Songs for Our Future – You Made It Amazing!

Thank you to each of you who joined for us for our Songs for Our Future Concert Series which concluded with a final performance at the Mainstay in Rock Hall in July, 2017. Your enthusiasm and support was amazing! So many of you showed up month after month. We saw lots of you in pink hats, or cheering our special guests, or bringing your friends. So many of you helped — at the door, setting up the furniture studio for our first six events, stacking chairs, moving equipment.  And you really came through with the donations, helping us raise over $18,000 to support seven organizations supporting critical rights and some of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors.  See the list below for details on how much we raised together, and check out some video highlights from the series. We owe a special thank you to Jeff Weber who filmed many of our performances.  We can’t wait to see what we can all do next together!

Songs for Our Future – Amounts Raised

Second Show Added & Reservations Being Accepted for March Songs for Our Future Concert

Second Show Added for March Performance!

We are pleased to announce that we have added a second show for the next performance in our Songs for Our Future series, a Concert to Highlight Climate Change & Clean Energy. In addition to the show originally planned for Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m., we are adding a show on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. with all the same music and special guests.

Now Taking Reservations!

In addition, we have made it possible for you to reserve seats for all upcoming shows. Visit our EventBrite page to reserve tickets. All donations will be taken at the door. If your plans change, please return to the site to cancel your reservations so we can accommodate someone on the waiting list.

The first two shows in this series have been sold out, standing-room only events so be sure to reserve a spot. We were sad to have to turn people away last month, and regret if it happened to you. We want to make sure everyone can be a part of these special events.


Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. [2nd Show Just Added!]

Robert Ortiz Studios
207C S. Cross St.
Chestertown, MD

The Pam Ortiz Band
with Special Guests:
Meredith Davies Hadaway, Celtic harp, poetry
Andrew McCown, outdoor educator & storyteller
Robert Earl Price, poet
Jeff Davis, bass

$15 suggested donation ($10 students)

All proceeds will benefit is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. was founded by a group of university friends in the U.S. along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. Today, works in almost every country in the world on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and divesting public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels. All of their work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law

Songs for Our Future A Standing-Room Only Success!

Songs for Our Future Photo - Feb 2017Thanks to all of you for making the first two performances in our Songs for Our Future concert series such a success.  We have been overwhelmed by the response, with standing room only at each of the first two shows.

In January, with your help, we raised $3,400 for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to support their work to protect the right to vote.

In February, we worked together to raise $2,775 for the National Immigration Law Center to protect immigrants.

Thanks to all of you who participated in some way — to our special guests who joined us on stage, to those of you who joined us for a show, made a donation, volunteered to help out, told a friend, or supported us with your ideas, energy and enthusiasm.  We are proud to stand with you!

Songs for Our Future: A Monthly Concert Series to Launch in 2017

In the Ortiz household, we have a framed quote from Spanish cellist and composer, Pablo Casals:

Soy hombre primero y artista despues. Como hombre, mi primera obligación es defender la dignidad humana. Como artista, cumpliré esa misión a traves de la musica – unica arma que Dios me ha dado – ya que ésta trasciende las vallas impuestas por el idioma la politica y las fronteras nacionales. Mi contribución a la paz mundial será humilde, per al menos lo habré dado todo por ese ideal que, para mis es sagrado.

I am a man first and an artist second. As a man, my first obligation is to defend human dignity. As an artist, I will fulfill this mission through music — the unique weapon which God has given me – and that which trancends the boundaries imposed by language, politics and national borders. My contribution to world peace will be humble, but at least I will have given all for this ideal which, to me, is sacred.

In the spirit of Pablo Casals, the Pam Ortiz Band has decided launch a monthly concert series in 2017, to raise funds to protect important rights and vulnerable people.  We hope you will join us.

Songs for Our Future - Concert Flyer - Revised 02-15-17

Songs of the Sea Concert Moves to a New Venue

Our annual Songs of the Sea concert, offered in conjunction with Downrigging Weekend, has become enough of a success that we are moving to a larger venue, the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts in Chestertown, MD.  This year our show will be on Friday night, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m..  We’ll have a number of special guests, and will do two full sets, so come prepared to join in the ribaldry, which may indeed require some singing on your part!  Aye, matey!  The Sultana is Chestertown’s own tall ship, built right here at the Sultana Shipyard on Cannon Street, and docked at the foot of Cannon Street when it is not plying the waters of the Bay to bring educational experiences and adventure to youth throughout the region.  Downrigging Weekend brings a number of sister tall ships to the Chester River for this full weekend of festivities.  For tickets to our Songs of Sea Show, see our Performance page, or click here.

Help Us Make the Set List – March 4

We are doing a hometown show on Saturday, March 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at Robert Ortiz Studios (Bob’s woodworking shop), at 207 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, Md. Not only can you buy tickets in advance (Click here to buy tickets.), but you can help us choose the set list.

Click here to vote for your favorite tunes! We’ll do our best to perform the songs that get the most love. You can even tell us a story or two about the songs, if you like. Let’s make this a collaborative concert. See you on March 4th!

New Videos

We recently spent a day in the studio recording live performance videos. We wanted folks to have a chance to hear and see what we look and sound like in performance.  We worked with our friend, Jeff Gruber and his staff at Blue House Productions.  View the videos here on our Videos and Multimedia page.

The Baltimore Premier of Red Devil Moon

We are looking forward to reprising our concert performance of Red Devil Moon at the Walters Art Museum on Friday, May 15.  The performance celebrates the work of Deb Gardner, the Legal Director at the Public Justice Center, a non-profit legal services organization in Baltimore, Maryland.  The performance is open to the public.  See the Performance Page for details.

Transportation Available from Chestertown to the Baltimore Show on May 15.  The Eastern Shore’s most amazing local music supporter, Mary Simmons, is organizing a couple of vans to transport folks to the Baltimore premier of Red Devil Moon on May 15.  Contact Mary at 410-708-5833 for additional information and to save a seat on the van!

RDM Baltimore Bus - Van Poster