African American Legacy & Heritage in Jazz, Blues and Gospel Series

Sumner Hall strives to promote an understanding of the African American experience within the context of American history and culture and to serve as a showcase for the African American experience on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

An important part of this history and culture is the legacy of Black America in jazz, gospel, and blues. This year is our second annual concert series. We will continue to shed much-needed light on this immense body of music through the Sumner Hall concert series produced by retired Mainstay founder and director, Tom McHugh.

McHugh contacted his friends who have performed at the Mainstay over the years to take the stage at Sumner Hall for this unique series.  The list includes Grammy nominees, WC Handy awardees, national names, and local favorites. In addition to great music by outstanding performers, we will open the floor for questions and discussion at the end of each concert.  Join us for this unique celebration of African American culture and history! Tickets for the first performance  are available on EventBrite, by emailing info@sumnerhall.org or by calling 443.282.0023.

September 21 / 7 pm
The Bratcher Project
An Evening of Smooth Jazz

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October 19 / 7 pm
MSG Acoustic Blues Trio
The Piedmont Blues

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November 16 / 7 pm
The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band
Plays Louis Armstrong

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March 21 / 7pm
Philip Dutton
The Music of Allen Toussaint

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May 2 / 7 pm
Dom Flemons
The Racial Baggage of the Banjo

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June 6/ 7 pm
Scott Ainsley
The Seeds that Made Roots Music

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