Not-to-be-missed music news
JONATHAN EDWARDS RETURNS
Concert is Sept. 9
Country-rock troubadour Jonathan Edwards will bring his timeless style to Wilmington on Friday, Sept. 9, at World Cafe Live at The Queen to promote his new album, Tomorrow’s Child, and showcase his unique style, combining soulful roots with today’s maverick scene. With his 1971 hit “Sunshine Go Away,” along with “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy” and “One Day Closer,” he is known for his intimate, passionate performances. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit worldcafelive.com.
109TH ARDEN FAIR
The Delaware tradition is Sept. 3
For more than a century, hundreds of volunteers from Arden have hosted a fair that’s free to the public, featuring rides and games, arts and crafts, vendors and musical performances. The 109th fair, on Saturday, Sept. 3, also will offer a food court, beer garden, art exhibit, antiques market and a look into the Renaissance to get a taste of Delaware’s evolving culture. The musical lineup at Shady Grove will showcase several performers including Arden Kind, the Diamond State Concert Band and the Kooligans. Join in celebrating Arden’s unique culture and help with repairs to the Gild Hall and in supporting educational services provided by the Arden Club. For more information, visit ardenbuzz.com.
SAVE THE VALLEY
Music fest set for Sept. 9
Join hundreds of music lovers and grassroots enthusiasts to protect the Beaver Valley and its remaining undeveloped land along the Brandywine River in Delaware and Pennsylvania at Save the Valley Music Festival. An organization of volunteers, Save The Valley is dedicated to educating the public on the risks of development and significance of the land. Headliner Bronze Radio Return, The Splashing Pearls and several high school bands will perform at the fourth annual festival on Friday, Sept. 9, at The Queen. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit savethevalley.org.
TRANSCENDENTAL JAM SESSION
Spiritual performances are Sept. 21
Participate in a cultural and spiritual experience at Milton Theatre’s Transcendental Jam Session on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The devotional chanting, called Kirtan, dates back 5,000 years in Indian culture and tradition. Kirtan is a powerful experience known to induce states of meditation and bliss. The event is free to attend and features a complimentary vegetarian feast. For more information, visit pcade.com.
The Final Four
Musikarmageddon’s ultimate battle is set for Oct. 15, live at the baby grand
On Saturday, Oct. 15, four finalists will face off at the baby grand for the 10th annual Musikarmageddon championship.
In the most recent round—on Aug. 18—high school indie rock band Arden Kind were the winners over Anatomy of an Outcast and Rusty Blue. All three bands know each other.
“The trio of bands were probably the most supportive of each other, as competitors, that I’ve ever seen on one bill,” says event manager Joe Trainor.
Arden Kind bassist Emmett Dwyer agrees. “It was a blessing for us to compete against Rusty Blue, our favorite local band and our great friends for years now,” Dwyer says. “We were at their very first show, and it’s amazing to be able to look back and see how far we’ve all come since then as musicians, songwriters and as friends. The same goes for Anatomy of an Outcast.”
Arden Kind will compete in the finale with Susquehanna Floods, TreeWalker and Hoochi Coochi.
Dwyer expects the finale to be similar to the preliminary competition, just on a bigger scale and with different bands.
“The positivity and respect from one band to another, however, will remain the same,” he says.
The event starts at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit thegrandwilmington.org.
Indie Craft Festival
Dogfish Head’s Analog-A-Go-Go comes to Bellevue State Park Sept. 17
Pumpkin, oversized sweater, bonfire: all words we associate with autumn. Now, aspiring to be part of that list is Dogfish Head’s sixth annual, and revamped, Analog-A-Go-Go festival, to be held at Bellevue State Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The festival is undergoing major changes “in celebration of all things indie craft,” says Dogfish founder Sam Calagione. As O&A readers know, the biggest change is venue—from Dogfish’s Milton brewery downstate to Bellevue State Park just outside Wilmington—to accommodate a larger lineup and crowd. This includes live music, a cask beer festival featuring 10-15 breweries, a craft spirit garden, a marketplace, and local and regional food.
The band lineup, which originally included Ra Ra Riot, has been altered. It still includes headliners Built to Spill, along with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Talib Kweli, Beach Slang, and Fiancé, bringing to Bellevue indie rock, New Orleans-style jazz, hip-hop, punk and experimental pop representative of the “off-centered” Dogfish brand. Ra Ra Riot’s replacement had not been announced as of press time.
To date, Dogfish VP of Marketing Neal Stewart says that Analog is the biggest undertaking for Dogfish. And rightly so—Stewart hopes to see 8,000-10,000 craft drink and music fans, although, at press time, all $75 general admission tickets were still available.
However, the general admission + Best Firkin Friends Beer Festival + Distillery Garden package is sold out. Separate upgrade tickets are available for either, though.
The Super Friends Cask Beer Festival hosted in the Craft Beer Barn will offer guests 10 cask-conditioned samplings—unfiltered and unpasteurized beer. Limited edition beers will be pouring from Sierra Nevada, Allagash, Stoudts, Funky Buddha, Boston Beer, Iron Hill, Beavertown, Burley Oak, Short’s, and, of course, Dogfish. Some of those beers, like the Oakland Park, Fla., Funky Buddha, and London’s Beavertown brews, aren’t otherwise available in Delaware. Meanwhile, the Distillery Garden on the Bellevue Mansion lawn will treat guests to six scratch-made cocktails from Dogfish Distilling Co.
Vendors—notably featuring records and rare indie finds—and food trucks will be dispersed throughout the festival grounds. For more information and tickets, visit analogagogo.com.