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As temperatures are getting higher, La Plata is bringing some hot tunes as the town starts its annual concert series at 7 tonight on the town hall’s west lawn.

This year’s schedule returns many of the area’s favorite local bands, military ensembles and singers who appeared last year, including the 25th Hour Band, a six-piece jazz and Motown combo, that will kick off the series Friday, and the U.S. Navy jazz band The Commodores that performs June 8.

Special events coordinator Colleen Wilson said the town added two new performers to this year’s schedule — Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, a blues singer who performs Sept. 14, and John Luskey Band, a Southern Maryland country band that performs Sept. 28.

Local bluegrass band Port Tobacco Pickers, whose concert last year was rained out, will perform June 15.

“Many people have made this a regular Friday night event and for good reason since it is an excellent way to spend an evening with family and friends of all ages. It is one way that we keep the small-town atmosphere of meeting and greeting our friends and neighbors,” Mayor Roy Hale said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

“The concerts are a great family atmosphere and provide a free, fun thing to do on a Friday night,” Wilson said.

The town also will have its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. May 28 at the town hall.

2012 La Plata Summer Concert Series schedule

May 25 — 25th Hour Band

June 1 — Four of a Kind

June 8 — U.S. Navy band The Commodores

June 15 — Port Tobacco Pickers

June 22 — R&R Train

June 29 — The Wise Guys

July 6 — U.S. Naval Academy band Electric Brigade

July 13 — Roadhouse

July 20 Appaloosa July 27 — Eastern Tradition

Aug. 3 — The Blarney Stones

Aug. 10 — Three Sixty Band

Aug. 17 — U.S. Navy band Country Current

Aug. 24 — Southern Maryland Concert Band

Aug. 31 — Cover Story

Sept. 7 — Eric Scott Band

Sept. 14 — Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark

Sept. 21 Lionel Ward and the New World Band

Sept. 28 John Luskey Band

If you go

The town of La Plata will start its summer concert series at 7 tonight at town hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata.

The 25th Hour Band will perform. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Food will be sold at the event, and attendees are welcome to bring coolers. Alcohol is not permitted. A play area for children will be available near the concert area on the west lawn. Descriptions and videos of each band are available at, under the events tab.

The town of La Plata also will hold a Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. May 28 at the town hall.

Commander Elvis Mikel, U.S. Navy executive officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac, will speak at the event. La Plata High School’s Naval Junior ROTC program will present the colors. The Port Tobacco Players’ Encore Kids will perform.

Call Colleen Wilson at 301-934-8421 for information.