SOLOMONS, MD — The rainy weather held off as rock fans journeyed to see their heroes at the PNC Waterside Pavilion at Calvert Marine Museum  July 30.

The Romantics, Night Ranger, and Rick Springfield set up the evening for a ride back in time for the latest of the Waterside Concert Series hosted at the museum.

Springfield treated the concert goers with tunes such as “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch.”

He took the stage after sunset, mentioning he had a new album coming out, titled Rocket Science. He said the animals rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had contacted him about the cover art of the new record. 

“Don’t get me wrong, I love PETA. But they don’t like that there is a monkey wearing a jacket on the cover. I love animals. We were checking out the otter exhibit in the museum. And I wanted to take it home, but one almost bit my finger,” said Springfield. 

Night Ranger took the stage earlier that evening, and bassist Jack Blades asked the audience to raise their hands for questions about how often they had seen the group. Quite a few people raised their hands.

He then asked how many of them hadn’t been born before their music came out. More hands flew up into the crowd, as though trying to reach out and touch the stage.

A small boy clung to the crowd barrier as the rock groups filled the air with nostalgic tunes and classic beats. His father, Jay, mentioned that this is his son’s first rock show.

“He still called Jon Bon Jovi ‘Joe Bon Jovi.’ He’s so excited for Night Ranger. You know, kids end up listening and loving music older than they are because their parents forced them to,” said Jay.

Check out this related article about the artists who performed on Saturday. 

For more information about the Waterside Concert Series, check out the Calvert Marine Museum website.

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