The weather acts as a spoiler for beach entertainment events
The weather system that has been jammed on Delmarva led to concert and festival cancellations over the past weekend – and some promoters also fear it could put a damper on things for days to come. However, other venues have chosen to simply party indoors.
In Ocean City, the 36th annual Springfest last weekend was battered by wind and rain, and the classic rock starship Starship headliner with Mickey Thomas never landed on Saturday.
In nearby Berlin, the Ocean Downs casino had sold tickets last Saturday for an outdoor concert planned by Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil. Alas, the plug was disconnected several hours before show time. Refunds for these different concerts are available at the point of sale.
In Dewey Beach, Love Seed Mama Jump’s Thursday night residency kickoff on the deck of the Rusty Rudder has simply been moved inland. The rock mainstay will play the Rudder every week until September 29, and admission is still free on Thursdays.
In Long Neck, the Paradise Grill saw damage to its recently planted palm trees and announced on Monday the cancellation of a show scheduled for next weekend. Original rock band Filo Betto was scheduled to hold their CD release party on Saturday, May 14 (after recently hosting a similar event in Wilmington).
Singer-songwriter Chris Lewis and his Filo Betto bandmates perform regularly throughout the region, including 5pm acoustic sets before Love Seed at the Rudder every Thursday.
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Back in Berlin, the city’s annual Ocean 98 Reggae Playday festival was due to take place outside Main Street from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. There’s no word yet on the status of the event, which has national reggae artist Joe Samba headlining.
One of the busiest entertainment venues in coastal Sussex, the Milton Theater will perform its comedy show Famous in Jersey at 8pm on Friday May 13. The laughs will be provided by Jennifer Espenshade, Jerrold Benford and Keith Purnell ($13). High-energy country band Triple Rail Turn will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 ($27).
Tribute act Double Vision will play a pair of shows paying homage to Foreigner’s catalog of classic rock at the theater on Sunday, May 15. Admission is $40 for the 3 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. evening.
In summer concert news, the Seacrets nightclub complex in OC has put tickets on sale for an addition to its annual musical series. Country-rock band Shane Smith & the Saints will perform at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 11 ($15).
Tickets are sold out for both nights of Seacrets’ annual doubleheader by Michael Franti & Spearhead (June 22-23). However, fans can still snag seats for Franti and the band’s show at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville, which is slated for Tuesday, August 23 ($45, $59).
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