All-American Bandstand

by Dave on July 4, 2009

As first seen in Coastal Sussex Weekly, June 18, 2009:

For the 46th year, Rehoboth Beach will come alive on Friday with the sounds emanating from the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. And while the bandstand itself is a tried and true mainstay, this year’s lineup features plenty of new, too, according to Corey Groll, who manages the bandstand on behalf of the City of Rehoboth Beach.

“This will be the first year that we have ever had the Delaware Symphony Orchestra,” says Groll. “In addtion, we are honored to have the US Navy Country Current perform on July 4th. We have 18 new acts this year, and almost all genres are utilized: country, jazz, bluegrass, rock, tropical, military, concert band and more.”

Kicking off the season is local jam band Love Seed Mama Jump, who will usher in the season on Friday night at 8pm.

Other highlights include the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on August 23rd, The Funsters on July 4th and Annapolis Bluegrass on July 24th.

In addition, the Bandstand, in cooperation with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, will show movies on July 16th (Footloose) and August 13th (Mamma Mia!). All performances are free to the public.

The Bandstand is also promoting their photo contest this season, in an attempt to collect the best pictures of the Rehoboth landmark, with prizes including an autographed copy of Wild Delaware, the most recent book of photography from legendary Rehoboth photographer Kevin Fleming.

Interestingly, the 46-year-old bandstand is one of the hippest acts in town when it comes to the art of new media. Groll helps promote the acts and events at the bandstand at the state-of-the-art web site, as well as with a Facebook group, a Twitter feed (@rbbandstand) and RSS feeds from the web site.

So as you stroll down the Rehoboth Boarwalk one summer evening this year, be sure to follow those music notes in the air to that special spot where the Avenue meets the Boards and take in the entertainment, just as thousands of people have done for over four decades.

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