Sunshine Guaranteed in Ocean City for Memorial Day Weekend

Sunshine Guaranteed in Ocean City for Memorial Day Weekend

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KC and the Sunshine Band will make their Ocean City debut with a concert to help kick off the summer season on Memorial Day Weekend. The band will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier on Sunday, May 28.

Generations of fans have danced to hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” The band fuses Caribbean, R&B and funk music with the singular purpose of “creating instant happiness through music.” The show promises to get people up and out of their seats in a spectacular start to summer in Ocean City.

From four No. 1 hits in one 12-month period in the 1970s to the release of the recent blockbuster film theme “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” KC and the Sunshine Band has had as much fun making music as its fans have listening to it.

The tentative date for the start of ticket sales ($75) is 9 a.m. Thursday, March 2. They’ll be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

TICKETS TO GO ON SALE FOR GRAHAM NASH AND TROMBONE SHORTY

Concert promoter Bob Rose and BRE Entertainment announced Tuesday the latest bookings for the Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. Graham Nash will perform a solo show on July 24, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will play on June 9.

Nash’s voice was a big part of the Hollies, then Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young). He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with both groups. Tickets ($49 to $59 before service charges) will go on sale Friday (Feb. 24) at www.ticketmaster.com. A pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday (use code BRE).

New Orleans trombone and trumpet player Troy Andrews (“Trombone Shorty”) leads an upbeat band that has been a big hit in past Music Pier shows. Tickets ($49 to $59 before service charges) will go on sale Friday (Feb. 24) at www.ticketmaster.com. A pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday (use code BRE).

Tickets also are on sale for the first six shows announced in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier:

  • Dave Mason (June 19) Tickets
  • The Temptations (June 26) Tickets
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 10) Tickets
  • The Hooters (July 17 and 18) Tickets
  • Shawn Colvin with opening act Joan Osborne (July 31) Tickets
  • The Beach Boys (August 21 and 22) Tickets

Tickets also are on sale for American Legion Post 524 Presents Philly Soul and Rock & Roll on May 6, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 10 on the Ocean City Music Pier), the Ocean City Theatre Company’s Children’s Series (five morning stage shows on the Music Pier July 3 to Aug. 1), “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11).

Tickets for these shows are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

ALSO COMING UP

(Feb. 24) OC’S GOT TALENT: Ocean City High School students break out in song, dance, humor, yo-yo-ing and more during the annual OC’s Got Talent show 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (Feb. 24) in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The public is invited to watch the always-entertaining array of talents, and proceeds will benefit The Children’s Miracle Network of Philadelphia and senior scholarships for OCHS Key Club members. Tickets are $10 on the day of the show and available at the door. (See some highlights from the 2016 show.)

(Feb. 24) FRIDAY WITH FRIENDS: Local teenagers are invited to come hang out at the Ocean City Community Center 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The event always features wallyball, karaoke, Xbox, swimming, music and pizza. This month it also will include self-defense training. The event is for Ocean City and Upper Township students in grades 8 to 12. Teens must show a school identification, but there is no cost to participate. The Ocean City Police Department and Community Policing Unit, Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, Ocean City Recreation Department and the Ocean City and Sea Isle City School Districts co-sponsor the seasonal series of events. For more information, call Lisa Rumer at 609-525-9317 or e-mail lrumer@ocnj.us.

(Feb. 27) BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Ocean City Free Public Library’s Black History Month celebration continues 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27) with a performance by the Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre. The program is free and open to the public at the library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue).