WILDWOOD— A year after country star Kenny Chesney performed on the Wildwood beach, city and tourism leaders announced plans for another free beach concert this summer.
During a news conference Thursday on the Boardwalk at Schellenger Avenue, Bob Maschio, owner of Coastal Broadcasting Systems, said the Aug. 24 concert, which he called a family event, would be linked with the Philadelphia Soul’s annual Summer Slam.
Scheduled performers include the rock bands Fuel, Lit, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm.
Chesney’s performance, which drew a crowd of at least 25,000, was hailed as an example of how the city could host a major event on its expansive beaches.
Maschio said the plan is to distribute 10,000 to 15,000 tickets starting July 1. Chesney’s concert, sponsored by American Express, was also free and required tickets to get inside the gated concert area.
“We want to keep this momentum going,” Maschio said of the success of Chesney’s visit to the shore town.
The concert will cover the same layout as Chesney’s concert held at Schellenger Avene and the beach, with six to eight football fields adjacent to it.
The event, called the WJSE Summer Beach Concert, will be held as the Philadelphia Soul host a flag football tournament at the same time.
Soul Chief Operating Officer John Adams said Maschio approached the organization with the idea of pairing the two events.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said the city is excited to host the concert and to work with the Soul and WJSE.
“It’s a great time, and the best part is it’s a family event,” he said.
The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority and the Boardwalk Special Improvement District are also supporting the event.
“We need to support individuals and businesses that want to make the Wildwoods the venue for their events,” authority Executive Director John Siciliano said.
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