Ocean City, Maryland 21842

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January 13-15, 2023


Get your groove on in Ocean City, MD and recharge your musical soul with three days of some of the industries most iconic and enduring groups.


Tindley Celebration

January 14 at 3-5PM
Art League of Ocean City

CharlesTindley.pngThe Art League will honor the legacy of Rev. Tindley, the native son who not only embodied the spirit of what drove Dr. King and others like him forward through the civil rights struggle but also wrote many of the songs that are still sung today.  The Arts Center party will include live music, original artwork, films, videos, and refreshments and is free and open to the public.

Clifton Henry Dennis, Jr., who hosts the show "The Gospel Train" on Delmarva Public Media's WESM 91.3 on Sunday mornings, will emcee music for the event. Musician Bryan Russo will perform with the Tindley Family Choir — made up of Tindley's actual descendants — a number of songs including several written by Rev. Tindley.

BryanRusso.jpgRusso will also present the video for "Mr. Tindley,” the song he wrote that kickstarted the grassroots effort in Berlin for a mural honoring the composer. Additionally, film previews curated from the upcoming Ocean City Film Festival in March will be screened.

Guests who attend the Tindley party at the Arts Center will receive a 2-for-1 coupon good for ticket discounts to the R&B concerts at the Performing Arts Center.


PAC MLK Dreamfest Website Header 2023 BB King.jpgThe B.B. King Experience Featuring Claudette King

January 13 at 8PM
The Performing Arts Center

For over half a century, B.B. King defined the blues to the world, averaging over 250 sold out concerts per year, with classics like “THE THRILL IS GONE”, “EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES”, “HOW BLUES CAN YOU GET”, and “WHY I SING THE BLUES”. Now, BB KING’S Daughter; CLAUDETTE KING has teamed up with B.B. King’s Blues Band to tour, keeping the musical legacy; the BB KING EXPERIENCE alive.



PAC MLK Dreamfest Website Header 2023 Commodores.jpgThomas McClary’s Commodores Experience

January 14 at 8PM
The Performing Arts Center

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, this Motown icon made his mark not just on the music industry — but society at large. McClary was part of a new musical group that was both authentic and groundbreaking and created a sound that the world had never heard before – one that was real, raw, and unbelievable. 



PAC MLK Dreamfest Website Header 2023 Spinners.jpgThe Spinners

January 15 at 8PM
The Performing Arts Center

The Spinners who hail from Detroit’s suburbs.  They recorded on multiple labels before gaining fame and ultimately achieving 12 gold records over the next decade with hit songs including “Could it Be I’m Falling in Love,” “One of a Kind,” “Games People Play,” “Workin’ My Way Back to You,” and many others.  They were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, garnered six Grammy nominations and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 



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