Ocean City Today

OC rocks at New Year’s concert

Mayor’s open house mingles information, meet-and-greet with stage performances
By Greg Ellison | Jan 05, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Songbird Nadjah Nicole, a Delaware native who rose to prominence as a contestant on the “The Voice” reality TV show, performed for a near capacity crowd during the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center on 40th Street.

(Jan. 5, 2018) Glad tidings and holiday greetings abounded as numerous city officials greeted residents and visitors during the annual Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center on 40th Street.

In addition to Mayor Rick Meehan and council members, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro and multiple members of law enforcement met with residents. Also the Ocean City Volunteer and Career Fire Department had a large contingency demonstrating life-saving equipment and sharing stories of heroism.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol and Community Response Team also circulated among the crowd sharing tales of sand and sea.

Other agencies with representatives were the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum Society, the Ocean City Development Corporation, the Art League of Ocean City, the Ocean City Beautification Committee and the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

The meet-and-greet kicked off at 1 p.m. and about an hour later most of the crowd took in local and nationally recognized musical acts.

In addition to a set from local troubadour Bryan Russo, the afternoon culminated with a set from Nadjah Nicole, a native of New Castle, Delaware, who gained national exposure on “The Voice,” a reality TV program.

Nicole performed with her backup band, including saxophone, keyboards and bass, but without a drummer.

Commenting on the rhythm players’ absence, Nicole said her bandmate also keeps the beat behind international recoding artist Lauryn Hill, who rose to prominence with influential hip hop act the Fugees.

The open house tradition began in 1997 at City Hall, where officials greeted visitors on New Year’s Day.

In 2015 the event moved to the, what was then the new, Performing Arts Center inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

In 2017 the event was renamed the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert and musical entertainment was added.

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