Tuned In – September 2014

Not-to-be missed music news

Strand of Oaks Rock Project
Timothy Showalter brings new album to Arden on Sept. 18

The solo rock project Strand of Oaks, created by producer and songwriter Timothy Showalter, is coming to Arden Gild Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18, along with folk artist Christopher Denny.

Showalter will share music from his recently released album HEAL, taking listeners back to his teenage years and his childhood home in Goshen, Ind. Deeply personal, the album is a symbol of the healing processes in his life.

This XPN Welcomes show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

For details, go to www.ardenconcerts.com.

Sun Brother Rises
Solo Wilmington artist releases second album

Billy Toulson is Sun Brother, currently a solo electronic indie rock artist. Toulson, from Wilmington, is influenced by indie rock icons Vampire Weekend, Portugal. the Man, and The Killers. He released his second album, Sitting. Standing., this past summer. Toulson says the album is catchy and fresh, and “has a little something for everyone.”

Watch for upcoming shows and find Sun Brother’s music here: www.sunbrother.bandcamp.com.

This or the Apocalypse
Pennsylvania band brings big sound to Delaware

The Northern Delaware-based collective of live music promoters and producers, Our Velocity Productions, brings melodic hardcore This or the Apocalypse to Accent Music on Kirkwood Highway on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Guests PlanetRAWK, Eye 4 An Eye, Supreme Ritual, Triumph, and Today’s Tomorrow will join This or the Apocalypse, which is based in Lancaster, Pa.

The show starts at 6 p.m. and the all-ages tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Get your tickets here: www.ampedandalive.com.

Bright Sounds of Maggie Gabbard
Pop artist to release CD this month

Born in Lexington, Ky., now-Delawarean Maggie Gabbard started singing at a young age, and her pop-soulful melodies and lyrics tell a story of endurance and optimism. She released a CD, Luminosity, on Thursday, Aug. 14, at The Queen.

For more details, visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com

Come Together
For an evening of Beatles music

Joe Trainor and City Theater Company will present COME TOGETHER, a concert featuring music from The Beatles, on Friday, Oct. 3.

City Theater Company turns 21 with a little help from its friends at this 2014-2015 season kick-off at The Queen.

Long-time Wilmington-based rocker Trainor will produce and direct the event, featuring musicians and actors from throughout the company’s history. The show mixes number one hits like “She Loves You” and “A Hard Day’s Night” with fan favorites like “Norwegian Wood” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” Trainor’s goal is to recreate the sound of the classic recordings live on stage.

Fourteen singers, backed by a six-piece rock band, a nine-piece horn section, and a string quartet, will perform. Besides Trainor, performers will include Tonya Baynes, Jim Burns, Matt Casarino, Petra Deluca, Josh Dowiak, Jessica Eaves, Dylan Geringer, Jake Hager, Lew Indellini, Righteous Jolly, Jill Knapp, Kerry Kristine McElrone, Paul McElwee, Dana Michael, Kanako Neale, Julie Regan, Kevin Regan, Frank Schierloh, Brendan Sheehan and Adam Wahlberg.

Tickets are $20 (general admission standing room only). The $40 VIP tickets include balcony seating and CTC swag. Proceeds will benefit City Theater Company.
For more information, visit www.queen.worldcafelive.com.

Jam On the Brandywine
Fundraiser to benefit Brandywine watershed is Sept. 20

In 2006, area musician Rob Grant created Jam On The Brandywine, a charitable event to benefit the Brandywine Valley Association. The BVA, founded in 1945, is the oldest watershed conservation organization in the country, focused on enhancing the Brandywine Creek watershed and promoting environmental education for kids.

For the past seven years, Grant, aided by Chip Porter of the band Montana Wildaxe and other friends, has gathered together local artists for the event, held at BVA headquarters in West Chester, Pa.

The 2014 Jam, set for noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, features Cameltones, Gnasty Girls, Special Delivery, Spokey Speaky, Double Dose, Apache Trails, Brad Newsom & Friends, and Endeavor to Persevere.

“The best thing about Jam On is spending the day with a great bunch of musicians who have become good friends over the years,” says Grant. “It’s also a blast to see more than a thousand people here, dancing and having fun. It’s a fun, low-key day.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. Kids under 12 get in free. Gates open at 11 a.m. and this is a BYOB event.

For more, visit www.brandywinewatershed.org.