CAPE MAY – Country singer Crystal Gayle will open Memorial Day Weekend at the Convention Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.
A Crafts and Antiques Show sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is planned for Sunday, May 24. The show will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall. At 8 p.m., the Atlantic Brass Band will play a free concert at Rotary Park on Lyle Lane.
Cape May will remember and honor those who have served our country at the annual Memorial Day Service 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 at Cape May Convention Hall.
Following the service, there will be a live remote broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall by WOND to discuss the upcoming summer season.
A free concert featuring the New Spirit Gospel Choir from Wiesbaden, Germany will start at 7 p.m. on May 25 at Convention Hall.
Cape May’s fourth annual Summer Concert Series will feature a full docket of chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning entertainers ranging from classic rock to country.
Concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. Mondays from June 29 through Aug. 17 at the Cape May Convention Hall, with bonus performances May 23 and Aug. 22.
Leading the series is country and pop vocalist Crystal Gayle. Born Brenda Gail Webb, she became Crystal at the suggestion of her older sister, Loretta Lynn, and landed her first recording contract right out of high school in 1970. Gayle’s debut single, “I’ve Cried (The Blue Right out of My Eyes),” was written by Lynn and reached the Top 25 on Billboard’s country chart. After taking her sister’s advice to become a crossover star, she released the biggest hit of her career, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” earning her a Grammy for best female country vocal performance.
Also among her 20 No. 1 hits are “You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep,” “When I Dream,” “Half the Way” and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, “Just You and I.”
Gayle’s most recent album, “All My Tomorrows,” is a collection of classic American standards that she produced with Jay Patten, her longtime music director. The album bonds her crystalline voice with some of the greatest songs of popular music heritage in 14 selections that include “You Belong to Me,” “Smile,” “It Had to Be You,” “Cry Me a River” and “Sentimental Journey” to Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Him So.”
Gayle, a longtime resident of Nashville, has contributed songs to three Grammy-winning children’s albums – “Sesame Country” (in which she performed a duet with Big Bird), “Here Comes the Rainbow” and “Songs from the Neighborhood – The Music of Mr. Rogers” – and has also recorded her first solo children’s album, “In My Arms,” a collection of lullabies.
Tickets are $45 plus a $4 facility/ticketing fee. Ticketing for the Philadelphia Boys Choir concert is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children and $10 each for groups of 10 or more.
Series tickets for the eight Summer Concert Series performances are $38 each plus a $4 facility/ticketing fee. A season ticket is $294, which includes all eight Monday concerts for the price of seven, plus a ticket to the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale performance.
Tickets can be purchased at www.discovercapemaynj.com, which also allows you to select preferred seating. Tickets can also be purchased at the Convention Hall box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. For information call the box office at 855-708-9699.
Bonus Performance Saturday, May 23 – Crystal Gayle
Monday, June 29 – Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Monday, July 6 – Ricky Nelson Remembered, Featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Monday, July 13 – Taylor Dayne
Monday, July 20 – Foghat
Monday, July 27 – The Texas Tenors
Monday, Aug. 3 – Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
Monday, Aug. 10 – Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Monday, Aug. 17 – Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice
Bonus Performance Saturday, Aug. 22 – Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale