Georgetown Summer Concert series set to get underway

Local band Glass Onion will be in concert twice as part of the town of Georgetown’s Summer Concert Series. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

GEORGETOWN — Sounds of popular Delmarva bands and musical acts will break late spring and summer silence on Thursday evenings in Georgetown.

With bands booked and sponsorships on board, community unity is the underlying mission of the 2019 Georgetown Summer Concert Series — a dozen concerts featuring rock ’n’ roll, classic rock, new and classic country and golden oldies.

The concert series spans late May through late August.

The grounds of the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum — an historical South Bedford Street property owned and operated by the Georgetown Historical Society — is the staging venue for nine of the 12 concerts.

Food trucks, including ice cream, will augment the concerts.

The series kicks off this Thursday with Kathie Martin and the Hot Rods. It concludes Aug. 29 with the second performance by the Jones Boys.

The Bo Dickerson Band, The Glass Onion Band, 33 1/3 and The Jones Boys will all make two performances. Dirt Road Outlaws, Ty Sherwood, the Funsters and Kathie Martin & The Hot Rods will grace the stage once.

Show time for all concerts is 7 p.m.

This is the seventh year for the concert series, which began in 2013 with just two dates. The next couple years there were 15 concerts. Organizers since have pared it down to about a dozen.

“We kept that (15) for a couple of years but then we realized that we were interfering with Carey’s Camp, interfering with the state fair. So that is why we’ve cut it back to about 12 now,” said Georgetown Mayor Bill West.

Marvel Museum has replaced the Bedford Street Park, owned by the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, as the primary venue.

“We were running into problems with parking; handicapped people having to walk so far,” Mayor West said. “We just felt that it would be a better venue to move it out there in that open field to where people had plenty of room to park. And even if they want to sit in their cars, there’s plenty of room to sit and listen to music. Plus, there’s room for additional food vendors …”

Concerts will be held on the south side of the Marvel Museum property.

“We’re excited to team up with the town of Georgetown and the mayor, and work with them to facilitate the concerts,” said Jim Bowden, president of the Georgetown Historical Society. “The Historical Society, we’ve had great support from the town, and we’ve supported the town in any endeavors that we can do. It’s one of things where it is a mutual benefit for both of us.”

Mayor West said plans are in the works to incorporate several car shows facilitated by the County Seat Cruisers.

“As a matter of fact, the car club (County Seat Cruisers) has already been contacting me. They want to do a couple of the car shows out to the Marvel Museum while we’ve got a concert going on,” said Mayor West. “We’ve worked in a couple car shows with them.”

The concert series took root seven years ago.

“Back in 2013, I was a council member, and I was looking at ways to get the people out and about. Somebody mentioned there was an old concert series that was started years ago, but it never developed into anything,” said Mayor West. “I said, ‘Well, we’re going to do it.’ So, we started in 2013, putting the bands together and get sponsorships from the businesses. And away we go. It has just taken right off.”

Mayor West, his wife Faye West and town of Georgetown Vice Mayor Chris Lecates work in setting up the series.

“The last three years have been phenomenal. We put the concert series together in January and by the end of February they are all paid for. We’ve got a community that likes what is going on here,” said Mayor West. “

Typically, a concert audience draws have ranged several hundred patrons to around 1,200. Concerts are free.

The Aug. 22 Bo Dickerson Band concert will be held on The Circle, due to a previous daylong rental at the Marvel Museum.

Glass Onion’s second show, on Aug. 15, is planned at Revelation Brewery, which has taken over the former 16 Mile Brewing property on South Bedford Street.

“I thought, ‘Let’s do one for the brewery.’ They are going to be open hopefully in June, and we’ve got to get them on board and make them a popular location for people,” Mayor West said.

Concerts also open the door for history lessons on Georgetown and Sussex County.

“This is a good opportunity to show Georgetown history,” said Mayor West. “They can open up their buildings and show carriages. People can tour the buildings, get something to eat and sit down enjoy music. That’s what this is about.”

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