2017 Freeman Stage season announcement

March 15, 2017

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation recently announced its 2017 summer season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, which will feature a diverse offering of dance, theatre, children’s performances and live music in celebration of its 10th season.

The national acts include Tedeschi Trucks Band on June 17; Baltimore Raven’s kicker Justin Tucker on June 18; The Stray Cat Lee Rocker on June 24; comedian Jay Leno on June 30; The O’Jays on July 1; Dustin Lynch & Granger Smith on July 6; Blues Travelers on July 11; The Wallflowers and Better than Ezra on July 12; Gary Clark Jr. on July 17; Hunter Hayes on July 28; Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 29; Sutton Foster on July 30; Chicago on Aug. 1; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Aug. 3; Mary Chapin Carpenter on Aug. 8 and Joey Alexander Trio on Aug. 12.

This year’s performers include three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, a Caldecott book honoree as well as a two-time Tony winner and, combined, have 15 Grammy Awards and over 30 Grammy nominations; two Country Music Association Awards; 3 Emmy Awards and 17 nominations.

“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. “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.”

With the support of local organizations, such as our Season Sponsors, who include Sarah Chase Carlson, Schell Brothers, The Meltzer Group and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Stage is able to offer performances for all ages to enjoy. The Saturday morning children’s series will continue as well, thanks to its sponsor, PNC Foundation.

“We are truly grateful to the community for embracing our mission and helping us bring the arts to Delmarva,” Grimes said.

Crowd favorites who will once again grace the stage, include the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the First State Ballet, Clear Space Theatre and Brown Box Theatre Company. “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 Shade 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, located in the Bayside community at the intersections of routes 54 and 20, 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.

The Freeman Stage is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, who partners to present memorable performances and provide inspired arts education for all. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. Grant support is also provided by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Sussex County Council, and the state of Delaware.

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