Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival Announces Nationally Recognized Jazz Artists for 2022 Weekend Event

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, one of Mid-Atlantic’s signature jazz events held along the banks of the beautiful Potomac River and in the charming town of Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, will feature featuring fantastic jazz artists during the three day jazz weekend in 2022.

This popular annual festival, which has become known over the past two decades for showcasing local culinary delights from Maryland’s Mother County in addition to renowned national jazz talent, will feature three days of jazz entertainment. The Maryland Office of Tourism recognized the 20th anniversary festival in 2019 with the “Maximizing Opportunities Award” – the only event in Maryland to receive such recognition.

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. Later there will be a fun jazz cocktail party 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. featuring the internationally acclaimed Eric Byrd Trio with many restaurants and other shops and businesses joining in the fun. The evening will be crowned by an elegant All-White Party at 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 9, 2022 is the main event on the museum grounds of St. Clement Island, along the scenic Potomac River at Colton’s Point, a short 20 minutes from Leonardtown. This year will feature four amazing acts. The incredible Howard University Jazz Quartet will open the day at noon. Then the music continues at 2:30 p.m. with local favorite Latrice Carr followed by the ever-fantastic Brian Simpson at 5 p.m. Finally, our day ends with nationally acclaimed jazz artist Kim Waters at 7:00 p.m.

A plethora of food vendors offering a wide variety of seafood and other Southern Maryland fare will be available throughout the day and more jazzy vendors – a new addition. Free water taxi rides around scenic 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 souvenirs commemorating the Festival, including the ever-popular music poster featuring this year’s design, will be on sale. The party continues in Leonardtown with an after-party at 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 in 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 available now through the festival website, www.PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival.com, as well as the event’s Facebook page. There, interested people can find more information about everything happening this weekend. The public is encouraged to check the website and Facebook page often, as new information is updated weekly.

Out-of-town visitors are encouraged to stay the whole weekend to enjoy all the festivities by purchasing discounted festival hotel packages. Packages include hotel rooms, festival tickets, brunch and other restaurant tickets, wine tastings and more.

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

Ada J. Kenney