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LakeFront Stage

The LakeFest Stage has music for everyone

June 16, 17 & 18 | On The Columbia Lakefront

Friday, June 16

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Cynthia Marie Trio
Cynthia Marie’s distinctive songs dance with ease, and emotion. A seasoned pianist with a love for improv, Marie is passionate to create. From jazz & blues to folk, pop, and original works, her live show is an eclectic mix of piano-based songs and explorations. Her newest 2016 studio album “Harbor” has been featured on WERA.FM, Voices from the DMV, FEMchord, DC Music Rocks, Hometown Sounds, and WAMU Bandwidth. The songs explore a theme of love in its many forms – at times vulnerable, playful and nostalgic. Her latest album “Harbor” includes friends & local musicians from the DMV, as well as long-time Seattle collaborators. With diverse arrangements including flute, sax, guitars, strings, a great rhythm section, synths – each song holds a unique space in the journey. Cynthia Marie, piano/voice, Jeff Reed, bass, Larry Ferguson, drums.

6:15-7:15 p.m. – Columbia Concert Band
The Columbia Concert Band provides local musicians the opportunity to perform challenging band literature while entertaining the public. The band is affiliated with Howard Community College, which gives credit to students for band participation. The group has approximately 90 musicians who rehearse weekly and perform about five concerts per year. The band’s repertoire consists of many different musical styles, including traditional band arrangements, classical, contemporary, pop/rock, marches, jazz, Broadway, Americana, and baroque. Michael Blackman has been the Band’s Director since the 2000 and has worked with the membership to heighten performance standards and increase support from within the community. Michael is a product of Howard County Public Schools and has been teaching music students at River Hill High School since 1991.

7:30-8:45 p.m. – Seth Kibel
Seth is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists. Working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more, and wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. Seth has won a total of 22 Washington Area Music Awards, or Wammies, including being named Best World Music Instrumentalist for every year from 2003 through 2012. In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 he was also named Best Jazz Instrumentalist. Seth has appeared with such notables as Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Percy Sledge, The Coasters, and Johnnie Johnson. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as on several European tours.

9:00-10:30 p.m. – Donegal X-Press
The Donegal X-Press has emerged as one of the premiere Irish-American roots rock groups in the country. This high-energy, six-piece outfit has gained praise and fans from New York to Ireland, Baltimore to Nashville and all points in between. The Donegal X-Press (DXP) blends unique combinations of traditional Irish music with American country and blues, folk and rock, rhythm and funk, which John O’Regan of Roots Magazine calls, “…creative ferocity not seen since The Clash’s London Calling period. “

Saturday, June 17

12:00-12:45 p.m. – Chaquis Maliq – EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band
Chaquis Maliq delivers a unique soulful sound that is starting to get attention by audiences and critics alike. Hailed by ArtsQuest as, “Beauty, brains, and power of soul,” Chaquis made her first album in 2013, and has been touring since 2012. Her Latest release ‘Resilience Eludes Death,’ released November 23, 2016, displays her production growth and evolution with guitar and bass. Now hailing from South Carolina, Chaquis has been featured and performed on ABC4’s Low Country Live in Charleston, SC and CBS7’s Your Carolina in Greenville, SC. Chaquis’ 1 Woman Band compliments her cozy sound and is sure to provide the audience a full band experience you’ll never forget.

1:00-2:15 p.m. – Columbia Jazz Band
The 26 member Columbia Jazz Band consists of musicians from all over Howard County. In their non-musical lives, they work in varied professional fields such as medicine, social work, engineering, computer science, education, law and more. That said, the group has performed at the Blues Alley in Georgetown, international jazz festivals in Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, and France.

2:30-3:45 p.m. – The Shrapnels
The Shrapnels are a Baltimore based quartet playing a mixture of jazz, funk, Latin and rock. They perform music adapted to reflect the rich heritage of improvisational jazz. They use originals, classic rock, funk, pop, hip-hop, traditional music and jazz standards from the Real Book as launching points for individual and group improvisation.

4:00-5:15 p.m. – Elikeh
Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no boarders. Exploring global themes and personal odysseys, Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk, and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes. The band recently won a WAMMIE for “Best World Music Recording” and has been nominated for “Best World Beat Album” by the Independent Music Awards.

5:30-7:00 p.m. – United States Navy Band Cruisers
As the U.S. Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer, Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy’s versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to their namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the U.S. and abroad with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances.

7:00-7:20 p.m. – Happy 50th Birthday Columbia Celebration!
Join us for cake as we celebrate Columbia’s 50th Birthday.

7:20-8:35 p.m. – Laney Jones and the Spirits
The rise of Laney Jones from hobbyist to full-time professional musician has been something of a marvel. In the astonishing span of only a handful of years – the time most aspirants take to form a solid band – the 24-year-old went from coffeehouse dabbling to Berklee to paid music licensing…Along the way, she’s amassed honors in esteemed competitions like the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the NewSong Contest, performed on PBS alongside Alison Krauss, received positive press from publications like No Depression and Rolling Stone “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” and gotten music licensed for clients like Pixar, Dreamworks and ABC.  She may be young but she questions philosophy with both her lyrics and her music with a sophistication usually reserved for veterans of the industry. Tackling relevant subjects like youth and growing up by mixing Millennial viewpoints with a retro sound, Jones manages to craft an album designed for the past, present, and future.”

8:50-10:20 p.m. – Nelly’s Echo
At age 15, Nelson Emokpae, a.k.a Nelly’s Echo, moved from his home country of Nigeria to the United States with his entire family, ultimately settling in Baltimore. After self-releasing two successful albums, Nelson appeared on Season 3 of The Voice winning over fans and judges with his live performance of “Amazing Grace.” His Music and live shows have been compared to the likes of Jason Mraz and John Mayer, sharing positive messages of life, hope and love.

Sunday, June 18

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Sarah Ragsdale
Sarah Ragsdale, also formerly known as Zahra Universe, is a singer, pianist, songwriter, actress, and media personality. Ever evolving, she has worked in a variety of genres from classical, folk, pop, r&b, and electronic. She has toured and performed live in America, Europe, Asia, and Africa making appearances on major international television networks including BBC World, Univision, France24, and Radio France Internationale. Sarah was the composer and performer of “Sela Sela (Dance Together)” the Official Song of the Africa Cup of Nations for which she received international recognition for this collaboration song of peace and breaking down borders through music. Sarah combines the keyboard skills of a “Piano Woman” with quick and creative songwriting skills of a true artist.

2:15-3:30 pm. – Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
Anthony Clark started out playing the drums at the age of five, and later added harmonica to his arsenal. Over the last 30 years, Clark has brought his hard-edged funky blues to venues such as Bangkok Blues, Chick Hall’s Surf Club, the Congressional Blues Festival, and the Silver Spring Blues Festival. He has opened for artists such as Chuck Brown, Deanna Bogart and Betty Lavette.

3:45-5:15 p.m. – Junkyard Saints
Junkyard Saints is a DC/Baltimore-based seven-piece band with full horn section performing its own brand of New Orleans-style party music, blending funk, swing, Latin, R&B, with a splash of zydeco to round out the mix. With regular college and independent radio airplay across the country including National Public Radio, Junkyard Saints have played at some of the most notable venues and festivals in the country including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Pier Six, and at private events for corporate and entertainment clients such as HBO, John Waters, Crayola, and Northrop-Grumman. The Saints are recipients of Washington Area Music Association’s 2006 WAMMIE Awards for Artist of the Year 2006 and Best Roots Rock Group 2006, 2007 and 2008 and 2009, and bandleader Brian Simms was voted Musician of the Year 2009.

5:30- 7:00 p.m. – Glenelg Jazz Ensemble
The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble has received more than 60 awards over the last 15 years, including the highest rating at the Maryland state Jazz Festival. Consistently known for their high energy and professionalism, the group has been selected seven times to perform at such prestigious international festivals such as the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Jazz a Vienne in Lyon, France and the World Jazz Festival in Freiburg, Germany. Over the years, many national and regional jazz artists have shared the stage with the Ensemble, including Maynard Ferguson, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Carl Fischer, Chris Vadala and Deanna Bogart.
Chris Winters, from the Glenelg Class of 1994, has been the Band’s Director since the fall of 2015. He remains dedicated to music education and maintaining the high energy and professionalism of the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble for years to come.