Jay Leno, Chicago highlight Freeman Stage summer season

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will play the Freeman Stage Aug. 1. (Submitted photo)

SELBYVILLE — Comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, Chicago and Mary Chapin Carpenter highlight this summer’s 10th season schedule at The Freeman Stage at Bayside.

Other national acts include Tedeschi Trucks Band on June 17; Baltimore Ravens kicker and opera singer Justin Tucker on June 18; The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker on June 24; comedian Jay Leno on June 30; The O’Jays on July 1; country music’s Dustin Lynch and Granger Smith on July 6; Blues Traveler on July 11; The Wallflowers and Better than Ezra on July 12; blues great Gary Clark Jr. on July 17; country-pop singer Hunter Hayes on July 28; Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 29; Tony winner Sutton Foster on July 30; Chicago on Aug. 1; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Aug. 3; Mary Chapin Carpenter on Aug. 8 and jazz’s Joey Alexander Trio on Aug. 12.

Mr. Leno will perform on June 30, Chicago on Aug. 1 and Ms. Chapin Carpenter on Aug. 8.

“This year’s lineup showcases the heart of our mission and is a beautiful mix of performances. We hope our patrons take a chance and experience a different genre — whether its through dance, with hip hop or ballet performances; classical, blues, rock, country or jazz,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.

Jay Leno

“The diversity is a great way to celebrate our 10th season as we continue to create opportunities to elevate the human spirit and be a vital source of exceptional cultural experiences.”

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the First State Ballet, Clear Space Theatre and Brown Box Theatre Company will return this season.
“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 the Church Sisters, The Weight Band, playing songs of The Band; and Shades of Bublé, a tribute to Michael Bublé.

Tribute acts include Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin show; Jessie’s Girl, an ’80s tribute; Hollywood Night: A Bob Seger Experience; 50th Anniversary — Summer of Love; ABBA The Concert; Invincible, a Michael Jackson tribute and The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute.

On Sept. 8, Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute act, 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.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, is located in the Bayside community at the intersections of Routes 54 and 20.
Freeman will kick off this season at 7 p.m. May 27 with a performance by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Regular weekly performances will continue with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra on June 16.

Ticket sales start April 3 at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 302-436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org.

The full schedule with prices is as follows. All shows are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Gary Clark Jr.

Saturday, May 27: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Friday, June 16: Starry Night Opera: Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra & Opera Delaware ($15)
Saturday, June 17: Two of A Kind Kids Music (10 a.m.)
Saturday, June 17: Tedeschi Trucks Band ($45-95)
Sunday, June 18: Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker (price TBD)
Thursday, June 22: Illusions & Magic: The Jason Bishop Show
Friday, June 23: Kashmir: Live Tribute Led Zeppelin Band ($20)
Saturday, June 24: Cascading Carlos, the fire juggler (10 a.m.)
Saturday, June 24: The Stray Cat Lee Rocker ($20)
Thursday, June 29: Illstyle & Peace Productions Hip Hop Dance
Friday, June 30: Jay Leno ($55-$100)

Hunter Hayes

Saturday, July 1: M&M Friends (10 a.m.)
Saturday, July 1: The O’Jays ($50-$75)
Thursday, July 6: Dustin Lynch & Granger Smith ($45-$75)
Saturday, July 8: Books in Motion (10 a.m.)
Saturday, July 8: The White Party (fundraising event)
Tuesday, July 11: Blues Traveler ($44 and $58)
Wednesday, July 12: Wallflowers/Better than Ezra ($54 and $69)
Thursday, July 13: Church Sisters
Friday, July 14: “Legally Blonde” by Clear Space Theatre ($15)
Saturday, July 15: Jungle John’s Jurassic Journey (10 a.m.)
Monday, July 17: Gary Clark Jr. — The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Tour ($40-$65)
Thursday, July 20: Kevin MaC
Friday, July 21: Back to the’80s with Jesse’s Girl ($23)
Saturday, July 22: Great Big Faces with Paul Merklein (10 a.m.)
Saturday, July 23: Hollywood Nights: A Bob Seger Experience ($20)
Thursday, July 27: Locals Under the Lights
Friday, July 28: Hunter Hayes ($35-$65)
Saturday, July 29: Monkey Monkey Music (10 a.m.)
Saturday, July 29: Michael Franti & Spearhead’s Love Out Loud Tour ($50)
Sunday, July 30: Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster Brings Broadway to the Beach (7:30 p.m., $42)

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Tuesday, Aug. 1: An Evening with Chicago (7:30 p.m.; $50-$100)
Thursday, Aug. 3: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue ($35-$60)
Friday, Aug. 4: 50th Anniversary Summer of Love: Songs from the Woodstock Generation ($25)
Saturday, Aug. 5: Creating Whimsical Masterpieces with John Donato (10 a.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 8: Mary Chapin Carpenter ($35 and $55)
Thursday, Aug. 10: Locals Under the Lights
Friday, Aug. 11: ABBA the Concert: A Tribute to ABBA ($28)
Saturday, Aug. 12: Milkshake Rock Band for Kids (10 a.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 12: The Joey Alexander Trio (7:30 p.m., $25)
Thursday, Aug. 17: “The Little Mermaid” by Clear Space Theatre ($15)
Friday, Aug. 18: The Weight Band: Playing Songs of The Band ($20)
Saturday, Aug. 19: “Toad’s Escape” by Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre
Saturday, Aug. 19: Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson (7:30 p.m., $25)
Thursday, Aug. 24: First State Ballet Theatre
Friday, Aug. 25: Classic Albums Live’s Creedence Clearwater Revival 20 Greatest Hits ($25)
Saturday, Aug. 26: Once Upon A Dragon with Storyteller Gary Lloyd (10 a.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 26: Shades of Bublé: A three-man tribute to Michael Bublé ($20)
Thursday, Aug. 31: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” by Brown Box Theatre Project

Friday, Sept. 1: The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute ($25)
Saturday, Sept. 2: Uncle Pete Rocks
Saturday, Sept. 2: Labor Day celebration with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks
Friday, Sept. 8: Bruce in the USA/Operation SEAs the Day as special guests ($25)
Saturday, Sept. 16: Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Golf Tournament (Fundraising event)
Saturday, Sept. 16: Arts & Jazz Festival with Joe Baione Sextet and Melissa Aldana.

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