Ross, Gaffigan, Scaggs to play Freeman Stage this summer

Motown legend Diana Ross will perform at The Freeman Stage on July 2. (Submitted photo)

SELBYVILLE – Music legend Diana Ross, comedian Jim Gaffigan and classic rocker Boz Scaggs headline the schedule of performers coming to the Freeman Stage near Fenwick Island this summer.

Officials Tuesday morning announced that more than 60 performances in its 2019 season, which includes dance, theatre, children’s performances and live music.

Tickets will go on sale for these at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1.

Headlining performances include The Mavericks on June 7; O.A.R with American Authors on June 8; Mr. Scaggs on June 29; Ms. Ross on July 2; Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes on July 5; Steel Pulse on July 10; The Marcus King Band on July 11; Buddy Guy on July 15; moe., and Blues Traveler with special guest G. Love on July 16; The War and Treaty on July 24; Ben Folds & Violent Femmes on July 29; Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart on July 30; Gavin DeGraw on Aug. 3; Lyle Lovett and his Large Band on Aug. 6; Brian Setzer on Aug. 11; Billy Currington on Aug. 15; Mr. Gaffigan on Aug. 23 and The Beach Boys on Aug. 24.

Crowd favorites, who will once again grace the stage, include the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the First State Ballet, Clear Space Theatre Company, Brown Box Theatre Project and Classic Albums Live, who will present Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — “Damn the Torpedoes,” album on July 6.

“Locals Under the Lights,” where local artists have their moment in the spotlight, will also be back this summer as well as the annual Arts in Jazz Festival.

Boz Scaggs will take to The Freeman Stage on June 29. (Submitted photo)

Additional performances also include The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute on June 1; The Tamburitzans on June 15; Kat Edmonson on June 21; Kashmir, the Live Led Zeppelin Show on June 22; Kaia Kater on June 27; dancer Paige Hernandez will present “Havana Pop,” on July 17; the Bob Seger tribute, Hollywood Nights will return on July 20; Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel will also return on July 27; ABBA, The Concert, on Aug. 2; Summer of Love on Aug. 16; Tito Puente Jr., with the Rico Monaco Band on Aug. 17 and Master of Soul, a Motown tribute on Aug. 30.

“The Freeman Stage’s 2019 season is representative of our mission. The diversity of genres we are presenting provides the opportunity for all to enjoy a variety of arts performances all summer longer,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of The Freeman Stage. “We are grateful to have the support of the community to provide arts programming that is accessible for all.”

Tickets information can be found at FreemanStage.org.

The upcoming season will be celebrated from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, where a portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Freeman Stage. The night will also include a raffle and more.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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