Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend
1. Tinsley Ellis concerts are magical, because he’s a rock wizard with a Southern-blues flair.
Ellis, whose “Tough Love” won the 2015 Blues Blast Award for Blues/Rock Album of the Year, has dropped a new album this month named “Winning Hand.”
Over the span of his career, Ellis has shared stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, The Allman Brothers and more.
The Skyla Burrell Band will open at the Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden at 8 p.m., Friday. COST $25 general; $20 members. INFO ardenconcerts.com or 475-3126.
2. A mix of Latin American, classical and romantic pieces are blended into Dali Quartet’s repertoire.
The quartet’s energy is poured into everything they do, generating critical and audience acclaim for their classical roots and Latin soul. The four-piece’s engaging style reaches across the footlights for an experience which compels the audience to dance.
Dali Quartet will get listeners out of their seats at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. 4th St., Lewes at 2 p.m., Saturday. COST $35. INFO coastalconcerts.org or (888) 212-6458.
3. One of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, maritime and American traditional events on the East Coast is Charlie Zahm.
Bearing a baritone voice, some have described Zahm as a once-in-a-generation artist. He weaves enchanting moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for performance and a chosen repertoire that’s pleasing to all members of the family.
A beast on the guitar as well, Zahm brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings, along with dashes of humor.
The evening’s concert, presented by the Delaware Friends of Folk, will be opened by the Dover duo Steffi and Tim.
Zahm, Steffi and Tim will gig at Wesley College Chapel, 120 N. State St., Dover at 7:30 p.m., Saturday. COST $7 members; $10 non-members; half-priced for ages 12 or younger. INFO delfolk.org or 827-FOLK.