Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend
1. Southern Avenue is many things. One is a melding of five young, but seasoned musicians from diverse musical and personal backgrounds.
Southern Avenue is also a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits to Soulsville, Tenn. And Memphis is home to the band.
The group is comprised of church-bred sisters, one of whom is a soulful singer and the other a powerful drummer. The guitarist is an Israeli-born blues disciple. The bassist is a versatile jazz-inspired bass player and the keyboardist is a graduate of the legendary Stax Music Academy.
The Memphis quintet will share their Southern flavor at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington at 9 p.m., Saturday. COST $15. INFO thequeenwilmington.com or (202) 730-3331.
2. One of the most accessible classical shows in the state is Dover Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert.
DSO, under the direction of Don Buxton, will be “Ringing in the Holiday Season” by featuring a wide array of seasonal music.
A special feature of this concert will be the performance of “Twas the Night before Christmas,” narrated by “Miss Jackie” McCabe.
Additionally, displays of the work of a number of central Delaware artists and artisans will open at 1:30 p.m., which will be an option for patrons to begin their holiday shopping early.
“Ringing in the Holiday Season” launches at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover at 3 p.m., Sunday. COST $20 adults; $15 seniors/students/military; free for ages under 18. INFO doversymphony.org or 270-1903.
3. Handbell ensemble the Capital Ringers has some “Holiday Classics” in store for audiences.
The Capital Ringers is special because they own the largest set of handbells and handchimes in the Delmarva Peninsula.
The ensemble performs on six octaves (73 bells) of handbells, five octaves (61 bells) of Whitechapel handbells (made in London, England) and five-and-a-half octaves (67 chimes) of handchimes.
“Holiday Classics” will be performed at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. Fourth St., Lewes at 4 p.m., Saturday. COST $15 per person; free for ages 18 and under INFO capitalringers.org or 632-1043.