Not-to-be-missed music news
WRITERS IN THE ROUND
Four local songwriters—John Bunts, Paul Donovan, Aaron Nathans and Laura Kuhne—will showcase their original music at Hagley Museum & Library in an interactive session that lets the audience in on the creative songwriting process. Writers in the Round will take place Thursday, March 28, at Hagley’s Soda House (298 Buck Rd., Wilmington). The show is produced by The Acoustic Jam, a music showcase provider, and modeled after Nashville’s Bluebird Café, which has earned international acclaim for its focus on songwriting. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and include a drink ticket. Visit Hagley.org.
WILMINGTON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Claymont will be the place to be for area bluegrass music lovers as the Wilmington Bluegrass Festival returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 630 Naamans Rd., on the weekend of April 12-14. Featured performers include Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Carolina Blue, Travers Chandler & Avery Country, Free Range, Flinthill Express, Rockdale Boys, River Bones and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. There will be two stages, a series of workshops and a gospel show on Sunday. For showtimes and ticket information, call 730-4065 or visit WilmingtonWintergrass.org.
WILMINGTON BAND RELEASES NEW EP
Hollow Pledge, a hard alternative/punk rock band located in Wilmington, will release their first EP, titled Intervention, on Sunday, March 10. The band consists of drummer Mike Preston, bass guitarist James Elliotte, lead guitarist Pat Daniels and rhythm guitarist/lead vocalist Julio Tirado. For more information, visit facebook.com/hollowpledgeofficial.
ST. PATRICK’S BASH AT KENNETT FLASH
Beyond The Pale will be celebrating 20 years of Celtic music with the annual St. Patrick’s Bash at the Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, on Saturday, March 16. Their passion for music is expressed through a powerful mix of traditional and original Celtic tunes and dynamic original songwriting. For more information, visit kennettflash.org.
AMY WHINEHOUSE TRIBUTE
Remember Jones will perform Back to Back to Black, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at the Queen. Back to Back to Black is a revival of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning album Back to Black and features Jones with a 12-piece band plus an opening set of super-soul originals from Jones. For more information, visit thequeenwilmington.com.
BREATH CONCERT TOUR
Desert Dwellers will perform at Arden’s Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m., with special guest Bunk Buddha, for their Breath album tour. Breath is the electronic duo’s newest album, set to be released in late April. Desert Dwellers consists of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who began their careers as independent music producers and DJs in the deserts of New Mexico and California. Bunk Buddha is an eclectic three-piece electronic band from Baltimore. For more information, visit ardenconcerts.com.
FIREFLY THURSDAY PRE-PARTIES
The Firefly 2019 Thursday Pre-Parties will take place at The Great Atlantic Campout in the Woodlands of Dover on June 20. The pre-party features artists such as Louis The Child, Gryffin (DJ Set), Saint Motel, Ripe, Emo Nite and more. Access to the North and South Camping Hubs will be limited to only those with GA, VIP or SVIP Weekend Admission Passes. Weekend Admission Pass holders who are staying at local hotels or driving in can access the Thursday Pre-Party programming at the South Hub. For more information, visit fireflyfestival.com.
STATE FAIR EXPANDS LINEUP
The Delaware State Fair recently announced four more performers for its 2019 Summer Concert Series.. The Grammy-winning duo Sugarland will perform Thursday, July 18. Other confirmed performers include Dan + Shay (Monday, July 22), Bethel Music (Tuesday, July 23), Darci Lynne (Wednesday, July 24) and Brantley Gilbert (Friday, July 26). In total, the series will feature 10 nights of musical entertainment in celebration of the fair’s 100th anniversary. The fair will be held at the fairgrounds in Harrington from July 18-27. For tickets or updates on more acts, visit delawarestatefair.com.