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Summer is great for live music

By Billie Criswell | Jun 27, 2013

Our team is fresh off Firefly this week. Boy, what a weekend! Seeing all the live bands really put me in a summer state of mind.

Being outdoors and seeing live music in the summer are two of my favorite things.

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One great thing about life at the beach is that we’ve got lots of opportunities to enjoy outdoor music. If you didn’t make it to the big festival in Dover this year, don’t worry. Your opportunities to see live music at the beach in the open air are still numerous.

Whether you’re on a budget or looking for a full-on night out on the town, there are plenty of places throughout our community to do both. Here are some of my favorites:

The Rusty Rudder
113 Dickinson Ave., Dewey Beach

I grew up dancing to the Island Boyz at the Rudder. It’s just as great as ever. You’ll enjoy food and drink and cool calypso while looking out over the Rehoboth Bay. The Rudder has lots of live music on deck this summer, including the Island Boyz every day at 4 p.m.

Hammerheads Dockside
39415 Inlet Road

Located at the Indian River Inlet Marina, this new location is a beachside hangout where you can listen to music with your toes in the sand. With a shuttle that runs from Dewey to the restaurant for $7 during peak weekend hours, it’s easy to get there and back. Local bands take the stage from 4 to 7 p.m., making it a great way to enjoy happy hour with a side of music.

The Freeman Stage at Bayside
31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville

If you want a bigger concert vibe close to the Cape Region, The Freeman Stage is a great venue. From African dance troupes to Blues Brothers revues to big acts such as Lyle Lovett and Sheryl Crowe, there are a ton of wonderful musical acts to choose from that the whole family will enjoy.

Concerts in the Parks and at the bandstands

Milton and Lewes offer concerts in the park featuring a ton of great bands. Lineups showcase have an eclectic mix, from classic rock to alternative, Zydeco and jazz.

There is something for everyone. In the same vein, if you are staying in-town in Bethany or Rehoboth beaches, the bandstands provide free summer entertainment within walking distance.

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