Tuned In – July 2016

Not-to-be-missed music news

Shady Grove Music Fest
Arden music bash is slated for July 16

The annual day of outdoor fun in Arden, Shady Grove Music Fest, on Saturday, July 16, features Newark headliners fiancé and Philadelphia’s Three Man Cannon. The festival starts at noon with Frisco, followed by E.B. Hawkins, Little Strike, Maiden Names, Camp Candle, The Limits, Universal Funk Order and headliners. Gates open at 11 a.m. Food trucks, beer, wine and live art will add to the festivities. Proceeds form tickets, $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, benefit the Arden Gild Hall Restoration Fund.

For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

Summer in the Parks
Free arts activities and fun for kids through Aug. 19

Wilmington’s Grand Opera House is soaring through the warmer months with its Summer in the Parks series, which kicked off in June.

Every weekday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. will look like this: Mondays at Prices Run (BBW Park at N. Locust & E. 23rd St.); Tuesdays at Woodlawn Park (4th & Ferris St.); Wednesdays at Tilton Park (N. Franklin – W. 7th & 8th St.); Thursdays at Madison Street Tot-Lot (504-506 N. Madison St.) and Fridays at Holloway/Compton Park (N. Lombard & E. 7th St.).

Weekdays from noon-1 p.m. are as follows: Mondays at One Love Park (N. Tatnall & W. 24th St.); Tuesdays at Barbara Hicks Park (Bradford & B St.); Wednesdays at Kosciuszko Park (Sycamore & S. Broom St.); Thursdays at Judy Johnson Park (N. Dupont & W. 3rd St.) and Fridays at Haynes Park (N. Franklin – W. 30th & 32nd St.).

July evenings, all from 6-7:30 p.m., include Wednesday, July 6, at Haynes Park with Suzzette Ortiz Latin Jazz Ensemble; Thursday, July 14, at Tilton Park with Richard Raw; Thursday, July 21, at Union Park Gardens with Diamond State Chorus and Simple Gifts, and Wednesday, July 27, at Stapler Park with Diamond State Concert Band.

Out & About Live Summer Show
July 21 party is at The Nomad

The once-monthly Out & About Live series of music performances featuring local bands continues Thursday, July 21, with the Summer Closing Party at the Nomad (905 N. Orange St., Wilmington). The series is sponsored by PBR Music and will feature Pabst Blue Ribbon beer specials.

Out & About Live will continue through December. Visit outandaboutnow.com for updates.

Cool Spring Farmers Market
Live music adds to summer fun

Every Thursday this summer, the sound of local music at Cool Spring Farmers Market (10th and N. Van Buren St.), amid vendor stalls and food trucks, will fill the air. July performances include First State Symphonic Band, a community group dedicated to the education and performance of contemporary and classical music, on July 14. July 21 brings the soulful, toe-tapping tunes of King Zimm, and July 28 is Kids’ Day, featuring music and activities for families.

For more information, visit the market’s Facebook page.

Sound Camp for Girls
One-week music production camp for girls

Held at World Cafe Live at The Queen, SoundGirls.Org Live’s Sound Camp for Girls is a one-week camp for girls ages 12-18 who want to learn about live music production. The camp curriculum was designed by industry veterans and teaches the skills and technology needed to run live sound. Working in small, collaborative and hands-on groups, the girls learn: live event safety, stage and audio terminology, signal flow, setup and wiring of PA systems and stages, input lists and stage plots, microphone techniques, line check, sound check and mixing.

Each afternoon, the girls will set up and mix local bands’ music, and the week will end with them producing and running a live show at a local venue.

Lunch will be provided each day, and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Financial assistance is available.

For more information, visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com.

Cowboy Junkies
Canadian band hits Wilmington July 12

Hailing from Toronto, roots-rock foursome Cowboy Junkies will play at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Tuesday, July 12, in support of their latest release, Notes Falling Slow.
After an 18-month break from the road, the band will perform two sets each night during their Mid-Atlantic circuit, with the first set focusing on the material from their Notes Falling Slow box set. The second set will reach back through the 1980s to the group’s extensive catalog.

For more information, visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com.

XPoNential Music Festival
WXPN’s three-day music showcase is July 22-24

Philadelphia’s award-winning radio station WXPN has teamed with Subaru for its annual XPoNential Music Festival, which presents both well-known and up-and-coming artists on the weekend of July 22- 24. Its location on the Camden waterfront, at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion, will complement the festival’s meld of talented new musicians along with spirited performances by established musicians. Artists include Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, former guitarist for Guns N’ Roses Tommy Stinson, and dozens of promising new artists. With an estimated 30+ performers and 30,000 attendees, the XPoNential Music Festival should be a weekend to remember. Ticket prices range from $15 to $165 for a single day ticket and $140 to $298 for a 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass, depending on lawn access or reserved seats.

For more information, visit xpnfest.org.

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