Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam highlight OC-Con

Hollywood actors Billy Dee Williams and Seth Gilliam will head to town in April for a comic convention at the Music Pier.

The OC-Con will run for the second consecutive year on April 1 and April 2. The same weekend also includes the return of Girls Weekend, also running for the second straight year.

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, a superhero run and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia, according to organizers.

Williams starred as Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. His career in film, television, music and art, which spans five decades, took off in the 1970s with roles in “Mahogany,” “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Brian’s Song.” He will appear at OC-Con on Saturday and be available for questions, photo and autograph sessions, each for a charge, organizers said.

Gilliam landed his first big role as Aaron Dexter on “The Cosby Show.” He is best known as Ellis Carter on HBO’s acclaimed series “The Wire,” and he has appeared recently as Father Gabriel Stokes in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” He will be at the convention on Sunday and like Williams, will be available for Q&A, photos and autographs, according to organizers.

Tickets are on sale and are expected to sell quickly.

Prices are as follows: adult admission, $10 per day or $15 for both days; child (12 and under) admission, $5 per day or $8 for both days; Billy Dee Williams Q&A, $20 (noon to 12:45 p.m. April 1); Billy Dee Williams photo, $55 (maximum two people per photo); Billy Dee Williams autograph, $50 (no photos, one item signed); Seth Gilliam Q&A, $15 (10:30 to 11:15 a.m. p.m. April 2); Seth Gilliam photo, $40 (maximum two people per photo); Seth Gilliam autograph, $40 (no photos, one item signed).

Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The event also includes the 1-mile OC-Con Superhero Run on the boardwalk at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the Superhero Obstacle Dash for children 12 and under on the beach at 11 a.m. Registration for the run is $15 and includes admission to the show and a T-shirt. The fee for the 12-and-under dash is $10 and also includes admission to the show and a T-shirt. Registration is available online.

For complete information on the convention and all of its festivities, visit ocnjcon.com.

Girls Weekend to return April 1-2

Girls Weekend features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations throughout the city on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.

The fashion show, to feature a number of Ocean City dudes walking the runway in clothes, shoes and accessories from a number of Asbury Avenue shops, starts 7 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Glazed Over Studios on 704 Asbury Ave, according to organizers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 while they last, and are available by calling the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce at 609-399-1412 or by visiting the City Hall Welcome Center, 861 Asbury Ave.; the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway; 7th Street Surf Shop, 720 Asbury Ave.; Ta-Dah at the 1040 Asbury Ave. location; or The Sneaker Shop, 704 Asbury Ave.

The latest hotel and inn specials are posted on the Girls Weekend Facebook event page.

KC and the Sunshine Band to play at Music Pier

KC and the Sunshine Band will make its Ocean City debut with a concert to help kick off the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day Weekend.

The band, which produced hits singles that include “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes," will perform at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Sunday, May 28.

The band has fused Caribbean, R&B and funk music throughout its tenure, which included a 12-month period in the 1970s in which it produced four No. 1 hits.

Tickets are set to go on sale Thursday, March 2, although that date is tentative, according to organizers. They’ll be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Graham Nash, Trombone Shorty to perform in summer concert series

Graham Nash and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will hold performances in the summer at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Nash, who will perform 7 p.m. July 24, is known for his part in the Hollies and later Crosby, Stills & Nash, which became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when Neil Young joined the group.

He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets will cost $49 to $59 before service charges once they go on sale Friday, Feb. 24 at ticketmaster.com. A pre-sale begins 10 a.m. Thursday (use code BRE).

New Orleans trombone and trumpet player Troy Andrews leads an upbeat band under stage name Trombone Shorty that has been a big hit in past shows on the island, according to Ocean City officials. His show takes place 7 p.m. June 9 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Tickets are also on sale for six other shows – The Temptations, The Hooters, Dave Mason, The Beach Boys, Shawn Colvin (with opening act Joan Osborne) and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – set for the summer at the Music Pier.

Tickets for all shows can be bought on ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Ocean City Music Pier box office in the spring.

For more information call 609-399-6111.

Andrew Parent can be reached at aparent@catamaranmedia.com or 609-365-6173.