Ocean City Today

Listen to live music on two stages this wknd. at Sunfest

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 21, 2017

(Sept. 22, 2017) Thousands of people will flock to the inlet this weekend for Sir Rod, DJ Batman, Rising Sun Reggae and Island Fusion along with a variety of additional live music from local favorites to newcomers on two stages at Sunfest.

The 43rd annual event began Thursday with local, regional, national and headlining acts starting at 10:15 a.m. daily and continuing until Sunday, with favorites Rick K & The Allnighters and The Stickers to newcomers Vertigo Red, Lovin’ Cup and Pentagon all slated to perform free shows along with a dozen other talents.

“The free music runs all day, every day until the headliners start warming up,” said Frank Miller, special events director for the Town of Ocean City. “It is a mix of people our visitors come back every year to see, and new bands. We are always trying new things. There are four days of music on two different stages.”

In addition, there are three ticketed headliner shows with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swinging into town last night. Legend Clint Black will have the sold-out audience singing along to his country songs beginning at 8 p.m. tonight. On Saturday, Christopher Cross will perform his famous tunes on the Sunfest stage at 8 p.m.

“Our special events staff does a splendid job at making this event special each year,” said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City. “From the exciting lineup of headlining entertainment, down to the performances on the Sunfest stage, the event is a four-day party.”

Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and has 22 No. 1 hits. His country songs including “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Like the Rain,” “When I Said I Do” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights” have led to honors from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the Grammys and the American Music Awards, as well as membership in the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

Cross made history when he won five Grammy awards with his self-titled debut album in 1980. His most popular songs are “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).” He will also perform music from his new album, “Secret Ladder.”

Tickets for Cross are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., today. Tickets will also be available on site during Sunfest, at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-551-7328. Tickets cost $35-$60.

“Despite nearly 1,200 seats in the entertainment pavilion, it still is a very intimate setting,” Waters said. “Whether you are a fan of the musicians or not, the headlining acts always are a great experience and a fun and unique way to spend a date night or a girl’s night out.”

Visitors can check out a full schedule of free music every day during Sunfest. The music starts at 10:15 each morning and runs until 7 p.m., except on Sunday, when the festival ends with a special performance by Beatlemania Again at 4:30 p.m.

Visit http://ococean.com/sunfest for the full schedule of Sunfest entertainment or call 800-626-2326 for more information.


Friday, Sept. 22:

10:15 a.m. Rick K & The Allnighters, outdoor

11:30 a.m. Kathie Martin & the Hotrods, indoor

12:30 p.m. Poole & the Gang, outdoor

1:30 p.m. N.O.M.A.D., indoor

2:30 p.m. Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis, outdoor

3:30 p.m. Rick K & The Allnighters, indoor

4:30 p.m. N.O.M.A.D., outdoor

6 p.m. DJ Batman, outdoor

8 p.m. Clint Black, indoor (ticketed show)


Saturday, Sept. 23:

10:15 a.m. The Stickers, outdoor

11:30 a.m. The British Invasion Experience, indoor

12:30 p.m. Rising Sun Reggae outdoor

1:30 p.m. Vertigo Red, indoor

2:30 p.m. Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia, outdoor

3:30 p.m. The Stickers, indoor

4:30 p.m. Guys in Thin Ties, outdoor

6 p.m. DJ Batman, outdoor

8 p.m. Christopher Cross, indoor (ticketed show)


Sunday, Sept. 24:

10:15 a.m. Island Fusion, outdoor

11 a.m. Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, indoor

12 p.m. Sir Rod, outdoor

1 p.m. Glass Onion Band, indoor

2 p.m. Lovin’ Cup, outdoor

3 p.m. Pentagon, indoor

4:30 p.m. Beatlemania Again, outdoor



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