There's nothing like falling into the autumn season like a weekend of nifty concerts coupled with two events in Fringe Wilmington Festival 2012. Thus, here are five events for you to dive into this few weekends, beginning tonight.


1. A 'Richey' sound

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kim Richey will make a joyful noise at the Kennett Flash tonight. Richey will share the bill with singer-songwriter Billy Ben Burger.

With a voice that's arresting and honest, Richey makes you take notice of her skills.

The 15-year musical journey that has led Kim to her latest album (released in 2010), "Wreck Your Wheels," has been a dream run. Aside from her two Grammy nods, Richey's accolades also includes having released five critically-acclaimed albums and being listed in the Top 10 Albums of 1999 in Time Magazine (the United States edition) for her album "Glimmer".

Not to mention, her songs have been recorded by national acts Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison.

2. People under the stairs

Local keyboard-based band Spontaneous Underground will give Wilmington something to get excited about it during its gig tonight at the World Café Live at the Queen.

Deeply rooted in Philadelphia-jazz, Spontaneous Underground is a trio that draws equally from free improvisation, get-down '1970s funk and Chicago house music. The trio is known for their raw, high-energy performances that range from modern jazz standards to cosmic dance throw-downs.

Creative freedom is at the heart of this group and every show offers a unique and memorable party.


3. Loosen up!

For those of you in need of releasing a little bit of aggression this weekend, the Obits concert at Mojo Main on Saturday would cure your problem. (You must be 18 or older to attend the show.)

Led by former guitarist and vocalist Rick Froberg from '90s post-hardcore bands Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, the New York-based Obits are a rock outfit that delivers a garage-y and super-stomping vibe in a varied fashion.

Froberg sings as much as he howls and wails. The Obits' guitarists offer more of a crystalline sound than a crunchy and heavy one, which allows their melodies to shimmer and twang. And there's definitely a surf element in the Obits' tunes.

The Obits will share the bill with The Stiffs and Larhonda.

4. 'Lady Luck is a Whore'?

During the Fringe Wilmington Festival on Saturday, playwright Leanne Linsky will play a number of colorful characters in her sketch comedy, "Lady Luck is a Whore," which oddly includes an offbeat Native American YMCA spirit guide.

The event – which will be held on Lincoln Square Green, 2 East 4th St. – is a one-woman show and autobiographical of Linsky's experiences with marriage, friendships and spiritual beliefs. The solo piece follows her journey from Waukegan, Ill. to Las Vegas, Nev.

Doesn't every woman want to move to Vegas, sell guns and get married a couple of times? Linsky answers that question while taking on vibrant roles such as her father, her ex-husbands, the YMCA spirit guide and even God.


5. Back to the '60s

Singer-songwriter Lee Domann revisits the glory days of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, Calif. in his one-man show "Down to Monterey," as part of the Fringe Wilmington on Sunday. The show will be held at 4 West 5th St.

Set in 1966-67, "Down to Monterey" presents an autobiographical account that tells stories of Donmann's experiences in Haight-Ashbury during a time when American troops were fighting in the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement was blaring, and an influx of college teens, such as Domann, were congregating to Haigh-Ashbury to voice their opinions on the politics surrounding those times.

WHAT Kim Richey in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $20 advance; $23 door
INFO or (484) 732-8295

WHAT Spontaneous Underground in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28
WHERE World Café Live at the Queen, 500 North Market St., Wilmington
INFO or 994-1400

WHAT Obits, The Stiffs and Larhonda in concert
WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29
WHERE Mojo Main, 270 East Main St., Newark
COST $10
INFO or 369-Main

WHAT 'Lady Luck is a Whore' Wilmington Fringe Festival 2012 event
WHEN 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; 9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29
WHERE Lincoln Square Green, 2 East 4th St., Wilmington
COST $5; $25 for all-access pass to any Fringe Festival event
INFO or 757-3898

WHAT 'Down to Monterey' 2012 Wilmington Fringe Festival event
WHEN8:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29
WHERE 4 West 5th St., Wilmington
COST $5; $25 for all-access pass to any Fringe Festival event
INFO or 757-3898