The weather’s getting warmer here in the DMV, even reaching temperatures on several sun-drenched days making it feel more like July than May. And it comes at a perfect time as more adults have received their COVID-19 vaccination leading to restrictions being lifted and allowing us to finally hit our favorite restaurant, root for our home teams at sporting events or enjoy a movie or a play.

But while we still aren’t sure what the “new normal” will entail, after being forced to sequester ourselves and therefore unable to spend time with friends and family for well over a year, everyone’s looking for something fun to do over the Memorial Day weekend which began Friday and ends Monday.

And if live concerts count among your favorite activities and you’re a fan of old-school R&B, you should consider taking a drive on Saturday, May 29, to Lamont’s Entertainment Complex in Indian Head, Maryland for “The Ultimate Funk & SoulFest.”

The concert runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features national recording artists Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra and Con Funk Shun, local favorites We Are One X-Perience, and Earth, Wind & Fire and Teddy Pendergrass tribute bands. Vendors will be on site for the outdoor event and social distancing and masks will be observed.

The show comes due to the ingenuity and innovation of Tarsha Fitzgerald, a resident of Clarksville, Md., and a veteran marketing strategist who has achieved success in areas that include public relations, entertainment and event management.

Under the brand of her recently-formed company, Tarsha Fitzgerald Productions, she’s already begun to garner the attention and respect of her colleagues in the industry.

But even more, during and despite the pandemic, Tarsha has produced over a dozen shows at venues throughout the greater Washington area and Baltimore while building her fan base.

And a lot of people have started to notice.

She said Saturday’s concert will be an event you do not want to miss.

“It feels amazing and I’ve gotten so many calls from people as far away as Atlanta and California, that this is going to be a national event,” she said. “People are coming from at least eight different states and have already locked in their reservations at two hotels which is part of the package I offer.

I wanted to do this for a long time and in 2020, I decided to just do it. It was the best decision I could have made,” she said.

Look for more about Tarsha Fitzgerald and the business she continues to develop, who was mentored by one of D.C.’s most successful media moguls, the incomparable Cathy Hughes, in The Washington Informer later in June.

For tickets, go to or call 410-9639238.

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Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents in their struggles with Alzheimer’s,...

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