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Live jazz and blues concert coming soon to Germantown

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 11, 2018) Tickets are on sale for the second annual jazz and blues concert at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center in Berlin, Saturday, Jan. 20.

The success of last year’s inaugural event far exceeded expectations, organizer Barbara Purnell said.

“We’re going to try to keep it going, if we can. Last year, it was really overwhelming and tickets went so fast that we had a waiting list,” she said.

Purnell said the crowd jumped, as a live band brought jazz, blues and rock ‘n roll to the center, a former schoolhouse.

“The music was just great,” she said. “Even though we don’t have dancing space, some of them ducked into little corners and cut a little step. They really enjoyed themselves and wanted to know when we were going to have it again.”

This year’s headliner will be Salisbury vocalist Suzette Pritchett, who will draw from her jazz and blues repertoire.

Deejay music and refreshments will also be provided. The event is scheduled from 7-11 p.m.

“It’s just going to be an evening of fun and enjoyment,” Purnell said.

Space is limited and tickets at $25 per person must be purchased in advance. To buy tickets, contact Purnell at 410-641-0638.

Proceeds will help pay for operational costs for the center, on 10223 Trappe Road in Berlin.

Purnell said she has another event in mind for February, but plans have not been finalized.

For more information on the Germantown School Community Heritage Center, visit or search “Germantown School Community Heritage Center, Berlin, MD” on Facebook.