Countdown to the return of the Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Fest

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Clarence Ward III

The Havre de Grace (HdG) Arts Collective will present the Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Fest on June 4-5, 2021 sponsored by Visit Harford.  Two days of live music and more at the top of the Chesapeake. The City-wide music festival, which kicks off with First Friday on June 4th, will present outstanding jazz and blues performances at multiple venues in the HdG Arts & Entertainment District, including two outdoor fully-tented sites: scenic Concord Point Park Headliners Stage for ticketed seated concerts; as well as the Integrity Real Estate ‘Locals’ Stage on Pennington in the heart of downtown Havre de Grace for free 50-minute shows.  The Art deco renovated State Theater of Havre de Grace also presents ticketed concerts.   All venues will adhere to local Covid regulations and procedures.

Tickets are available online at HdgJazzBluesFest.org with a complete listing of events.

The festival lineup at the Concord Point Park Headliners Stage includes Vanessa Collier, an award winning 26-year old rising star of the Blues who has already acquired 3 Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs) and won Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (2018), Horn Player of the Year (2018 and 2017) and more; Allan Harris, an internationally touring ‘Nat King Cole’-esque Jazz singer; the legendary blues group The Nighthawks; and a Maryland Rising Stars show featuring Jazz singer Irene Jalenti and Jazz trumpeter and saxophonist Clarence Ward, III.  A beer & Wine Garden and food trucks will also be on site.

The Integrity Real Estate ‘Locals’ Stage on Pennington (tented for band and standing audience) with free 50-minute shows will feature Harford County resident Ronny Smith (smooth jazz), The Eubie presents Brandon Woody’s UPENDO (Jazz), Original Chesapeake Bayou Brothers (Cajun), Jocelyn Christian Blues Band, and Roberto Villedo Quartet (Latin Jazz).

The newly renovated State Theater of Havre de Grace shows include Bond & Bentley (Blues Rock), The Usual Suspects with Saxl Rose and Noah Pierre (Jazz), and Rene Ibanez & the Cubano Groove (Latin Jazz).

In addition to Visit Harford, other festival sponsors and partners include the City of Havre de Grace, Integrity Real Estate, The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Guitar Restorations, Inc., VirtuallyNat – Web/Social Media Digital Agency, Hero Masks, LLC, and Harford Community College.

For a full lineup, information about other festival-related events in Havre de Grace and to order tickets, visit www.HdgJazzBluesFest.org or visit the Havre de Grace Visitors Center (450 Pennington Avenue). The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is a 501(c)(3) organization created to address the cultural and economic needs of Havre de Grace and the surrounding region, including oversight of the Cultural Center at the Opera House, Arts and Entertainment District, Arts by the Bay Gallery, and the Havre de Grace Public Art Committee. The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is funded in part through grants from the City of Havre de GraceMaryland State Arts CouncilHarford County Department of Community and Economic Development and the Maryland State Arts Council through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board. For more information, visit www.HdGArtsCollective.org.   

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