BEST BETS: The Struts, Wyclef Jean highlight off-track action in Dover

The English rock band The Struts will perform a free concert before Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway. (Submitted photo by Catie Laffoon)

There will be plenty of activity around Dover International Speedway this NASCAR weekend to keep even the non-race fan occupied.

The fun will be highlighted by a free concert Sunday at 11:30 a.m. by the English rock band The Struts on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza.

Made up of lead vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies, the band formed in Derby, England, in 2012.

They have opened for acts such as The Rolling Stones, Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses.

The Struts’ debut studio album, “Everybody Wants,” was released in 2016. The album includes the single “Could Have Been Me,” which reached No. 1 on Spotify’s viral chart, the top 5 on Modern Rock radio charts and has earned more than 2.5 million Vevo/YouTube views.

Since the album’s release, The Struts have relocated to Los Angeles and have appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Yahoo Music has called The Struts “one of the most exciting and electric performers in rock today.”

They are opening for the Foo Fighters on the first leg of their fall arena tour and will be the third band to perform at both Dover International Speedway and the Firefly Music Festival, which Dover hosts each June, joining X Ambassadors and Young Rising Sons.

The concert comes right before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 at 2 p.m.

This year’s race grand marshal is three-time Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean.

Wyclef Jean will be the grand marshal for Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway. (Submitted photo)

Mr. Jean, a musician, producer and actor, will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the first elimination race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention following 400 laps around the Monster Mile.

Mr. Jean, a native of Haiti, first hit the mainstream with The Fugees after the release of their album “The Score,” which has been certified platinum six times. He then went on to a prolific solo career, selling over 100 million records worldwide. He has also performed and created songs such as “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston and Carlos Santana’s “Maria, Maria.”

His latest studio album, “Carnival III: Fall and Rise of a Refugee,” his first in eight years, was released on Sept. 15. The album was recently named one of the “25 Most Anticipated Albums” of the fall by Billboard.

Sunday will also see 10 a.m. appearances by driver Austin Dillon and owner Richard Childress on the AAA Stage; driver Matt DiBenedetto at the Ford Fanatics trailer; and driver Ross Chastain at the Office of Highway Safety display in the FanZone.

There will also be a fan tweetup featuring driver Landon Cassill at 10:30 a.m.; a 10:45 a.m. appearance by driver Matt Kenseth at the DeWalt Tough display near the FanZone and a question-and-answer session with driver Kyle Larson on the AAA Stage at 11 a.m.

Today will see a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East autograph session at the Delaware Office of Highway Safety display in the FanZone at 2:45 p.m. before the 5 p.m. start of the K&N race.

At 6 p.m. drivers Daniel Suarez and Matt Tifft will be at the at Dover XFINITY Store at 1580 N Dupont Highway in Dover.

Saturday’s schedule slates a 9 a.m. appearance by Mr. Chastain at the Office of Highway Safety display in the FanZone.

Drivers Brendan Gaughan and Daniel Hemric will appear at the Xfinity Zone stage at 9:40 a.m.

At 10 a.m. a NASCAR Xfinity Series autograph session will take place at the Delaware Office of Highway Safety booth in the FanZone. Confirmed drivers include Mr. Gaughan, Brandon Jones, Brandon Brown and Mr. Hemric.

Singer Tom Dixon will take the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza at 10 a.m. with The James Handy Band opening.

Mr. Dixon, a country singer, has opened for acts such as Eric Church, Alan Jackson, and Sugarland.

At 2:45 p.m., the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race commences.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, expect to see fireworks in the RV lots followed by the Monster Mile Movie Night, featuring the film “Big Hero 6.”

For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

Robin returns

Sunday, musician Janet Robin will play a concert at the Wyoming Ice House at 7 p.m. She played the venue on the same date last year as well.

Ms. Robin is a former featured touring member of the Lindsey Buckingham Band, Meredith Brooks Band and Air Supply. Her abilities as a guitarist have garnered the admiration of many in the music industry including Guitar World Magazine, where she was just named one of the “Top 10 Female Guitar Players.”

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Janet Robin performs at the Wyoming Ice House Sunday. (Submitted photo)

She has been touring the Northeast recently and will make the trip from New York to make this show, which starts at 5 p.m.

There will be a food truck on site prior to the show. The BYOB concert has a suggested donation of $20.

The Ice House is at 200 Southern Blvd., Wyoming. It is the site of the Brady Cold Storage facility right on the railroad tracks.

‘Sinatra 2 Soul’

In other concert news, the Smyrna Opera House welcomes singer Bryan Clark with his show “Sinatra 2 Soul.”

Mr. Clark’s one-man show is a vocal tribute to legendary performers throughout the years.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show, which is a fundraiser for the Smyrna Opera House, are $20. They may be purchased by visiting SmyrnaOperaHouse.org, calling 653-4236 or stopping by the box office at 7 W. South St., Smyrna.

Byrd and the B’s

Also tonight, Byrd and the B’s is the creative theme of the Kent Chamber Choir’s fall concert this year, highlighting selections by William Byrd, Samuel Barber, J.S. Bach, and more B-named composers.

Held at the Presbyterian Church of Dover at 7 p.m., the concert is open to the public at $10 general admission and free to children 12 and under.

The Kent Chamber Choir was recently honored as one of only 16 organizations in Delaware to receive funding from the Kent County Fund for the Arts, which has allowed the ensemble to expand its repertoire and present collaborative concerts with accomplished musicians from the area.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for general admission through www.kentchamberchoir.org.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The division promotes Delaware arts events at www.DelawareScene.com.

Boast The Coast Saturday

The Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd annual Boast the Coast event takes place on Saturday with some new activities associated with a full day of events hosted by numerous Lewes organizations.

In addition to the free boat tours of New Jersey’s tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald, the chamber is partnering with two of its members – the Lewes Historical Society and Cape Water Tours & Taxi – to offer two free one-hour tours entitled “Where the River Meets the Sea.” Tourgoers will be transported on the Cape Water Taxi from City Dock in 1812 Park up the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to Beach Plum Island Preserve, located on the west side of Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes.

In 1812 Park, there will be free activities for children and their families including nautically-themed face painting by Catherine Flaherty and balloon art by Chuckles the Clown. Eventgoers can purchase their lunch at a seafood tasting by Irish Eyes and Jerry’s Seafood.

For more information about Boast the Coast activities, visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce website, www.LewesChamber.com, or contact them at 302-645-8073; 877-465-3937.

Coast Day Sunday

After a two-year hiatus, University of Delaware’s Coast Day celebration returns to UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Now in its 40th year, Coast Day encourages visitors to explore the ways that scientists study coastal environments through this year’s theme, “Discoveries on land, in the air and at sea.” Coast Day will have everything from touch tanks to food to contests, music and educational activities.

The event, hosted by the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and Delaware Sea Grant, is an opportunity for citizens to consider ways they can get involved and promote marine stewardship and environmental awareness, too.

Full details are available at www.udel.edu/udaily/2017/september/coast-day-lewes-shore-ocean.

Now showing

New this weekend in theaters is the remake of the sci-fi film “Flatliners;” Tom Cruise in the thriller “American Made;” and the dramas “Til Death Do Us Part” and “A Matter of Faith.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “A Ghost Story.”

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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