(Dec. 28, 2018) Mayor Rick Meehan and members of the Ocean City Council will host a free concert at the Performing Arts Center on 40th Street, on New Year’s Day to kick off 2019.

This is the fourth annual concert held at the Performing Arts Center. There will also be a meet and greet with the mayor and several members of the community including Ocean City council members, the Ocean City Development Corporation, the Downtown Association, beach patrol, fire department, and the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum, which will have a small display set up.


This will be the fourth concert held at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center located on 40th Street.

“The tradition actually started more than 20 years ago as the Mayor’s Open House,” Jessica Waters, Ocean City communications manager, said. “About four years, the new Performing Arts Center was done and Mayor Meehan decided to modernize the tradition, and instead of having an open house at City Hall, he invited the community to come to a free concert at the Performing Arts Center.”

The 2019 Mayor’s New Year’s Day Concert will feature performances by local singer/songwriter Bryan Russo and a special performance by Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan School Choir.

“They have quite the reputation and they’re amazingly talented kids from Baltimore,” Waters said. “Mayor Meehan is very adamant that we start New Year’s Day in a very positive and uplifting way, and I can’t think of a better way to start 2019 than inviting the school choir from Baltimore, our neighboring city in Maryland, to kick off the new year.”

Cardinal Shehan School operates under the Archdiocese of Baltimore Department of Catholic Schools and serves students in Pre-K3 through eighth grade.

The Cardinal Shehan School Choir gained national attention when the group’s performance of the Andra Day song “Rise Up” went viral on Facebook with more than 60 million views. Since the viral hit, the Cardinal Shehan School Choir has performed on “Good Morning America” and sang the National Anthem at a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium.

“The New Year’s Day Concert is an uplifting and positive tradition, which brings members of our community together to celebrate the start of a new year in Ocean City,” Mayor Rick Meehan stated in a press release. “Local talent, Bryan Russo, has raised the bar each year and helped this event evolve in to what it is today. This year we are excited to welcome the Cardinal Shehan School Choir from our neighboring city, Baltimore. What better way to start the new year than bringing together Maryland talent on our beautiful stage at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center.”

Residents and visitors are invited to the Ocean City convention center to meet Mayor Meehan and City Council members from 1-1:30 p.m.

After the meet and greet, the Performing Arts Center doors will open for seating and the concert will start promptly at 1:45 p.m. with Russo opening the show. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered during the event.

“We have this beautiful Performing Arts Center in Ocean City that a lot of people have yet to have the opportunity to visit,” Waters said. “It’s a free show … I can’t imagine a better way to start the new year.”

Tickets will not be issued, as seating will be first come first serve. For more information, call Waters at 410-289-8967.

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