Event to include tons of live music and other activities, such as surfing and skating
(June 21, 2019) The inaugural Jellyfish Festival, featuring live music and sports, will take over the beach in downtown Ocean City all weekend.
The three-day event will highlight “the art of music and sports” and is sponsored by the Town of Ocean City, Livewire Media and Events, and Culture Changers LLC.
The mostly-free, large-scale music and sporting event will take over six blocks in downtown Ocean City, north of the pier, with three themed days of music, featuring “Fresh Friday,” “Classic Saturday” and “Music with a Message Sunday.”
“It took a whole town, a lot of work, multiple partnerships and a lot of effort from our team,” organizer Brad Hoffman, owner of Livewire Media and Events, said. “But the town and city and our sponsors and all the great people that have supported this event brought it together.
“We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Town of Ocean City and their support,” he continued. “Not only financially, but on bringing this thing together. I really want to thank all the sponsors that stepped up to allow us to make this happen. Their sponsorships and support are what brought it together and now we’re just going to unveil the Jellyfish Festival year number one and we’re really excited to see the reception. We think it’s gonna be a long-standing event in Ocean City.”
The opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. today, Friday, with the Marine Corps League presenting the colors. Then, at 12:30 p.m., a tribute video honoring first responders will play.
Local, regional and national musical acts are booked, along with extreme sports demonstrations, freestyle motocross, yoga, Hydro Beach Fit Challenge, sound and light shows across multiple stages, and family entertainment.
“Jellyfish Festival is a concept that’s been discussed for a couple of years and the town has had a desire to have a beach-based concert event come in,” Special Events Coordinator Frank Miller said. “It’s a lot of music, very family friendly event. It has a family fitness aspect [and] it has a family sport aspect. There’s a lot to see and do at the event which is exciting and most of it is free and [later], you can come in the event and purchase tickets for the headliners.”
“Fresh Friday” headliners include Badfish, Ballyhoo!, King Schascha featuring Black Dog Alley, and Sweet Leda. Scheduled as supporting acts are Muskrat Lightning, Lower Case Blues, The Rogue Citizens, and Melissa Alesi.
“Classic Saturday” headliners are Styx, Crack the Sky, Ravyns, and Stone Senate. Supporting acts are Lauren Glick Band, Monkee Paw, Frankie Moran, Skribe, Don Hall Main Street Blues Band, West King String Band, and Full Circle.
Scheduled for “Music with a Message Sunday” are headliners Newsboys and Crowder, with supporting acts Nathan Jones, 3C live, Mike Chapman, The Jody Pyles Band, and OCBC Band.
Smaller stages throughout the festival grounds will feature acoustic acts and additional entertainment.
“Something we’ve paid attention to is the types of music and how it would roll out and how it would be received,” Hoffman said. “We’ve been very cognizant to put family friendly music on the beach.”
This is the type of festival you can bring your kids to, Hoffman said.
“This is the type of festival you can make a weekend out of,” he added. “This is a type of festival that, even if you didn’t know it’s here and you walked up to it, you want to buy a ticket to these shows.”
Other scheduled activities during the Jellyfish Festival include:
Monster Hydro Beach Fit Challenge – A 250- by 350-foot “sand ninja” style course will test the skills of children and adults as they crawl over, under and around obstacles.
Anyone can participate in the activity, but registration must be completed online in order to reserve a spot. Fitness specialists will oversee the course. Adult registration costs $40, children, $10. Registration can be online or onsite.
Monster Freestyle Motocross Team – Monster is known globally for its high-flying Freestyle Motocross team, performing stunts from backflips to superman’s, and front flips to can-cans.
The festival will host daily freestyle motocross shows from the Monster team Friday through Sunday. There will be athlete meet and greets after the shows.
Beach Yoga sponsored by Yoga Vibez will take place every morning at 9 a.m. Yoga on the beach will cost $20 per person. Register at YogaVibezOC.com. Yoga will be on the beach at the Sea Stage.
Fat Tire Bike Zones – Hang out with Tres Denk and the Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association as they produce a fun, “fat tire” bike area on the sand where riders can enjoy this newest rage in the bicycling community. Fat tires ride smoothly on the sand and on the beach.
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament – Several competitions will take place over the weekend including a high school division as well as an eight-team elite division with players from all over the country. These teams will play on Friday and Saturday.
Most of the games will be 4v4 co-ed matches. Trophies and gift packs will be awarded.
Teams of all age group can register for tournaments throughout weekend either the day before or up to an hour before play begins at the Tournament Tent, for $25 as an individual or $20 per person if registering with someone else.
Also scheduled are freestyle disc demonstrations and a nine-hole disc golf course on the beach next to the Ultimate Course on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration costs $5. Participants can sign up at the Tournament Tent.
Events also include a free clinic for children, and youth tournaments on Sunday, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Parents can sign up their children at the Tournament Tent all weekend. For more information, email Bryant Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jellyfish Arts and Crafts Tent – Around 100 local, regional and national artisans will display their crafts. In this same zone, guests will also find a kids’ art and music area. Local musician Lauren Glick will also work with young, budding songwriters.
OC Painting Experience and TC Studios will host a Jellyfish “Art Zone” in the tent.
The Prince of the Sea contest (age 15 and under) and King of the Sea (ages 16 and older) will take place daily from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This event is invitational only. There is no charge to watch the competition, which will include regional and national surfers battling it out. A field of 12 will compete for the championship.
Schedule and times are subject to change because of rip current conditions. Check Facebook for updates.
Jellyfish Indo Board Expression Sessions – Indo Board creator and guru Hunter Joslin will host expression sessions and clinics. The Indo Board is a balance trainer used by athletes and non-athletes alike that is both entertaining and interactive all weekend long daily at no cost.
Jellyfish Skate Jams – Locals and pros can mingle on the beach on a 40-foot wide mini-ramp.
Featured pro skateboarders Bucky Lasek, Derek Krasauskas and Rodney Jones are slated to attend.
Experienced and skilled skaters are welcome to participate in the free event. Participants must sign a waiver, or have a guardian sign if under 18.
The event will include music, expression sessions, and contests with judges and awards. Participants will receive prizes and free swag.
“This first year is going to be all about how do we do this, what’s it going to look like, what’s it going to take to put it together and there’s going to be a lot of lessons learned this year,” Miller said. “But, we want people to come out, we want people to experience it and enjoy and even comment too. What did they like, what didn’t they like? That will give the promoters an opportunity to refine as they move forward and create an event that really is a perfect puzzle piece for Ocean City.”
Friday night, after the event has ended, there will be a Fresh Friday party at Ponzetti’s Pizza on 143rd Street from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live music.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.
“I want to give a big tribute to my partner Salty Selt and Brian Gilbert … the other two partners and culture changers,” Hoffman said. “They’ve really done a lot of work to make this thing happen.”
Tickets are available for the evening shows, with passes starting at $49 and two-day passes beginning at $79. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.jellyfishfestival.com, or purchase tickets onsite if still available.
For more information, or to inquire about committee membership, contact Hoffman at email@example.com, or 443-366-5944, or visit the Jellyfish Festival Facebook page or official jellyfish festival website at www.jellyfishfestival.com.
Jellyfish Festival Music schedule:
“Fresh Friday” June 21
Sea Stage (Caroline Street)
12-1 p.m. – Frenchy Tunes
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Space Koi
3-4 p.m. – Skribe
Beach Stage (off Dorchester Street)
11-11:45 a.m. – Melissa Alesi
12-12:45 p.m. – The Rogue Citizens
1-1:45 p.m. – Lower Case Blues
2-2:45 p.m. – Phantom Limbs
3-3:45 p.m. – The Swell Fellas
4-4:45 p.m. – Muskrat Lightning
A-Stage (off Dorchester Street)
5-5:45 p.m. – Sweet Leda (ticketed)
6-7 p.m. – King Schascha featuring Black Dog Alley (ticketed)
7:15-8 p.m. – Ballyhoo! (ticketed)
8:15-9:30 p.m. – Badfish (ticketed)
“Classic Saturday” June 22
12-1:15 p.m. – Jellyheads
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Undateables
3-4:15 p.m. – Full Circle
11-11:45 a.m. – Frankie Moran
12-12:45 p.m. – Monkee Paw
1-1:45 p.m. – Don Hall Band
2:15-3 p.m. – West King String Band
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Lauren Glick Band
5-5:45 p.m. – Stone Senate (ticketed)
6-6:50 p.m. – Ravyns (ticketed)
7:05-8 p.m. – Crack The Sky (ticketed)
8:15-9:30 p.m. – STYX (ticketed)
“Music with a Message” Sunday, June 23
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Jody Pyles Band
1-2 p.m. – 3C Live
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Nathan Thomas (ticketed)
4-5 p.m. – Crowder (ticketed)
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Newsboys (ticketed)
Monster Hydro Beach Fit Challenge – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday off Dorchester Street
Beach Yoga – 9 a.m. daily on the beach at Caroline Street
Monster Freestyle Motocross Team – three performances daily between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the beach at Talbot Street
Prince of the Sea (age 15 and under) and King of the Sea (ages 16+) surfing contests – daily from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the ocean between the inlet pier and jetty
Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments –
Friday – sponsor tournament, plus open disc golf until 4 p.m.
Saturday – 4v4 Mixed Ultimate Frisbee tournament, plus open disc golf until 4 p.m.
Sunday – Youth Ultimate Clinics, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Disc Golf Tournaments – Every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Youth Disc Golf Clinics – Sunday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*All events and times subject to change*