Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend

1. Mary Fahl, former lead singer of October Project, gets intimately personal on her latest album, “Love & Gravity.”

It’s a meditative record about finding love later in life, while maintaining a sense of optimism amid the chaos surrounding us.

Known for her distinctive, soaring vocals and her career with the cult ‘90s group October Project - she’s grown an impressive fan base as a solo artist.

You’ll have an opportunity to see Fahl with her band in an intimate listening room at the Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden at 8 p.m., Saturday. COST $25 members; $30 general; $40 VIP. INFO ardenconcerts.com or 475-3126.

2. The Legendary Shack Shakers’ roadshow is more raw than uncooked beef.

The band has built a reputation with their brand of Southern Gothic and swampy hillbilly blues that’s lyrical, dangerous and fun, all at once.

Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are simply a Southern four-man wrecking crew.

On stage, JD has been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop, David Byrne and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Although not necessarily “legendary” upon being formed in ’95, the band has grown into their reputation the last several years.

This is due to their heavy tour schedule, seven critically acclaimed studio albums and songs that have been featured on TV shows such as HBO’s “True Blood” and “Swamp Loggers.”

The Shack Shakers will rattle the First State at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach at 10 p.m., Friday. COST Free. INFO dogfish.com or 226-BREW.

3. Kristen and the Noise know how to rock audiences whether in corporate America, clubs or in a wedding. This time they’ll show out in a historic theater.

The Philadelphia-based band is comprised of a group of musicians who’ve developed into world-class players.

The gang performs an array of tunes, from Top 40 pop, R&B, oldies, rock, hip-hop and more.

Kristen and the Noise will whip the crowd into a frenzy at the Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna at 8:30 p.m., Friday. COST $20. INFO smyrnaoperahouse.org or 653-4236.