Rehoboth Bandstand starts booking for 2008 season
Venue seeks performers to fill out schedule | Cape Gazette
With the recent bone-chilling January temperature, it’s crazy to think that in just a few months the warmth, sun, fun and of course traffic, of summer will be right around the corner.
In Rehoboth Beach, one of the most popular summer pastimes has been catching a performance at the 60-year-old Rehoboth Bandstand, which is currently seeking new acts to fill out its 2008 summer schedule.
The Bandstand will be holding events beginning June 13 until Labor Day weekend on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Corey Groll, program director, said scheduling has already begun, with about half of the acts already signed up. Organizers are actively seeking performers, he said.
“The concept behind what we are doing is we’re really trying to modernize what’s been playing there. So we have younger groups, appealing to crowds of all ages. We still have a lot of the concert bands, a lot of the big band jazz groups, and a lot of military groups, but we are also going to be having a lot of classic rock groups,” Groll said. Among those will be local favorites such as Love Seed Mama Jump, which will be the kickoff on June 13, and the Funsters, as well as some national acts, such as Jamie McLean, Groll said.
“We want to make it a family place to be instead of people just being there, seeing it, hearing music and then moving on. We want people to make an even of coming down there because it’s free. There’s no venue like it on the East Coast,” Groll said.
In addition to musical acts, the Bandstand will also be showing movies once a month, usually on Thursdays, leaning toward family-oriented films.
Groll said he did not know what movies would be shown, although in the past the Bandstand has shown films such as “March of the Penguins” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
“We do movies that are kid-based as well as adult-based. So that, if you come in and sit with your kids, you aren’t going to be bored by a cartoon,” Groll said.
Despite the already busy schedule, Groll said the Bandstand was looking to attract new acts on both the local and national level, as well as sponsors for a group or a group of similar acts.
“We want to appeal to all people, so it’s not just concert bands, it’s not just sit down and listed to nice symphonic music. We want it to be, get up and dance and have a good time with dance bands, wedding group bands anything to make it more appealing,” Groll said.
For more information about the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand visit www.rehobothbandstand.com.