Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.
3 acts, 1 bill
WHAT McKinley Short, Joe Trainor and Beth Goldwater in concert
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
WHERE Arden Buzz Ware Village Center, 2119 The Highway, Arden
INFO gablemusicventures.com or 475-3516
Tonight you'll get a lot of mileage out of $10 at McKinley Short's EP-release party, featuring guest singer-songwriters Joe Trainor and Beth Goldwater at the Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden.
Short, of Wilmington, is a rising artist who has come a ways since playing her first open mic in 2011. She's since gigged at the World Cafe Live at the Queen's Stagemakers Showcase in Wilmington and numerous benefit concerts.
Short draws her sweet sound from a number of influences including Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Coldplay and John Mayer.
Fellow singer-songwriter Trainor isn't, too, shabby either. He's a Wilmington favorite known for his keen ability to work the keys like it's nobody's business. He's also the frontman in his namesake band and the outfit released its latest album, "Twelve Stories," in late 2012.
Meanwhile, Goldwater hails from Pennsylvania and her song "The Ravine" has also been chosen for the soundtrack of upcoming indie horror flick "Slew Hampshire." Goldwater is currently considering recording her next album entirely in French.
Jenny & Tyler bless University of Delaware with free show
WHAT Jenny & Tyler in concert
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
WHERE University of Delaware Roselle Center, 110 Orchard Road, Newark
With a few viral videos under their belt, Jenny & Tyler return to their old stomping grounds at the University of the Delaware for a free concert tonight.
Formed a few years ago after meeting as students at UD, the acoustic folk-pop duo's performances present a balance of intimacy and intensity. Jenny & Tyler, now based in Nashville, Tenn., share their songs, stories and lives with a candor that captivates, inspires and transcends age and cultural divides.
Acoustic guitar, mandolin and the kick-drum of an old suitcase drive catchy melodies to support thoughtful lyrics as the duo chronicles lives marked daily by love, joy, loss, doubt and redemption. Their blend of driving, percussive folk-pop reminds of Mumford & Sons and at times echoes popular male-female duos like She & Him and fellow Nashville darlings The Civil Wars.
Jen & Jenny dropped their latest project, "Open Your Doors," in 2012.
Night of graceful tunes
WHAT Pyxis Piano Quartet in concert
WHEN 3 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South Street, Smyrna
INFO smyrnaoperahouse.org or call (302) 653-4236
The Pyxis Piano Quartet will debut at the historic Smyrna Opera House on Sunday.
In their debut, the quartet will present "Master Classical Composers From Across the Globe." The program will open with American master craftsman Walter Piston and his thoughtful and rollicking marriage of viola and cello.
Pyxis Piano Quartet, with members based in features Meredith Amado (violin), Amy Leonard (viola), Jie Jin (cello) and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano). The Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music concerts, including works from the sonata, duo and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet.
Now beginning its fourth season in a residency program with the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Pyxis performs regularly to sold-out crowds.