Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend.
1. From the sounds of ukulele punk to folk noir, four musical acts will share their talents in Smyrna.
The showcase, presented by Fairly Modest Records, features Tea Wiggs (melancholy uke-punk), Daniel. (acoustic emo), Dover resident Doyle Campagnini (folk noir) and Jeremy Bursich (noise folk). Dover native Bursich now lives in California.
The evening of music will be held at Acorn Books, 2421 S. Dupont Blvd., Dover at 7 p.m., Friday. COST $5 donation is suggested. INFO acornbookstore.com or 508-2222.
2. One of the last outdoor festivals to check out this year is the free Arts & Jazz Festival.
There you’ll be able to see artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists. You can also pull up a chair and groove to some very talented jazz artists — Joe Baione, Ryan Kerberle and Catharsis, and Melissa Aldana.
Dover resident Baione, a vibraphone player, will launch the musical entertainment at noon. He’s won several awards, including “Emerging Jazz Artist” in 2005 by Philadelphia Weekly.
Next is Ryan Keberle and Catharsis. The band is led by trombonist Keberle, who spent time recording and performing with Maria Schneider, Sufjan Stevens and David Bowie.
Closing out the stage will be acclaimed tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana.
The Arts & Jazz Festival is set for The Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville at 10 a.m., Saturday. COST Free. INFO freemanstage.org or 436-3015.
3. Comedian Josh Blue has a habit of making audiences blush red.
He exploded onto the scene as the winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Having already established himself as one of the most sought-after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on “Last Comic” in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially.
Blue starred in “Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue,” which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. He appeared in the comedy special “Josh Blue: Delete,” released in 2016.
The national comic will perform at The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington at 8 p.m., Friday. COST $24. INFO thegrandwilmington.org or (800) 37-GRAND.