(May 3, 2013) Entertainers from across the nation will perform everything from country to rock ‘n’ roll to blues and soul on indoor and outdoor stages this weekend during the 23rd annual Springfest celebration at the inlet parking lot.
Headlining Springfest with an 8 p.m. performance tonight, Friday, will be country music sensation, Justin Moore.
“I’m trying to think if I’ve ever been that far east,” the self-proclaimed “big seafood guy,” who has a fondness for crab cakes, said Tuesday of visiting the resort area. “I’m looking forward to [coming to Ocean City].”
Fans should expect to hear No. 1 hits such as “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Faraway” and “Til My Last Day.” Since 2008, Moore has remained on the charts with many other hits including “Bait a Hook” and “Backwoods.” In 2009, Billboard named Moore “New Country Artist of the Year.” His songs reflect his small-town, southern upbringing mixing traditional and hard-rocking country music.
“We’re old-school country with a little bit of southern rock mixed in,” he said. “If we’re having fun on stage, that usually becomes infectious. We try to throw a party for a few hours.
“We’ll probably be playing in front of some fans who haven’t seen us before, which is exciting,” he said.
Moore has sold more than 4.2 million tracks to date and has earned gold certification on two albums: “Justin Moore” and “Outlaws Like Me,” which debuted at No. 1.
Moore just wrapped up his first headline tour a few weeks ago. He said the tour, which hit about a dozen cities, exceeded expectations. He is currently organizing a 50-60 city fall tour, which will probably kick off in late October and run through May.
Moore, who lives in Arkansas, while his band members are based in Nashville, said he will probably do about 140-150 shows this year. He is set to release his third studio album “Off the Beaten Path” this summer, featuring the lead single, “Point At You.”
Tickets prices for tonight’s concert range from $20 to $45. As of Monday, only about 80 tickets were still available. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth on the Springfest grounds.
Foreigner, a British-American band formed in 1976 by Englishman Mick Jones in New York City, is set to entertain the crowd on Saturday at 8 p.m.
“Any part of the East Coast is always fun because a couple of us are from there. Especially for me, being from New Jersey,” guitarist and sax player Tom Gimbel said in an April 24 phone interview. Gimbel said he and most of his bandmates live in California, while Jones resides in New York. “We always look forward to playing no matter where [the location] … We’re thrilled that it’s sold out. We’re grateful people still like this music. We feel very fortunate.”
The more than 1,700 fans who purchased tickets for the sold-out show will hear the groups top hits, among others. In the 1980s, the group dominated the charts with “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Foreigner has 16 Top 30 hits. Nine of those are Top 10 hits. With a career spanning more than 30 years, the group continues to release new music and tour. Gimbel said the group will perform more than 100 shows this year.
“We just never stop. We just keep doing shows. It’s crazy, but it’s fun,” he said. “It’s rare to have that many songs that so many people know. We always get people coming up to us after shows saying, ‘I knew just about every song.’ It happens more and more.”
Gimbel said Foreigner is a “real energetic type of band” and concertgoers should expect to hear the songs performed exactly how they remember them.
“Our lead singer, Kelly Hansen, is insane. He wants people to get up on their feet, stomp, cheer and yell,” Gimbel said. “It’s just a really fun night. People should expect to hear all the songs they want to hear and expect to hear them done the way they remember them being done.”
Foreigner released its latest album, “Feels Like the First Time,” in September. The Billboard Chart three-disc set includes new digital studio recordings of the band’s greatest hits, a DVD of its nationally broadcast PBS TV special, and “Acoustique,” a CD featuring a fresh unplugged studio approach to some of Foreigner’s most memorable music. “Feels Like the First Time” debuted in the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 43, selling more than 10,000 units.
Though headline acts require an admission fee, there are many performances on the inside and outside stages that are free.
Scheduled to entertain today through Sunday are Rick K & The Allnighters, Front Page News, 21 Horses Band, 9 Mile Roots, The Reagan Years, Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, J.R. Booker, Sir Rod, Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys and the Ocean City Recreation Dancers.
New to the entertainment line-up set to take the stage today through Sunday are Bob Lougheed & The Mystery Train Band, The Patty Reese Band, Big Cam & The Lifters, Anything Goes and Power Play Band.
2U, a U2 tribute band, will close the festival on Sunday, with a free concert at 4:30 p.m.