Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Illuminate your eardrums with today's GrouponLive deal to the Kent Island Rock N Run Music Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Exploration Center in Chester. For $20, you get a general-admission ticket for Saturday, June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (a $39 value).
During Kent Island Rock N Run Music Festival's inaugural event, eight energetic bands wail, riff, and jam throughout the day and into the night amid a picturesque waterfront park. New Jersey veteran rockers The Smithereens headline, playing power pop tinged with metal riffs in classics such as "A Girl Like You" and "Blood and Roses" as well as new tracks off their latest album, 2011. Before The Smithereens plug in, Mr. Greengenes gets audiences rocking with covers of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, as well as other hard-rocking anthems. Maryland foursome Hyjinx also ignites the stage, transforming seminal hits by Bon Jovi, Journey, and Whitesnake with soulful female vocals, whereas '80s tribute band The Reagan Years plays tunes by a-ha, Depeche Mode, and Talking Heads to recap the decade when the Cold War ended and Pac-Man was almost voted president.
Proceeds from the festival and early-morning race help support Special Olympics, a worldwide organization dedicated to fostering community and athleticism for people with intellectual disabilities. In more than 170 countries, Special Olympics empowers 3.7 million athletes through sports training and competition.