Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.
Roots-rock in Rehoboth
WHAT Adam Ezra Group in concert
WHEN 10 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Dogfish Head, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach
INFO Visit dogfish.com or call (302) 226-2739
The Adam Ezra Group is more than a roots-rock band. It's a force to be reckoned with.
The group's live, sweaty performances have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which is why it attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010. Led by frontman Adam Ezra, the band immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became "Ragtop Angel."
Not just focused on selling music, Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into his music.
Catch The Adam Ezra Group at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday.
Night of elegant music
WHAT Serafin String Quartet in concert
WHEN 7:30 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Trinity Episcopal Parish, 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington
INFO Visit trinity.episcopaldelaware.org or call 652-8605
The Serafin String Quartet will bless audiences with a free concert at Trinity Episcopal Parish in Wilmington on Saturday.
The Quartet's world premiere recording of early chamber works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon was released in July 2013.
Serafin debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently received praise in the press and ovations in concert halls.
The Quartet takes its name from master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin currently played by co-founding member Kate Ransom. The other members play lovely Testore instruments from the same era.
New, eclectic art exhibit
WHAT "Geometry and Patterns" exhibit
WHEN 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday
WHERE Gallery 37, 8 S. Walnut St., Milford
INFO Visit Gallery 37 on Facebook or call (302) 265-2318
One of Milford's best-kept secrets is Gallery 37, an intimate gallery space bursting with fine and contemporary art that's certainly worth checking out this weekend.
The Small Works Gallery in Gallery 37 features a new exhibit titled "Geometry and Patterns," showcasing an eclectic brand of collage work from three creative artists.
Whether it's a hand-printed monotype collage piece, a loose spontaneous gestural composition with acrylics, or precise wood veneer work, each artist highly embellishes their work with pattern-making and geometric shapes in this series.
The new exhibit features more than a dozen works from veneer craftsman Robert Bruce Weston, monotype artist Carol Gill Staub, and multimedia/assemblage artist Linda Batchelor.
Some of the most unique work in the exhibit comes from Weston. A retired cabinet maker of 35 years, Weston creates collages with exotic hardwoods from across the world that he layers on top of medium-density fiberboards. Some of the exotic woods used in the exhibit include zebrano (from Africa), Carpathian elm burl (Russia) and sapele (Africa). To convey depth and different colors in his work, Weston achieves this by using multiples types of woods in each piece as each wood is unique and has a different texture, shade and pattern.
But there's way more to Geometry and Patterns than Weston's work, which is why you need to check out the exhibit, and the other cool works in Gallery 37.