Dewey Popfest means summer music sessions are almost here
This spring finds an assortment of music events taking place locally, and the genres certainly run the gamut.
In downtown Ocean City, the Alibi Room has a pair of shows set in the days ahead. At 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, Annapolis-based trio Sunset East will play acoustic rock favorites sure to appeal to those in a beach frame of mind.
The Alibi Room should be packed with locals on Thursday, April 19, as OC’s own Kaleb Brown hosts an album-release party. The new CD is titled “The Rootz Movement” (which is also the name of his backing band). Brown is one of the area’s preeminent reggae performers.
The $15 admission price at the Alibi Room will include a copy of the CD as well as a Jamaican food buffet; doors open at 7 p.m. with the band hitting the stage at 8 p.m.
Another local business with multiple concerts on tap is the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. It will host its annual Popfest event at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13-14; admission is free. The first evening will feature three bands, with the following night showcasing five more. Most of the groups will promote original indie-rock and pop offerings.
A highlight will be Saturday’s midnight set by Wilmington-based Phil Young (formerly of The Knobs), whose debut solo album is called “The Road After Me.” Young’s live band will include fellow singer-songwriter Monika Bullette.
The Rudder has a free country concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday April 19. Touring troubadour Drew Baldridge, who lives in Illinois, will play songs from his “Dirt On Us” album; it features a catchy single which Axl Rose is sure to enjoy called “Guns and Roses.”
Local musician John Sybert is known for his eclectic projects, and his solo show this weekend will be no exception. From 3-7 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Matteo’s Salsa Loco in Fenwick Island will present his one-man show titled Johnny Suit Plays the Punk. Legendary hardcore punk songs will be given the acoustic folk treatment, including stripped-down renditions of tunes by the Bad Brains, Minor Threat and more.
In downtown Rehoboth Beach, the Dogfish Head brewpub will present a freebie by New York City trio The Rooks at 10 p.m. Friday, April 13. The band plays a unique mix of rock and soul. Looking ahead a week, former Rehoboth local Nate McCormick will return to debut his new jam band at 10 p.m. Friday, April 20.
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This Week’s Must-See List
Popfest at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach at 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 13-14. Free
Sunset East at the the Alibi Room in Ocean City at 9 p.m. Friday, April 13. Free
The Rooks at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach at 10 p.m. Friday, April 13. Free
Johnny Suit Plays the Punk at Matteo’s Salsa Loco in Fenwick Island from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Free
Drew Baldridge at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Free
Kaleb Brown & the Rootz Movement album-release party at the Alibi Room in Ocean City at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. $15