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Third ‘Life is Good’ Music Festival at Macky’s

(May 22, 2015) The third annual “Life is Good” Music Festival at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill takes place on Wednesday, May 27, with four bands scheduled to perform.

“People should attend to experience firsthand all that Macky’s Bayside has to offer–beautiful bayside views, fresh seafood, fresh-squeezed crushes, exceptional service and a one-of-a-kind nightlife,” said Stephen Masten, one of Macky’s managers.

The event continues to grow each year with 400 people coming out to the 54th Street restaurant last year to hear live music and enjoy the festivities.

“This is a one-of-a-kind event. Live music and entertainment, mixed with Macky’s beautiful open-air and bayside atmosphere,” Masten said.

The festival is for all ages and will feature four local and regional musical acts.

Baltimore’s Bond and Bentley will kick off the day at 12:30 p.m. Bumpin’ Uglies from Annapolis will take the stage at 2 p.m. San Diego’s Mike Pinto Band follows at 4 p.m. and South Carolina’s The Movement will rock the house at 6 p.m.

Drink specials will be available all day including $2.50 Miller and Coors 16-ounce aluminum pints and $3 Bacardi drinks. Miller, Coors and Bacardi are sponsoring the event and will offer samples, Masten said.

A smoker will be set up at Macky’s. One of the plate specials include two barbecue chicken thighs, slaw and chips, he added.

JJ Roth of Ocean 98 Irie Radio will host and emcee the day’s activities. 

“Come stand under the palms and listen to our 2015 line-up perform, overlooking a sandy beach from our rustic, open-air bar and cocktail area,” Masten said.

This year, proceeds from the music extravaganza will benefit the Ocean City Police Department’s K-9 Unit and mounted police (horses). In 2014, more than $5,000 was donated to OCPD mounted unit. 

Over the past 12 years, Macky’s owners, Pam and Macky Stansell, have donated more than $1.4 million — a majority of which was generated from cover charges — to area charities and organizations, such as the Worcester County Humane Society, Coastal Hospice and Maryland Coastal Bays Program as well as to fund scholarships for local high school students. 

Tickets are available online at Mackys.com or in person at the restaurant. They cost $10 in advance and will be $15 at the door.

For more information, call Macky’s at 410-723-5565.

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