Massive summer crowds equal sold-out music shows at the beach


As the pandemic began to wane earlier this year, many economists predicted Americans would take advantage of summer vacation en masse. As the heads of the various chambers of commerce in Delmarva can attest, this has indeed been the case.

Beach music promoters are among the most successful businessmen due to the large number of visitors. Advance ticket sales are exploding and new events are always being booked.

In Ocean City, the Cowboy Coast Saloon announced that its annual Throwback Thursday concert series will return at 10 p.m. on July 22 (after a 2020 hiatus). This double bill features alternative rock artists Living Color and Hoobastank ($ 20).

Eclectic hard-rock quartet Living Color will kick off the Cowboy Coast Saloon's annual concert series in Ocean City on Thursday, July 22.

The show falls on a night off from Everclear’s Summerland Tour 2021, a traveling mini-festival in which the two groups also participate across the country. I fondly remember seeing Living Color in 2009 at Bottle & Cork nightclub in Dewey Beach, where the band performed an energetic set, including their iconic hit, “Cult of Personality”.

Elsewhere in OC, tickets have already sold out for next month’s two appearances by reggae-rock favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead at Seacrets. These will take place on the beach stage on Wednesday and Thursday August 25-26.

Franti fans who don’t mind a road trip can still secure tickets (starting at $ 42) for his headlining appearance with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Wolf Trap Amphitheater in Vienna, Virginia. , Tuesday August 24.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform at Plymouth Memorial Hall on August 1.

In Selbyville, the last batch of tickets to see Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Freeman Arts Pavilion on Friday, July 16 are sold out. All tickets this summer are sold in group seating groups, with each show starting at 7 pm; guests are required to bring their own chairs.

The aforementioned Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will perform on Friday August 20, and there are plenty of capsules available (priced at $ 219 to $ 447).

At Dewey Beach, the Rusty Rudder will feature country star Jerrod Niemann in their indoor bar at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21 ($ 25).

This show was moved to the Rudder after it was originally planned at its neighboring sister business, Bottle & Cork. Instead, the Cork will host Staind frontman Aaron Lewis on Wednesday, July 21 ($ 54).

Country singer Jerrod Neimann will perform the Rusty Rudder at Dewey Beach at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21.  Tickets cost $ 25.

Cork’s busy concert schedule also includes a pair of sold-out shows from country Justin Moore on Thursday and Friday July 15-16. The Cadillac Three are back on Sunday July 18 ($ 30).

Tickets to see two heavyweights go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 16: Country favorite Chris Lane will perform on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 17 and 18 ($ 35), followed by An Evening With Citizen Cope on Sunday, August 1. . 22 ($ 36). All shows start around 8 p.m. and may feature sets for the first part.

The Cedar Grove Hall, located west of Lewes and designed by conductor and musician Paul Cullen, offers an array of events this summer.

Jazz singer Libby York will perform a sold-out dinner concert at The Room at Cedar Grove near Lewes on Friday, July 16.

Jazz singer Libby York, who is an icon of coastal Sussex County, has a sold-out dinner show (featuring creations by local chef Hari Cameron) scheduled for Friday, July 16.

Tickets are still available for a concert and dinner on Wednesday, July 21 starring country-rock storyteller Jim Avett ($ 95). Avett is the patriarch of a musical family, as his sons Scott and Seth rose to fame as the Avett Brothers.

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