Ocean City Today

Hear live music at Springfest, Friday through Sunday

By Kara Hallissey | May 03, 2018

(May 4, 2018) Springfest attendees can catch live music including country, rock, reggae and tribute bands on two stages this weekend.

The 28th annual festival started Thursday and will feature local and regional performers as well as national acts beginning at 10:15 a.m. every day through Sunday. All performances are free to the public except the two sold-out headlining acts.

“Watching concerts at Springfest is unlike any other music venue,” said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City. “Being in the inlet lot, steps away from the sand and the sea is special. Not only do concertgoers get the experience of the show, but the atmosphere is simply one-of-a-kind.”

Thousands will gather in Ocean City for Springfest, which will feature more than a dozen acts, highlighted by three nights of nationally-known artists.

Country music singer Trace Adkins will play to a sold-out crowd at Springfest tonight, Friday, beginning at 8 p.m.

After more than two decades, Adkins has sold 11 million albums and won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including New Male Vocalist in 2007, the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010.

Last year, Atkins released his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On, which produced lead single, “Watered Down.”

Saturday’s headlining act, Bret Michaels, is slated to rock out to a packed house starting at 8 p.m.

Michaels rose to fame as the lead singer of ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll band, Poison, who released eight studio albums, four live albums, and sold more than 30 million records worldwide including 16.5 million records in the United States.

The band has 10 singles in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 including their number-one hit, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” and fan favorite, “Nothin’ But a Good Time.”

As a solo artist, Michaels has released five albums including “Custom Built,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock list, and his most recent, “Jammin’ with Friends.”

“It’s so great that we have headliners that cover a range of music genres,” Waters said. “Clearly the talent is a hit with our visitors since two of the shows are sold out. I think our special events team does a great job at finding a wide range of talent, no matter what type of music you enjoy.”

Springfest festivities kicked off Thursday with retro rock n’ roll band Rick K & The Allnighters and a Thursday night performance from Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show.

Free shows start at 10:15 a.m. daily through Sunday, with the Swell Fellas, Blind Wind, Island Fusion, Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys and Rising Sun Reggae slated to perform, just to name a few. Johnny Bling will close out Springfest on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

“Great entertainment on the Eastern Shore,” said Frank Miller, Special Events superintendent for the Town of Ocean City. “It is not very often you get to experience back-to-back live bands, all day long for four-days straight.”

Tickets for September’s Sunfest headliners will be available to purchase at the box office located in the entertainment pavilion. Forever Tina, the Cadillac Three and Daughtry are all slated for the fall festival.

Springfest is ope today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ococean.com/springfest or call 800-626-2326.


Springfest Entertainment

Friday, May 4

10:15 a.m. - Rick K & The ALLNIGHTERS - indoor stage

11 a.m. - Island Fusion - outdoor stage

12 p.m. - Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis - indoor stage

1 p.m. - The Swell Fellas - outdoor stage

2 p.m. - Jaded Love - indoor stage

3 p.m. - Rick K & The ALLNIGHTERS - outdoor stage

4 p.m. - Blind Wind - indoor stage

5 p.m. - 21 Horses Band - outdoor stage

*8 p.m. - Trace Adkins – outdoor stage (sold out)

Saturday, May 5

10:15 a.m. - Rick K & The ALLNIGHTERS - indoor

11 a.m. - The Beach Bumz - outdoor

12 p.m. - Guys in Thin Ties - indoor

1 p.m. - Rising Sun Reggae - outdoor

2 p.m. - Radio Graffiti Band - indoor

3 p.m. - Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia - outdoor

4 p.m. - Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys - indoor

5 p.m. - The Reagan Years - outdoor

*8 p.m. - Bret Michaels - outdoor (sold out)

Sunday, May 6

10:15 a.m. - River & Rhodes - outdoor

11:30 a.m. - Ocean City Recreation Dancers - indoor

12:30 p.m. - Second Sight - outdoor

1:30 p.m. - Mzz B & Company Dance Band - indoor

2:30 p.m. - Mike Hines & the Look - outdoor

3:30 p.m. - Vinyl Radio - indoor

4:30 p.m. - Johnny Bling - outdoor

*All entertainment is subject to change

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