Not-to-be-missed music news
Letterman Horns at Rock HOF Fundraiser
David Letterman’s Horn Section is coming to The Grand on Sunday, May 5, from 2-5 p.m. for the Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fundraiser. The Horn Section is made up of Tom “Bones” Malone, who plays the trombone and is a member of the Blues Brothers Band; trumpeter Frank Green, who toured with Maynard Ferguson, and Aaron Hieck, saxophone player and more, who has worked with Frank Sinatra, Cindy Lauper and The Manhattan Transfer. These artists will be accompanied by local band Club Phred. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by searching the event on thegrandwilmington.org.
Students Join International Performers
Local students will take the stage with international performers at The Queen on Wednesday, May 8, for the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education fundraiser “Spotlight: An Evening of the Arts for DiAE.” The event features percussionist Massamba Diop, most famous for his work in the movie Black Panther. Also appearing is Tony Vacca, an American percussionist who spreads positive messages about culture with music and spoken word, and acclaimed dancer Abdou Sarr, of Senegal, West Africa. Students from Warner Elementary and Stubbs Elementary will join these artists on stage. The evening begins with a VIP pre-party at 5:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 7 p.m. The VIP cost is $50, or $35 for educators. General admission is $15. Tickets and more information can be found on diae.org/events.
Kategory 5 Performs At Candlelight
Kategory 5, winner of the 102.9 WMGK House Band Competition in 2016, will perform at the Candlelight Theatre in Arden on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. The band performs classic rock, blues, R&B and pop music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by going to the calendar page on candlelighttheatredelaware.com.
Music Fundrasier at the Farm
Xtianstock 2019, a concert for all ages, will take place Saturday, May 11, from 3-10 p.m. at The Farm (301 Stanton Rd., Wilmington). Five bands will perform, with Earl Anem headlining. This outdoor event is a fundraiser for the Christian Salcedo Music Scholarship through the Light Up the Queen Foundation. The scholarship provides financial aid and music lessons for students seeking a career in music. Tickets are only $10. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, drinks, and chairs. For more information, go to lightupthequeen.org/events.
Richard Raw’s new album, Proletariat 2, is being released Saturday, May 25, and the Christiana Cultural Arts Center will host a release concert featuring several performers. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. “The Proletariat represents the working class, laborers, commoners and everyday people who are trying to survive in a hyper-capitalistic society,” says Raw. The artist, who lectures at schools and colleges, also has a nonprofit, Beyond Those Bars, an after-school program. The concert is an all-ages event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 18 and under, which can be purchased at the door.
Suitcase Junket at Arden Gild Hall
Matt Lorenz, an old-school one-man band who uses a beat up guitar and found objects as percussion and performs as Suitcase Junket, will appear at Arden Gild Hall on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. He was a featured guest on the World Café on WXPN and his new album, Mad Dog, Trampoline, was released in April. For tickets, visit thesuitcasejunket.com.
Old Brandywine Village Sunday Summer Concert Series
Old Brandywine Village Sunday Summer Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, May 5th from 5- 7 pm with the First State Symphonic Band, who have opened this concert series since 2013! The concert takes place on the back patio of the Hercules Building at 1313 N. Market Street overlooking H. Fletcher Brown Park. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Dogs, food and drink welcome.
Gable Music Celebrates 8 Years
To celebrate the eight years it has been in business, Gable Music Ventures will host a concert at The Queen on Friday, May 17. Joe Keyes “The Late Bloomer” & The Late Bloomers will headline the event, just as they did for Gable’s first ever event in 2011. Other performers set to appear: Nalani & Sarina, TreeWalker, Lauren & the Homewreckers and Jacopo de Nicola. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert is from 7-11 p.m.
Summer Heat and Music Beats
Dew Point Brewing has announced a summer music series that will keep the Yorklyn community jumping throughout the hot days from June to September. It all starts on Sunday, June 2, with Yorklyn Day 2019, a fun event for the whole family. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be live music, antique automobiles and train rides, kids’ crafts and activities, food trucks and an artisan market. On Saturday, June 22, Dew Point will present Valley Ride Music Festival, where a collection of local bands will play from noon-11p.m. at Dew Point Brewing (2878 Creek Rd., Yorklyn). Beer will be served to guests 21 and older, and there will be local art vendors and food trucks. For more information and other events, visit Dew Point Brewing events page on Facebook.
Music Jam for a Cause
Great music and awesome vibes are in store on Saturday. May 18, at SqueezeBox Records, 1901 W. 11th St. From 12-5 p.m., come out and enjoy five bands who will be performing on a stage set up in the street. There will be food trucks and art vendors as well, and the event is free. Proceeds benefit Vinyl Aid, which collects food for the local Food Bank.