Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival Announces Nationally Famous Jazz Performers for Three-Day Weekend of 2022

LEONARDTOWN,MARYLAND– The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, one of Central Atlantic’s iconic jazz events, held along the banks of the beautiful Potomac River and in the charming town of Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, in Maryland will feature fantastic jazz performers over the Three-Day Jazz Weekend in 2022.

This popular annual festival, which has become known over the past two decades for showcasing local Mother County Maryland culinary specialties in addition to renowned national jazz talent, will feature three days of jazz entertainment. The Maryland Tourist Board recognized the 2019 20th Anniversary Festival with the “Maximizing Opportunities Award” – the only event in Maryland to receive such an honor.

On Friday July 8, 2022, the festivities will begin with a welcome reception at the Inn at Leonardtown with music and light meals in the early afternoon. Then, later, there will be a fun jazz cocktail at the Fenwick Inn with live music, drinks, food and more. The highlight of the evening will be a free concert in Leonardtown at 6 p.m. with the internationally renowned Eric Byrd trio with many restaurants and other businesses and businesses participating in the party. The evening will end with an elegant All-White Party at 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 9, 2022 is the main event on the grounds of the St. Clement Island Museum along the scenic Potomac River at Colton’s Point, just 20 minutes from Leonardtown. This year, four incredible numbers will be presented. Opening day at noon will be the incredible Howard University Jazz Quartet. Then the music continues at 2:30 p.m. with local favorite Latrice Carr followed by the ever-fantastic Brian Simpson at 5:00 p.m. Finally our day ends with nationally-renowned jazz artist Kim Waters at 7:00 p.m. Food featuring a wide variety of seafood and other Southern Maryland fare will be available throughout the day and from other jazzy vendors – a new addition. Free water taxi rides around picturesque St. Clement Island, the first landing of English settlers in Maryland in 1634, will be offered to all spectators, along with free admission to the museum. Special memorabilia commemorating the Festival, including the ever popular musical poster with this year’s design, will be on sale. The party continues at Leonardtown with an after party at the Brudergarten at 10 p.m.

On Sunday, July 10, 2022, businesses in the Town of Leonardtown will once again host a variety of jazz-themed activities, including jazz brunches at several restaurants in town, jazz events at the Port of Leonardtown Winery and many other places, and many more. Exclusive jazz cruises on Breton Bay will also be offered on Friday and Sunday.

Tickets, VIP packages and discounts are now available on the festival site, www.PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival.com, as well as on the event’s Facebook page. There, those interested can find more information on everything that is happening this weekend. The public is encouraged to check the website and Facebook page regularly as new information is updated every week.

Visitors from out of town are encouraged to stay all weekend to enjoy all the festivities by purchasing special festival hotel packages. Packages include hotel room stays, festival tickets, brunch tickets and other meal tickets, wine tastings and more.

Proceeds from this event will be used to fund the Friends of the Museums of St. Clement Island and Piney Point’s non-profit mission of supporting museums and historic sites under the responsibility of the County of St. Mary. The main partners of the event include the Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums, the St. Mary’s County Museums Division, the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and many businesses in Leonardtown. For more information about the festival, to view promotional videos or to purchase tickets or packages, please visit www.PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival.com.

Ada J. Kenney