The rhythms of the music and the ocean will blend for a melodious weekend when the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival rolls in Oct. 12–15 for its 28th year. 

Up to 25,000 people from a 600-mile radius usually head for the beach in Southern Delaware during festival week to hear an array of world-class musicians. Various venues around Rehoboth — a 125-mile drive from Washington, D.C. — host the concerts. Among them are the Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes; the Performing Theater at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School and Epworth United Methodist Church, both in Rehoboth Beach; and the Rusty Rudder and Bottle & Cork, both in Dewey Beach. 

Highlights include performances by Grammy Award winners Lalah Hathaway on Friday and Boney James on Saturday; the Clarence Spady Band with a tribute to Prince on Saturday; and Larry Graham and Graham Central Station on Sunday.

“West Coast Jam,” featuring Rick Braun, Norman Brown, and Richard Elliot, will open the festival on Thursday night. Braun is the festival’s 2017 Artist of the Year.

Also performing during the weekend either individually or in combinations will be: Pieces of a Dream, Paul Taylor, Brian Simpson, Eric Darius, Will Donato, James Al Pender, Kala Waters, JJ Sansaverino, Club Phred, Peter White, Marc Antoine, Maysa, Art Sherrod Jr., Steve Cole, four80east, Matt Marshak, the 2017 Rehoboth Beach All-Stars, Gerald Veasley, Lindsey Webster, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Euge Groove, and Tracey Hamlin. 

Donato will give a free concert Saturday, 10:00am–noon, at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market in the parking lot of the Shields Elementary School, off Savannah Road at Sussex Drive in Lewes.

Various musicians will get together to close the festival Saturday night, with a grand jam at Cape Henlopen High School and a closing party at the Rusty Rudder.

Tickets and accommodations information are available at The festival is produced by the Delaware Celebration of Jazz in Sussex County, Del.

The festivals

What: Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

When: Oct. 12–15

Where: Rehoboth Beach, Del.



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