Freeman Stage honoring pop icons


Those who haven’t had the opportunity to attend a live performance of such pop icons as Billy Joel, Elton John or even Elvis Presley, likely won’t want to miss the upcoming concerts at the Freeman Stage.

For four evenings of entertainment, the top professional impersonators in the business will be performing the songs and music of favorite pop artist on the Freeman Stage, beginning with the “Face to Face – Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute” on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Michael John and Joel Mason, impersonating Billy Joel and Elton John, respectively, team up to for an evening of high energy, hit songs and outrageous costumes. Each will perform a solo set of songs before joining together on stage as Billy Joel and Elton John did on their famous “Face to Face” tour.

On Thursday evening, Aug. 12, Jesse Garon will return to the Freeman Stage for his Elvis tribute. A crowd favorite from last summer, Garon is considered the premier Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas with his voice, moves and mannerisms that bring Elvis to life. Another crowd pleaser returning to Bayside is Tommy Edward, whose impersonation of Sir Rod Stewart is on tap. He will perform on the Freeman Stage with his rockin’ band on Friday evening, Aug. 13.

The tribute concerts will wrap up on Saturday evening, Aug. 14, with “King Michael – Tribute to the King of Pop.” The elaborate multi-media production will feature different artists who portray Michael Jackson at different stages of his career. The artists have aimed to perfect Michael Jackson’s dance moves and will perform such favorites as “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Man in the Mirror” and many more. The Jackson impersonators will be backed by an all-star dance company, percussionists and DJs.

The four tribute performances at the Freeman Stage are open to the public and are free, except for the Saturday evening tribute to Michael Jackson, which costs $10 for adults (children younger than 12 are admitted free of charge. All the performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Michael Jackson tribute can be purchased at the stage one hour before the performance begins. Those attending should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating on the grass.

Food and drinks, including beer and wine, are available during each show at the Freeman Café. Inclement weather could cause the outdoor show’s cancelation, so visit the Freeman Stage’s Web site at www.freemanstage.org or call (302) 436-3015 for the latest information.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside provides arts and entertainment open to the general public throughout the summer and fall. A majority of the events are free. The stage is located in the Bayside Community located at the intersection of Route 54 and Route 20.