Here are some fun events outside of Dover that you might want to consider diving into this weekend.
Last Bison returns to First State
WHAT The Last Bison
WHEN 8 p.m., Friday
WHERE Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO Visit thegrandwilmington.org or call (800)-37-GRAND
It's not every day you see a band perform with goat toenails and a 75-year-old chaplain pump organ.
That's because The Last Bison isn't quite your usual outfit.
Last Bison is a seven-piece ensemble, based in Chesapeake, Va., that offers a unique blend of folk that's eloquently steeped in classical influences. Band members have described their sound as "mountain-top chamber."
The up-and-comers have drawn comparisons to indie rock superstars such as Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes. While the comparisons are generous, the truth is that Last Bison is really its own entity. And this is really a testament to the guys and gals in the band since they're successfully carving out their own musical path.
Having performed at the 2013 Firefly Music Festival in Dover last summer, Last Bison will return to the First State tonight with a concert at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington.
The Ballroom Thieves, a folk band based in Boston, Mass., will open the show.
Delaware Dance Alliance presents the 'Jazz Nutcracker'
WHAT 'Jazz Nutcracker' presented by Delaware Dance Alliance
WHEN 6:30 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave., Milford
INFO Visit dedancealliance.com or call 422-2633
Imagine Clara living in the 1960s and dancing the night away to a jazzy version of tunes from "The Nutcracker" as she treks to a cabaret in a new polka dot dress.
This adventure is Duke Ellington's "Jazz Nutcracker," which the Delaware Dance Alliance will present as a dinner show at the Milford Senior Center on Saturday.
The first part of the evening will begin with live music by The Smooth Sound Band as patrons enjoy their Italian-themed dinner. The second half of the evening will feature DDA's production of the "Jazz Nutcracker" while guests have dessert.
The "Jazz Nutcracker" is a 30-minute show set in the 1960s in New Orleans, and it offers a more realistic take on the traditional "Nutcracker." So you won't find any mice or toy soldiers in this show. There are no battles to be fought or women to be saved. There is, however, a prince; he's in the guise of handsome sailor. There are also a slew of characters Clara meets, from tipsy waiters to an Arabian dancer.
The "Jazz Nutcracker" is a unique experience that no other ballet company in the state offers except for DDA, which is reason enough why you should check out the ballet if you haven't already.
'Family' affair in Philly
WHAT Kopecky Family Band and Cheers Elephant in concert
WHEN 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Theatre of Living Arts, 334 S. St., Philadelphia, Pa.
INFO Visit tlaphilly.com or call (215) 922-2599
The Kopecky Family Band and its army of instruments will conquer the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday.
Cheers Elephant, a psychedelic-pop quartet from Philly, will open the show.
Kopecky Family Band paints canvases with broad brushstrokes that range from tambourines, guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string arrangements and mighty horns. These six bandmates – who liken themselves to siblings, although they're not blood related – swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous and energetic environment onstage.
Known for their singles "Heartbeat" and "Are You Listening," the Tennessee-based band has come a long since being founded in 2007.
In addition to past tours with The Lumineers, Gogol Bordello, Devotchka, Gomez, and Givers, among others, Kopecky Family Band has performed at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and SXSW, as well as the 2013 Firefly Music Festival.
The band has also had several song placements in TV shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "Parenthood," and "The Vampire Diaries."