Willie Nelson performs during Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown… (Gilbert Carrasquillo/FILMMAGIC )
Project Natale The Washington area jazz band performs as part of the Prince George’s Arts Council weekly Summer Lunchtime Concert Series. 1 p.m. The Mall at Prince George’s, food court, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-8845. www.princegeorgesartscouncil.
Jazz at the Boulevard The Wind Down Thursdays smooth jazz concert series continues with the D.C. band AJQ on the traffic circle on Restaurant Row, which will be closed to traffic. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. In the event of rain, the show will be moved to the Stonefish Grill and Restaurant. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 18. The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Blvd. and Arena Dr., Largo. 301-324-0514. 301-324-0514. www.shopcapcentre.com. Free.
Jazz on the Lawn The Susan Jones Jazz Quartet, a local group led by the versatile violinist, performs outdoors. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. 7-8 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420. www.pgparks.com. Free.
Blarney Stones The outdoor Sunset Concert series and farmers market sponsored by the St. Charles Cos. and the Charles County Arts Alliance continues with a traditional Irish band from Charles County. Farmers market at 4 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West, St. Charles. 301-843-8600, Ext. 5211. Free.
Port Tobacco Pickers The bluegrass band from Southern Maryland performs an outdoor concert. 7 p.m. La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St. 301-934-8421. www.townoflaplata.org. Free.
River Concert Series The 13th season of the series begins with Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting the Chesapeake Orchestra in a program, “Wintry Mix in June,” featuring works by Sibelius, Shostakovich and Mary Coy, a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 7 p.m. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City. 240-895-2000. www.riverconcertseries.org. Free.
Stone Pleasure Band An oldies band performs for patrons 21 and older. 8 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
Father’s Day Fling Families can build a catapult and then use it to hurl paint-covered objects toward a blank canvas, then take home the catapult and the art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmarie
garden.org. $75 per family. Preregistration is required.
Juneteenth Festival of African American Cultures The Black Leadership Council for Excellence presents soul, jazz, gospel and youth performances, slam poetry, craft vendors and a health fair. 1-5 p.m. O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West, St. Charles. 240-515-8558. www.blce.org. Free, donations accepted.
Willie Nelson Throwdown Tour The eight-time Grammy winner headlines an eight-hour country music festival with 13 acts on three stages. Acts include Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Proceeds benefit the Calvert Marine Museum. 3 p.m. Regency Furniture Stadium, Piney Church Road and St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. 410-326-2042, Ext. 18. www.countrythrowdown.com. $40.
Picnic in Paris gala The Historic Sotterley Plantation pitches a tent in the Colonial Revival Garden and hosts a party with jazz by the Hot Club of D.C. and auctions, both live and silent. Proceeds support educational programs at the plantation. 6:30 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. $100.
Julia Nixon This D.C. rhythm-and-blues singer starred as Effie in the Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” in the 1980s and recorded a solo album, “Keeping on Track,” in 2007. She also won Washington Area Music Awards in 2009 for Urban Contemporary Vocalist and Urban Contemporary Group. 8 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $25, seniors and students $20.
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic Matthias Pintscher conducts a group of musicians selected from across the country to participate in a month-long festival of orchestral and chamber concerts. The first of three philharmonic concerts features Pintscher’s “Towards Osiris,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C and Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony No. 1. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $27.