Freeman Stage to host country star LeAnn Rimes on Saturday


The Freeman Stage is hosting its first national act this Saturday evening, and tickets were still available mid-week. Two-time Grammy award-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes, who has sold more than 37 million albums, will be performing an acoustic set Saturday, June 25, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Patti Grimes, executive director of the Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M. Freeman Foundations, said the board of directors was behind the charge to bring a national act to the Freeman Stage.

“At the end of 2010, we were finishing up three years,” she said of the Freeman Stage, “and had brought in over 50,000 folks. And the board charged us to really increase the quality of our performances. We had great success the first three years, and we really wanted say, ‘This is the year we are going to put our stake in the ground.’”

Grimes said they were looking for a national act with natural talent that wouldn’t require a lot of “bells and whistles,” and because Rimes was setting out on an acoustic tour, she seemed a natural fit. Seeing her perform at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, said Grimes, will be like “attending a concert right in your back yard.”

Tickets in the bleachers were still available mid-week for $40, although Grimes said that, because of the size and intimacy of the stage, “every seat is a good seat.”

Because seating is assigned and provided (no chair necessary) no coolers, strollers, umbrellas or anything else that may hinder seating or views will be allowed inside the venue.

The box office at the Freeman Stage will be open during scheduled performances Thursday and Friday evening, and Saturday at 10 a.m. for ticket purchases, or people can call (302) 436-3015 to reserve them. Tickets can also be purchased online at freemanstage.org.

“It’s going to be great,” said Grimes. “We really hope people come out and give us full support for our first national recording artist!”

A project of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Freeman Stage at Bayside, now it in its fourth year, presents diverse programming in the genres of dance, live music, theater and children’s programming. The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation was recently awarded a $13,125 grant from the Delaware Tourism Office. According to Grimes, those funds will provide direct advertising assistance for the Freeman Stage at Bayside’s efforts to increase and attract attendees to the venue.

“Having tourists attend performances at the Stage increases the awareness of the Quiet Resorts and also increases economic opportunities for the local business community,” said Grimes. “We are honored to receive this funding from the Delaware Tourism Office to further our mission and commitment to the arts.”

Later this summer, the Freeman Stage at Bayside will feature is second national act, with The B52s.

For a full calendar of events at the Freeman Stage this summer, including kids events and free performances, visit www.freemanstage.org.