The ‘80s Baby!
Dust off your double belts and Adidas and rock on down memory lane on Saturday, Nov. 5, at “The ‘80s Baby!” at World Cafe Live at The Queen. It’s a journey through the music of top ‘80s recording artists such as Anita Baker, Prince, Tina Marie, Chaka Khan, Angela Winbush and Glen Jones. Starting at 9 p.m., the show will feature Tracey A., Paul Black, Joey Gallagher and CHAR, to name a few. Tickets are $20.
For more information, visit worldcafelive.com.
Sinatra Tribute Set for Nov. 6
Wilmington native Sean Reilly returns to the baby grand on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2-7 p.m. to transport his audience back in time with a performance of Frank Sinatra’s classic songbook, supported by a seven-piece horn band. An in-demand Sinatra interpreter who performs up and down the East Coast, Reilly’s classic style makes him reminiscent of his idol.
For more information, visit thegrandwilmington.org.
Jim Brickman Comes to the Playhouse
On Sunday, Dec. 11, holiday classics will be performed by Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman at the Playhouse on Rodney Square in Wilmington. For his 20th annual Comfort and Joy Tour, Brickman will debut original songs along with the sounds and stories of the season. Joining him will be special guests Anne Cochran and Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen. The show, with tickets starting at $35, is from 2-7 p.m.
For more information, visit theplayhousede.org.
La Yegros Performs in Arden
Named “The Queen of Nu Cumbia,” Argentinian singer-songwriter Mariana Yegros—whose stage name is La Yegros—hails from the rural rain forests of northeast Argentina, bordering Brazil. Her spirited and eclectic musical point of view will be brought to Arden Gild Hall on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. New songs she’ll perform were born out of life on the road, from Hungary to Morocco to Washington, D.C. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for general admission.
For more information, visit ardenconcerts.com.
Rob Zinn Quartet’s CD Release Event
Wilmington’s RZQ—Rob Zinn Quartet—is celebrating a release event for their debut album, Yesterday Again, at Ubon Thai Cuisine on the Riverfront on Friday, Nov. 13.
The CD collection of nine original compositions and one cover song features several national recording artists along with the best jazz musicians in Delaware, says trumpet player, flugelhornist and band lead Rob Zinn.
“Yesterday Again takes the listener on a journey through jazz, blues, funk, Latin and pop, sometimes with a distinct electronic trumpet solo,” Zinn says.
In addition to musicians from Delaware—and some from California—the album features national recording artists Andrew Neu on sax, Gerald Veasley on bass, Lawrence Young on vocals and Rafael Padilla on percussion.
The inspiration for the band, comprising Tom Palmer, keyboards; Samuel Nobles, bass; Wes Morton, drums; Kevin Lyons, sax/vocals—started as a tribute to some of the greatest trumpet players to ever record jazz, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, Woody Shaw, Kenny Dorham, Rick Braun, Chris Botti and Clifford Brown.
Zinn has been playing trumpet since he was nine and professionally since 17. He has shared the stage with Average White Band, Tower of Power, The Spinners, The Guess Who and Kool and the Gang. When not playing with RZQ, he can be seen in the tri-state area with Special Delivery and Sinatra Tribute artist Sean Reilly.
No matter how far Zinn and crew may branch out, though he continues to emphasize the importance of his local roots.
“It’s very important for me to be known as an artist from Delaware,” he says. “I’ve spent most of my life here, and Delaware has a rich jazz history.”
For show times and more information, visit robzinn.com.
Broadway Christmas Wonderland
A holiday show at the Playhouse in Wilmington—Broadway Christmas Wonderland—features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.
From Nov. 25-27, let Santa and his merry helpers take you on a nostalgic Christmas journey. Songs include “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas,” “Chestnuts Roasting,” “Jingle Bells” and more.
For show times and ticket prices, visit duponttheatre.com.