Beach entertainment options continue to grow

As spring rolls around, beach entertainment options continue to spring up. Events in the days and nights ahead will focus on comedy, music and more.

In Ocean City, Seacrets will host its Beer Fest & Pig Roast from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 ($49).

Organizers have dubbed this year’s event “Craft, Mac & Cheers” in advertisements, as the food selections will include half a dozen mac and cheese recipes. Delmarva’s Dogfish Head and Evolution Breweries will provide the froth.

In addition to adult food and drink, the Saturday afternoon Seacrets party will also feature live music from Triple Rail Turn.

The high-energy country act features members from Philadelphia and Wilmington, and brings its theatrical spectacle to East Coast stages. Those unable to attend this weekend will have the opportunity to see the band next month, as they return to Seacrets on Friday May 6th.

In Selbyville, the Freeman Arts Pavilion has unveiled a third set of performers who are lined up for its annual outdoor concert series.

Tickets were to go on sale at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 for some of the shows, including that of blues guitarist Boz Scaggs – who is due to appear on Saturday, August 6 ($49 to $89).

Scaggs was due to play to a sold-out Freeman crowd in 2019 before his entire Out of the Blues tour that summer was scuttled for health reasons.

Blues guitarist Boz Scaggs will perform on Saturday August 6 at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville.

Another Freeman on sale Thursday that was expected to sell out quickly was for a double bill on Tuesday, Aug. 23 with reggae-rock favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead and hip-hop pioneers Arrested Development ($45, $59). (Franti’s two concerts from June 22-23 in Ocean City at Seacrets are both sold out.)

On Friday, April 8 at noon, Freeman will go on sale with tickets for the return of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, which will rock the house on Wednesday, July 6 ($49-$79).

The husband-and-wife duo behind Top 40 mainstays such as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” sold out several of Freeman’s previous appearances, as well as their 2015 headliner at Springfest in Ocean City.

The annual OC BikeFest added hard rock band Jackyl as the opening act for national artist Disturbed at the Inlet on Thursday, September 15. The Zac Brown Band and Travis Tritt will share the stage on Friday, September 16. (Ticket prices for both nights start at $65.)

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, April 8 for a summer performance by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo ($49-$79).  The duo will return to the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville on Friday July 6th.

The promoters said a free launch show for Wednesday September 14 – as well as a major headliner for Saturday September 17 – are expected to be announced in the coming weeks after contracts are signed, signed and delivered. .

In the more immediate future, the Milton Theater in the county of Sussex has issued a “low cost alert” for a festival of laughter which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday April 8. Funny man Keith Purnell will host the Next Big Star Stand-Up Comedy Show, headlined by Michael Adams and also starring Bill Chiang, Troy Moore and Al Carroll ($13).

The Milton Theater is also seeing strong ticket sales for piano duo Flying Ivories, performing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 ($24). Theater seating has been temporarily changed this week due to balcony construction, so the usual tables at the back of the theater are not available at this time.

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