Tuned In – Aug 2015

Not-to-be-missed music news

Delta Rae Plays The Queen
World-renowned North Carolina band stops here Aug. 29

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Delta Rae comes to The Queen for a WXPN Welcomes show.

The six-piece rock band from Durham, N.C., released its sophomore album After It All this past spring, and since the release of debut album Carry The Fire in the summer of 2012 and 2013’s follow-up EP Chasing Twisters, the band has been profiled by NPR, Time Magazine, Forbes and more.

Tickets start at $20, doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.

For information on both events, go to queen.worldcafelive.com.

Buddy Guy Coming to Wilmington
Legendary blues artist plays The Grand Oct. 2

Get you tickets now (this event is sure to sell out) for blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy’s performance at The Grand on Friday, Oct. 2. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, has received six Grammy Awards, among dozens of others. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 on its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $50.

For more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.

Attention, Dead Heads
Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary marked with Dogfish Head party, Jefferson Starship tribute

August is a celebration of all things Dead.

First is the official re-release party of Dogfish Head’s 2013 American Beauty beer to commemorate the Grateful Dead, set for Saturday, Aug. 1, at The Queen.

American Beauty, an Imperial Pale Ale inspired by the 1960s-90s rock band, captures the spirit of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording. This year, the beer has a new label featuring a skeleton shrouded in red roses.

Brewery staffers will be at the venue, selling Dogfish Head merchandise throughout the night. Other Dogfish drafts and large format beers will be available as well.

Philadelphia-based folk, rock and blues artist Chris Kasper will perform the Dead’s full American Beauty album, and folk-rock Philadelphia band Mason Porter will take on the album Workingman’s Dead.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45. Tickets are $7.

Two weeks later, on Saturday, Aug. 15, Jefferson Starship will perform a 50th Anniversary of Grateful Dead show at The Grand.

Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead were at the forefront of what became known as “The Sound of San Francisco.” Now, 50 years later, the bands that helped define a generation will be honored in a celebratory anniversary concert. Jefferson Starship, the offshoot of Jefferson Airplane, will perform the music of their legendary predecessors, featuring original members Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, and fronted by Grammy-nominated singer Cathy Richardson, who portrayed Janis Joplin in the heralded musical Love, Janis.

The all-star group is credited with helping to launch the “jam band” phenomenon in the late ‘90s. Alphonso Johnson, bassist for Furthur, Bobby & The Midnights & Weather Report, and Jeff Pevar, guitarist for Phil Lesh and Crosby-Nash, lead the group, which is famous for instrumental interpretations of the Dead’s repertoire. Rock Hall of Famer and original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten will join them.

The show starts at 8 p.m., and ticket prices start at $37.

For more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.

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