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New Concert Venue Could Come To Delmar

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DELMAR, Md.- A new major music venue could be joining the Atlantic circuit, right at the Delaware-Maryland line. Doug Marshall, Owner of Heron Ponds development, is the man spearheading the effort. Last year, he put on three major concerts, but rain plagued each one, costing Marshall and the firm thousands.

He was not deterred, however, and has recommitted his resources to creating an inclusive venue capable of producing top quality concerts. Now, his vision extends beyond mere concerts. He hopes to use the 6,000 seat Amphitheater at Heron Ponds and the surrounding land for stage plays, festivals, fairs, and even drive-in movies.

"We're going to offer the building to the different arts councils and arts leagues throughout there. We probably are going to create our own little arts district, when it's all said and done," said Marshall.

He has also enlisted Gary Cottingham, a concert production veteran, to oversee operations. Cottingham said, "Where else can you go – without having to cross a large bridge – to hear a good concert? You've got to go to Philly, New York, Baltimore, whatever. Here, we can produce those same shows – right here on the peninsula."

This upcoming season will focus on smaller, regional acts, while 2014 is the year they intend to ratchet things up. This June, they plan to throw a "Blues and Brews Festival," featuring local blues bands and local craft beers.

The proposal for the Amphitheater will officially go to the Delmar City Council for final approval on April 24th. If approved, Marshall says construction will start immediately, adding "That's when we can really start moving some dirt."

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