The weather at the beach has been warm and the concert scene is heating up as well – just in time for the crowds of vacationers who will converge on Independence Day weekend.
In Selbyville, the Freeman Arts Pavilion is now in week three of its 14th season. Viewers will notice a larger layout than on pre-pandemic days, although tickets continue to be sold in pod seating blocks.
Country star Clint Black will present his catalog of stage hits on Friday, July 2. Fan groups who want to attend can get sections in the front for $ 235, or in the back for $ 195. (The $ 275 pods closest to the stage are sold out.)
Black last appeared in this field in 2017, when he sold out at Sunfest in Ocean City.
Folk singer Don McLean – who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his iconic song “American Pie” – will perform Freeman on Saturday, July 3. The capsules cost $ 205 and $ 150 (the plans $ 307 and $ 225 being sold out).
Headliners slated for late summer include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Train and Earth, Wind & Fire. All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. and customers must bring their own chairs.
At Dewey Beach, Bottle & Cork nightclub has a myriad of shows on the horizon. The Yacht Rock Revue: The Hotter Dads in Tighter Jeans Tour will arrive in town at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 2 ($ 30 in advance, $ 32 on the day of the show). Expect soft music from Christopher Cross, Toto, and the Doobie Brothers.
At 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, Cork will present their semi-annual appearance of hard rock heroes KIX ($ 25 upfront, $ 28 a day of show).
Fans of the Maryland-based band love to see him in such a small setting, which will stand in stark contrast to his Friday July 2 concert at the Merriweather Post Pavillion in Baltimore – where he will headline the first day of massive M3 Rock. Festival.
Additionally, KIX frontman Steve Whiteman will also be releasing his very first solo album, “You’re Welcome”, on July 2nd.
In Ocean City, Fager’s Island will present a pair of aperitif time performances by rock quartet The 1974 on the deck at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday July 2 and 3.
It pays homage to the melodic pop classics of the 1970s (with radio favorites from ELO, Paul McCartney & Wings, etc.). Members include Spike Settles of Never, Never; Dave Woodworth of The Fabtastic Four; and Starbelly members Dennis Schocket and Greg Schroeder.
Comedy shows are all the rage this year, and the ever-popular Milton Theater in Sussex County is having a laughter party called The Latin Explosion scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, July 2. Headliner Peaches Rodriguez will be joined by guests Chica Loca and Jerry Torres ($ 24).
As we previewed in this column last week, The Pond nightclub north of Rehoboth Beach will kick off its new monthly comedy night at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 5 – and admission is free.
The debut features national headliner Rob Maher, who has appeared on Comedy Central, as well as sets by Parker Brown, Jay Xavier Banks, and Danny Charnley. (Vacationers should note that The Pond is no longer located in downtown Rehoboth and is now on Route 1 southbound on the site of the former TGIFridays restaurant.)
Returning to Dewey Beach, Starboard Nightclub continues to host its weekly humorous night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Tuesday, as it has for decades. Admission is always free and advance reservations are welcome, as there is usually a full house.
Speaking of The Starboard, it was announced that their 24th annual Running of the Bull event will take place on Saturday, August 21 at noon.
For those who enjoy music from the comfort of their ISP, indie rock band Delmarva, Braxton Hicks, will be releasing a video for their new single “Seven Dreams” at 7 am on Wednesday July 7th. The band members (full disclosure: I’m one of them) are from Salisbury, Rehoboth and Dover.
Prior to its release on YouTube and various social media platforms, it was already listed in nearly a dozen national and international film festivals that judge short films and music videos.
Designed by North Carolina production company All Around Artsy, it interweaves dreamlike concept footage with actors and also performances shot outdoors in downtown Philadelphia.
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