The Ocean View community is getting a double dose of music this year during the Ocean View Summer Concert Series, which includes six concerts this summer instead of the three concerts offered in previous years.
The Town of Ocean View has brought back its annual summer concert series at John West Park, on Western Avenue. The concerts in the park, which run from 6 to 8 p.m., are meant to give residents and visitors a chance to experience some “fine arts and entertainment,” said Donna Schwartz, Ocean View town clerk.
For every concert, a different performer has been invited to the park. Musicians who have performed already this summer have included the Glass Onion Band, the Delmarva Big Band and Over Time. Schwartz said each concert had been a success, drawing in 300 to 600 people, but she noticed that one of the crowd favorites was Over Time, which features retired Indian River High School music teacher Mark Marvel and some of his former students.
Schwartz said having three more concerts this summer has meant more work for the coordinators, as instead of only doing about one concert per month, the Town has taken on two.
“It’s a little bit more work on our part, but it’s been rewarding,” she said.
The next concert will be on July 28, featuring Junior Wilson & Chatty. Schwartz said they have been performing in the concert series for several years now and have developed a large following.
Wilson said that he has personally been a part of the concert series for at least 12 years, and he attributes his return each time to the amiable people of Ocean View. Wilson and Chatty plan to perform a variety of songs from several different genres. He also said he was impressed by the diversity of music interests amongst previous concerts’ audience members.
“It’s a nice cross-section of people,” Wilson said.
As is the case with Over Time, many of the bands that have been and are on the lineup for the series are local and highly regarded by Sussex County audiences. Schwartz said the Delmarvelous Dolls, who will be performing on Aug. 12, are very popular and plan on performing as the Andrews Sisters. The trio is known for reenacting the World War II swing and boogie-woogie style of the Andrews Sisters and even has done tributes to veterans.
The last concert of the series, which will take place on Aug. 25, will feature The Funsters. The 10-member group has performed at various events throughout Coastal Delaware and Maryland, such as Rehoboth Beach’s Independence Day celebration and several other festivals and fundraisers.
As an added feature, a local Boy Scout troop has sold hot dogs during the concerts, noted Schwartz, with ice cream has sold by either Rita’s or the Ice Cream Man.
“We’ve had a nice variety this summer, and we have a nice variety coming up,” Schwartz said.