National Recording Artists part of Freeman Stage at Bayside’s diverse summer season

SELBYVILLE – Blasts from the past and present stars punctuate the 2015 summer season of The Freeman Stage at Bayside that will feature a diverse offering of dance, theatre, children’s performances and live music – including 16 National Recording Artists.

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Announced March 31 by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, the 16 National Recording Artists include Rosanne Cash (June 27), Daryl Hall & John Oates (June 29), The Beach Boys (July 2), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (July 3), Melissa Etheridge & Blondie (July 8), The Wailers (July 10), Heart (July 24), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 25), Indigo Girls (July 29), Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 31), Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri (Aug. 4), Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (Aug. 13), Rusted Root (Aug. 28), and Aaron Tippin. (Sept. 11).

Combined, performers from the 2015 season have 50 Grammy nominations and 16 Grammy wins. Four are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the mix of classic and contemporary artists that our eighth season will offer to our guests.” 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 2015 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 again offer free admission to many of our events this summer,” said Ms. Grimes. “As well, we will welcome back the PNC Foundation as a sponsor of our Saturday morning children’s series 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.”

Tickets for all performances go on sale online to the public Monday, April 13th, on www.freemanstage.org.

Among the performances scheduled this season are such crowd favorites as the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Clear Space Theatre Group, the Bronx Wanderers, the First State Ballet Theatre, Cherish the Ladies, and Classic Albums Live – who will be performing a tribute to Pink Floyd’s iconic album “Dark Side of the Moon.”

Performers new to the outdoor stage this summer include The Barefoot Movement, The Stickers, Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk, the Judy Carmichael Trio, and many more. A September 11th performance of National Recording Artist Aaron Tippin 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”, where local artists will have their moment in the spotlight, will also be back in 2015.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, located four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Selbyville, will kick-off the 2015 season on the evening of May 23 with a performance of Cirque Zuma Zuma. Regular weekly performances at The Freeman Stage will commence on June 19 with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

The Freeman Stage is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, who partners to present memorable performances & provide inspired arts education for all. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Grant support is also provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Sussex County Council, and the State of Delaware.

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.

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