LA PLATA, Md. (June 24, 2011) - The Town of La Plata Summer Concert Series for 2011 continues tonight with the Nuttin' Fancy band performing on the lawn at La Plata Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. Nuttin' Fancy performs classic rock, southern rock, and a bit of country.
The Friday night concert series will continue through the end of September. The Summer Concert Series is free and open to the general public.
The La Plata Summer Concert Series has been a community feature for 17 years, expanding from 4 concerts in the first year to the current, four month schedule. Many of the bands in this years lineup have been appearing at the series for a number of years and are familiar to the La Plata audience, including the 25th Hour Band, which has become the traditional first act of the season.
Based in St. Marys County, the 25th Hour Band is one of Southern Marylands most sought after acts with a following throughout the region, including Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Northern Virginia. The six piece band featuring lead singer Carol Schachter performs jazz, classic rock, Motown, and contemporary tunes, mixing power vocals and great musicianship. They also hold the distinction of being the only band to perform twice at La Plata Summer Concert Series this year. As they have in past years, the 25th Hour Band will also close the series on September 30th.
Other returning acts include the Four of a Kind Band, a classic rock band; the Sons of Pirates, with a Jimmy Buffett influenced repertoire; and several military bands such as the Navys premier country band, Country Current; the versatile US Navy Band, Cruisers; and the US Naval Academys rock group, Electric Brigade.
Many of the new acts scheduled to perform at this years Town of La Plata Summer Concert Series were booked as the result of an online audience survey that was promoted at concerts last summer. One of the questions asked for names of other bands that concert goers would like to see at La Plata Town Hall. Port Tobacco Pickers (bluegrass with a twist), Cover Story (classic rock), and The Eric Scott Band (original contemporary pop) were among those mentioned that are now in the lineup for this summer.
Other new acts scheduled to perform include bluegrass favorite Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition, Elvis impersonator Lionel Ward and the New World Band, and Irish traditional musicians, the Blarney Stones.
The Towns website features video of each band so that audience goers can get an idea of the performers styles and genres before the show. Those can be accessed by clicking on the band name in the lineup under Summer Concert Series.
The La Plata Summer concerts take place outdoors with bands performing on a veranda on the west side of Town Hall and audience seated on the lawn. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for sitting. Picnics and coolers are welcomed, but no alcohol is allowed. Food is available for purchase on site. Town officials also encourage the public to patronize local eating establishments in La Plata before and after the show.
Concerts start at 7 p.m. and usually last until around 9 p.m., with a short break in the middle. Restrooms are available inside Town Hall, and everything is accessible to persons with disabilities.
The Town staff sets up a play area for children just to the side of the concert viewing area called The Kids Zone, allowing parents to enjoy the show while keeping an eye on their children nearby. Pets are not allowed on Town Hall grounds during special events.
There is ample street parking around La Plata Town Hall. Parking is also allowed in parking lots adjacent to nearby commercial buildings that are closed during Town events. Town officials remind the public to not park in residential parking lots or driveways.
La Plata Town Hall is located at 305 Queen Anne Street. For more information about the Summer Concert Series or any other Town of La Plata special event, contact the Towns special event coordinator, Marcia Keeth at 301-934-8421.
The Town of La Plata Summer Concert Series schedule for the remainder of the season:
June 24: Nuttin Fancy - classic rock, country, and southern rock
July 1: The Wise Guys - strong, soulful vocals and hot guitar licks; classic rock and oldies
July 8: US Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade high energy pop and rock favorites
July 15: Roadhouse - classic and contemporary rock and country
July 22: Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition - hard driving bluegrass
July 29: Appaloosa - from Wilson Picket to AC/DC, versatile rock and pop classics
August 5: The Blarney Stones - traditional Irish tunes with a bit of Irish humor
August 12: Sons of Pirates - the beach sounds of Buffett and other rock classics
August 19: US Navy Band Country Current - country and bluegrass favorites
August 26: Southern Maryland Concert Band - concert band favorites and show tunes
September 2: Cover Story - classic rock with an emphasis on strong, female vocals
September 9: Eric Scott Band - original, contemporary pop, funk, soul, with strong vocals
September 16: US Navy Band Cruisers - another fine Navy ensemble with amazing versatility—jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop
September 23: Lionel Ward and the New World Band - oldies and Elvis
September 30: 25th Hour Band - jazz, Motown, classic rock, contemporary