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Live music all weekend at 25th annual Springfest

(May 8, 2015) Springfest will be providing a variety of live entertainment on two stages all weekend long with sold-out headlining acts wrapping up the evenings.

The 25th annual festival started Thursday and will have local performers and national acts beginning at 10 a.m. every day, now through Sunday. Most performances are free to the public.

“It is a rare opportunity to attend a concert where you can hear the waves crashing on the beach between the sets,” said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City. “Whether it’s our amazing headliners or the free shows on the outdoor stage, the entertainment at Springfest provides a perfect sound for the unique setting.”

Thousands will congregate in Ocean City for Springfest, which will have more than a dozen acts, highlighted by three nights of nationally known artists on the Entertainment Pavilion stage.

Country music star Vince Gill will play to a sold-out show at Springfest tonight.

He has won 18 CMA honors and eight ACM awards. Since 1990, Gill has received 20 Grammys and has sold more than 26 million albums. Gill was inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame in 2007, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

The final headlining act, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, sold out last Monday and will be performing on Saturday night.

Their Springfest concert is one stop on a 35th anniversary tour with ballads including “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Heartbreaker.”

They have sold more than 26 million albums and charted 19 Top 40 singles, earning four consecutive Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards.

At the conclusion of the Benatar and Giraldo performance there will be a 25th anniversary firework show on the north side of the pier.

Four days of food, shopping and music kicked off Thursday with retro rock n’ roll band Rick K & The Allnighters and a Thursday night performance from Beatlemania Again.

Visitors can catch free shows starting at 10 a.m. every day through Sunday, with OH BOY! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Bluesman Tom Larsen, Sir Rod, The Stickers, Jesse Garon’s Tribute to Elvis and Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys lined up, just to name a few of the acts. Front Page News will close out Springfest on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

“Not only do people get to listen to world class acts, but they get to do so in the environment that no other concert provides,” Waters said. “My only advice to families who haven’t made plans to come for Springfest this year would be to stop what you’re doing and plan your trip to the four-day festival of fun today.”

Tickets for September’s Sunfest headliners will be available to purchase at the box office located in the entertainment pavilion. Tony Orlando, Wynonna and the Big Noise and the Gin Blossoms with the Spin Doctors are all slated for the fall festival.

Springfest runs today and tomorrow, May 8-9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May, 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ococean.com/springfest or call 800-626-2326.

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