. . . with singing, dancing and some classic holiday performances. Here are our recommendations, ranging from family-friendly concerts to New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The Spring Standards
James Cleare, Heather Robb and James Smith of the independent three-piece folk-rock Spring Standards first discovered their mutual love of music as teenagers, singing ‘70s rock in the car driving around on back roads along the Delaware-Pennsylvania border. Since then, they’ve toured the country, released albums and are currently based in Brooklyn. Each year they return to Arden, their hometown, for the annual Boxing Day Show. This year is no different, and they can be seen and heard on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Arden Gild Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 for members and $20 for general admission.
New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter David Bromberg has performed with legendary artists Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Emmylou Harris and more. He began studying guitar at 13, eventually enrolling at Columbia University as a musicology major. The Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-’60s drew him to the downtown clubs and coffeehouses where he watched and learned from the best, including his inspiration and teacher, Rev. Gary Davis. The David Bromberg Quintet is a great band to welcome the New Year with on Thursday, Dec. 31, at The Queen in Wilmington. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show begins at 10. Tickets start at $40.
Cartoon Christmas Trio Returns to The Queen
The Cartoon Christmas Trio returns to The Queen with special guests The Wilmington Children’s Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 20, under the direction of Kimberly Doucette. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the chorus, which provides a tuition-free experience for young musicians. Hear the classic tunes from A Charlie Brown Christmas with piano, upright bass, drums and singing. The Cartoon Christmas Trio was started in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson for the sole purpose of playing music from classic Christmas cartoons, especially the music of Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the Peanuts soundtracks. Tickets are $12 and the event starts at 7 p.m.
We Kids Rock Band’s Holiday Show
Get ready for the holidays with We Kids Rock Band on Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Queen. We Kids Rock has a mission: to create fun, upbeat musical experiences for families. The band features catchy originals as well as traditional favorites in musical styles that include rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, punk, ska and country. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and tickets are $10.
The Jive Aces
From London, The Jive Aces are renowned for their superior musicianship and spectacular stage show, and have been called the UK’s premier swing band. Their Swing’n the Holidays show on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Playhouse on Rodney Square will feature fresh arrangements of swing, jive and R&B classics, keeping fans dancing all afternoon. The concert starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $31-39.
Charlie Brown Christmas
The Eric Mintel Quartet returns to the baby grand with their special Charlie Brown Jazz Holiday Concert Live on Saturday, Dec. 12. The quartet will perform Vince Guarldi tunes like “Linus and Lucy,” “Skating,” “Christmas is Coming,” “Christmas Time Is Here” and more while also including a special visual element for the entire family. Pianist and composer Eric Mintel and the Eric Mintel Quartet have thrilled audiences of all ages with this concert that has become a staple of the holidays. It features Mintel on piano, Nelson Hill on alto sax, Dave Mohn on drums, and Jack Hegyi on bass. They will be joined by a local choir on some selections. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $26.
Sinatra Centennial Celebration
Celebrate what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 12, with Delaware’s resident Sinatra vocalist, Sean Reilly, and his six-piece Sinatra Centennial Orchestra at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover. While this isn’t a holiday show, listeners can look forward to one or two cozy Christmas songs. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $27-$30.