, MD.

There are few things better than live music on a summer night. The local concert series in Southern Maryland are getting underway, showcasing local musicians and fantastic military bands. Here are four local concert series to check out.

Sunset Concert Series, Waldorf

These free concerts take place every Thursday this summer at 7 p.m. on O’Donnell Lake in Waldorf. GPS address is 10400 O’Donnell Place, St. Charles, MD. There’s plenty of free parking; just bring chairs and blankets. Coolers are permitted but alcohol and glass containers are not.

The complete 2016 line up:

June 16: Country Current, U.S. Navy country and bluegrass band

June 23: Marguerite and Nexxzit, R&B and soul

June 30: Eric Scott, soul and pop

July 7: USNA Electric Brigade, U.S. Naval Academy rock band

July 14: I and I Riddim, reggae

July 21: Franklin Square, acoustic

July 28: Earl Carter, jazz and blues

Aug. 4: Peterson Brothers, classic rock and blues

Aug. 11: Groovespan, jazz and standards

Aug. 18: Sin Miedo, salsa

Aug. 25: Sea Chanters, U.S. Navy chorus

Sept. 1: Tomorrow’s Time, classic R&B and funk

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Friday Night Summer Concerts, La Plata

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and take place on the lawn at the La Plata Town Hall.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol, please. Concessions are available from the town’s food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, and an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids’ Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones. With the variety of music styles ranging from country, jazz, oldies, military bands, and classic rock there is something for everyone at the La Plata Summer Concert Series.

Please note that military concerts are usually about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes due to their regulations.

Here is the entire schedule for 2016:

Friday, June 3: Franklin Square Band (rock, country, blues, 90s alternative, acoustic)

Friday, June 10: U.S. Navy Band Country Current (county and bluegrass)

Friday, June 17: Three Days of Rain (today’s hits, 80s dance, funk, classic rock, country)

Friday, June 24: U.S. Navy Band The Commodores (jazz)

Friday, July 1: Pork Donut (classic rock)

Friday, July 8: TBD

Friday, July 15: U.S. Navy Academy Band Electric Brigade (pop and rock favorites)

Friday, July 22: U.S. Navy Band The Sea Chanters (traditional choral music, sea chanteys and patriotic fare, opera, Broadway, contemporary)

Friday July 29: Dr. Robert Band (classic rock)

Friday, Aug. 5: 257th Army Band

Friday, Aug. 12: Eric Scott Band (acoustic soul and pop)

Friday, Aug. 19: The Muddy Crows (Americana, alt rock)

Friday, Aug. 26: Southern Maryland Concert Band (concert band favorites and showtunes)

Friday, Sept. 2: John Luskey Band (pop, country, rock)

Friday, Sept. 9: Paul Thomas and The M W B Band (50s and 60s oldies)

Friday, Sept. 16: BackFin (pop, rock, oldies, country, blues, funk)

Friday, Sept. 23: Port Tobacco Pickers (bluegrass)

Friday, Sept. 30: Robbie Boothe (country)

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Image via Visit St. Mary's.

Image via Visit St. Mary’s.

River Concert Series, St. Mary’s City

You can’t beat the backdrop at these free Friday night concerts. The venue overlooks the St. Mary’s River.

The show begins at 7 p.m. and features the Chesapeake Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag. The repertoire ranges from classical to light classics to jazz. Guest artists frequently join the orchestra.

Here is the 2016 lineup:

Friday, June 17: A Night in Old Vienna

Friday, Friday, June 24: The Essential Element of Jazz

Friday, July 1: Brass and Blues (plus Fireworks)

Friday, July 8: Mass in Blue

Friday, July 15: A Civilization Lost

Friday, July 22: Mambo, Salsa, and Miles

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Concerts on the Beach, North Beach

Enjoy music with the Chesapeake Beach in the background! These free concerts take place Friday nights at 6 p.m. on the boardwalk in North Beach. Bring a chair and relax in the sand, or grab a bench on the boardwalk.

Here is the 2016 schedule:

Friday, July 8: The Back Pages Band

Friday, July 23: During the 6th Annual Eat, Drink, Go Local: Jocelyn Faro (noon to 2:30 p.m.) and Phillip Parsons (3 to 5:30 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 12: The Crayfish

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