St. Mary’s College of Maryland will celebrate America’s musical roots with two concerts this summer. On June 8, the rock, soul, and blues band “Jamison and the Double O Soul” will perform under the waterfront tent, starting at 9 p.m. On June 27, “Sheltered Turtle,” a guitar solo act, will perform on the Campus Center patio, starting at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, and refreshments. Each concert is free and open to the public. A suggested donation of $5 will ensure that concerts like these continue to take place at St. Mary’s College.
“Jamison and the Double O Soul” is a five-person band including St. Mary’s College alumni Wes Lanish ’05 and Nathan Graham ’06. Originally formed in 2008 for a one-time performance of Jimmy Hendrix classics, the group continues to carry on the tradition of cosmic blues music with an energetic combination of electric guitar, drums, bass, and the soulful voice of vocalist George Jamison.
“Sheltered Turtle” is an autobiographical, acoustic-percussive fingerstyle guitar solo act by multicultural musician Henry Nam. Following in the footsteps of guitarists Michael Hedges, Preston Reed, and Leo Kottke, Nam blends rhythmic chords, pianistic melodies, and heart-pounding percussion parts in his exuberant live performances. His debut release, “Runaway Sketchbook” (2013), is the first volume of an ambitious, year-long project to record a backlog of four years of original material exclusively in locations that enhance natural acoustics.