Thursday, August 30, 2012

Free Concert, Farmers Market, Romano Vineyard, Local Artists Set to Celebrate Festival’s Final Weekend

Labor Day marks the end of summer and, sadly, the last Sunset Concert Festival of the year. But we're ending on a high note, with a performance by one of the region's best musicians.

The St. Charles Companies this week brings its popular Sunset Concert Festival to a close with a free concert by the Eric Scott Band at the St. Charles lakefront. Washington, D.C. area musician Eric Scott has performed on numerous stages throughout Europe, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, and throughout the United States and enjoys a strong local following. Southern Maryland News’ Joe Norris says of Eric Scott’s latest single, “Where the Water Runs Deepest”, “..a euphonious venture into exceptional songwriting...I can't possibly express in a single column how much I appreciate this CD." He has shared his original music on stage with artists as diverse as James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles to Little Feat, Kansas, The Neville Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and Keb' Mo'. His second album, "Let's Hear It For The Fools," was reviewed by the Washington Post as, "Whip smart...hard to resist...clearly the work of a pop artist talented and resourceful enough to stand on his own." With influences blurring the lines of neo-soul, pop, funk, rock, and even gospel, Scott has arrived at a sound that is uniquely his own. His latest album, RED, showcases his continued maturation and growth as a songwriter, artist, and performer with 13 original American soul/pop stories all reflective of today's world.  For more information on the Eric Scott Band, please visit

Along with the concert, residents and visitors from Waldorf and Southern Maryland can enjoy the St. Charles Farmers Market from 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday with delicious produce, fresh flowers, desserts, baked goods, honey and hand-crafted soaps and can dine on chicken sandwiches, salads, wraps, sides and drinks from Chick-Fil-A®.  And to finish off the wholesome feast, the always popular Jay's Italian Ice will also be on hand, keeping concert goers cool.

The last Friday of each month is Local Artists Night, and local artists will be on hand with beautiful handmade original art and craft products courtesy of Southern Maryland Arts and Culture.

Capping off the festival experience will be Romano Vineyard and Winery, a Maryland-bred and family-run vineyard. The vineyard is home to six wine grape varietals – Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chambourcin, Vidal, Cayuga and Traminette – as well as six table grape varietals and only produces wines from the grapes grown in their vineyard and those of carefully selected custom growers.  Quality over quantity is the hallmark of Romano wines.  (Proof of age required to purchase wine and wine cannot be opened in the O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park venue.)

The Sunset Concert Festival was a summer-long arts festival sponsored by The St. Charles Companies and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission. Featuring a variety of local artists and musical genres, the concerts were held every Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.