Opposite Directions is the acoustic rock duo from Ocean City, MD with Darin Engh on vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, keyboard and harmonica and Bob Wilkinson on vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and harmonica. Opposite Directions was formed in 1986 and since then they have played up and down the East coast from Maine to Florida and as far out West as Colorado and Wyoming. While they mostly play in Ocean City, MD these days, they still manage to get out of town to other places in the Mid Atlantic every once in a while. Opposite Directions quickly developed a reputation for their tight harmonies and excellent guitar work. Voted the ‘Best Acoustic Rock Duo ‘ by Beachcomber Magazine, where ever they are playing is considered the place to be for great acoustic music. You will often hear songs by such artists as James Taylor, Jim Croce, CSNY, America, Jimmy Buffet and others as well as their own songs from their release ‘Seeds of Change’ but Opposite Directions also covers a wide range of musical styles from blue grass to modern rock to blues to reggae.
Forming as a result of various jam sessions and guest appearances at Aaron’s solo shows, The Aaron Howell Band has become one of the Ocean City area’s top local draws. Playing a more rock-heavy set, Bob and Adam lay down the rhythm while Aaron turns your head with his bluesy guitar leads, dynamic vocal work, and incredible stage presence.
Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys at Smitty McGee’s @ Smitty McGee's
8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Randy Lee Ashcraft has been entertaining people all over the country for over 20 years and has returned home to the Eastern Shore to perform for his favorite fans! His music is often referred to as ‘beach country’. A former Green Beret in the United States Army, Randy has released five albums, which combined have sold over 20,000 copies to places as far reaching as Europe. In 1999, he received a citation from Governor Parris Glendening of Maryland honoring his ‘dedicated efforts to share the beauty of the Eastern Shore of Maryland region through his music and the song ‘Shore Thing”. Randy is also the ’02, ’03, ’04, and ’05 winner for Best Entertainer/Singer of the Eastern Shore, the ’03, ’04, and ’05 winner for Best Singer/Songwriter on Delmarva, and the ’08 Entertainer of the Year as presented by the Coconut Times.
Great annual event that has grown larger over the past 20 years! Estimated attendance over 150 teams over four weekends. Girls and boys under 18 compete. Please check schedule for age groups. Northside Park on 125th St. Registration, OC Recreation & Parks, 410-250-0125. www.oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_&_Parks/
MELODIME is a piano-driven roots rock band made up of brothers that grew up performing music in the hayloft of a their horse farm. MELODIME, meaning memories in the form of sound, is heavily influenced by an appreciation for the past, while keeping their music rootsy, catchy, and original. Their live performance is a point of strength as 3 guys perform multiple instruments without the aid of backing tracks or loops.
Reach the Beach School Nationals @ Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Feb 27 all-day
Recreation and School Cheerleading Teams from around the world gather to compete at the one and only Reach the Beach! Experience the thrill of competing under amazing concert lighting and professional HD Sound System. Teams will feel as if they were a part of an incredible Broadway Production in New York City! Our fantastic, professionally choreographed awards ceremony, and the sheer fun of Ocean City, Maryland, combine to make this the best National competition your team will attend! Prize money, fabulous individual and partner stunt awards, the unbeatable atmosphere, unstoppable fun and more, make this the premier Cheerleading National Championship! After the competition, experience Ocean City’s beautiful beaches, the world famous boardwalk, seafood restaurants galore, and outlet shopping! Do not miss this sell-out event.
Dave Hawkins, an accomplished musician, has been playing music for what seems to be his entire life. Music is his passion and he is passionate about how it’s perceived throughout his audience. He plays many guitars, harmonica, and fiddle and when you hear him you will think there is a whole band, not just one person. This is accomplished by what is known as looping. There is never a ‘backing track’ to play along with, which is used by some other players out there. His vocals and music will reach the deepest part of you while it sets your senses alive. He plays sounds from the current popular, to classic rock, to Dave Matthews, to his own original compositions as he touches on just about any genre you may desire.