Happy Fourth of July weekend! When the Fourth falls on or right around a weekend, it is always cause for even more celebration, so start yours now and keep the fun going.
Tonight, enjoy music by the bay at the Tides & Tunes concert at the Annapolis Maritime Museum (723 Second St.) where the Shatners, a dance party band with tunes from Elvis to Prince to Tom Petty, along with songs from the 1980s, Katy Perry, Blur, and even Johnny Cash, Violent Femmes and Ozzy, will put on a great night of music and fun.
CrabTownCurbs will be serving delicious homegrown Annapolis area comfort food and Wild Country is just around the corner for more great local seafood. Beer, wine and this week's signature cocktail, Tequila Sunrise, will also be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating and enjoy the perfect way to kick off your holiday weekend.
For more information, call 410-295-0104 or visit http://www.amaritme.org. The concert is free, though a $10 donation to the museum will be appreciated.
Tonight also marks the debut of a new event downtown - Thursday Night with the Stars! The Colonial Players and the city Department of Rec and Parks are putting together this great weekly program of fun on City Dock.
Tonight's showcase, which begins at 7, will feature songs from past Colonial Players' favorites "Annie" and "1776," and will include a sneak peek into next season with a snippet of one of the 66th season offerings, "A Few Good Men." Bring a lawn chair down to the City Dock stage and enjoy an evening of entertainment by the water and under the stars.
In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the Colonial Players theater, 108 East St.
It's the Fourth of July! We had an extensive preview of fireworks displays and parades in last week's Entertainment guide, which can be found on our website at http://www.capitalgazette.com. From parades to concerts to fireworks and more - there is something for everyone this holiday weekend.
So get out and celebrate this grand old country of ours! As always, please celebrate safely and remember that cabs and other forms of transport in the city are ridiculously cheap - so don't drink and drive.
If you're staying around town this weekend, it is the perfect time to take advantage of some of the great opportunities for fun and festivity that you might otherwise leave to the tourists.
Spend a day on the bay and enjoy a trip to St. Michaels with Watermark Cruises. You'll board the boat and cruise across the bay to spend more than three hours at this quaint village, enjoying fresh seafood, boutique shopping, and historic sites, all within walking distance.
Cash beverage and snack service will be available on board. Cruise tickets are $75 for adults and $30 for children under 12. Tickets include complimentary admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and a non-alcoholic beverage and a doughnut on the morning cruise to St. Michaels.
If you don't want to spend a whole day out there, head out on the schooner Woodwind for one of its two-hour cruises. Leaving from the Marriott hotel downtown, the cruise takes you out on the bay for a beautiful and relaxing experience, for only $42 including a soda and a snack.
Saturday evening, the Electric Brigade will be performing at Quiet Water Park in Annapolis Starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Electric Brigade, the Navy's premier popular music group, has been entertaining audiences around the world since 1979. The band's repertoire includes the most current and popular music, as well as rhythm and blues, dance, Motown, classic rock, modern rock, soul, hip-hop, swing, country and disco.
Under the direction of Chief Musician Rory Cherry, this elite group has set the standard in popular music entertainment for United States Navy bands all over the world. This concert is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Park entry fees will be waived for the event beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (143 Compromise St.) is producing "Shout!", the mod musical that brings back the smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60s.
Set in London, "Shout!" travels from 1960 to 1970 while following five ladies during the dawning liberation of women. These English and American girls were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, and Lulu were becoming independent women with major careers.
"Shout!" and its all-female cast celebrates those changes through the unforgettable music of the time, the soundtrack of their lives. Check it out on Saturday night at 8:30. Buy your tickets ($20) in advance at http://www.summergarden.com. (Can't make it Saturday? There also are shows tonight and Sunday.)
There's great music around town on Saturday night as well. Michael K and Pretty Big Deal will play at Stan and Joe's (37 West St.) on Saturday night while Mike McHenry rocks out at Middleton's (2 Market Space) where Larry Lay will be on the keys in the upstairs lounge.
Over in Eastport, the Bumpin' Uglies take the stage at the Blackwall Hitch (400 Sixth St.) on Saturday. And at the Ram's Head Roadhouse (1773 Generals Highway), Starbelly will play beginning at 9:30.
At the Met (169 West St.), a great set on music is lined up beginning at 9:30. Rock out to Firecracker, The Mauls, Mantis Toboggan and Wild Man. Cover is $5 for those age 21 and over and $10 for those ages 18 to 20.
Holiday weekends almost scream for brunch - it just seems like a fitting beginning to the last day of a fun weekend. If you're heading out for brunch, Annapolis offers a ton of options.
In Eastport, Carroll's Creek Cafe (410 Severn Ave.) is the standard-bearer for brunch - with their new a la carte menu receiving rave reviews and their waterfront dock unbeatable.
New since last week, Blackwall Hitch's (400 Sixth St.) brunch menu offers a waffle station, a carving station, an egg station, fresh seafood, breakfast and lunch items, and plenty of dessert, all for $35 ($15 for those age 13 and under), including bottomless mimosas (not for the kids, of course).
Brunch also is popular at the Chart House (300 Second St.) and the Boatyard (400 Fourth St.) in Eastport.
Downtown, the bacon brunch at Dry 85 (193 Main St.) always is a popular option, as is sitting out in Middleton's streetside café (2 Market Space), enjoying the water and people views.
Green Drinks returns on Wednesday, making its first ever stop at the Blackwall Hitch (400 Sixth St.). Enjoy drinks and snacks with like-minded eco-focused people and learn about Blackwall Hitch's model stormwater parking lot, the Annapolis Green "Do Good. Have Fun." day on July 26 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks' Go Green Game on July 31.
This is a great opportunity to network with fellow Annapolitans focused on going green and doing it well. Visitwww.annapolisgreen.com for more information.
Thursday, July 10
The Annapolis Maritime Museum (723 Second St.) Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series next Thursday will feature Sky 45, the Mid-Atlantic's living tribute to the swagger, style, and freshness of those early days when blues and jazz musicians were still figuring out what to call this new sound.
From the blazing guitar licks, the come-to-daddy vocal stylings, and the dance-hall rhythms your feet never forget, a night out with Sly 45 is all rock 'n' roll ever promised to be - a little bit more volume and a whole lot more fun.
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free (although a $10 donation is welcome). Bring a picnic or purchase food from Wild Country Seafood or CrabTownCurbs. Beer, wine and the week's signature cocktail also will be available for purchase. Do bring a blanket or lawn chair as well. No coolers permitted.
For the complete schedule of concerts this summer at the museum, visit http://www.amaritime.org or call 410-295-0104.
Also next Thursday, enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring The Kings of Crownsville at 6 p.m. at Maryland Hall (801 Chase St.).
The Kings of Crownsville take great tunes, add a touch of New Orleans, a pinch of jazz, a hint of world-beat, and ground it all in solid alt-rock sensibility.
Part of the Sachs Memorial Summer Concert Series, the performance takes place on Maryland Hall's front lawn, so bring your lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic basket, and settle in for a relaxing evening of music on the labyrinth. Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Visit http://www.marylandhall.org for more information.
Thursday Night with the Stars returns to City Dock next week with a performance by Compass Rose Theatre students and casts, performing from "The Sound of Music" and other shows. Bring a lawn chair down to the City Dock stage and enjoy an evening of entertainment by the water and under the stars. Grab a meal from the Market House, Pip's, the Big Cheese or one of the many other great places downtown and make an evening out of it.