The Bethany Beach Beach Summer Concert Series is returning June 8 and will feature a combination of 11 new performers and returning favorites.
The build up to the announcement is always exciting, said Julie Malewski, events director for Bethany Beach, and there is a buzz surrounding it in the town.
“We try to make it a nice mix for all different ages,” she said. “The bandstand has a history of holding a lot of community band acts, and we have been introducing new acts that appeal to the different families that come here.”
The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the bandstand unless otherwise noted. This year’s concert series will feature 46 performances, ranging from jazz bands to a 1990s boy band cover band.
The concerts will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Wednesday performances in July. The series lasts until Sept. 2.
Malewski said she pays attention to music news and will try to pick performers based on what is going on in the music world.
With the passing of Tom Petty, Malewski said she has picked a Tom Petty tribute band, Damn the Torpedoes, to perform on Aug. 18. With Neil Diamond being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Malewski booked a Neil Diamond tribute band, Real Diamond, which will perform on July 28.
July 27, which marks Periers Day, the day marking the twinning of Bethany Beach and Periers, France, a French jazz band, La Vie en Rose, will perform.
While Malewski said all the entertainment is children friendly, there are dedicated children’s nights to be held in July, including carnival night on July 3 and Kidsinger Jim’s puppet musical Zoo in my Room on July 11.
The following two Wednesdays — July 18 and 25 — there will be theater in the town hall, with performances at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
There will also be performances by military bands. There will be two performances by U.S. Army bands — one jazz show and one rock show — as well as the U.S. Navy Country Current, who will perform country and bluegrass, and other military bands.
“They are the cream of the crop,” Malewski said of the military bands.
There will also be bands “back by popular demand,” Malewski said, including an Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band, a 1990s boy band cover group and I Am King – The Michael Jackson Experience.
I Am King was not able to perform last dear due to inclement weather, however, Malewski said they are very excited to have the act back.
This year’s performers come from all across the mid-Atlantic, Malewski saiad.
“Some are local bands from around here,” she said. “We draw a lot from Philadelphia and New York, and then there are a few from the D.C. belt, too.”
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On the Bethany Bandstand
8: Federal Street Band (Country)
9: Chris Sacks Band (Tropical Rock)
10: Sean Reilly (Sinatra tribute)
15: USAF Max Impact (Rock/Pop/Country)
16: Guys in Thin Ties (‘80s Tribute)
17: The Natty Beaux (Swing/Jump Blues)
20: Milford Community Band
22: Uptown Band (R&B Funk Party Band)
23: USAF Singing Sergeants (Chorus)
24: Threetles & Fab Forward (Beatles and Solo Hits), 7 p.m.
29: 287th Army National Guard (Concert Band)
30: Desert Highway (Eagles Tribute)
1: Matthews Street Band (Classic Rock)
2: Karaoke 6-8:30 p.m.
3: Carnival Night with Mr. Jon and Andrew’s Big Show, 6 p.m.
4: Love Seed Mama Jump (Party Rock)
5: Dance Party with DJ Batman, 5-7 p.m.
6: The Reagan Years (‘80s Rock Tribute)
7: US Navy Country Current (Country/Bluegrass)
8: EWF Band (Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute)
11: Kidsinger Jim’s puppet musical Zoo In My Room
13: I Am King – The Michael Jackson Experience
14: Triple Rail Turn (Modern Country)
15: Richard Walton Group (Contemporary Jazz)
18: Children’s Theater in Town Hall, Cinderella 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
20: High Noon (Southern Rock Tribute)
21: The Fabulous Dialtones (Classic Rick)
22: Jimi Smooth (Motow)
25: Children’s Theater in Town Hall, Aladdin, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
27: Periers Day featuring La Vie en Rose (French Jazz)
28: Real Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute)
29: The Jamboree Boys (Traditional Country)
3: Sarah Williams Band (Singer Songwriter)
3: Over Time (Classic Rock/Dance)
5: OH BOY (Classic Rock/Dance) & SCHOOL OF ROCK
10: Kategory 5 (‘70s Rock)
11: Delta Spur (Contemporary Country)
12: US Army Downrange (Rock)
17: Talent Show, 7 p.m.
18: Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty Tribute)
19: US Army Jazz Ambassadors (Standards)
24: Larger than Life (90s Boy Band Tribute)
26: Stella Ruze (Indie Folk)
31: Still Surfin’ (Beach Boys Tribute)
1: Three Sheets Acoustic (Acoustic Party Rock)
2: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis