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Joe Samba to headline Rocking the Docks concert June 28

Joe Samba to headline Rocking the Docks concert June 28

Guitarist Joe Samba isn’t limited to a genre. The Massachusetts native successfully fuses reggae and rock ‘n’ roll to create a contagious beat.

The singer-songwriter will take the stage at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, at the Rocking the Docks concert summer series on the scenic Cape May-Lewes Ferry grounds in Lewes.

Samba comes by his talent naturally. His father played bass in a funk band, and his two brothers also played bass. At age 7, Samba joined his dad on stage to belt out “I Feel Good” by James Brown.

“It’s hard to stay still when Joe performs,” said Matt VanBelle, organizer of Rocking the Docks, which takes place on 10 consecutive Wednesdays. Samba is the second performer.

“Joe has a lot of soul, and his Caribbean island vibe is so full of energy,” VanBelle said. “There’s a reason why his fans are called ‘Sambananas.’”

Dry Reef is the opening act for the June 28 concert. Based in Philadelphia, the band’s sound blends reggae, surf music and rock.

VIP ticket holders can also enter the grounds at 5 p.m. and participate in a meet-and-greet in the private tent.

All attendees can purchase food from Grain on the Rocks, and there will be beverage stations.

Dry Reef is the opening act for the June 28 concert. Based in Philadelphia, the band’s sound blends reggae, surf music and rock.

Rocking the Docks is an all-ages outdoor music series. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $60 for the VIP experience, which includes admission into the exclusive Dewey Beach Picnic Co. tented area with yard games, a private bar and food.

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While kids 12 and younger can enter for free, everyone must have a ticket. For discounted season passes and single-show tickets, go to rockingthedockslewes.com.

No outside food or beverages are permitted, and parking is free.

The full event calendar is as follows:

  • June 28: Joe Samba with opener Dry Reef
  • July 5: The Heavy Heavy with opener Low Cut Connie
  • July 12: Mo Lowda & The Humble with opener Under the Rug
  • July 19: The Vegabonds with opener Nick Jamerson
  • July 26 George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners with opener Melody Trucks & the Fitzkee Brothers
  • Aug. 2: The Amish Outlaws
  • Aug. 9: Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels with opener The Dirty Grass Players
  • Aug. 16 Danielle Ponder with opener Phillip-Michael Scales
  • Aug. 23: Dumpstaphunk with opener Lower Case Blues.

Sponsors include Grain on the Rocks, Hyatt House Lewes, Stateside Vodka, Founders Brewing Co., Yuengling and Dewey Beach Picnic Co.

 

  • June 25, 2023