While it is no surprise that the beach nightlife scene has been rather quiet in recent weeks, it is starting to show signs of life. Music and comedy events are on tap for this coming weekend, as well as the months ahead.
In Ocean City, the Secrets complex has been closed for its annual January winter vacation, but was set to reopen at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27 (and feature acoustic happy-hour music by Full Circle beginning at 5 p.m.).
Seacrets’ much-anticipated Comedy For A Cause event will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, and all tickets have sold out in advance.
The laughs will be provided by Keith Purnell, “The Reverend” Bob Levy, Stevie Jay and Chica Loca. Tickets were priced at $75 per table (for up to five guests), with proceeds to benefit the OC branch of the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.
Elsewhere in OC, Pickles Pub in the downtown district has avoided the winter doldrums by hosting featuring music of one kind or another every day of the week.
Local reggae-rock group the Rogue Citizens will take the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. Weeknight attractions include Karaoke hosted by DJ Wood on Mondays; music by DJ Wax on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and DJ Styler on Wednesdays and Fridays.
In Dewey Beach, tickets are on sale now for next month’s annual Dewey Winter Gala. It will take place in the Lighthouse Cove Event Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 ($90). Entertainment will consist of a double shot of party bands, with Kristen & the Noize playing from 8-9:30 pm., followed by The Reagan Years from 10 p.m. to midnight.
The gala is presented by the Dewey Business Partnership group, with partial proceeds benefiting the town’s public safety departments. It was initially scheduled to take place this coming weekend.
DBP president and spokesperson Steve “Monty” Montgomery (who is also owner of The Starboard nightclub) said it has been postponed until next month with the hopes that Delaware’s latest mask mandate will again be lifted. The Hyatt Place hotel will also move attendees’ January room reservations to the new date, Montgomery said.
The Milton Theatre will present a drag extravaganza called It Ain’t Easy Being Beautiful at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28 ($20). The evening’s emcee, Mona Lotts, will be joined on the stage by Fancie P. Charmington, Tamia Mykles and Dakota Mykles.
Local rock act The Sol Knopf Band will stage its popular Neil Diamond tribute show (which sold out the theater in 2020 and 2021) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 ($24). The group is celebrating the release of its CD of Diamond cover songs titled “Solitary Man.”
Back in Dewey, the seasonal Bottle & Cork nightclub won’t open until May, but has already scheduled a pair of summer concerts by a top country artist. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, for the two-nighter by Justin Moore.
Prices were yet to be announced for the shows, which will occur Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1. Moore sold out a pair of Cork shows in 2021.
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