With a lineup that includes the Beach Boys and The Barenaked Ladies, Freeman Stage at Bayside is set to kick off a spectacular seventh season.
A huge crowd was on hand in Selbyville for the April 9 announcement of this year's lineup, which opens with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra for Opening Night, Friday, June 20, and features a special tribute to the troops on Friday, Sept. 5, featuring Bruce in the USA.
The Barenaked Ladies appear Wednesday, July 23; Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers arrive Saturday, June 28; Big Bad VooDoo Daddy take the stage Saturday, July 12; and The Beach Boys will perform Sunday, July 27.
From ballet to children’s performances to national recording artists who have amassed 35 Grammy nominations among them, this year's lineup welcomes a wealth of talent. Theater productions include Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! (from Clear Space Theatre Company) and The Tempest. As always, Saturday mornings belong to children, and at 10 a.m. every Saturday, there will be a free, children-themed show.
Freeman Foundation board member Sarah Chase Carlson told the crowd she serves on the board in honor of the late Joshua Freeman, a great supporter of the arts for whom the foundation and the stage are named. The true mission of the stage is to promote the arts and bring live performances to coastal Delaware. “It’s a tangible place to experience the arts,” Carlson said.
The stellar line-up of big-name musicians is expected to attract large audiences, people who by purchasing tickets to the shows help support the new and emerging artists, free community performances, and all of the other activities at Freeman Stage at Bayside. Forty-nine acts will take to the Freeman Stage this summer, and in keeping with their mission of art for all, 50 percent of those shows are free to the public.
For the full line-up of music, theater, and dance or to purchase tickets, go to www.freemanstage.org or call 302-436-3015. Tickets go on sale for the public at 10 a.m., Monday, April 21.