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Event Details

Reservations Until:
04/04/2020 10:00 PM
Starts on:
04/04/2020 02:00 AM
Ends on:
04/04/2020 11:00 PM
8th Annual Guitar Festival

Guitar lovers unite for the 8th Annual Guitar Festival by Power Jam Music Alliance with an afternoon Guitar Workshop and evening Guitar Concert and Art Show!

Workshop and Concert are on Saturday 4th April 2020,  Both the Workshop and Concert are Free, To Get a Ticket for a Reserve  seating, Click on the red button above (All those with Reserve Seating will be allowed in first to the performance hall  to get priority access to the seats in the hall. All other will be seated second)

Guitar Fest 2020 headliner is Maryland State Arts Council contemporary jazz group Otherworlds, the local headliner is classical guitarist Connor Milstead, featured folk rock guitarist Jahnel Daliya, and supporting artists, Paul Dickson & Cystal Moses, Terry Chamberlain, and Fred Farmer, Alan Prather, & Jay St. Peter.  

The Art Show will display paintings and other art works by college artist.

Come with your guitar at 2 PM to 4 PM for the Guitar Workshop with the guitarist from Otherworlds Jake Kohlhas, and come to the Guitar Concert and Art Show doors open at 6:15 PM to view the art work. Persons with reserve seating tickets will seated at 6:45 all other afterward. Concert time is  7 PM to 11 PM. All ages are welcome. The festival will be held at the Montgomery Hall at the St. Mary' College of Maryland, 47645 College Dr, St Marys City, MD 20686.  

The festival is in cooperation with the Music Department at the St. Mary' College of Maryland .  The event sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council.



Otherworld is an award-winning contemporary group with a unique style that has wide audience appeal. Otherworld blends jazz, classical, and Middle Eastern influences, played on a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. They perform original compositions with an emphasis on improvisation.

“Otherworld”, the group’s debut recording, won a Global Music Award, placing among the top 10 in the “Album” category from among hundreds of entries worldwide. The album has been featured on NPR affiliate WYPR-FM, Baltimore MD; Jazz Standard Internet Radio, London England UK; the BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network), Boston MA; and WPFW-FM, Washington D.C.’s premiere jazz station, among others. 

Otherworld is pianist Jeffrey Chappell, guitarist Jake Kohlhas, bassist Chris Taylor, and percussionist Jake Marinari. Chappell is Director of Jazz Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Kohlhas, Taylor, and Marinari are alumni of the college.

The group members share an esthetic vision that unifies their work. Their music features original compositions by all of the musicians. Each song is composed by one person, and then everyone collaborates on putting together the final product.

Jeffrey Chappell has appeared throughout the United States and internationally with major symphony orchestras and at venues including Carnegie Hall. Jake Kohlhas performs with J Pope and Funk Friday, a hip-hop, funk, and soul band; and appears in The Zimnicki Players, a guitar duo with his former teacher Steve Yankee.

Chris Taylor and Jake Marinari have performed throughout North America with the Baltimorebased Soul musician, Bosley. Taylor has also worked with the funk band Jackson On The Prowl. Marinari studied frame drum and darbuka with the world-renowned percussionist Yshai Afterman in Israel.

“Otherworld” can be listened to and downloaded at iTunes and from Amazon (search “otherworld jazz”). “Otherworld” is also available as a CD on Amazon. For more information about Otherworld, please visit http://www.otherworldjazz.com/ .

Connor Milstead 

Connor Milstead was born in Richmond, VA, and grew up in Annapolis, MD, and Bradenton, FL. He began studying classical guitar at the age of eleven with Douglas Seth and Rex Willis. In 2017, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance and Music Theory at Florida State University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman.

Connor has had the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Treasure Coast Guitar Society, being featured in several events by the Sarasota, Seven Hills, and Florida State guitar societies, as well as performing in master classes led by Pavel Steidl, Judicaël Perroy, Thomas Kirchoff, among many others. He now lives in Baltimore, MD, and is pursuing a Master’s in Guitar Performance with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory.” He is a music instructor at St. Marys College of Maryland.


 Jahnel  Daliyla


Jahnel Daliya brings her unique blend of folk, pop and rock fueled by soulful vocals and songwriting aimed at finding the light in this sometimes heavy but beautiful world. Her songwriting journey began late in 2013 which lead Jahnel to a series of solo acoustic performances. In 2015 she began performing with her band of local talent hitting some popular music festivals, fairs, conferences and music clubs throughout DC and Virginia . In June 2017 Jahnel released her debut EP "Chase The Moon", four tracks which play like an introduction to her journey discovering herself as an artist. In 2019 Jahnel released her first full length record "Into The Night". It's an electrified indie rock record of eleven well crafted songs that explore the balance between embracing the carefree spirit of living in the moment and being grounded by love and commitment and living through the highs and lows that we all face in one way or another.

Raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York Jahnel grew up to the sounds of a busy city and 1980’s soul, pop, and R&B music. She found a love of singing along to Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul on the radio but it wasn’t until she and her mother moved to Virginia that she was able to develop her skill and technique singing in a few Washington DC choirs, Children of the Gospel and Urban Nation. Her powerful vocals can bend from edgy and soulful to richly intimate. With no formal musical training she crafts her song from a very free and innocent place. She credits her prolific songwriting to being an only child and spending her alone time making up stories and songrecords to entertain herself when she wasn’t exploring the world outside of her window.


Paul Dickson and Crystal Moses

Paul Dickson started playing in high school.  He loved air jamming to southern rock so he decided to learn how to play.  He has been playing 40 years since, however he put seriously effort in for the first 6 years and the last 5 years.  There was no one in the family to influence his music so he found himself being inspired by a wide range of musicians such as Dave Lubeck (Molly Hatchet), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jimmy Buffet.  Not to surprising then that his first performance was in 1983 at a South Eastern Bikers Association Birthday Party and his style of guitar is a mix of heavy metal and acoustic pop. 

He did a recording in with his band Hook Line and Sinkers playing Rhythm guitarist on “Playing in Reel Time” CD.   At the Guitar Fest he will be playing on a Martin GPPCPA 1 Plus singing and strumming out some Jimmy Buffet, Darius Rucker, John Prine, and Creedence Clear Water Revival.

When asked what his future plan are he say “I want to be a street vendor and just hang out playing and let people enjoy (just playing for beer money)”


St Marys College Guitar Club

 Terry Chamberlain

 Fred Farmer, Alan Prather, & Jay St. Peter








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