De Tierra Caliente will kick off the Bethany Beach concert series with its mix of Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Bethany Beach bandstand on the boardwalk.
It is no longer just a summer series, the broadcasts will continue until October.
In 2021, the city reduced performance from three nights on weekends to just one night during the week to accommodate unprecedented numbers of visitors.
“The pandemic has made it possible for many people to work remotely, and many have chosen to do so from their beach house,” said Julie Malewski, events director. “We surveyed the audience and they liked the new program.”
Companies also appreciated the increase in mid-week traffic.
Summer concerts will take place at the usual time of 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in June, July and August.
Shows in May, September and October will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. “The shoulder seasons provide good weather and opportunities for weekend visitors, so we’ve extended the schedule to include Sundays as well,” Malewski said.
Of the 40 artists lined up to play in the venue, 15 make their bandstand debut, while others return from years past or are recurring crowd favorites.
The bonfires on the beach will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 22, and will continue on April 29, May 6 and 13 and October 7, 14, 21 and 28, on the beach at Campbell Street . Marshmallows, roasting sticks and light up bracelets will be provided while supplies last.
The Beach Movies will air at dusk on Mondays, starting June 6 and running through August 29.
For updates and complete schedules, see the list of activities at cityofbethanybeach.com.