Barbara Parker and Joe Holt to perform during Jazz Festival

Joe Holt and Barbara Parker are teaming up for a performance during the Chestertown Jazz Festival. The duo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown.

CHESTERTOWN — The Chestertown Jazz Festival returns to the Garfield Center for a performance featuring local musicians Barbara Parker and Joe Holt.

Doors open for the Friday, Sept. 13 concert at 6:30 p.m. with the music beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Garfield Center box office, online at or by calling 410-810-2060.

The Garfield Center is located at 210 High St. in Chestertown.

Though a singer and songwriter from early on, it is only in the last few years that Parker has started to present her music to a larger audience, a news release states.

A painter by profession, she “believes all creative influence is one thing and that what is in her must come out.”

According to the release, Parker’s music comes from an understanding of her own and other’s emotions, and wistfulness for what lies beyond the horizon. Her music has faint strains of a myriad of traditions — becoming what is best described as “Americana,” but is otherwise difficult to fit into a single genre, the release states.

Living on the Eastern Shore, Parker is fortunate to be recording and performing with Holt and friends as “Barbara Parker and Company.” Her latest recording, “A Little Out of Focus” is available on cdBaby, Amazon and iTunes.

This concert takes place on the second day of the 2019 Chestertown Jazz Festival Weekend. The festival includes the Larry McKenna Quartet at The Mainstay on Sept. 12, Parker with Holt at the Garfield Center on Sept. 13 and the Chestertown Jazz Festival in Wilmer Park on Sept. 14.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday concerts are available through the Garfield Center, with tickets for the Larry McKenna Quartet available by calling the Mainstay at 410-639-9133.

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