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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/17/17

Tickets also on sale for KC and the Sunshine Band concert on May 28 and for the 2017 Ocean City Pops summer season

Genevieve Goings and Constantine “DC” Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul,” will lead the 108th annual Ocean City Baby Parade at 5 p.m. August 10, 2017.

Before serving as grand marshals in the parade, Choo Choo Soul will perform a show at the Ocean City Music Pier at 10:30 a.m. on the same day. Ticket prices are $20 orchestra and $18 solarium and are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at 609-399-6111 or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Goings and Abramson are entering their 11th year of entertaining pre-schoolers and parents worldwide. Born from the mind of a Silicon Valley video game developer, Choo Choo Soul began as a hip-hop/soul children’s album of music that “won’t drive parents crazy.” The album caught fire and the brand was acquired by Disney and developed into a live-action television interstitial paired with animation in 2006 that encouraged young viewers to get up and dance to their funky, urban sound. Choo Choo Soul began touring the country in 2007 and has performed for thousands of children in over 100 cities across the globe.

The Live incarnation of Choo Choo Soul finds Genevieve, the soulful & hip singing train conductor, and DC, the beatboxing, breakdancing engineer on stage engaging children in sing-alongs, dance routines and lots of crowd participation as they perform the hits as seen on Disney Junior.

Registration is open for anybody who wants to participate in the parade, which features children age 10 and under. The parade route is from Sixth Street to 12th Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk. For an entry form and more information, visit ocnj.us/babyparade.


KC and the Sunshine Band will make their Ocean City debut with a concert to help kick off the summer season on Memorial Day Weekend. The band will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28.

Generations of fans have danced to hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” The band fuses Caribbean, R&B and funk music with the singular purpose of “creating instant happiness through music.” The show promises to get people up and out of their seats in a spectacular start to summer in Ocean City. The Music Pier will be set up for a dance concert. Tickets are $75 and on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at 609-399-6111 or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Tickets for the 2017 Ocean City Pops Orchestra summer season go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20. The Pops plays a wide variety of music and programs for all ages – from an opening night with Vanessa Williams to Doo Wop with the Duprees to “Our Three Tenors.” An evening with the Pops can include anything from a fully staged Broadway musical to opera, jazz, theme nights, movie scores or a “Children’s Lollipop Concert.” Visit oceancitypops.org for a full schedule.

Pops tickets will be available online at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, and the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 20 and 21). During the week, tickets will be on sale in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or by calling 609-399-6111.


WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT: A BOOGALOO CELEBRATION (May 18): The third in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances celebrates the history and legacy of Latin boogaloo music. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

AN EVENING OF BROADWAY’S BEST (May 18): Local entertainers Eric Johnston and Cricket Denton Brennan will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Ocean City Arts Center (in the Community Center at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue). The concert is free and no reservations are necessary.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTWALK (May 20): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am. www2.heart.org

MILES FOR MELANOMA (May 20): The Melanoma Research Foundation invites you to join  the 8th annual Miles for Melanoma Ocean City 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Register online ($20) at join.melanoma.org.

PIECES OF EIGHT TREASURE HUNT (May 20-21): The ECRDA’s eighth annual open beach hunt takes place near the Ocean City Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Compete in a series of metal detector hunts for great prizes. Special hunt for kids on Saturday along with an optional gold hunt. On Sunday, there will be an optional silver hunt. Cost is $20, and kids (13 and under) hunt for only $5. Loaner detectors are available. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is rain or shine. For registration or more information, visit www.ecrda.org or call Harold at 732-276-8251.

OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON (May 21): Course that is friendly for athletes of all abilities includes a quarter-mile pool swim, 2-mile run, 16-mile bike and another 2-mile run. Kids course: 200-meter pool swim, 1-mile run, 8-mile bike and 1-mile run. Pool swim is timed separately and must be completed 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Run/bike/run starts 9 a.m. $50 Tri/Du. $25 kids course. www.ocnj.us/race-events/ 

WALK TO END LUPUS NOW (May 21): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street practice field. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 215-517-5070 or visit www.lupustristate.org.

UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE (May 26): City officials turn a ceremonial key to open the ocean for the season, then participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the water to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” All welcome to watch or participate. Noon on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Call 609-399-6111.

OC POPS IT’S A GRAND OLD FLAG (May 26): The fourth in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes a woodwind quintet. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE (May 27): Register for a 2.5-mile race on the beach with obstacles. Proceeds from the event benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. On-site registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier 2 to 10 p.m. May 26, and 6 to 7:30 a.m. May 27. The race begins at 8 a.m. along with a kid run (ages 4 to 12) at approx. 9:45 a.m. Call 856-905-0583 or visit memorialbeachchallenge.com.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CONCERT (May 27): The 35-member Bucks County Singers of Newtown (Bucks County), Pa. will perform a free concert outside the Ocean City Music Pier at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The mixed-voice choral group of men and women will present a program of eclectic choral offerings, including well-known standards, pop, Broadway showtunes, and patriotic pieces, many related to their spring concert theme “What a Wonderful World!”

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND (May 28): KC and the Sunshine Band will create instant happiness and launch the summer season at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. With over four decades of success, they have produced hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” General admission ticket $75. Call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE (May 29): 11 a.m. at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call 609-399-6111.