Elvis tribute artists descend on Ocean City for annual festival



While Halloween still includes costumed revelers dressed as Elvis Presley, Ocean City will welcome those who look like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll a week earlier.

The annual Ocean City Tribute festival was scheduled to begin on Thursday, October 21 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau hotel. The four-day event continues through Sunday, October 24 and, as usual, features dozens of singers from across the country honoring Elvis and his music.

The top five winners of the festival’s Images of the King contest will take home cash prizes ranging from $ 240 to $ 2,000 if they have the sound and look down.

Dan Barella will honor Elvis Presley when he acts as master of ceremonies at various events during the annual Ocean City Tribute festival.  It takes place from Thursday to Sunday, October 21 to 24.

The OC event’s backing group, Change of Habit, will also play music from other classic artists of the 1950s, 60s and 70s throughout the weekend – and they will take center stage at 20 hours, Friday for an At the Hop dance party.

While most Ocean City Tribute Festival ticket packages include hotel rooms, there is a limited number of tickets for those who just want to attend daily events ($ 19 to $ 99). This includes the annual Spooktacular Halloween Costume Ball at 10 p.m. on Saturday ($ 20).

On the Delaware coast, the Rehoboth Beach area still basks in the musical glow of last week’s annual jazz explosion. The Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival has drawn thousands of spectators after taking a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic. The simultaneous True Blue Jazz event was also a success.

Local alternative rock band Braxton Hicks will perform an unplugged show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at the Dogfish Head Brewery in downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Free entry.

One of the most iconic businesses in downtown Rehoboth, the Dogfish Head Brewery, is turning things around this weekend – and in the months to come.

After decades of opening until 1 a.m. for the last call for alcohol, it has been announced that all musical performances presented this fall and next winter will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. which the lights go out). Emphasis will also be placed on acoustic music.

Alternative rock band Braxton Hicks (of which your humble columnist is a member) will perform original songs from their album “Extraordinary Girl” in an MTV Unplugged style format at Dogfish at 6 pm on Saturday, October 23. Entrance is free.

Sons of Pirates will play beach music by artists like Jimmy Buffett on the Fager's Island deck in Ocean City at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23.

Back in Ocean City, Fager’s Island will have a summer musical vibe when it hosts a free deck party at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23. Sons of Pirates was billed as a tribute to Jimmy Buffet when the quartet formed. in the late 90s. These days he also covers songs from Bob Marley, The Eagles, The Barenaked Ladies and more.

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