Not-to-be-missed music news
LIKE A ROLLING STONE
Local musicians are teaming to present an evening of Rolling Stones music to benefit The Grand’s family programs. On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Brandywine Valley Musicians Guild will team with The Grand to present Exile on Market Street. BVMG comprises more than 30 area musicians who regularly donate organizational and performance time to local causes. BVMG’s first fundraiser for The Grand brought in more than $10,000. Exile on Market Street will take place at the baby grand (818 Market St.). Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. Tickets are $50 and include complimentary specialty cocktails. For tickets, visit TheGrandWilmington.org.
FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2020 DATES
Firefly Music Festival, the East Coast’s largest music and camping festival, is celebrating its return to four days of music and camping in The Woodlands (Dover) on June 18-21, 2020. The multi-genre festival will be celebrating its ninth edition in 2020. Past performers have included Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Artic Monkeys, The Killers and more. This year’s lineup will be announced at a later date. For event details and ticket plans, visit FireflyFestival.com.
LOCAL ACTS SHOWCASED AT BREW FESTIVAL
Six local acts will be featured at Local Brews and Local Grooves set for Saturday, Nov. 9, at The Queen (500 N. Market St.). The beer and music festival begins at 1 p.m. for VIP admittance and 2 p.m. for general admission. Featured acts include The Susquehanna Floods, Stone Shakers, Cadillac Riot, TreeWalker, Region and Homestead Collective. Visit TheQueenWilmington.com.
INXS TRIBUTE AT THE BABY GRAND
The Rock Orchestra, a tribute group consisting of well-known area musicians, will present An Evening of INXS on Saturday, Nov. 9 (8 p.m.), at the baby grand (818 Market St.). TRO will tackle two of this iconic 1980s band’s most memorable albums: Listen Like Thieves and Kick. Formed by Joe Trainor and Matt Urban, The Rock Orchestra performs live recreations of studio records by classic artists. Previous tribute performances have included Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Queen and Genesis. Tickets are $28. Visit TheGrandWilmington.org.
PRE-HOLIDAY TREATS AT KENNETT FLASH
Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar are making rare duo appearances in 2019 and have included a stop at Kennett Flash (Downtown Kennett Square, Pa.) on Fri., Nov. 9. The Louisiana slide guitar wizard will deliver his bottle-neck style slide chops while Austin-native Cashdollar will showcase the talent that earned her a spot in the Texas Music Hall of Fame. The following week, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys play the Flash on Thur., Nov. 14. The band brings a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances and guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry. On Sat, Nov. 16, folk singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche visits the Flash. Roche is the daughter of Suzzy Roche (The Roches) and Grammy-winner Loudon Wainwright III. An accomplished musician in her own right, she recently won the 2019 Independent Music Award for Best Album in the folk/singer-songwriter category for her critically acclaimed Little Beast. All shows are at 8pm. For tickets, visit KennettFlash.org.
KEVIN COPE PERFORMS AT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
Recipient of the Division of the Arts 2019 Emerging Professional Award, Kevin Cope will perform on Sunday, Nov. 10 (1 p.m.), at the Delaware Art Museum (2301 Kentmere Parkway). Cope is a graduate of the University of Delaware with Master’s degrees in music composition and guitar performance. He will be performing original works, incorporating a variety of influences including serial techniques, free atonal, Latin dance, Arabian scales, and metal. Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Visit DelArt.org.
ANNUAL CONCERT AT ST. JOSEPH ON THE BRANDYWINE
The Music Ministry of St. Joseph on the Brandywine (10 Old Church Rd., Greenville) will present A Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. The concert features Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The First Nowell” with soloists Madeline Ley, soprano, Brian Gilmore, baritone, choir, chamber ensemble and organ. Traditional Christmas carols with audience participation will follow. All are welcome.