The Playful Parent



Nothing says summer more than summer concerts out on the lawn. Here are a few free concerts in the Southern Maryland area that you won’t want to miss.


The Town of La Plata is hosting summer concerts May-September every Friday at 7PM weather permitting. The weekly concerts take place outside on the lawn at La Plata Town Hall; so bring your lawn chairs or blankets for sitting. Feel free to pack a cooler (no alcohol permitted) or enjoy concession from local vendors.  Your little ones will have a ball in the kid’s zone which allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the kiddos. The town provides bubbles, chalk, hula hoops and balls. Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit or extra change of clothes since the splash pad is turned on. With a variety of music styles ranging from oldies to country or jazz to classic rock there is something for everyone. For more details visit:

Check out their awesome schedule:

2016 Concert Schedule


Friday June 3rd: 7 PM to 9 PM

Franklin Square Band– Rock, Country, Blues, 90s Alternative, & Acoustic

Friday June 10th: 7 PM

US Navy Band Country Current-Country & Bluegrass

Friday June 17th: 7 PM to 9 PM

Three Days of Rain– Today’s hits, 80s Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country

Friday June 24th: 7 PM

US Navy Band The Commodores– Jazz


Friday July 1st: 7 PM to 9 PM

Pork Donut- Classic Rock 70s, 80s & 90s

Friday July 8th: 7 PM to 9 PM

The Lucky Few- Rock and Roll

Friday July 15th: 7 PM

U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade– Pop & Rock Favorites

Friday July 22nd: 7 PM

US Navy Band The Sea Chanters -Traditional choral music, including sea chanteys & patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, & contemporary

Friday July 29th: 7 PM to 9 PM

Dr. Robert Band– Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles


Friday August 5th: 7 PM

257th Army Band– “The Band of the Nation’s Capital”

Friday August 12th: 7 PM to 9 PM

Eric Scott Band– Acoustic Soul/Pop

Friday August 19th: 7 PM to 9 PM

The Muddy Crows– Americana/Alt Rock

Friday August 26th: 7 PM to 9 PM

Southern Maryland Concert Band-Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes


Friday September 2nd: 7 PM to 9 PM

John Luskey Band – Pop, Country, & Rock

Friday September 9th: 7 PM to 9 PM

Paul Thomas and The M W B Band-50s & 60s Oldies

Friday September 16th: 7 PM to 9 PM

BackFin-Pop, Rock, Oldies, Country, Blues, & Funk

Friday September 23rd: 7 PM to 9 PM

Port Tobacco Pickers– Bluegrass

Friday September 30th: 7 PM to 9 PM

Robbie Boothe -Country



There’s nothing more patriotic than spending the evening under the stars listing to the Nations Armed Forces bands over looking the nations capital. Visitors and local residents are invited to enjoy free outdoor musical performances on Saturday nights from 7 to 8 pm. For more information visit

2016 Concert Schedule 

May 14 – U.S. Navy Commodores
May 21 – U.S. Navy Cruisers
May 28 – US Air Force Bands Celtic Aire and Airmen of Note (1-8pm)
June 4 – US Air Force Concert Band & Singing Sergeants
June 11 – US Navy Band Country Current
June 18 – US Air Force Concert Band
June 25 – US. Air Force Strings
July 2 – US Air Force Band Airmen of Note
July 9 – US Air Force Singing Sergeants
July 16 – US Air Force Concert Band
July 23 –  US Air Force Singing Sergeants
July 30 – US Air Force Band Airmen of Note
August 6 –  US Air Force Singing Sergeants
August 13 –  US Air Force Band Airmen of Note
August 20 – US Air Force Concert Band
August 27 – US Air Force Band Airmen of Note
Sept 3 – To Be Announced
Sept 10 – US Navy Sea Chanters
Sept 17 – US Air Force Bands Singing Sergeants and Airmen of Note
Sept 24 – U.S.


The Sunset Concert Festival is a summer-long festival sponsored by The St. Charles Companies in Waldorf, Maryland. Featuring a variety of local artists and musical genres, the concerts are being held every Thursday night through September 1st. The 2016 free festival will introduce concertgoers to a number of new and exciting band. Visit their website for details:

2016 Concert line-up includes:

May 19                   US Army Rock Band, Downrange

May 26                   Anthony “Swampdog” Clark

June 2                    Project Natale

June 9                    Bucket List

June 16                  US Navy Band, Country Current

June 23                  Marguerite and NexXzit

June 30                  Eric Scott

July 7                     US Naval Academy Band, Electric Brigade

July 14                   I and I Riddim

July 21                   Franklin Square Acoustic

July 28                   Earl Carter

August 4                Peterson Brothers

August 11              Groovespan

August 18              Sin Miedo

August 25              US Navy Band, Sea Chanters

September 1          Tomorrow’s Time


From live music on the Leonardtown Square to the famous River Concert Series featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra, music is in the air this summer in St. Mary’s! For information visit:

DOWNTOWN TUNES is a concert series that features a variety of music genres including jazz, country, bluegrass, acoustics and rock-n-roll performed by local artists. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music on the square in Leonardtown.


May 28- R&B Night: Latrice Carr

June 25- Country Night: Robbie Boothe

July 23- Acoustic Night: Megan Nosek & Josh Airhart

August 27: TBD

TWILIGHT PERFORMANCE SERIES-On Tuesday evenings (July 12, July 19, July 26 & August 2) enjoy free concerts at the Twilight Performance Series, presented by the College of Southern Maryland. Performances are held out-doors on the Leonardtown campus.

RIVER CONCERT SERIES-On Summer Fridays (June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22), The Chesapeake Orchestra brings the beautiful sounds of jazz, concertos, marches and waltzes to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, thanks to the River Concert Series.  Each summer, Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra set up on the Townhouse Green along the St. Mary’s River to entertain serious music lovers and casual listeners alike. These free concerts start at 7 PM, with seating and food and art vendors opening at 5 PM.


During the summer season, FREE concerts are held on the pavilion in North Beach, Maryland. You can hear a wide variety of music including rock and roll, country, jazz and oldies to name a few. Concert goers: grab a bench on the boardwalk, put a chair in the sand or dance on the pavilion to some of the best local musical talent. On the Beach will be held on Friday evenings starting at 6:00 pm. Information for concerts at the beach can be found at:

2016 Schedule:

MAY 27:         Bamboo Chicken Band

JUNE 10:       Country Memories Band

JULY 8:         The Back Pages Band

JULY 23:       During the 6th Annual Eat, Drink, Go Local

Jocelyn Faro (12 to 2:30 pm)

Phillip Parsons (3 to 5:30 pm)

AUG 12:        The Crayfish

Our family loves free summer concerts and hope that yours does too. Stay tuned tomorrow for local free shows!

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