Event Information

FREE Opening Weekend on the Lakefront

This free weekend-long event on the Columbia Lakefront includes live music on the Lakestage, kids’ entertainment and crafts, an invitational arts and crafts show & sale, strolling performers, festival food fare including Maryland Wineries and Horseshoe Casino Brew Zone, as well as a variety of activities for all ages.

Hours are as follows:
Friday, June 12 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 13 Noon – 11:00 pm
Sunday, June 14 Noon – 7:00 pm

Lakfront Map 2015

Friday June 12

Lakestage: OCHO DE BASTOS
5:00-6:15pm
Ocho de Bastos

One of the most popular and sought after Latin pop rock bands in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Ocho de Bastos (translation: Eight of Clubs), was founded in 2009 by a group of enthusiastic young musicians. Described by National Public Radio’s Felix Contreras as “…A DAMN GOOD BAND,” The group’s lineup consists of musicians of Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, and Venezuelan descent. Their sound is an energetic fusion of tropical rhythms with Latin rock:  a unique guitar sound blended with powerful drums, Latin percussion, and catchy bass riffs compliment their unique style.

INVITATIONAL FINE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW & SALE
5:00-8:00pm

Lakestage: HAPPY 48TH BIRTHDAY COLUMBIA CELEBRATION!
6:15-6:30pm

Join us for cupcakes and speeches and we celebrate Columbia’s 48th birthday!

Lakestage: E. SHAWN QAISSAUNEE
6:30-7:30pme-shawn

E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, composer and teacher, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and one of the unforgettable acts from our Spring Festival. Shawn, also known as “Q”, attended Berklee College of Music with a focus on Jazz Composition and Music education. In 2014 Shawn has continued to be in high demand as a bassist and guitarist and is busy writing and performing his original music and teaching private music lessons.

Lakestage: MUDDY CROWS
7:45-9:00pmMuddy Crows

The Muddy Crows are a modern Americana/folk-rock band featuring original material from singer/songwriter Dan Wolff that combines Americana with folk, jazz, island rock, and a bit of old-school soul. Although based in D.C., The Muddy Crows have entertained audiences up and down the East Coast and have provided fans with a shared musical experience that captures the struggles, triumphs and humor of daily life in the modern world.

Lakestage: CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND
9:15-10:30pm

“A storming powerhouse of big-band African funk, Chopteeth is smart, tight and relentlessly driving: Chopteeth
a definite don’t-miss.” 
-The Washington Post

Chopteeth is a 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music. Their sound is a spicy stew of modern jazz, West African traditional music and burning, and James Brown-inspired rhythms. The band has electrified dance audiences in the Washington, DC and Baltimore region since 2004.

Saturday June 13

INVITATIONAL FINE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW & SALE
12:00-8:00pm

CIRCUS JUGGLE ZONE
12:00-8:00pm

Join the circus without leaving home!  Children, teens and adults can try their hand at juggling, plate spinning, devil stick tossing, diabolo whirling, poi spinning and more.  Skills demonstrations begin every hour on the hour!

Lakestage: CHAQUIS MALIQChaquis Maliq Promo close up 2015
12:00-12:45pm

Melodic Singer-Songwriter and one-woman band, Chaquis Maliq delivers a unique soulful sound that is starting to get attention by audience and critics alike. Hailed by ArtsQuest as, “Beauty, Brains, and Power of Soul,” Chaquis made her first album in 2013, and has been touring ever since.

KIDS’ ARTS & CRAFTS ACTIVITIES
12:30-5:30pm

Children are invited to explore the visual arts with unique activities led by KidzArt, Howard County’s celebrated advocates of child creativity. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes.  On-site registration is required as space is limited.

Lakestage: SHANE GAMBLE
1:00-2:00pmShane Gamble

Shane Gamble’s new single “Beautiful Work,” hasn’t captivated you yet, there is a very good chance it will. A Maryland native, Gamble embodies what it means to be a working musician. Shane attacks his guitar with passion and sings jangly songs about the good times with a distinctly American feel. Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen were to emerge now on Country radio, then added a modern twist… that’s Shane.

Lakestage: THE ANDY POXON BAND
2:15-3:15pm

“The combination is particularly potent in the figure of Poxon, whose big, mature voice is even more surprising coming from a gangly teenager with a wild head of red hair.” -Washington Post

Andy PoxonSince forming in 2009, the Andy Poxon Band has played numerous venues and festivals up and down the East Coast. The band plays a variety of Andy’s original tunes and covers, mixing elements of blues, soul, and country into their own unique sound. How did Andy get into the blues? The answer: BB King. Andy approaches the blues with the same discipline and passion one would need to be successful in the classical realm. His relentless drive led him to write, sing, produce, and record his first album, Red Roots, at the tender age of 16, just a few years removed from when he started learning guitar. His debut 2011 release is a mixture of Americana and heavy doses of the blues, rockabilly, soul and jazz.

Lakestage: ELIKEH
3:30-4:30pm

Elikeh at the Rock and Roll Hotel“One of DC’s finest bands.” -DC Rock Live

Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders. 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.

Elikeh won the WAMMIE for “Best World Music Recording” and has been nominated for “Best World Beat Album” by the Independent Music Awards.

Lakestage: BROKE ROYALS
Broke Royals
4:45-6:00pm

Philip Basnight and Colin Cross began collaborating in February 2013. They each brought very different creative elements to the writing process. Over the past year, they have honed their sound and recording process to form what they are now proudly releasing as Broke Royals.



Lakestage: NELLY’S ECHO
6:15-7:30pmNellys Echo Graffiti Shot

At 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. His music and live shows have been compared to the likes of Jason Mraz or John Mayer, sharing positive messages of life, hope, and love.

Lakestage: SOULE MONDE
7:45-9:15pm

Soule MoSoule Mondende is instrumental, organ-driven funk in its purest form. Erupting from the syncopated minds of power-drummer Russ Lawton and organ-wizard Ray Paczkowski, the duo takes soul-jazz back to the deep end. Forged off a sound that originated with Booker T. and Jimmy Smith, and highly influenced by the redeveloped grooves crafted by Medeski, Martin & Wood and The Beastie Boys, Soule Monde is the ideal union of swagger and raw talent.

Lakestage: PIGPEN THEATRE COMPANY
9:30-10:45pm

“Acoustic guitar, accordion, harmonies and enough Brit-folk melodies to make Mumford & Sons jealous.”
-American SongwriterPigPen 1

The PigPen Theatre Company is a band. But they are also authors and theatre creators, about whom the Boston Herald wrote, “PigPen Theatre Company is already a phenomenon.” These seven friends began creating their unique brand of music in 2007 as freshman at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Their debut indie-folk album, “Bremen,” was featured by American Songwriter and was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Their follow up EP, “The Way I’m Running,” was released last October. Though their theatrical creations have earned them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe, this summer they tour as a band.

Sunday June 14

Lakestage: YOUNG COLUMBIANS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTCCTAGala-1080
12:00-1:00pm

Created in 1975 for the bicentennial, this unique ensemble of talented youth have performed their Spirit of America, Broadway and Christmas shows at many prestigious events, including The White House, Wolf Trap, Disney World, The Kennedy Center, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. Their performances were distinguished by polished innocence and freshness rarely seen in our youth today. This celebration of their 40th birthday will also be a reunion of some members of the original cast from 1975!

INVITATIONAL FINE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW & SALE
12:00-7:00pm

CIRCUS JUGGLE ZONE
12:00-7:00pm

Join the circus without leaving home!  Children, teens and adults can try their hand at juggling, plate spinning, devil stick tossing, diabolo whirling, poi spinning and more.  Skills demonstrations begin every hour on the hour!

KIDS’ ARTS & CRAFTS ACTIVITIES
12:30-4:30pm

Children are invited to explore the visual arts with unique activities led by KidzArt, Howard County’s celebrated advocates of child creativity. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes.  On-site registration is required as space is limited.

Lakestage: COLUMBIA JAZZ BAND
1:15-2:30pm

Columbia Jazz BandThe 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, as well as venues in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, and Scotland.

Lakestage: SPEAKERS OF THE HOUSE
2:45-4:00pm

Speakers of the House is a mashup of two of the region’s more popular and diverse bands: All Mighty Senators and The Junkyard Saints. The band was formed two years ago in an effort to play the old school funk, boogaloo and rock that the band regularly listened to. With regular college and independent radio airplay across the country including National Public Radio, this group has played some of the most notable venues and festivals in the country, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Inner Harbor, and numerous festivals up and down the east coast.

Lakestage: THE COMMODORES
4:15-5:30pm

CommodoresJazz is America’s music and the Commodores – the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble – have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the nation for more than 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Led by Master Chief Musician Philip Burlin, the Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support honoring veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials.

Lakestage: THE GLENELG JAZZ ENSEMBLE
5:45-7:00pm

Glenelg Jazz BandThe 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 as the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Jazz à Vienne in Lyon, France, and the World Jazz Festival in Freiburg, Germany. Over the years, many national and local jazz artists have been guests on the Glenelg stage, including Maynard Ferguson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Carl Fischer, Chris Vadala, Carl Filipiac, Dave Steinmeyer, George Rabbai, and Deanna Bogart.

Shuttle Bus

Avoid the Fuss, Hop on the Bus!



Take the Shuttle to the Festival: throughout our Free Opening Weekend on the Lakefront, departing every 15 minutes, FREE shuttle service is being provided by Howard Transit between parking at the Howard Community College campus and the Columbia Town Center Lakefront. Park in Lot F (right off of Little Patuxent Parkway) and catch the shuttle to Wincopin Circle!


Shuttle Bus Information

Location

Free Opening Weekend on the Lakefront
Friday, June 12, 5-11 pm
Saturday, June 13, 12-11 pm
Sunday, June 14, 12-7 pm

Columbia Lakefront
10275 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044