Freeman Stage adds another eight headliners for 2019

Ready to “celebrate good times”? The Freeman Stage at Bayside is bringing more big names in rock, country and R&B music to Sussex County.

Freeman Stage representatives announced eight more concert acts for their 2019 season, plus the free Young Audience Series for youth, at a March 26 fundraiser in Rehoboth Beach.

“We are a venue for everyone,” said Patti Grimes, executive director. “We ask that you take one chance. Come to someone you haven’t heard. Come to the ballet, see the symphony. We will change your lives, and you are changing lives by supporting us in Sussex County.”

Many of the season’s performances will be free for adults and children, thanks to the Stage’s volunteers and donors.

Volunteers and other guests were invited to help announce the additional shows for 2019:

The newly-announced artists represent another stack of Grammy awards, including Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience on June 28; Josh Turner on June 30; Colbie Caillat, featuring Gone West, on July 9; tribute act The Hit Men on July 19; St. Paul & The Broken Bones on July 28; John Butler Trio, with Trevor Hall, on July 31; Kool & The Gang on Aug. 4; and Tedeschi Trucks Band on Aug. 22.

“This takes us up to a total of 66 performances this summer at the Freeman Stage,” said Grimes.

Some of the entertainers on the 2019 roster are first-timers there, including Kool & the Gang, while Colbie Caillat and Tedeschi Trucks are making their return.

Most of the season’s performances were announced more formally on March 12 in West Fenwick, including Boz Scaggs, Diana Ross, Buddy Guy, Ben Folds, the Violent Femmes, Gavin DeGraw, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Steve Miller Band, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, comedian Jim Gaffigan, the Beach Boys, O.A.R, American Authors and more.

The nonprofit Freeman Stage, which is located 4 miles west of Fenwick Island, is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which partners to present memorable performances and provide inspired arts education for all.

Much of their mission is accomplished during the school year, including free art projects and performances for schools across the Delmarva Peninsula. Over the years, Freeman has provided more than 100,000 student interactions in free arts education.

The Freeman Stage is located in the Bayside community, at 31750 Lakeview Drive, Selbyville.

Public tickets sales for all performances will begin on Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at or by calling (302) 436-3015.

This summer, the Jolly Trolley will also provide $15 roundtrip transportation to the Stage from Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach, with reservations made by calling (302) 644-0400 or online at


By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter