Map out some time on your summer calendar. Every August, plan on enjoying some fantastic live jazz music in a beautiful setting right on the Potomac River waterfront on the 75 acres of Mt. Bethel Retreat Center, circa 1898. This year, on Aug. 28 head to the Mt. Bethel Retreat Center in King George, Virginia, but first make sure to reserve your tickets at JazzInTheCountry.com as seating is limited. For the bargain price of a $75 general admission ticket, you can enjoy the daylong event. Bring the whole family as kids 11 and under are free, and children 11-17 are just $30 each. Plus parking is free and there is plenty of room for social distancing.
The line-up this year is impressive. The show begins with Kim Black featuring Jeffrey Greenberg & Friends. Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg is a retired neurological surgeon who has played for Margaret Thatcher and George W. Bush. Next up is the Bruce Middle Group with their knack for combining acoustic and electric features for a blend of pop and jazz. They are followed by 4TheRoad Band, a collection of jazz musicians who have played with many jazz legends. The show moves on with the electrifying international billboard-charting Chelsey Green & The Green Project. The evening wraps up with Marcus Johnson, an accomplished musician with more than 15 billboard-charted CDs. Marcus has played with many jazz greats including George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis Chick Corea and more.
The event takes place rain or shine. However, canopy/umbrella chairs are allowed. During performances, they do ask patrons to lower canopies/umbrellas as a courtesy to others. High-back chairs and free-standing tents and canopies are not allowed. Assorted food and drink will be on sale during the event.
Take some time and enjoy King George County, Virginia, the gateway to Virginia’s Northern Neck, featuring 131 miles of shoreline along the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers. Check it out at VisitKingGeorge.com. Spend the night at the nearby Hampton Inn Dahlgren. They have special rates of just $80 per night plus tax. All you need to do is mention “jazz.” Call 540-625-2333, or visit jazzinthecountry.com.