The Jake Schepps Quintet has made a name as an ensemble with an intrepid, imaginative vision for contemporary string-band music.
While remaining true to traditional and progressive bluegrass styles, the quintet has stretched beyond those boundaries in groundbreaking directions, releasing an album of music by Béla Bartók arranged for string band as well as a new contemporary classical work written for 5-piece bluegrass string band (banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass).
The stringband instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass—canonized as the quintessential bluegrass combo when Earl Scruggs teamed up with Bill Monroe in 1945—is rewired, rebooted and re-contextualized by the Jake Schepps Quintet on their new album Entwined. It features newly commissioned long-form works by composers hailing from the contemporary classical world (Marc Mellits and Matt McBane) and mandolinist-composer Matt Flinner helping to bridge the genre gap with a monumental new four-movement work rooted in the worldly new acoustic aesthetic. The band features Jake Schepps (banjo), Matt Flinner (mandolin), Jordan Tice (guitar), Ryan Drickey (violin) and Andrew Small (double bass). From the vantage point of the adventurous banjo player and arranger Jake Schepps as well as his fellow travelers in the vibrant new acoustic scene, the horizon for string band music is infinite. This CD release concert will include selections from all of these works, in addition to bluegrass gems, Swedish polskas, music by the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and much more.
The exciting and innovative Jake Schepps Quintet are playing the Stoltz as part of their tour promoting the release of their new, highly anticipated CD “Entwined”.
Addressing heavy social and political topics with brilliant satire along with hilarious observational comedy and character voices, comedian Rahmein Mostafavi is known for his charm, comic timing, and charisma.
His hard hitting comedy has earned him the chance to share the stage with some of the best comics in the nation including Tim Meadows (SNL), Joe Matarese, Bob Marley, The Sklar Brothers, Jen Kirkman, Dave Attell, Bert Kreischer, and many others!
“This one feels a little different,” Joan Osborne says of her new release Love and Hate.
In addition to being the beloved singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy nominee’s eighth studio album (and her eOne debut), Osborne’s new 12-song set is one of the most personally-charged, creatively ambitious efforts to date.
Known for her mega-hit “One of Us” and her passion for the blues, R&B, and soul (as reflected in her Grammy-nominated release, Bring It on Home), this versatile artist has applied her voice to a wide range of musical styles throughout a career spanning more than 15 years.
In addition to her acclaimed solo career, Osborne has toured as the lead singer of the Grateful Dead, shared the stage with such divergent talents as Luciano Pavarotti and Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith, and now she’s returning to the Avalon stage for a special evening of her passionate, soulful singing that you won’t soon forget!
March 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
St. Michaels Business Association hosts the Annual Sock-Burning. Area Restaurants host the “Flavor of the Irish.” Catch the Leprechan to receive discounts to stores and inns. Join a scavenger hunt, family-friendly games, potato sack races, and other kids activities, at Muskrat Park. Irish costume contest, Irish Wake Procession and Wake at Marcoritaville. Shamrocks and festively decorated shopping carts adorn the entrance of Carpenter Street Saloon along Talbot Street in St. Michaels. Shopping cart races at midnight on March 17, at Carpenter Street Saloon. Proceeds from the races benefit the St. Michaels Fire Department.
Join us for an unforgettable experience! Start your early morning off with smiling volunteers and check in! Make sure you pick up some fruit, bagels, and more at the breakfast tent while the DJ pumps everyone up. Then off on the ride of your life, as you pass cheering faces. Upon your return the smell of BBQ lunch will entice your pallet. Enjoy an assortment of BBQ favorites and plenty of sides as you listen to Mad Planet jamming out. Cool down with a cold beer and kick back and relax. Don’t forget to enjoy our Stop Diabetes Pavilion. Take advantage of a back massages after a long ride. Don’t miss out on our great goodie bags. If you are one of our champions don’t for get to check out the champagne, extra food in the champion’s tent and enjoy our air conditioned toilets fit for a champion.
We cant forget why we ride! We want our Red Riders to stop by the Red Rider tent for extra goodies, special attention and mingling! Most importantly we want all of our riders to RELAX and CELEBRATE after all the hard work put into fundraising!
10028 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601 United States
June 19th-21st @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. This annual boat event is the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. Held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM), it features more than 100 antique and classic boats, boat building demonstrations, maritime artists and craftsmen, craft vendors, classic used boats, motors, and nautical flea market, along with live music, food, and more. This event is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society International in cooperation with CBMM. http://www.cbmm.org
213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 United States
July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. In celebration of Independence Day, the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels is welcoming The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its July 4 Big Band Night. Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand.
With the performance beginning at 7 p.m., the public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of music, dancing, and fireworks along the Miles River. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the event, which is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events.
Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930s to present to the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus. The orchestra is conducted by Michael A. Walker, a military-trained musician of the Armed Forces School of Music and former member of the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band.
The Baltimore-based orchestra has performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore and D.C. Convention Centers, Ocean City’s Sunfest, and more. Shades of Blue’s musical selections have also been featured on cable’s Music Choice Big Band and Singers & Standards channels. Music samples and more information can be found online at www.shades-of-blue.com.
213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 United States
6th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast
August 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD hosts the Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day to celebrate Chesapeake watermen and their heritage. The festival features a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, live music, celebrity appearances, children’s on-the-water activities, scenic river cruises, and a silent auction. Steamed crabs, beer, and other foods and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit CBMM and the Talbot County Watermen’s Association. http://www.cbmm.org/WatermensAppreciationDay
September 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD is hosting its 18th annual Charity Boat Auction on Saturday, September 5, 2015 with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by the museum. The live auction begins at 1 p.m. along the museum’s waterfront campus, where more than 90 boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. CBMM’s Boat Donations Program Manager Lad Mills takes donations and resells boats throughout the year, holding aside some of his inventory for the annual auction. Mills travels up and down the east coast working with boat owners and potential buyers wishing to support the museum through boat donations and sales.
The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale from 9 a.m. till noon in which visitors are able to purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope or chain, ladders, fishing tackle, motors, and more.
Beginning at noon, beer and barbeque will be available for purchase. Boat sales are on-going throughout the year, with all auction boats subject to sale prior to the auction. Auction boats will be available for inspection at the museum, several days prior to the auction.
September 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Easton Airport Day is a fun-filled annual event offering the whole family an up close opportunity to visit the local airport and see what flying is all about. The Easton Airport is presenting its seventh annual day this year on Saturday, September 26.
Back by popular demand, Easton Airport Day 2015 will have many fun-filled events. At 9 a.m. the airport will host a 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk on the runways and taxiways. Teams will compete in the Jet Pull Contest starting at 915 a.m. The schedule of activities continues throughout the day with Warbird Formation Flyovers, the World-Famous Rubber Chicken Drop, plane rides and introductory lessons. Displays of unique aircraft and classic cars will also be available.
General admission and parking is free for the entire day. Advance registration with payment is required for teams taking part in Jet Pull and for individuals and families joining the Run/Walk. The Easton Airport Day VIP program offers interested guests a behind-the-scenes look at the unique aircraft that will be flying the formations, a chance to listen in on the pilots’ briefing, the best seats on the tarmac to view the flying formations, lunch and a tour of the tower. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Easton Ruritan Club and Sugar Buns.
33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival & Maritime Model Expo
October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 4 @ 5:00 pm. The 33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival & Maritime Model Expo comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, bringing a collection of small craft to the museum’s Miles River waterfront, along with live music, scenic river cruises, food, beverages, and more.
Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, prams and other one-of-a-kind boats will be in the water and on land throughout the weekend. Many will be accompanied by owners sharing their boating knowledge and experiences with festival-goers.
October 17 @ 8:00 am - October 19 @ 5:00 pm. The Museum’s Craft Show is the most prestigious juried craft show on the Eastern Shore. This year, it will feature over 65 artists, both established and new emerging artists, more than 30 of which are new to the show. Some of the artists are returning favorites from years past. Items available for purchase will include unusual and hand-made home accessories like oil painted rugs and blown glass, fine crafted furniture, wearable art, including fine hats and purses, jewelry and many other gifts.
October 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will host OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s oyster. The event features live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, an oyster stew competition and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays and Chesapeake-related documentary screenings.
This year, the Roadhouse Clams perform live from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand, with a music style described as the “crossroads where Nashville meets Key West.” Along Fogg’s Cove, the Annapolis-based band Swamp Donkey performs “newgrass (not bluegrass) with a twist of rock.”
In addition to the museum’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several boats from the Talbot County Watermen’s Association will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging, hand tonging, patent tonging and oyster diving traditions. Chesapeake watermen will also be offering oyster tonging demonstrations along the museum’s waterfront.
December 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Tilghman Island residents will again kick off the holidays with The Great Crab Pot Tree Lighting on December 5.
A ubiquitous symbol of the waterman’s life, crab pots are plentiful this time of year with crabbing season at an end and oyster season well under way. The idea of a crab pot tree is not exactly original, but it’s a project that seems well suited for Tilghman Islanders.
“We have lots of crab pots not being used in the off season,” explains Kelley Cox, executive director of the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, the organization spearheading the celebration. “We decided to stack them together, hang lights on them, and build a Christmas tree.”
Other communities around the country pay homage to the seafood industry by building trees with crab pots or lobster pots. But the folks on Tilghman Island believe theirs is the tallest, and they’re out to prove it. Last year, the giant crab pot Christmas tree topped out at 42 feet. Cox says the 2015 tree will be at least that tall, and she has already submitted an application to the Guiness Book of World Records.
Festivities start at 5 pm at the Bridge restaurant with cocktails. The Tree Lighting is at 6:30 pm and the Boat Parade follows at 7:30 pm the Prizes for the parade are awarded at 8:30 pm at Harrison’s Chesapeake House.
November 13 - November 15. Locations around historic Easton, MD feature world class paintings, sculpture, carvings and photography. Collectible decoys, sporting gear, Calling Contests, stunt dog demos, retriever and fly fishing demos, kids activities. Festive atmosphere topped by great food, beer & wine tasting, and music make this event a must every November. General Admission is $15. Free parking.