Thursday, May 10, 2012

The St. Charles Companies today announced the kickoff of the 2012 Sunset Concert Festival and Farmers Market this Friday at O’Donnell Lake in St. Charles. A weekly producer’s only farmer’s market, featuring locally-grown produce from farmers throughout Southern Maryland, will be open from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Concerts begin at 7 p.m. O’Donnell Lake is at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive in St. Charles, and includes Boston’s restaurant and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Leading off the concert series this year is crowd favorite, Sin Miedo (Spanish for fearless), one of the best Salsa bands in the Washington, DC area. Led by French pianist, Didier Prossaird, the name “sums up the band’s attitude toward music,” (Washington Post).  Sin Miedo is “a truly international group that makes the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Salsa and Mambo jump into your bloodstream and move your hips around,” (Washington Flyer). The band’s repertoire includes classic salsa hits from the 70’s to today, as well as Chacha Bolero and original music with a French twist. Because of their versatility, the band can switch from dance music to listening music with a large repertoire of Latin-Jazz. Learn more about Sin Miedo and see them in performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHyGYXt72u4.

The Sunset Concert Festival is 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 are being held every Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. 

For more information, visit us on Facebook at Sunset Concert Series. Bands perform in the promenade area of the boardwalk, which is in the center of the property. Plenty of free parking is available and concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for seating. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are not permitted. Concerts will end at dusk and all performances are free and open to the public. The O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park is located at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West in St. Charles, across from the movie theater and the St. Charles Towne Center.

Directions: From Route 301, turn onto Smallwood Drive West. Go through two lights, and O’Donnell Lake will be on your right, just past Sears Automotive. For directions using internet-based map programs, use the address 10440 O’Donnell Place.