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ADMIT ONE: This weekend only! Concerts, Musical Theatre, and More...

Jun 16, 2016 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Eastport a Rockin'

Its summer time and life is too short to sit around the house on your phone. Yes, barbeques and sitting by the pool for hours until you’re golden brown are great summer traditions. But, standing around in a sea of people with music radiating through the air or sitting in a relaxed environment enjoying a rehearsed, staged production are opportunities you don’t want to miss. Social media will always be there, but you can’t download a live experience! So, put down the phones, grab your friends, and head over to one of the local venues listed below, you won’t regret it.


Eastport a Rockin’ Celebrates 20 years of Local Music, Family Fun, and Charity to Local Organizations

Who’s ready to rock? Come join the festivities as Eastport a Rockin’ celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, June 18th, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.! Since 1997, Eastport a Rockin’ has hosted hundreds of bands from the Annapolis area and donated more than $400,000 to a variety of organizations. This year, Eastport a Rockin’ features 37 local bands, demonstrating the diversity and breadth of music, not to mention the sheer number of bands and musical talent that reside in the Annapolis area.

Festival goers are invited to enjoy a day of live performances, delicious food including seafood from Eastport’s own Wild Country Seafood, unique artists and craft vendors, children’s activities like face painting, moon bounces, crafts, and much more.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door with kids 12 and under free. The ticket allows you to enjoy unlimited music and children’s activities all day long. VIP Tickets are $100 in advance and $150 on site, which include draft beer, snacks, a limited edition t-shirt, a personalized cup, two special What’s Up Magazine sponsored VIP seating areas, and more.

The Festival takes place on Second Street between Eastern Ave and Back Creek, along Bay Shore Avenue, at the Maritime Museum, and in the Horn Point Harbor Marina. For more information visit

For more concerts this weekend, see below:

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Pier Six Pavilion, June 16th, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
Avalon Theatre, June 16th, 8 p.m.

Tides & Tunes: D’Vibe & Conga
Annapolis Maritime Museum, June 16th, 7–9:30 p.m.

Tame Impala and M83
Merriweather Post Pavilion, June 16th, 7 p.m.

Margaret Glaspy w/ Great American Canyon Band
Rams Head On Stage, June 16th, 8 p.m.

National Music Festival
Washington College 
Thursday, June 16th, 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, June 17th, 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday, June 18th, 9 a.m.

The Oak Ridge Boys
Rams Head On Stage, June 17th, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Rebelution: Falling Into Place Summer Tour 
Pier Six Pavilion, June 17th, 6:30 p.m.

Pretty Big Deal
Riverbay Roadhouse, June 17th, 9 p.m.

Free Friday Concerts
Annapolis Towne Centre, July 17th, 7–8:30 p.m.

Rock the Dock w/ Greydog
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, June 17th, 6:30–10:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
Avalon Theatre 
Friday, June 17th, 8 p.m. 
Saturday, June 18th, 5:30 p.m. 
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, June 18th, 8 p.m.

Chris Stapleton & Jason Isbell with Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
Merriweather Post Pavilion, June 18th, 6 p.m.

Rebecca Pronsky
Avalon Theatre, June 18th, 8 p.m.

Tim & Savannah Finch with The Eastman String Band
A rich vocal and instrumental blend of bluegrass and Americana
The Mainstay, June 18th, 8 p.m.

P&T Duo
Café Mezzanotte, June 18th, 8 p.m.

Slow Jim Matteo
Riverbay Roadhouse, June 18th, 9 p.m.

Rock the Dock w/ Chip and Andy
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, June 18th, 6:30–10:30 p.m.

Verdi’s Requiem
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, June 18th, 8 p.m. & June 19th, 3 p.m.

Summer Solstice Concert
447 Race Street, June 19th, 5 p.m.

Jonathan Stone
49 West Coffeehouse, June 19th, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Rams Head Tavern, June 19th, 10 p.m.

Brandon Hardesty
Mother’s Peninsula Grille, June 19th, 2 p.m.

Rock the Dock w/ The Winstons
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, June 19th, 4–8 p.m.

The Calvary Concert Series presents A Celtic Summer Solstice Celebration 
Calvary United Methodist Church, June 19th, p.m.


Kinky Boots

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 16th & Friday, June 17th, 7 p.m., Saturday, June 18th & Sunday, June 19th, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
It's Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out!

The Wedding Singer

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Thursday, June 16th, Friday, June 17th, & Saturday, June 18th, 8:30 p.m.
Based on the hit New Line Cinema film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer‘s hilarious book and sparkling new score do for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s. Plus, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the show’s 2006 Broadway premiere. So “Just say yes!” and get ready for this romantic, rocking musical comedy. Single tickets for The Wedding Singer are $22 each.

Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!)

The Baltimore Theatre Project, Thursday, June 16th & Friday, June 17th, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 18th, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday, June 19th, 5 p.m.
Soo Jin Pretty Nail (and more!) is an alarmingly, intimate look at the chaotic mind of actress and writer, Susan Hyon, from the inside out. It begins in the crummiest of Pennsylvania towns, where Susan was raised neck deep in the baggage her parents never unpacked after arriving fresh off the boat from Korea. Where it ends, however, is anyone's guess. This is not your typical triumph over adversity American dream story. In fact, depending how Susan feels about herself by the end, it might not be a triumph over anything. But here is what's for sure. This show will contain one genuinely, clinically depressed, unpredictable, basket-case working it out on stage for your viewing pleasure or horror.

Good People

The Colonial Players, Inc., Thursday, June 16th, Friday, June 17th, & Saturday, June 18th, 8 p.m., June 19th, 2 p.m.
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling that’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

LOL Father’s Day Weekend Comedy Show

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, June 17th, 8 p.m.
Looking for a ton of laughs? Grab dad and head over to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the LOL Father’s Day comedy show Featuring Joe Clair, Pierre, Larry Lancaster & Stiletto, music by DJ Moe Jigga, and a special guest host!

Bakersfield Mist

Olney Theatre, Friday, June 17th, 7:45 p.m., Saturday, June 18th, 1:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m., Sunday, June 19th, 1:45 p.m.
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job, even her best friend refused the thrift store painting she bought for her birthday. But that painting might just be a lost Jackson Pollock! Her fate lies in the hands of world-famous curator Lionel Percy, who shows up at Maude’s trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the ‘average Joe’ might finally throw it in the face of those ‘east coast elites’.

Fiddler on the Roof

Church Hill Theatre, Friday, June 17th & Saturday, June 18th, 8 p.m., Sunday, June 19th, 2 p.m.
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl Set in the bustling village of Anatevka, the story centers on a poor dairyman named Tevye and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, a matchmaker attempts to find fitting husbands for the young women. Tevye hopes to instill his daughters with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Fiddler’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

What's Up? Media's Best Of Party 2016

Ahoy mates! Join us for our annual celebration in honor of our Best Of winners of the year! Enjoy freshly prepared food and drink samples from the best local restaurants, entertainment and music all night long, and the best silent auction around!

When is it?

Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Loews Annapolis Hotel

What to Wear

Dress to impress with a little maritime flair! View some of our fashion tips here.

Silent Auction

This year's Silent Auction is to benefit the SPCA of AA County, Talbot Humane Society, and other local charities. View auction items here.


Sample the best food and drinks from this year's participating restaurants. The restaurant list can be viewed here.

Purchase Tickets Online

Ticket purchasing process
Step one: register and create a bidpal account here.
Step two: type in ticket quantity
Step three: type in credit card information
Step four: look for confirmation email receipt – there are NO actual e-tickets

Party Check-in process
At the time of the event, simply provide us with the last name used to purchase tickets under OR show us your bidpal receipt at the check in tables at the entrance.

View photos from last year's party here.

What's Up? Media Promotions

What’s Up? Media loves our community and wants to give back. Check out our promotions page for opportunities to win amazing giveaways such as tickets to the most happening local events around, gift cards to your favorite local restaurants, and more! More details here.


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