Band Perry, Huey Lewis and News, Knight to play Freeman Stage this summer

Country group The Band Perry will play The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville July 3. (Submitted photos)

Country group The Band Perry will play The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville July 3. (Submitted photos)

SELBYVILLE — The Band Perry, Huey Lewis and The News and Gladys Knight highlight this summer’s roster at The Freeman Stage at Bayside.

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced its 2016 summer season this afternoon. It will feature a diverse offering of dance, theatre, children’s performances and live music — including 13 national recording artists.

The national acts include Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson on June 29; Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on July 2; The Band Perry on July 3; Justin Moore on July 7; Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge on July 13; The Beach Boys on July 14; Cherry Poppin’ Daddies on July 16; Huey Lewis and The News on July 27; The Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma on Aug. 10; Gladys Knight on Aug. 19 and The Wailers on Aug. 27.

This year’s performers include three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and, combined, have nearly 40 Grammy Awards and over 60 Grammy nominations; one Academy

R&B legend Gladys Knight performs at The Freeman Stage

R&B legend Gladys Knight performs at The Freeman Stage Aug. 19.

Award and two Oscars nominations; and three Country Music Association awards and nine CMA nominations.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the variety of artists that our ninth season will offer to our guests,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “We hope the performances in 2016 will expose new patrons to our diverse offerings and the importance of arts in the community, while continuing to be an inspiration for generations of families to come together for lifelong memories.”

Crowd favorites who will once again grace the stage, include the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the First State Ballet, Clear Space Theatre and the Bronx Wanderers. Tribute acts include Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles; ABBA the Concert: A Tribute to ABBA; Classic Albums Live: David Bowie and A Temptations Revue featuring Bo Henderson.

“Locals Under the Lights,” where local artists have their moment in the spotlight, will also be back this summer. Performers new to the outdoor stage include Jessie’s Girl, The Company Men and Tiempo Libre. On Sept. 9, Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute act, will perform and special guests from Operation SEAs the Day — a week-long beach event for wounded veterans and their families — will be in attendance.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, located in the Bayside community at the intersections of Routes 54 and 20 in Selbyville, will kick off this season at 7 p.m. May 24 with a performance by The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular.

Regular weekly performances will continue with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra on June 17.

For more information on this season’s events, tickets or to find out how to volunteer at The Freeman Stage, call 302-436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org.

Huey Lewis and The News makes a rare Delaware appearance at Freeman on

Huey Lewis and The News makes a rare Delaware appearance at Freeman on July 27.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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