The sixth season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside will feature five national recording artists, nine Grammy nominees and outstanding performing artists from the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra to ballet, tribute bands and musical theater. Representatives and friends of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced the lineup March 14.
The prestigious lineup includes Lyle Lovett, July 10; Sheryl Crow, July 14; Freeman Stage veteran Darius Rucker, Aug. 8; Michael McDonald, Aug. 10; and Pat Benatar, Aug. 13. Tickets go on sale April 1.
The foundation's Michelle Freeman announced the major headliners as board members unveiled placards bearing the artists’ images. The major acts punctuate what will be an exciting season for the Freeman Foundation.
This season the foundation offers 70 performances, with 53 of those on the Freeman Stage and 65 percent of the performances free of charge.
While many of the shows are free, Freeman said the performances will give the Sussex County economy an estimated $1.2 million boost this year.
Support for the Freeman Foundation abounds. From Sen. Tom Carper to Rep. Ron Gray, R-Selbyville, and Sussex County County Councilman Vance Phillips, the community is rallying behind the Freeman Foundation for its work to promote the arts.
“There has been a dance between the natives and others who have discovered this area, and it’s working well,” said Phillips. “This is a shining example of this partnership.”
A treat for locals as well as vacationers, the big name acts help fund a mission to bring art to young people throughout the county. Sara Carlson, a board member and sponsor, spoke of the importance promoting cultural experiences in Sussex County, to offer young people the powerful experience of attending live performances.
Board member and sponsor Drexel Davison said, “My draw is the passion I see in Michelle and the people around her to continue Josh’s passion and work to elevate the human spirit."
To date, 30,000 children have enjoyed programs and discovered art and live performance. A children’s program, Grow Up Great, is a cornerstone of the Freeman Foundation. Each Saturday at 10 a.m. during summer, the foundation hosts a free children's performance. From music to dance to storytelling, children are exposed to enriching art experiences in Grow Up Great.
Freeman Stage ambitious season and seeks to unite people through entertainment. In the words of Michelle Freeman: “The arts connect people and eliminate barriers.”
To purchase tickets or get more information about the Freeman Foundation or the Freeman Stage, call 302-436-3015 or go to freemanstage.org.