(Dec. 27, 2019) City officials encourage residents and visitors to join them for the 2020 Mayor’s New Year’s Concert at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.
Resort leaders will also be celebrating the center’s 50th year of operation.
Doors to the free event open at 4 p.m., and the concert, hosted by Bryan Russo, will feature a meet and greet with Mayor Rick Meehan and City Council members, followed by a performance by the Beatlegacy band, a Beatles tribute group.
“We love Ocean City a lot,” said Dave Pal, who plays the role of John Lennon. “We’ve played lots of place and events, but this is certainly an honor for us to start the new year with our favorite people in our favorite place, and we look forward to everybody coming out to the show.”
The event has transformed dramatically since its inception more than 20 years ago.
“It was started by … [former Ocean City] Mayor Jim Mathias,” Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said. “It was formerly the Mayor’s Open House, and it was a way to welcome people not only into the new year, but to bring people to City Hall.”
It was also a way to get people to stay in the resort a little longer, she said.
The event featured storytellers and photo displays that helped create an image for residents and visitors of the resort’s various departments and special features.
Five years ago, Mayor Rick Meehan decided to transform the event and make use of the new performing arts facility in the convention center.
“New Year’s is a fresh start … so getting out and joining your community and enjoying this facility we have that is so special to Ocean City, it’s just a great way to start the new year,” Waters said.
Last year, the city invited the Baltimore Cardinal Shehan School Choir to perform, and Waters estimated 400 to 500 people attended the event.
“They were absolutely amazing,” Waters said.
She said whether someone was there for the concert or because they didn’t have the means to do something else, the event was an opportunity to draw all types of people together in celebration of another year in Ocean City.
“The New Year’s Day Concert brings members of our community together for the start of a new year with an inspirational and positive tradition in Ocean City,” Meehan said. “What better way to start the new year than getting everyone together to celebrate the new year and the 50th anniversary of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.”