DENTON — Denton’s Friday Nites in Caroline series will continue at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, with a performance by the Pam Ortiz Band at the Caroline County Public Library.

Enjoy the original blues-tinged folk tunes of Eastern Shore singer-songwriter Pam Ortiz.

The band includes Pam Ortiz’s husband, Bob Ortiz, on percussion and guitar, Ford Schumann on guitar, Nevin Dawson on viola and violin, and Philip Dutton on piano and keyboard. The band has been performing in this configuration since 2012.

In 2017, the group hosted a seven-concert series, “Songs for Our Future,” to packed houses. Each show raised funds for an organization that supported an important right or vulnerable group of people.

The Pam Ortiz Band partnered with local gospel trio Sombarkin in 2014 for concert performances of “Red Devil Moon,” an original musical inspired by Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer’s 1923 novel, “Cane.” The book for the musical was written by Robert Earl Price; Pam Ortiz wrote the music and lyrics for the show. In 2016, the entire “Red Devil Moon” troupe took its performance to New York to do five shows as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. A DVD and audio recording of the 2014 performance has been released. The troupe won the 2016 Kenny Award from the Kent County Arts Council and the Hedgelawn Foundation.

Prior to starting the Pam Ortiz Band, Pam Ortiz spent 10 years with the group Terran Nova, playing to packed coffee house in the 1990s in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area. Her songs were showcased on the three albums vocal group recorded.

Ortiz released a solo album, “Rattle Them Chains,” in 2012.

For more information about this and upcoming Friday Nites concerts, contact the library at 410-479-1343 or

Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library and Caroline County Recreation and Parks. The series is free for all attendees. Donations are welcome.



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