Ocean City Hot Spot Wine Festival and Deck Party

Beach businesses had a busy spring, helped by last weekend’s Easter break weekend and students from various colleges visiting during spring break. Crowds will once again be in full force, especially in Ocean City where one event is sold out.

Fager’s Island in OC will host two seasonal shindigs who always bring smiles. The first is the aforementioned sale – its fourth annual Wine Fest on the afternoon of Saturday April 23, for which the last remaining tickets have evaporated in recent days.

Held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., it always includes wine, oysters, and other snacks. This year’s edition will feature 70s disco music by high-energy party band Groovalicious.

Fager’s will also be hosting its first Deck Party on Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m., featuring classic rock tunes courtesy of local favorite Transfuzion.

A week from now, Latin-inspired instrumental group Hot Sauce is sure to get the crowd dancing on the second edition of The Bridge Party at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Admission is free on Mondays.

Elsewhere in Ocean City, Seacrets will hold its 14th annual Best Bloody Mary contest from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Local rock band Side Project will perform (with a guest appearance from guitarist Gavin Brink). A $20 donation to Ocean 98’s Cash For College fund will allow entrants to vote in multiple contest categories.

In concert news, tickets have sold out for half a dozen outdoor shows this summer at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville.

Tickets are on sale now for a Tuesday, August 9 concert featuring alternative dance-pop group Fitz & the Tantrums at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville.

This now includes a Wednesday, July 13 appearance of Killer Queen – A Tribute to Queen (featuring vocalist Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury). Tickets have also disappeared for the Friday, August 19 concert of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello (featuring special guests Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets).

Tickets are still available for one of the latest additions to Freeman’s schedule – a modern rock doubleheader at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9. Alternative dance group Fitz & the Tantrums teams up with pop singer Andy Grammar for a national road outing. dubbed The Wrong Party Tour ($45-$79).

I saw Fitz & the Tantrums in 2017 when the band made their Delmarva debut to a sold-out crowd at Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach. It was a fun show, and the mix of male and female voices reminded me of how Duran Duran presents himself on stage.

Speaking of Bottle & Cork, the nightclub will go on sale for a pair of its summer concerts at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22 for a summer concert featuring Ryan Hurd.  The rising country star will perform at Bottle & Cork nightclub in Dewey Beach on Friday, June 24.

One is for an emo-rock cover band called Mars Junction, which has a unique history. It is run by 39-year-old twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who are cryptocurrency entrepreneurs. Their musical number includes renditions of songs from Nirvana, U2, The Killers, Blink-182 and more.

The Cork will also be selling tickets for up-and-coming country crooner Ryan Hurd, who will perform on Friday, June 24 ($25). His radio hits include “Chasing After You”, which is a duet with his wife, famed singer-songwriter Maren Morris.

The 1,100-capacity Cork still had a very small handful of tickets this week (about two dozen) for the Wednesday May 25 return of British hard rock quartet The Struts.

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