The Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve may be the star of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s October 25 OysterFest, but the music line-up and the return of Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout will provide some of this year’s highlights.
Slated to bring a feisty blend of country, roadhouse and “juke joint” music to OysterFest is the Centreville-based group The Roadhouse Clams. The Clams are known to bring the sounds of Steve Earle, The Rolling Stones, John Hiatt, Old 97’s, and the Zac Brown Band to life. They have appeared live with the Avett Brothers, Jonny Lang, Deanna Bogart, Flogging Molly, Gin Blossoms and other nationally known artists. The Clams play at OysterFest from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand beginning at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Beginning at 10 a.m., singer-songwriter Michael Kelly will weave melodic guitar and soulful vocals into his performance from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Kelly will debut his song, The Boatbuilder, during one of The Roadhouse Clams’ breaks. The song was written about legendary boatbuilder Bronza Parks, who built the museum’s skipjack Rosie Parks and dovetail Martha, among many other boats along the Chesapeake Bay.
Across the boardwalk along Fogg’s Cove, festival-goers can listen to the vocal harmonies and tight transitions of the Annapolis-based group, Swamp Donkey. Noted as a high energy newgrass band with a twist of rock, the group will be playing on the lower decks of the Steamboat Building from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In honor of the museum’s skipjack Rosie Parks—which was relaunched at OysterFest 2013 after a three year restoration—Fordham Brewing Co.’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout will be served on tap during the event. The stout is also available in 12-ounce six packs at select locations throughout the Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington D.C. markets, with Fordham donating a portion of each sale’s proceeds to CBMM.
OysterFest admission will be taken at the museum the day of the event, and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Admission is free for CBMM members and children under six. Performances are included in the admission prices, with food, beverages and boat rides available at an additional cost. For safety reasons, festival-goers need to keep dogs at home, as leashed dogs are only permitted on museum grounds during regular operating hours. For more information about OysterFest, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest or call 410-745-2916.