Fourth of July festivities at the Freeman Summer Stage at Bayside will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3, with two performances of the Olney Theatre’s musical “Ain’t Misbehavin” and a special free concert by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band on Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m.
“We’re thrilled to bring a group as prominent and celebrated as the Olney Theatre Center to our stage,” said Patti Grimes, vice president of outreach and programming for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “We’re proud to continue our tradition of bringing wonderful arts organizations from across the Mid-Atlantic to The Freeman Stage – and with a Tony-Award winning musical, this is sure to be a great experience!”
The Ain’t Misbehavin’ performance has a charge of $10 for adults, but children younger than 12 will be admitted free of charge.
On Saturday, the Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be giving a free Fourth of July performance at the Freeman Stage on at 10 a.m.
“They are a very well-known band, known as the first kids’ rock band,” said Grimes.
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band has been featured on “Jack’s Big Music Show” on the cable network Noggin, and they were voted the “Best Kids’ Band of 2006” by Time Out New York Kids.
The New York City-based band tours nationally and performs with non-stop energy in a variety of musical styles. Band members include Adam Jacobs (a.k.a. Mr. Clown), Michael Messer, Stephen Jacobs, Bill Phillips, Eric Rockwin, Ken Thomson and Ty Citerman.
“We wanted to increase the quality of children’s programming, so to focus a major holiday on a concert for kids and to focus on children’s music… When we heard about them, we thought, “What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!’” explained Grimes.
There is plenty of free parking at the venue, and concessions are available. The Freeman Stage is adjacent to the carousel and the playground at Bayside, on Route 54 between Fenwick Island and Selbyville. Both the carousel and playground are open to the public, so there is plenty for the kids to do.
The Freeman Stage will continue regular weekly performances throughout the year, including theater and musical performances, dance, festivals and children’s art workshops. Additionally, the 2009 season will include two arts camps for kids, the American Conservation Film Festival and a variety of new performances for adults and kids alike. For more information about The Freeman Stage, call (302) 436-3015 or visit www.FreemanStage.org online.