Freeman Stage’s season to include 10 national recording artists

Barenaked Ladies, Beach Boys and more to hit the stage

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced this week that the Freeman Stage at Bayside will celebrate its seventh season of bringing arts and entertainment to the Mid-Atlantic with a schedule that includes more than 50 performances between Memorial Day and Labor Day, including 10 national recording artists — twice as many as in 2013.

The 10 national recording artists include Bruce Hornsby on July 2, Aaron Neville Duo on July 11, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on July 12, Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on July 19, Barenaked Ladies on July 23, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam on July 25, the Beach Boys on July 27, Firefall on Aug. 8, Jennifer Nettles on Aug. 9, and David Nail on Aug. 13. Combined, performers from the 2014 season have won more than 20 Grammy Awards, and two are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets for all paid performances will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 21, at 10 a.m.

“We have just released our 2014 schedule of events, and we couldn’t be more excited about the mix of classic and contemporary artists that our seventh season will offer to our community,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “So many gifted and award-winning artists are scheduled to grace our beautiful stage. We hope that the performances in 2014 will expose new patrons to our diverse offerings and the importance of arts in the community, while continuing to be an inspiration for generations of families to come together for lifelong memories.

“Because of the generous support of organizations like our Season Sponsors — Sodoka Inc. Charitable Foundation and Schell Brothers — we are able to offer free admission to 50 percent of our performances. This year, we welcome back the PNC Foundation as a sponsor of our Saturday morning children’s performances. It’s these kind of partnerships that are necessary for the continued success of our mission at the Freeman Stage at Bayside and in our communities.”

Among the performances scheduled this season are the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Clear Space Theatre Group, Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis and the First State Ballet Theatre. Also returning in 2014 are the Arts & Jazz Festival, local artist John Donato, Tommy Edward as Sir Rod, tribute band Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles,” and Bruce in the USA, whose performance will include special guests in the audience from Operation SEAs the Day — a beach week event held in September for veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country.

Two nights of “Locals Under the Lights,” at which local artists can have their moment in the spotlight, will also be back in 2014.

Performers new to the outdoor stage this summer include Vocal Trash, winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon” Mike Super, Darrah Carr Dance, the Shaun Johnson Big Band, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Grammy Award winner Cristina Pato and more.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside will officially kick off the 2014 season on the evening of May 24 with a performance of Rhythmic Circus’ “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” a family event featuring dance and live music. Regular weekly performances at the Freeman Stage will commence on June 20 with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, which will be joined by the Vallely Brothers Duo, and about 100 students from John M. Clayton Elementary School will take the stage.

The Freeman Stage has attracted more than 160,000 audience members since 2008, with offerings of dance, theater, live music and children’s performances. Located four miles from the Atlantic Ocean, near Selbyville, the Stage has partnered to present more than 300 different performing artists, both local and national acts.

The Freeman Stage is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which partners in an effort to present memorable performances and provide inspired arts education for all. For more information on this season’s events, or to find out how to volunteer at the Freeman Stage, call (302) 436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org.