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Night Ranger at Freeman Arts Pavilion

Night Ranger at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville. | PHOTO COURTESY OF FREEMAN ARTS PAVILION

SELBYVILLE — Warmer weather is here to stay and that means the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville is ready to play. 

The Freeman Arts Pavilion, a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, announced its next round of summer concerts, including international headliners such as Jerry Seinfeld and Night Ranger. 

“We have been slowly releasing them as they come in for the 2024 season,” Marketing Manager Alyson Cunningham told the Delaware Business Times. 

The organization brings a variety of art performances to the stage in Sussex County, helping to broaden the horizons of southern Delaware entertainment seekers while offering fun options fit for every age level throughout the season.

“We hear a lot that the Freeman Arts Pavilion has become a part of people’s summer planning. It’s a place where you can bring your family, have a date night or bring the neighbors on the block together for a great night and experience art,” Cunningham told DBT.

The summer of 2024 will be just as impactful as ever, she added, with acts such as ¡Movimiento!, Old Crow Medicine Show, First State Ballet Theatre, Tartan Terrors, Christopher Cross and Justin Hayward, Alabama, Go Go Gadjet, Melissa Etheridge and Indigo Girls, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, Soja and many others. 

Tickets for some shows, like The 19th Street Band, start at $15 per ticket, while others, like Jerry Seinfeld, start higher at $119 per ticket. A significant portion of the programming offered through the Freeman Arts Pavilion is free through the Arts Access Initiative, however. 

“We see close to 130,000 people through all of our programming and more than 50% of that programming is free,” she told DBT. “We love what we get to do at the Freeman Arts Pavilion and the excitement at seeing names like Jerry Seinfeld and Night Ranger, but it is the quieter moments, so to speak, of the free programming or a clear evening when you can watch the ballet that really drives us. We want people to enjoy those experiences, too.”

The Freeman Arts Pavilion has generated $101 million in economic impact since 2008, with every dollar spent at the location doubled in the local economy, according to the organization.

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