Summer rocks in Ocean City, Rehoboth to a sizzling soundtrack

Summer will be peak tourist season for the next few weeks, and it’s no surprise that beach music venues are bringing out their biggest and brightest stars.

In Selbyville, the Freeman Arts Pavilion will feature country star Chris Young on Thursday, July 14 ($69-$99). Tyler Braden will open the show at 7 p.m. The Fleetwood Mac tribute act, Tusk, will return at 7 p.m., Friday, July 15 ($25).

In one of the highlights of Freeman’s season, Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will make her long-awaited return for a sold-out concert on Sunday, July 17 (following a 7 p.m. opener by Keb ‘Mo’). Crow sold a previous performance by Freeman in July 2013.

In Dewey Beach, the Bottle & Cork nightclub will feature country singer (and Smyrna native) Chuck Wicks at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14 ($25). The following evening, the Cork will host a sold-out country show featuring Niko Moon, which will be preceded by the opening act by Dylan Schneider at 8 p.m.

The Cork also continues to cross-promote its annual outdoor shows at Hudson Fields, located on Route 1 southbound in Milton. It was revealed on Monday that exactly 34 “party pit” tickets remain available for a country blowout featuring Cody Johnson & Friends (AKA Randy Houser and Drew Parker) at 5.30pm on Saturday August 20. General admission tickets ($55) are available, but are also selling out quickly.

Country singer Chuck Wicks, from Smyrna, will return to the stage at Bottle & Cork nightclub in Dewey Beach at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.  Tickets are $25 at the door.

Pit tickets are already sold out for a Hudson Fields country show the week before featuring local hero Jimmie Allen headlining the second annual Bettie James Fest at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 13; general admission tickets remain at $65.

In downtown Rehoboth Beach, the Dogfish Head Brewery will present a free concert by Denver, Colorado indie-rock trio Wildermiss at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

Dogfish also announced a pair of free concerts taking place later this month. Chicago blues pianist Neal Francis will perform at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. An indie-rock doubleheader at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29 will feature two Canadian artists — Kiwi Jr. and Weird Nightmare.

Denver, Colo. indie-rock trio Wildermiss will perform a free concert at the Dogfish Head Brewery in downtown Rehoboth Beach at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

In Berlin, acoustic rock troubadour Donavan Frankenreiter will be heading to the Globe Gastro Theater next week for three evenings. Tickets are $35 per night for shows that run Tuesday through Thursday, July 19-21. Opening act Christina Holmes will warm up crowds at 6 p.m. each night.

In Ocean City, the Cowboy Coast Saloon’s Throwback Thursday concert series is taking a week off — but it’ll be back in full force on July 21 with the return of country singer Colt Ford ($25). This will be followed by an appearance by hard-rock favorite Buckcherry on July 28 (also $25).

Acoustic rock troubadour Donovan Frankenreiter will play three nights at the Globe Gastro Theater next week.  Tickets are $35 per night for shows that run Tuesday through Thursday, July 19-21.

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