Scott Placzek grew up listening to Ronnie Milsap's albums, but Friday night's concert, held during the annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, was the first time Placzek heard the Grammy-winning country singer play live.
Placzek, who lives in Havre de Grace, was not disappointed.
"I've never seen him in concert," Placzek said of Milsap. "This is my one and only chance, I said, 'I've got to go see him.' "
Placzek attended the concert with his girlfriend, Bobbie Workman, also of Havre de Grace. The couple, who said they are fans of Milsap's style of old-school country music, relaxed after the 90-minute show in lawn chairs at the top of the swale of the City Yacht Basin in Tydings Park.
"He kept the crowd going," Placzek said. "He didn't have a long pause, it was just one song after the other, very enjoyable."
Mark Barczewski, 57, of Newark Del., attended the show with his 25-year-old son, Devin, and girlfriend Tara Duffy, 43, of Wilmington, Del.
"I love classic country," Duffy said.
Devin said he skipped his summer graduation ceremony at the University of Virginia and traveled from Charlottesville, Va., to attend the Milsap concert.
"My dad played plenty of Ronnie Milsap tunes throughout my youth, and I knew it was not a concert to miss," he said.
His father, Barczewski, said he saw Milsap as a teenager when the singer played the former Country Lounge near Smyrna, Del., during the 1970s.
"We shook hands and got autographs, and my mother kissed him, and I've been a fan ever since," Barczewski said.
Barczewski said he had been to Havre de Grace before – another son, Rory Sullivan, used to perform at the Tidewater Grille – but Friday was his first visit to the Seafood Festival.
"Now that we're here, we've probably going to come back tomorrow or Sunday to see the rest of it," he said.
The festival continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is free.
Lori Maslin, coordinator of the festival, said next year's headliner has not been determined, but she expects it will be a classic rock act similar to bands that have headlined the show in past years, such as Three Dog Night.
She said the selection depends on who is touring, where their tour route is and the cost of bringing them to the festival.