Little River Band coming to Shore; Firefall returns to area for ChamberFest in Cape Charles

The Little River Band will perform in Cape Charles in May.

BY TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore Post —

The Little River Band and Firefall, two popular bands from the 1970s and 1980s, will perform on Saturday, May 18, in Cape Charles, at the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s ChamberFest, a marketing and networking event in its third year.

ChamberFest will take place in “the old rail yard,” a large waterfront property between Cape Charles’ business district and the Shanty restaurant, from 3 to 8 p.m.

The announcement was made by Robert Sabbatini, the executive director of the chamber of commerce and the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, on Friday live on WESR 103.3FM.

Ticket prices were not disclosed on the air during the announcement. The chamber’s website stated tickets are $75 each plus a $3 surcharge. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 5, Sabbatini said.

Sabbatini said the location and the season have changed from the first two ChamberFest events, which were held near Onancock. The bands included Molly Hatchett, Sawyer Brown, and Jefferson Starship during the first two years, as well as local musical groups.

“We’ve had some big acts here,” said Sabbatini.

Sabbatini said the new location in Cape Charles provides more space, is closer to the Hampton Roads area, and will feature “the beautiful backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay.”

“We think it’s just going to be the perfect location,” he said.

Moving ChamberFest from the fall to the spring also avoids hurricane season.

“The committee thinks long and hard about hurricane season,” said Sabbatini. “We don’t want to run into any issues like that.”

The Little River Band has sold more than 30 million albums and has had numerous top-20 singles, including “Reminiscing,” which reached No. 3 in the late 1970s.

Firefall’s biggest single, “You Are the Woman,” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard chart in 1976.

It is Fireball’s second performance in the area —- the band also performed at the former Upper Deck restaurant in Pocomoke City in 1993.

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