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Dewey Beach Popfest returns April 22-23

Event features bands from Delaware, Virginia, Florida and Tennessee
April 15, 2016

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Dewey Beach  Delaware
United States

Veteran entertainment promoter Vicki Walls said the goal of Dewey Beach Popfest is the same as for all her other events – bring up-and-coming acts to Dewey Beach for customers who otherwise might not get to see them.

“A lot of the time, the only time our customers get to see these acts is when they perform here in Dewey,” she said recently.

Entering it’s 14th year, Dewey Beach Popfest, a free event for music lovers, is scheduled for Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, on the stages of the Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson Ave.

Following the Delaware Music Festival, DJ Fest, the Dewey Beach Country/Americana Festival, the Dewey Beach Popfest will round out the spring music festivals offered at the Rusty Rudder.

Walls said festivals offer a chance to support emerging musicians.

“Not counting all the summer acts, there are close to 250 original bands between all the festivals,” she said.

Walls said this year’s lineup includes new and returning acts, including the Pittsburgh-based Lovebettie. Lead singer Alexandra Naples has great energy and really connects with the crowd, Walls said.

Lovebettie is the second night’s headliner, taking the stage at 12:20 a.m., Saturday, April 23.

Headlining the first night will Heartracer, a band from Richmond, Va., that festival officials say has been opening for big acts like Future Islands, Third Eye Blind, Banks and Priory. Taking the stage at 11:55 p.m., Friday, April 22, Heartracer has been compared to The Killers and Walk The Moon.

Another first night band is Atlantic Avenue, from Reading, Pa. Officials also say this band shows maturity beyond their years by blending old and new methods of pop music to create a sound that is current, yet nostalgic. They play at 11:40 p.m., Friday, April 22.

Also included in the festival lineup are bands from Delaware, Maryland, Florida and Tennessee.

For more information on the festival, including a full lineup, go to the Dewey Beach Popfest Facebook page.

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