Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend
1. The annual Shady Grove Music Fest boasts a full day of music, food trucks and live art.
The musical lineup will be headlined by MEGA, boasting triple harmonized guitars, three and four-part vocal harmony, fearless improvisation and a retro songwriting style.
The band walks a tightrope from ‘60s California pop to ‘70s prog rock to modernity and back.
Festival proceeds will benefit the Gild Hall restoration fund.
Shady Grove launches outside at the Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden at 11 a.m., Saturday. COST $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; free for children under age 12. INFO ardenconcerts.com
2. Assemblage artist Milton Downing’s new exhibit, “Moral Assembly,” will certainly turn heads.
Downing collects pieces of discarded clothing and other found objects and turns them into into painted compositions that reveal an array of human experiences.
His work is a tribute to emotional and physical endurance, with works featuring dejected and harassed people on the fringe of society.
“Moral Assembly” is on display at the Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover until July 22. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday. COST Free. INFO biggsmuseum.org or 674-2111.
3. Double trouble is headed to Sussex County in the form of musical twin sisters Sarah and Claire Bowman.
The Bowmans —blending folk, Americana and classical music — perform tunes that are thoughtful and imaginative, while also showcasing vulnerability.
The twins will hit the stage at Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes at 7 p.m., Friday. COST $15. INFO uussd.org or 313-5838.