With St. Patrick’s Day falling on March 17 and the following first day of spring on March 20, local nightclub owners have plenty to celebrate. Some seasonal businesses are reopening now, while others are announcing big plans for their reappearance.
It goes without saying that pubs and restaurants in Delmarva were expected to celebrate the lucky Irish on the Thursday bank holiday, with some extending the fun into the weekend.
Some companies that got things started early even scheduled celebrations for two consecutive weeks (especially in Ocean City, where the annual St. Paddy’s Parade was canceled due to rain on March 12).
In Dewey Beach, The Starboard nightclub was set to hold its season-opening St. Patrick’s Day party with live Celtic music from Washington, DC-based band La Unica.
However, a performance scheduled for Saturday afternoon by Kristen & the Noize was scuttled. Lead singer Kristen Kwolek took to social media on Tuesday to let fans know that an unexpected surgery means she will have to recover at home for the next four to six weeks.
A Sunday afternoon acoustic performance by former Mr. Greengenes frontman Bryen O’Boyle is still on for 2 p.m. March 20 in the tent parking lot.
Another cancellation that surprises music fans comes from Monday’s announcement that a summer concert by country megastar Brad Paisley on the beach in Ocean City will not take place.
A press release blames only “unforeseen circumstances”, while the date of Sunday June 12 was removed from Paisley’s website.
Fans had paid $35 to $100 for tickets to the show which was due to take place at North Division Street – and which had already been postponed from Labor Day weekend of 2021 due to pandemic concerns.
Ticket refunds are now available through Ticketmaster and the Roland E. Powell Convention Center box office.
However, things are moving full speed ahead for another major Ocean City event set to take place outside of the boardwalk. The first Oceans Calling music festival is scheduled for September 30-October 2 in Inlet, and promoters have said jam-rock act OAR will be one of the main headliners – and will perform more than once. during the weekend.
There will be approximately 30 bands on three stages, with ticket and lineup details to be announced. OAR (short for Of A Revolution) have performed several times in recent years at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville.
Speaking of the Freeman Arts Pavilion, the popular Route 54 outdoor venue will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18 for what might be its biggest concert of the summer – An Evening with Jackson Browne.
The 2004 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee will bring his catalog of hits to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, with awards to come. Tickets to see pop favorite Sheryl Crow at Freeman on July 17 sold out as soon as they went on sale March 10.
Elsewhere in the coastal county of Sussex, Hudson Fields in Milton announced on Monday that the 2nd annual Bettie James Festival will take place outdoors at 4pm on Saturday August 13. It will again be headlined and hosted by local hero-turned-country superstar Jimmie Allen, with more details to come.
Last summer’s inaugural event drew around 4,000 people. The show is promoted by Highway One Ltd., which also owns seasonal Dewey Beach businesses Rusty Rudder (opening Friday, April 1) and Bottle & Cork (opening Saturday, May 7).
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