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sinatraCelebrating Frank Sinatra
Area artist honors the legend’s would-be 100th birthday

One of the great entertainers of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra, would be 100 years old this year. To commemorate his life and music, Wilmington native Sean Reilly will perform at a centennial celebration at the baby grand on Sunday, Oct. 18. (Sinatra’s actual birthday is in December). Reilly, leader of the Sinatra Centennial Orchestra, will transport audiences back in time with his performance, supported by his seven-piece horn band.

Reilly is a Sinatra interpreter who performs up and down the East Coast. He says Sinatra’s style of music is something that’s always been inside him, starting from an early age when his mother would sing him to sleep in the late 1950s.

“I never heard ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ or ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider,’” says Reilly. “My mother never sang nursery rhymes. She sang the standards.”

So while his friends grew up singing the Beatles and classic rock, Reilly would hum along to tunes of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and other classic stylists.

“But it was Sinatra who had the best voice, the best message,” says Reilly. “Sinatra had that, whatever that is, and he had boatloads over all other singers who ever existed, ‘cause nothing could make you cry in your beer like a Sinatra torch song.”

Reilly will perform a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 7 p.m. He’ll do 19 or 20 songs, along with the the back stories to the tunes, which many people may not know about. The audience will be invited to sing along—and don’t be surprised when Reilly runs down aisles with the mic or lounges in a seat to serenade concert-goers.

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Lower Dens in Arden
Baltimore favorites visit the First State Oct. 2

On Friday, Oct. 2, Baltimore’s indie-dream pop Lower Dens is coming to Arden Gild Hall. The band was formed in 2010 by Jana Hunter, Geoff Graham, Abram Sanders and Will Adams.

The group has produced three albums, and their newest, Escape from Evil, has become the most celebrated.

Escape from Evil has been internationally praised, and is included in Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” roundup. The album is theatrical, cinematic and potent, and is considered by fans and critics to be a bold step forward.

Baltimore-based Abdu Ali will open the show with his unconventional genre categories, described by critics as Afro-futurism, punk, hip hop and post-apocalyptic.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

delaware irish festLuck—and Sound—of the Irish
Delaware Irish Fest brings area favorites to Wilmington

Area favorites Byrne and Kelly, The Young Dubliners, Mythica and Danny Burns will be featured at the third annual Delaware Irish Fest at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Driven by vocal harmonies, internationally-popular duo Byrne and Kelly combine genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh folk sound.

As their name suggests, The Young Dubliners is a band comprising several Dublin natives who blend traditional Irish music with rock ‘n’ roll to create a jam-friendly sound. For more than 15 years the group has toured, recorded and performed before growing audiences.

Newark-based Mythica is a four-piece Celtic folk rock band that plays Irish, Scottish and World music, combining the instrumentation of Loreena McKennitt, the excitement of the Cranberries, and the lyrical stylings of Paul Simon and Tori Amos. Featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitar, drums, bass and strong lead vocals, the band brings a youthful edge to traditional and original Celtic music.

Danny Burns, who hails from Donegal, Ireland, has a new EP, Human Heart, in the works. Burns has worked with Grammy-nominated record producer Warren Huart to create his debut album, Off the Grid.

Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $28.

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