Ocean City concert-goers missed their calling this weekend with the cancellation of the first-ever Ocean's Calling festival.
The event, presented in partnership with Rockville native band O.A.R., was to follow a tour promoting the “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” artists' tenth studio album "The Arcade," released in July.
Scheduled to take place today until Sunday, the festival's lineup spanned three stages along Ocean City’s iconic boardwalk with a diverse group of artists across genres from hip-hop to Dave Matthews.
Rapper-turned-streamer-turned-back-to-rapper Logic was also booked to perform as one of the largest names in DMV hip-hop. The Rockville musician received critical acclaim for his seventh studio album "Vinyl Days" released in June and also released his first beat tape "Peanuts" in late August. Logic's next record, already in the works according to his own lyrics, follows his exit from storied record label Def Jam and will pay homage to his home state — under working title "College Park."
The beach would have been brought to life with reggae shows by notable performers including Sublime with Rome (Sublime founding member Eric Wilson and guitarist Rome Ramirez), Dirty Heads, Skip Marley and Aberdeen’s very own Ballyhoo!
Other headliners were radio mainstays Cage the Elephant, Grouplove and The Lumineers, slacker rock outfit Peach Pit, female fun chaser Cyndi Lauper and a blast of nineties nostalgia via Alanis Morissette and Jimmy Eat World.
Beyond musical guests, a few culinary stars planned appearances at Ocean’s Calling: Amanda Freitag of "Chopped" and "Iron Chef America," bizarre cuisine connoisseur Andrew Zimmern and protein bar tycoon Robert Irvine.
Ticket holders were fully refunded, according to Oceans Calling's Instagram, but must wait until next year for the festival to call again.
By RYLAND CRISMAN
Gull Life Editor
Featured images courtesy of @oceanscallingmd on Instagram