GEORGETOWN – They’re back!
Sounds of rock and roll, country and musical variety will echo through Georgetown as popular Delmarva bands take the stage in the 2017 Georgetown Concerts in the Park series.
Glass Onion, among the two-time performers on this year’s schedule, kicks off the 2017 series on Thursday, May 25.
The season opener at North Bedford Street Park is sponsored State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn and State Rep. Ruth Briggs King.
Add them up, and a dozen Thursday evening concerts – all with financial sponsorship – are booked: nine at North Bedford Street Park and three on the grounds of 16 Mile Brewery on South Bedford Street.
Concerts are free and run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the shows.
Several food vendors, including an ice cream truck, will be on hand at the concerts.
Georgetown Mayor Bill West, who pioneered the concert series several years ago, believes the 2017 lineup will be another attractive hit, given the popularity of bands that are returning. The concert series has grown immensely since its inception.
“We have an idea of what bands we want because of the turnout of the crowds. We try to bring back the bands that will have the biggest impact on Georgetown, bringing people to the town,” said Mayor West. “By December we are starting to get an idea of what bands want to come back.”
The Jones Boys, The Funsters, The Bo Dickerson Band, 33 1/3 and Glass Onion are all slated to make two concert appearances. Chasin’ Time and Big Hat, No Cattle round out the acts.
Mayor West noted that community support through sponsorship makes this all possible.
“By February, when I put it up on the marquees that I needed sponsorship, by the first week in March I had all of the sponsorship taken care of,” Mayor West said. “That is something I cannot say enough about. The support I have had from the people of Georgetown and the sponsorship has been overwhelming. It is a great thing.”
A new twist is planned this year. Rain dates will be utilized for rescheduling in the event of postponement due to inclement weather.
“In years past if it rained we went to the fire hall. I think what I am going to do this year is we give ourselves dates in there where we didn’t have concerts because of the State Fair and the two races at Georgetown race track,” said Mayor West. “By 5:15 p.m. (on the day of the show) we are going to make a decision whether we are going to have to cancel for rain or not. Then we can use it as a makeup date sometime.”
Moving concerts indoors resulted in smaller crowds. “For a sponsor that is paying $1,000, I didn’t want to do that to these sponsors,” Mayor West said.
The Aug. 31 finale featuring the Funsters at 16 Mile Brewery has an added car show attraction: the new County Seat Cruisers Car Club.
“There is probably about 40 members in the car club already and they are going to do a Toys for Tots and a car show,” said Mayor West.
2017 Georgetown Concert in the Park Series
(Concerts at North Bedford Street Park unless noted at 16 Mile Brewery)
May 25: Glass Onion (variety); sponsors: Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Ruth Briggs King.
June 1: 33 1/3 (variety); sponsors: Vince and Sue Pepper-Whapham & Schagrin Gas.
June 8: Chasin’ Time (variety) at 16 Mile Brewery; sponsor: 16 Mile Brewery.
June 15: The Jones Boys (country variety); sponsor: Parsell Funeral Home.
June 22: The Funsters (variety 50s-90s); sponsor: Carmean Appraisal.
June 29: 33 1/3 (variety) at 16 Mile Brewery; sponsor: Richard Y. Johnson & Son.
July 13: The Bo Dickerson Band (country); sponsor: Stockley Tavern.
July 20: The Jones Boys (country variety); sponsor: Haller & Hudson.
Aug. 3: Glass Onion (variety); sponsor: M & T Bank.
Aug. 10: The Bo Dickerson Band (country); Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc.
Aug. 24: Big Hat, No Cattle (country); sponsor: Melvin L. Joseph Construction.
Aug. 31: The Funsters (variety 50s-90s) and County Seat Cruizers Car Show, at 16 Mile Brewery; sponsor: The Insurance Market.
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