BEST BETS: Robinson, Foxworthy among performers at Freeman Stage this summer

Smokey Robinson will play The Freeman Stage on June 15. (Submitted photo)

SELBYVILLE — With more than 60 performances in its 2018 season, The Freeman Stage this afternoon announced Vol. 1 of its two-part season reveal.

Headlining performances at the entertainment venue near Fenwick Island include Smokey Robinson on June 1; The Wailers on June 15; Chris Janson on June 22; Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers with special guest The Wood Brothers on June 30; comedian Jeff Foxworthy on July 7; Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., on July 8; Straight No Chaser on July 24; The Beach Boys on Aug. 3; O.A.R. with special guest Matt Nathanson on Aug. 9; Cheap Trick on Aug. 10; Vince Gill on Aug. 11 and Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & News Orleans Avenue, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band and Galactic on Aug. 16.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy will perform in Delaware July 7.

Mr. Robinson last played the area in June 2009 at Harrington Raceway and Casino while Mr. Foxworthy also played Harrington in May of 2012. Mr. Gill was at Harrington with his band The Time Jumpers in April of 2016 and The Beach Boys

Tickets will go on sale for these events at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26 For tickets and more information, visit or call 302-436-3015.

Other artists set to perform include the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the First State Ballet, Clear Space Theatre Company and Brown Box Theatre Project. “Locals Under the Lights,” where local artists have their moment in the spotlight, will also be back this summer.

Performers new to the stage include the Jazz Ambassadors; BeauSoleil, a Cajun band; Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band; and The Piano Guys. Midtown Men, The Celtic Tenors and Delaware’s All-State Theatre will also take the stage this summer.
On Sept. 7, Hotel California, an Eagles tribute, will return to perform and special guests from Operation SEAs the Day — a week-long beach event for wounded veterans and their families — will be in attendance.

“We are so thrilled to present our biggest lineup yet, with 63 performances this season,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of The Freeman Stage.

“Our mission of providing memorable performances and diverse arts experiences for all truly shines through this season and will set the stage as we forge ahead with the future. We continue to present a wide array of artists and also offer free performances for young audiences.”

The reveal of Vol. 2 of the 2018 season will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach.

With artists yet to be revealed, this year’s performers include two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, a Tony Award winner and combined, have more than 66 Grammy Awards and over 75 Grammy nominations; 18 Country Music Association Awards and over 50 nominations; and six American Music Awards.

Single Origin tonight

As we told you last week, Dover-based Single Origin brings its blend of folk, blues and jazz to Dover’s Old State House tonight at 7:30.

The free show is the final one in the Delaware Friends of Folk 2017-18 concert series on The Green.

The series is produced in cooperation with the First State Heritage Park and is supported by a grant from the Kent County Fund for the Arts.

Single Origin is comprised of twin brothers Sean and Shannen Norris. Now 26 years old, the brothers were born and raised in Dover with a father in the Air Force. Shannen graduated from Dover High School while Sean got his degree from Polytech.

The two’s influences are varied, from Radiohead to The Roots, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Miles Davis and from Kendrick Lamar to Jack White.

Seating is limited for the free one-hour show.

Amillion at Boulevard

Also today, Dover’s own Amillion the Poet will host a meet and greet at The Boulevard Live Entertainment Restaurant from 3 to 7 p.m.

Amillion, who will make his debut appearance at this year’s Firefly Music Festival in June, is an international hip-hop artist, poet, author and has received the key to the city from Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen.

The Boulevard, formerly Cowboy Up Saloon, is at 1036 Lafferty Lane in Dover.

Delaware Outdoor Expo

The Delaware Outdoor Expo returns this year to the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will showcase hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities enjoyed along the East Coast in a family-friendly atmosphere.

The Delaware State News is presenting this event along with sponsors Baker’s Power & Turf/Husqvarna Group of Millsboro and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Rich King from will also be featured at the event. Mr. King is a local surf fishing expert, social media celebrity and Outdoors columnist for the Delaware State News. He will be on hand to swap stories and share his expertise on Delaware surf fishing.

The event will also include plenty of exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations, food trucks, family-friendly activities, giveaways and door prizes.

For more information, event updates and tickets, visit

Tickets are $5 each and children 12 and under are admitted free.

R2Hop2 coming

News came this week that Fordham & Dominion Brewing’s annual R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival is set for the brewery off of Horsepond Road in Dover April 21 from noon to 5 p.m.

Last year’s festival drew over 800 attendees.

This year’s music lineup includes Bodhi Woof, Sporadic Static, Honey Extractor, Hot Tub Limo and Mike Hines and The Look.

VIP tickets are $60, general admission $35, designated driver $25 and free for those 16 years and under.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information, email or visit

Dover Days details

Speaking of upcoming festivals, Dover Days is scheduled for Saturday, May 5.

To get prepared, registration is now open for community and business participation. The following applications are available online at

• Vendor — Crafters, artists and artisans, resellers, nonprofit organizations, food, home and trade exhibitors are wanted.

• Parade — Car clubs, marching groups, bands, fire companies, floats, schools, civic organizations and commercial entries are invited to participate in the parade, which steps off at 9:30 a.m.

• Sponsors — Entertainment, colonial artisans and several other aspects of the festival need sponsorship. Business and community organization interested in being a sponsor can contact John Doerfler, sales & events manager, at or 302-734-4888 Ext. 103.

Now Showing

New in theaters this weekend is the sci-fi fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time,” the action comedy “Gringo,” the thriller “Hurricane Heist” and the horror film “The Strangers: Prey at Night.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is “Justice League”; the animated “Ferdinand”; the Oscar-winning films “The Shape of Water,” “I, Tonya” and “Call Me By Your Name” and the acclaimed movie “The Disaster Artist.”

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