Here are some fun events outside of Dover that you might want to consider diving into this weekend.
Blues virtuoso shakes up Jonathan's Landing
WHAT Bob Margolin in concert
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
WHERE Jonathan's Landing Golf Course, 1309 Ponderosa Drive, Magnolia
INFO jonathanslandinggolf.com or call 697-8204
Bob Margolin, who played guitar for blues icon Muddy Waters, will return to Jonathan's Landing Golf Course for an intense encore performance Friday night.
Margolin, a respected blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, actively tours worldwide as a bandleader or guest with both legendary and contemporary musicians. He's even had the honor of jamming with Muddy Waters' band from 1973-1980. Muddy is considered the father of modern Chicago blues.
In 2013, Margolin was nominated for The Blues Foundation's Blues Music Award for Traditional Male Blues Artist. He also won Blues Music Awards for guitar in 2008 and 2005.
Margolin last performed at Jonathan's Landing in July as part of Central Delaware Blues Society's ongoing concert series.
Jazzing up Christmas
WHAT Artie Shaw Orchestra presents "Swing Into The Holidays"
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
COST $50 adult; $45 senior and $40 children
INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-3583
The jazzy Artie Shaw Orchestra will "Swing Into The Holidays" at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on Saturday.
You'll revisit beloved holiday tunes such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells" and "The Christmas Story." But the really cool thing is the tunes will be steeped in a jazzy flavor.
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, the namesake of ASO, is regarded as one of jazz's greatest clarinetists. Shaw led one of the country's most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s.
Shaw has a number of accolades under his belt, including signing famed jazz singer-songwriter Billie Holiday as his band's vocalist in 1938. With that move, Shaw became the first white bandleader to hire a full-time black female to tour with.
In addition, Shaw was an early advocate of "third stream," a style which blends classical and jazz.
Shaw passed away in 2004.
When the ASO was looking for a clarinet player in 2009 to front the band, Matt Koza, who was already playing tenor saxophone with the orchestra, was promoted to fill the position. Koza has been ASO's bandleader ever since.
Saved by the bells
WHAT Capital Ringers Christmas concert
WHEN 7 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Grace Church, 350 McKee Road, Dover
COST Suggested donation of $10 per person or $25 per family
INFO Visit capitalringers.org or call 632-3106
Can you visualize a musical instrument so challenging that it requires more than a dozen musicians to play it?
If you can't imagine this, then it's a clear sign you need to experience the wonders of a Capital Ringers concert. The Ringers' next performance is at Grace Church on Sunday.
This Christmas show is full of family favorites and classics that will be performed on handbells, flute, horn and percussion. It'll certainly be an evening to share with your family and loved ones.
Before the show, you can also do some holiday shopping at 6:30 p.m. at the silent auction.