Not-to-be missed music news

Ukrainian Quartet Stops in Arden
DakhaBrakha brings international sounds

DakhaBrakha, a quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, that creates international sounds rooted in Ukrainian culture, will perform on Friday, Nov. 14, at Arden Gild Hall as part of its U.S.-Canada tour.

The “ethno-chaos” artists meld Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation. The band name means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language.
The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door.

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Get Fringe Fest Preview Nov. 19
World Cafe to host free event

This year’s Fringe Wilmington Festival, from Nov. 19-23, features dozens of outrageous performances at downtown Wilmington locations. Event-goers can get a free preview of those performances at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. In addition to the two-to-three-minute previews, there will be a performance by The Sermon!, West Chester’s old school funk-jazz band.

The Fringe Wilmington Festival is Delaware’s celebration of unconventional and experimental performance, visual, and cinematic arts. It includes naked clowns, dueling magicians, hardboiled detectives, down-and-out puppets, bawdy cabaret performers, cutting-edge dancers and more.

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Chaz DePaolo Coming to Home Grown
Blues Hall of Famer to perform Nov. 14

On Friday, Nov. 14, Chaz DePaolo, a New York State Blues Hall of Fame musician, will bring his smooth sounds from the Big Apple to Home Grown Café in Newark.

DePaolo’s set begins at 10 p.m.

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The Grand Welcomes Mavis Staples
The revered gospel-pop artist appears Nov. 5

Mavis Staples, an American music mainstay, will perform at the Grand in Wilmington on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Staples’ style, with her raspy vocals, has transformed from the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s to pop in the 1970s. After a series of chart hits, she continues to evolve and surprise listeners as a compelling vocal artist.

Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

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Hip Hop for Hunger
Fundraiser for Food Bank is on Nov. 14

Our Velocity Productions and Exponent Entertainment will present Hip Hop for Hunger, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Delaware, on Friday, Nov. 14, at Wilmington arcade bar, 1984.

Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Food Bank. Bands playing are Milton, Rich Quick, Reese, Teck Skillz, Overall Genyus, Nikkle Nines, and more. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets, sold at the door only, are $8 with food donation and $10 without. This is a 21-and-older event.

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Mélomanie Releases CD
Delaware chamber ensemble also headed to Rio

Mélomanie, a five-piece Delaware-based chamber ensemble known for pairings of early and contemporary works, recently released its newest CD, Excursions.

Members also are taking an excursion this month, with a performance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they will perform at the international four-day festival, Compositores de Hoje (Composers of Today), from Nov. 20 to 23.

The CD is available for download at or at your favorite online music outlet.

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Out & About Staff
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