Bethany Beach’s annual Summer Concert Series on the bandstand will officially launch on Friday, June 7, and continue through Labor Day weekend, town officials announced this week.
The 2019 lineup will introduce 15 acts completely new to the Bethany stage.
“Our audiences really appreciate a variety of music,” said Julie Malewski, events director. “Even though they have their favorite genres, most are willing to try something new.”
The series, she said, gives a nod to feedback received from the annual audience participation survey.
As in previous years, music headlines play a key role in band selection, Malewski noted.
This August marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. The Janglebachs will make their bandstand debut on Aug. 9, performing the music of the Woodstock generation, and melding the music and fashion that shaped the ’60s.
Also, in August of 2018, the world lost Aretha Franklin. The Uptown Band will include a mini tribute to “the Queen of Soul” in their show on Aug. 11. (This was one of the bands that was rained out last season, Malewski noted, adding that they have a varied set list and mix of lead vocalists that reaches a younger audience.) Also performing soul and R&B is Leroy Hawkes & the Hipnotics. The group has been around for almost 10 years, but 2019 will be their debut in Bethany Beach.
Two heavyweights in the music business have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, limiting their ability to tour: Neil Diamond and Linda Ronstadt. Both singers will be honored in professional tributes by Real Diamond (another group rained out last year) and newcomer Ronstadt Revue, whose show has the backing of former Ronstadt bandmates.
And, in recognition of the resurgence of boy-band vocal groups, two acts will appeal to Baby Boomers and beyond. Lights Out will debut their tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons on Father’s Day. Later in the season, the award-winning ’90s group As If will revisit favorite songs that shaped the millennial generation, from boy-bands and girl-bands to pop, punk and hip-hop.
The Town’s celebration of Périers Day falls within the Summer Concert Series again this year. The annual event, which marks the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France, will feature USO tribute act The Delmarvalous Dolls on Saturday, July 27, and French Quarter-inspired creole dance band Zydeco-A-Go-Go the following day.
True to form for the bandstand, every weekend will feature an eclectic mix of rock to country to jazz and anything in between, sometimes even on the same night. Two examples of this are new to the roster: The 19th Street Band fuses Americana, country and rock into a show that has shared the stage with stars including Rodney Atkins and Crag Morgan. Cello Fury offers a mix of classic symphonic sounds and driving rock beats that delivers a progressive indie sound.
Five elite military bands will represent the Navy, Air Force, Army and Army National Guard and play country, pop, rock, jazz, and standards.
The child-friendly Kids Club will return in July. Along with Carnival Night and Children’s Theater, Kidsinger Jim and the Big Barn Puppets is scheduled to bring the puppet musical back, this time with an anti-bullying show, “Kindness Rocks!” (Note, this show will get an early start, of 6 p.m., to accommodate the younger viewers.)
Twice Removed is a new addition to the lineup. The teen rock band is made up of former students from the Southern Delaware School of the Arts and is geared toward tweens and teens.
The Summer Concert Series will follow two other annual events that will kick off the 2019 summer season. The Poseidon Festival will run on Memorial Day weekend from May 24 through May 27, and feature island-inspired entertainment. The Seaside Craft Show takes place on June 1 and will host fine-craft vendors and music by jazz duo Notes on the Beach.
All shows are free and sponsored by the Town of Bethany Beach. Bonfires and movies begin the week of June 17. For complete details, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Activities.
Bethany Beach bandstand calendar
May 24: Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffett tribute), 7:30 p.m.
May 25: Sons of Pirates, 3 & 4:30 p.m.; Chris Sacks Band, 7:30 p.m.
May 26: U.S. Navy Country Current (country), 7:30 p.m.
May 27: Aloha Luau Show, 1 p.m.
Seaside Craft Show
June 1: Notes on the Beach (standards), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer Concert Series
June 7: Bettenroo (pop covers & originals)
June 9: Real Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute)
June 10: Sarah Williams and Friends (country/soul/singer-songwriter)
June 14: ’70s Flashback Band (’70s tribute)
June 15: Leroy Hawkes & the Hipnotics (soul/R&B)
June 16: Lights Out (Frankie Valli tribute)
June 21: 19th Street Band (Americana folk)
June 22: USAF Singing Sergeants (chorus)/Celtic Aire (Irish)
June 23: Cello Fury (progressive chamber rock)
June 28: The Reagan Years (’80s tribute)
June 29: Red Dirt Revolution (modern country)
June 30: Groove Train (disco tribute)
July 1: Karaoke, 6-8:30 p.m., with intro show by Mario Rocco
July 2: 287th Army National Guard (concert band—standards)
July 3: Carnival Night with Mr. Jon & Andrew’s Big Show, 6-9 p.m.
July 4: Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade at noon, with multiple bands; Jimi Smooth (Motown) at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks
July 5: Desert Highway (Eagles tribute)
July 6: Over Time (classic rock/dance)
July 7: Chicago Experience (Chicago tribute)
July 10: Twice Removed (teen rock)
July 12: The Stickers (modern country)
July 13: Ronstadt Revue (Linda Ronstadt tribute)
July 14: Lower Case Blues (blues)
July 17: Kidsinger Jim and Big Barn Puppets, ‘Kindness Rocks,’ 6 p.m.
July 19: Foreplay (’70s rock)
July 20: The Fabulous Dialtones (classic rock)
July 21: The Jamboree Boys (traditional country)
July 24: Children’s Theater in Town Hall, ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ 6 & 7 p.m.
July 26: Love Seed Mama Jump (party rock)
July 27: Periers Day featuring The Delmarvalous Dolls (USO/Andrew Sisters tribute)
July 28: Zydeco-A-Go-Go (Creole dance)
July 31: Children’s Theater in Town Hall, ‘Wizard of Oz,’ 6 & 7 p.m.
Aug. 2: U.S. Navy Sea Chanters (chorus)
Aug. 3; High Noon (Southern rock tribute)
Aug. 4: Chris Westfall (John Denver tribute)
Aug. 9: The Janglebachs (’60s Woodstock)
Aug. 10: As If (’90s tribute)
Aug. 11: Uptown Band (party band)
Aug. 16: Talent Show, 7 p.m. (registration Aug. 1-13)
Aug. 17: USAF Max Impact (rock/pop/country)
Aug. 18: U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors (jazz standards)
Aug. 23: The Jimmies (’80s)
Aug. 24: Kategory 5 (’70s rock)
Aug. 25: Music Explosion (’60s/’70s review)
Aug. 30: Still Surfin’ (Beach Boys tribute)
Aug. 31: Three Sheets Acoustic (party rock)
Sept. 1: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis