The Oak Ridge Boys Bring 40th Anniversary Tour to Havre de Grace Seafood Festival this August

American country band and vocal quartet The Oak Ridge Boys are the surprise musical guests headlining the 33rd Annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival at Tydings Park in August.

The Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, the longest continuously running such festival in Maryland, has made a habit the last few years of unveiling a mystery musical act during the pre-holiday/early-winter season. In 2011, infamous fiddler Charlie Daniels and his southern rock band took the stage and, at the 2012 seafood festival American southern rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band and iconic Bad Company rocker Brian Howe came to the Havre de Grace festival to perform.

The Oak Ridge Boys head out on their 40th anniversary tour next month in celebration of the four decades since the current line-up first sang together in 1973.

The Oak Ridge Boys will play live in Havre de Grace at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 9, 2013 – on the first day of the Seafood Festival. The festival runs from 3-8pm on Friday August 9, 10am to 8pm on Saturday August 10, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday August 11. The festival closes out Sunday with a classic car show from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets go on sale tonight (Monday, December 3) and can be purchased at A special discount on tickets is available to readers of The Dagger, by entering the discount code “Dagger” on the TicketLeap site.

From the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival:

The Havre de Grace Seafood Festival is the longest continuously running Seafood Festival in Maryland. It has been held in Tydings Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay in Historic Havre de Grace, Maryland on the second full weekend of August for the past 32 years.

The Festival has been managed by Lori and Chuck Maslin for over 26 years. This event is a nationally recognized Festival that attracts a regional crowd from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and beyond. Our vendors are some of the best in the Country and come from as far away as Florida to participate.

The 2013 Havre de Grace Seafood Festival will be held over 3 days to help accommodate the overwhelming crowds. We are planning for a crowd of over 50,000 in 2013.

Festivities Include: 28 vendors serving more than 215 different foods with an abundance of mouthwatering seafood delicacies and other great foods; 120 Arts & Craft Vendors featuring artisan self-made products; A Charity Raffle with a great prize; 25 hours of free live entertainment; Silent Auction with interesting items and Sports Memorabilia; Free Classic Car Show; A historic City located where the Chesapeake Bay begins; Our wooden promenade on the waterfront; The Concord Point Lighthouse; Local storefronts to browse; Enjoy a relaxed day with thousands of your closest friends. Nominated one of America’s top 10 Festivals for 2009. In 2011, the Charlie Daniels Band appeared live in concert, 2012 welcomed the Marshall Tucker Band and Bad Company’s Brian Howe. Come and experience the true taste of the Chesapeake Bay at the area’s premier Seafood Festival.

From The Oak Ridge Boys:

Four Decades of Musical Success Being Spotlighted with Network TV Special

Nashville, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Boys are making ready to mark 40 years of their phenomenal musical journey and international success.

2013 will mark 40 years since the current line-up first sang together in 1973. They’ll be kicking off The Oak Ridge Boys 40th Anniversary Tour on January 19 & 20, 2013 at the historic Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas. There’ll be a commemorative CD that features 4 decades of hits and collaborations, plus a network television special.

Fans can be on the lookout for a commemorative poster and keepsake memorabilia.

Venues across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up as hosts for the Grammy-winning group’s milestone celebration and what’s sure to be a packed performance schedule. Show stops for the 40th Anniversary Tour will include John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Jamboree in the Hills, the Kentucky State Fair, and the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival.

A Piece of History

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.”

“Like everyone else in the group,” adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard Sterban, “I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member.

I’m still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”

The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country’s truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others.

In 2009, they covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from Rock reviewers. In 2011, they rerecorded a thirtieth anniversary version of Elvira for a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store project.

The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.


  1. none says

    Great news. Again the Havre de Grace Mayor and City Council embraced the child molester and his wife. Show us the money trail. Thirty two years and not one accounting of where all the money that was collected went.

  2. NorthernHarfordParent says

    So there was a violation of his probation in 2011? And he is allowed to be involved in this kind of event, surrounded by families and children? Wow Havre de Grace, what are you thinking????