Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is the largest presenter of performing arts and arts education in Garrett County, Maryland, and serves the entire tri-state region (MD, PA, WV). The GLAF office is located on the campus of Garrett College in McHenry, MD.

Join GLAF for the 2022 Season:

April 10: Happenstance Theater’s POCKET MOXIE is an homage to the style and spirit of the Great Age of Vaudeville with slapstick comedy, tight harmonies, and celestial charades. Five versatile players breathe new life into classic old routines from a ventriloquist’s dummy to a magic act that goes awry, from novelty songs and a musical saw to waiters juggling meatballs, all with full live “foley” sound effects. This show is teeming with hijinks, harmonies, nostalgic beauty, and physical comedy. Something for everyone and family-friendly! Happenstance Theater brings old Vaudeville back! Features Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon.

June 4: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with Lawrence Loh: Join Maestro Lawrence Loh and the musicians of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a musical evening of light classics and fun family favorites from film scores to opera.

June 25: Ken & Brad Kolodner: The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo, blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass, and American Roots music. They are joined by bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding presence, and the dynamic multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy on fiddle and guitar. 

July 17: Raleigh Ringers: Founded in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers is an Emmy nominated, internationally-acclaimed concert handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group has been dazzling audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including rock ‘n’ roll tunes that the group has become noted for, along with original compositions written just for The Raleigh Ringers.

August 5: Eric Bryd Trio: For over 20 years, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a Trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to The Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. 

August 20: Nashville Legacy: Featuring Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, and Meagan Taylor, Niece of Chet Atkins Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. Two legends at their instruments, two giants in the music industry. Though Floyd and Chet have passed away, their Nashville Legacy lives through Floyd’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, and Chet’s niece, Meagan Taylor. In this concert, Jason and Meagan take audiences on a journey back in time to Nashville’s “golden era,” sharing the music made famous by Floyd and Chet, as well as by the countless country, pop, and rock artists whose careers they impacted, including Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, and many more. Plus, the concert is much more than just music . . . Jason and Meagan share their own personal stories of growing up with their “Grandad” and “Uncle Chester,” and audiences will enjoy hearing tales of Nashville’s early recording days as told straight from the source. It’s all topped off by heartwarming family photos and films and a series of video duets with Jason, Meagan, and their legendary predecessors that you’ll have to see to believe.

October 7: Silk Road Dance Company: Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray – World Dance professor at George Washington University – the award-winning, critically acclaimed Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents an extensive repertoire of more than 200 dances from Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, South Asia, the Caucasus. and beyond. Silk Road Dance Company has given performances internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, the ensemble has graced prestigious national venues, including two White House performances and 11 Kennedy Center appearances. They have given presentations for 11 different embassy events, most recently at the Embassy of Albania.

October 29: Ellis Dyson & The Shambles: Ellis Dyson & The Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from early New Orleans Jazz to Piedmont Murder Ballads. The result: Foot-Stompin’ and eccentric original songs that bring party music of departed eras to young and old crowds. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical live shows and dazzling musicianship. 

October 30: National Players Fences: Troy Maxson was a star in the Negro Baseball League, but he was past his prime by the time Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947. Now in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy hauls garbage to provide for his family. When his son Cory wants to play football, Troy worries the same barriers he faces will crush Cory’s dreams, and he’ll crush them first before anyone else does. But Troy’s own mistakes and regrets may be as big a threat to his family’s security as the racism that limited his opportunities. As the past closes in, Troy finds the walls he’s built for protection crumbling. For the first time in its history, National Players takes August Wilson’s most acclaimed drama in his Century Cycle Plays to the stage.

November 20: River City Brass Holiday Concert: Under the baton of conductor Robert Bernat, the River City Brass took to the Carnegie Music Hall stage for its inaugural concert on November 21, 1981. It was an evening of musical excellence and determination – determination to bring about the revival of the grassroots tradition of the American brass band.