Let the Sounds of Summer Wash Over You

By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 16, 2008

Quick: Top five songs to serve as the soundtrack to your sunburned, flip-flop-wearing, hand-holding, beach-side twilight?

1. "Summer Nights"

2. "Margaritaville"

3. "Kokomo"

4. "Under the Boardwalk"

5. "Summertime"

Okay, it's debatable. ("Summer of '69" has to be up there, right?) But it's a crowded category for a reason: There's something magical about the combination of oceanfront evenings and breezy, good-time tunes.

After mornings in the water, afternoons on bikes and messy, giggle-filled dinners, there's almost nothing left to want except time to soak it in. "This is the life," the music says, and who would disagree?

All along the Delmarva shore, beach songs will be filling the streets this summer. Many bars and restaurants bring in crowd-pleasing bands, at least for Friday and Saturday nights. A few big names also will be luring crowds throughout the coming months. Best of all, free outdoor concerts are abundant, up and down the coast.

So grab a blanket, maybe a dish of mint chocolate chip ice cream and revel in the music of a midsummer night.

Ocean City

Ocean City has upped the ante this year to offer visitors free, live entertainment six nights a week during the summer.

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