Eastport a Rockin’ celebrates its 20th Anniversary June 18, 2016 on Second Street and Bay Shore Avenue in the Maritime Republic of Eastport from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Founded in 1997 by James Borchelt, former owner of Café Gurus on Second Street (now called Leeward Market), Eastport a Rockin’ has hosted hundreds of bands from the Annapolis area including well known national acts like Jimmy’s Chicken Shack and Good Charlotte to 20 year veteran bands like Dean Rosenthal and Eastport Oyster Boys to local ‘new’ favorites Dublin 5, Bumpin’ Uglies, Grilled Lincolns and Sweet Leda. “Every year we have this awesome event then give all of our surplus money away,” says Patrick Oberman, who has been helping out since the event was founded. “Over the twenty years, we have donated more than $400,000 to organizations including the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis Rape Crisis Center, AM/FM Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Eastport Volunteer Fire Department, Eastport Elementary, Annapolis Community Boating, and more.”
This year, Eastport a Rockin’ features 37 local area 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. They will perform on four different stages, The Eastport Yacht Center Second Street Stage, The J-World J Stage, the Horn Point Marina Stage, and the WRNR and Shook Productions Maritime Museum Lawn Stage. “The Annapolis music scene is phenomenal and Eastport a Rockin’ is proud to work with the many musicians to put together an event that celebrates their music, the Annapolis lifestyle and the sheer amazingness of the place we call home,” says Jessica Pachler, Event Director. “We have bands that have played every year since we started, like the Eastport Oyster Boys, and bands from the School of Rock and other music schools that are getting their first ever festival exposure.”
The bands play for the love of the event, the awesome exposure it gives them, and to support the wide variety of charities and local organizations, all within an event that brings them back every year in a kind of Annapolis reunion of sorts for those involved. “We boys love being the Cal Ripkens of Eastport a Rockin’…the only band performing at all 20 festivals, and it just happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Oyster Boys as well,” says Kevin Brooks of the Eastport Oyster Boys. “Eastport a Rockin’ is a highlight of the summer music concert season for us. We love playing for our homeport fans and fellow music and boaty folks and we love the young bands and many of Naptowns best bands all coming together for a great one-day celebration of all things Eastport… Up the Republic!”
Festival patrons 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, and crafts, and much more, all in an unbeatable location, along the Back Creek waterfront in Eastport. Admission to Eastport a Rockin’ is $15 in advance and $20 at the door – kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge. The ticket allows festival patrons to enjoy unlimited music and children’s activities all day long in the festival area. In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are offered, 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. VIP Tickets are $100 in advance and $150 on site if any remain.
Event sponsors and partners include Absolute Party, Bay Shore Marine, Blackwell Hitch, Buck Distributing, Eastport Yacht Center, Horn Point Harbor Marina, J World Annapolis, Kure Pain Management, Miller Lite, Mother’s Peninsula Grille, What’s UP Media, Wild Country Seafood, WRNR 103.1FM, and Xfinity. Beneficiaries include the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Eastport 36 Volunteer Fire Department and AM/FM Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians.
Eastport a Rockin’ takes place on June 18, 2016, from 11am – 8pm. The Main Entrance is located at the corner of Second Street and Eastern Ave, with a VIP and General Admission Advance Purchase Entrance at 105 Eastern Ave. 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 music lineup, ticket sales, food, activities, and more information, visit the website at www.eastportarockin.com.