Not to be missed music news
Deadline for submissions is March 11
Sixteen local singer/songwriters will compete in a head-to-head contest to determine the area’s best talent during the second annual Musikarmageddon Solo. The deadline for artists to sign up is Friday, March 11. On Friday, April 15, at the baby grand in Wilmington, the competing musicians will play their best original music, judges will score, and fans will vote to determine the next Musikarmageddon champion. Sign up at outandaboutnow.com/musikarmageddon.
Jewel at the Playhouse
Wilmington welcomes iconic singer-songwriter
On Friday, April 29, music icon Jewel—who has sold millions of albums and established herself as a storyteller, poet and troubadour —will perform at the Playhouse on Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. The 8 p.m. show will feature the artist’s wide-ranging catalogue of songs, many of which have been performed in concert but never recorded.
Wilmington is part of her Picking Up the Pieces Tour, titled after her 2015 album. Described by Jewel (full name Jewel Kilcher) as a singer-songwriter’s record focusing on the emotional turmoil of her life, the album is charged with emotion and intensity—and expect no less from the live show.
Tickets start at $43. Visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org for more information.
10th Annual Homey Awards
WSTW’s local music ceremony is March 4
93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes, a radio program hosted by Mark Rogers on Sundays from 8-10 p.m., spotlights the best local, original music from the Delaware valley. The program has spawned the Homey Awards, and Rogers will be on hand to m.c. the 10th annual ceremony at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Friday, March 4.
The ceremony celebrates outstanding achievements in original local music in the past year. Categories include Artist of the Year, Best Album, Best Live Act and more. There also will be live performances throughout the evening from some of last year’s Homey winners, and each of the nominees for Song of the Year will perform their nominated song live. Featured artists include Glim Dropper, No Good Sister, Cliff Hillis, Nik Everett Band and Andrea Nardello.
There are dozens of new nominees this year, including The Rose Project, a five-piece alternative folk band from Kennett Square. For a list of all nominees and more information, visit wstw.com/heroes. Tickets are $7, doors open at 6:30 and the ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
Beru Revue is Back
Celebrated ‘80s band hits The Queen
for one of its select 2016 performances
In the 1980s, Philadelphia-based rock band Beru Revue rode roughshod through the tristate area, reveling in the fun of countless weekends playing at the Stone Balloon and Bottle and Cork, among other nightlife destinations and venues. New wave rock was on the rise, and Beru Revue, together with fellow rockers like the Hooters and Robert Hazard, ruled the Philly rock scene.
The original six-man lineup debuted at Grendel’s Lair in Philadelphia in 1981. They had a strong and loyal local following, with one notable radio hit, “Hoods A Go-Go.” The band disbanded in 1988, but luckily for band members and their cult following, in the early 2000s the group began reuniting for a handful of shows each year. In keeping with tradition, they will perform at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Saturday, April 23.
After 10 years of reunion shows in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live, the Electric Factory and The Ardmore Music Hall, lead singer Bob Beru says the band is thrilled to head to Wilmington and The Queen.
“It comes at a time in our evolutionary process when we are embracing more and more of our theatrical tendencies,” Beru says. “For us in many ways the future is a visit to our newly flowering roots.”
Beru Revue currently performs approximately three shows a year: one during the fall, a Christmas benefit show and a spring show. All are filled with seasonal content as well as a solid dose of core vignettes, Beru says. “The music is original but we have been known to take fun standards and bend them to our will.”
The April 23 show is titled The Miracle of Spring, from the band’s album and title song of the same name.
Besides Beru himself, the band features guitarists Greg Davis and Mark Julian Teague, bassist Jerry Getz, drummer Tommy Pinto, keyboardist EJ Simpson and the support vocals of Nita Slater.
Beru says the group is excited to tap into the band’s theatrical roots and perform old and new songs in “true Beruvian form.”
Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20-$25. For more information visit berurevue.us.