As is often the case the weekend after the busy Independence Day holiday, there aren't really any major events planned for the weekend of July 6-8 in the coastal region.
So, we decided to call an audible with our latest "Weekender Blog" and use this space today to give you a preview of upcoming events at a few of our favorite entertainment venues.
While we realize that outdoor entertainment is a staple of the warm weather season here at the beaches, today we're focusing on four main venues – the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, the Bethany Beach Bandstand, the Freeman Stage and the "Music at the Mill" series at Abbott's Mill in Milford.
That's not to diminish the many "Concert in the Park" and other outdoor events scheduled throughout the region between now and October; we just couldn't include everything in a single blog entry.
But we do want to give you an idea of what's coming up for the rest of July at the four venues mentioned above. To begin, click below for a full video preview of what's happening at Abbott's Mill (which the Oldfather Group proudly sponsors).
As a reminder, if you're reading this on Wednesday, July 4, there are a number of great events scheduled for today and tonight throughout the region. Check out last week's "Weekender Blog" for a full schedule of events.
Okay, so let's get to the fun part, shall we?
There's certainly no shortage of fun outdoor activities during the warm weather season here in Delaware and Maryland's coastal region. So, let's begin with the largest concert series of the summer, which is the fabulous Freeman Stage at Bayside, just west of downtown Fenwick Island.
The Freemans put on a great series of events each and every year, ranging from small children's shows to hosting some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
Here's a sampling of what's coming up for the rest of July at the Freeman Stage…
July 7 – Jeff Foxworthy. The long-time comedian will be in town for one show only, on the evening of Saturday, July 7.
Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy recording artist in history and has won multiple Grammy Awards over his long career, but he is most well-known for his series of redneck jokes that became popular in the 1990s and 2000s.
July 11 – Mike Super. Of "America's Got Talent" fame, the magical mystifier will be in town for one show only on the evening of Wednesday, July 11.
Super was a finalist on "America's Got Talent" in 2017 and was recently voted America's Favorite Mystifier. His show at the Freeman Stage begins at 7 p.m. on July 11.
July 12 – Boyz II Men. One of the biggest groups of the 80s and 90s will be performing at the Freeman Stage on Thursday evening, July 12.
Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history, with four Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, three Billboard Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
They are the best selling R&B group of all time, with more than 60 million albums sold.
July 20 – Celtic Tenors. The world renowned Irish tenor group will be performing at the Freeman Stage on Friday, July 20, for one show only.
They perform Celtic songs, classics of music, a Capellas and popular contemporary songs, and have performed all over the world.
July 23 – Pat Benatar, Neil Girardo and Rick Springfield. These three big names from the 80s will be appearing together at the Freeman Stage on Monday, July 23.
From Girardo's skill on the guitar to the vocals of Benatar and Springfield, this promises to be one of the more memorable shows of the summer in southern Delaware.
July 28 – Mary Chapin Carpenter. The five-time Grammy winner will wrap up July at the Freeman Stage with one performance on Saturday, July 28.
A singer-songwriter for most of her life, Carpenter has worked with producer Ethan Johns and his Real World Studios and has recently released a new album titled "Sometimes Just The Sky."
For a complete schedule of what's coming up for the rest of the summer at the Freeman Stage, including acts such as The Beach Boys, Cheap Trick and Vince Gill in August, visit the Freeman Stage online.
They may not have the big names that the Freeman Stage is able to entice for classic and memorable summertime concerts, but two of southern Delaware's most well-known resort towns have some great outdoor entertainment features of their own.
We'll begin with the "Nation's Summer Capital" and give you a sampling of what's coming up for the rest of July at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.
Jesse Garron – July 7. One of the country's greatest Elvis impersonators, Jesse Garron has been imitating "The King" since 1997 and has performed with many headliners, including The Beach Boys, Little Big Town and Wayne Newton.
Acclaimed as the "closest thing to the King," he will be performing in Rehoboth Beach on Friday, July 7, beginning at 8 p.m.
SoHo Down – July 13. Formed in Virginia in 2008, SoHo Down now boasts six performers and features a "Country Rockin' Blues" sound.
They'll be performing in Rehoboth Beach on Friday, July 13, beginning at 8 p.m.
Still Surfin' – July 15. A professional Beach Boys Tribute Band for nearly two decades, this group's performances are known to be as true to form as possible to the original concerts by the legendary group that they emulate.
In addition to the Beach Boys, they also sing classic beach songs from 60s surf bands like Jan and Dean, The Ventures and the Safaris.
They will be performing in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 8 p.m.
Fast Forward 80s – July 20. Put your dancing shoes on and party with the sounds of the 80s with this popular tribute band.
The group performs a variety of songs from the 80s, including one-hit wonders, R&B, pop, dance and rock 'n' roll.
The show is scheduled for Friday, July 20, beginning at 8 p.m.
Lower Case Blues – July 27. Extremely popular on the local scene, Lower Case Blues plays a modern, energetic style blues and always puts on a good show.
Their influences are New Orleans funk, jazz and soul, and they're known to improvise during their shows depending on the response of the crowd.
They'll be in Rehoboth Beach on Friday, July 27, beginning at 8 p.m.
For a full schedule of what's coming up at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for the rest of the Summer of 2018, visit their website.
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A little further south, in the "Quiet Resort" of Bethany Beach, another great summertime series of events is planned at that resort city's downtown bandstand.
Performances take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an occasional mid-week booking. Seating is free, though guests are invited to bring their own chairs if they like.
Here's some of what's planned for the rest of July at the fabulous Bethany Beach Bandstand…
EWF Band – July 8. This Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band brings to life the sounds of jazz and R&B and have a loyal following.
They will be performing in Bethany Beach at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 8.
I Am King – July 13. Performing the songs of the legendary Michael Jackson, "I Am King" has been hailed by fans and critics as the heir apparent to the actual King of Pop.
In addition to the music the youngest of the Jackson brothers was known for, Michael's legendary dance moves will also be on full display, on July 13 in Bethany Beach.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Triple Rail Turn – July 14. This modern country group from Philadelphia boasts a unique collection of musicians from varying backgrounds, with members selected for their musical prowess and showmanship.
With dozens of songs in their repertoire, this band is sure to give a performance you'll remember.
They'll be in Bethany Beach on Saturday, July 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Real Diamond – July 28. Paying homage to the one-and-only Neil Diamond, this professional tribute band is dedicated to the faithful recreation of the legendary singer.
This unique and unforgettable show is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, also beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Jamboree Boys – July 29. This traditional country group features local businessman and State Senator Gerald Hocker and has been recognized in the past by groups such as the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).
They will be performing at the Bethany Beach Bandstand on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Learn more about what's happening during the Summer of 2018 at the Bethany Beach Bandstand by visiting www.townofbethanybeach.com.
We wrap up our quartet of great summertime outdoor event venues with a look at the "Music at the Mill" series at Abbott's Mill in nearby Milford.
A truly unique experience, this outdoor entertainment venue provides plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as food trucks, lawn games, Dogfish Head brews, special bicycling events, tours of the mill and much more.
These events are scheduled for the second Thursday of every month from June through September and are held outdoors on the grounds of the mill.
For Thursday, July 12, the mill is featuring Brad Allen and his esCape hatCh, along with refreshments from Vittles Food Truck & Catering and 2 Dips Ice Cream.
The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., so be sure to come out and have a great time at the mill.
As mentioned above, we simply can't go into detail on every concert and outdoor event series scheduled in the coastal region for the Summer of 2018.
But we feel what we've provided above does give you a good taste of what's to come over the next few weeks.
We do, however, want to at least provide links to some of the other great programs scheduled in the area. These include…
We definitely have a lot of great options to choose from here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, so we hope you have a fun time enjoying some or all of our summertime outdoor entertainment.
And please – have a great weekend and continue having a fantastic Summer of 2018.