(December 18, 2013) – It’s not too late to purchase a special stocking stuffer for your loved one this holiday season. Beginning Friday, December 20, tickets will be on sale for Loverboy, with special guest The Reagan Years, who will join Merle Haggard and The Fabulous Hubcaps as headliners at the 24th Annual Springfest in May 2014.
For more than 30 years, Loverboy has been “Working for the Weekend” and delighting audiences around the world. With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky. In the 1980s, they were MTV darlings with videos for hits like “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “Hot Girls in Love,” and “Turn Me Loose.” Throughout the years, the band has maintained a steady road presence, releasing a greatest hits compilation, LOVERBOY – CLASSICS, in 1993, which went gold.
In 2005, Loverboy celebrated 25 years together by performing in selected cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. During the summer tour, the band introduced a couple of brand-new songs, which led to “Just Getting Started,” their first new studio album in a decade. Now, Loverboy is back with a flurry of new activity, including performing on Saturday, May 3, at Springfest in 2014.
Also at Springfest, Merle Haggard will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2. At the age of 73 the veteran singer/songwriter is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. It almost goes without saying that Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist.
Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 number one country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame and been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat.
In 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Branded Man,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Silver Wings,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” “If We Make It Through December” and the much-misunderstood “Okie From Muskogee.” Those classics found Haggard honoring country-music traditions while drawing upon a broad range of jazz, blues, and folk influences, while his vivid, emotionally nuanced lyrics poignantly chronicled the dreams and heartbreaks of common people, as well as his own harsh life experiences.
Ocean City celebrates the start of the season with the 24th Annual Springfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food all at the Inlet Lot and beach May 1 –4, 2014. Admission to Springfest is free. Tickets for the headliners range from $25-$55 and are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th Street. Tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-551-7328. For more information about Springfest, visit www.ococean.com, call 410-250-0125 or toll-free at 1-800-626-2326.