This weekend's menu for excitement includes scrumptious dishes of live music and a mouthwatering ballet production.

This weekend's menu for excitement includes scrumptious dishes of live music and a mouthwatering ballet production.


1. Mojo baby

Tonight Mojo Main will welcome a nice lineup for your listening pleasure with the bands Blag'ard, The Lift Up and Fair is the Warning.

Blag'ard has been refining its style of two-piece rock for the past five years and this has been injected into their new record, "Fresh Candy," produced by Brian Paulson (Polvo, Archers of Loaf, Beck and Soul Asylum).

The members of the duo, who call North Carolina home, have travelled up and down the East Coast enough times to arm themselves with a handful of good stories to share, some of which revolve around drummer Adam Brinson's occasional terror of bandmate Joe Taylor's driving abilities.

After Blag'ard's set, you can ask Brinson about the time Taylor darted between two busses closing together in New York City.

2. 6 for 1

Always striving to provide a platform for local musicians to share their original tunes, Gable Music Ventures has rounded up half a dozen up-and-coming acts to gig at the Chris White Gallery tonight.

Acts on the bill include the Joe Trainor Trio, Billy Penn Burger, Travel Songs, City, Maria Lopez Menadas and Chad Michael Jervis.

The most notable act of the six is Wilmington's Joe Trainor, a piano rock outfit that recently dropped its new album, "Twelve Stories". And you can best believe you'll likely hear cuts off the new project during their set.


3. 'The Sleeping Beauty'

Following their recent performance in the 2012 Wilmington Fringe Festival, First State Ballet Theatre will gracefully kickoff its 2012-2013 season with "The Sleeping Beauty" at The Grand on Saturday night.

The production will bring FSBT's vibrant company to The Grand's main stage in spectacular costumes from Russia with renowned composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music and spirited staging by the company's Kirov-trained artistic director Pasha Kambalov.

4. Whirled Peas

If you have an itch for rock and oldie tunes, the Whirled Peas' concert at the Kennett Flash on Saturday might do the trick.

The Whirled Peas are an acoustic group of musicians that come together on a regular basis to share their love of blues, bluegrass and folk music. The core of the group focuses on guitar, harmonica, banjo and more.

Singer-songwriter Paula Ryan will open the show.


5. New Age Brass

No stranger to pushing the envelope of standard chamber music, Pennsylvania's New Age Brass will perform its modern horn style at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts on Sunday.

Formed by five aspiring musicians from central Pennsylvania with a desire to breathe new life into modern brass. New Age Brass has had the pleasure of gigging for audiences around the world, energizing its listeners with their out-side-of-the-box music.

WHAT The Light Up, Fair is the Warning and Blag'ard in concert
WHEN 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
WHERE Mojo Main, 270 East Main St., Newark
INFO or 369-6656

WHAT 'The Six' showcase featuring Joe Trainor Trio, Billy Penn Burger, Travel Songs, City, Maria Lopez Menadas and Chad Michael Jervis
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
WHERE Chris White Gallery, 701 Shipley St., Wilmington

WHAT First State Ballet Theatre's 'Sleeping Beauty'
WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
WHERE The Grand, 818 North Market St., Wilmington
COST $28-$48

WHAT Whirled Peas and Paula Ryan in concert
WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $12 advance; $15 day of show
INFO or (484) 732-8295

WHAT New Age Brass in concert
WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison St., Wilmington
COST Free (donations accepted)
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