Little Barrel festival fills need for country music

Local band Country By Night will play Thursday's Smyrna By Night festival at 8 p.m. at the Smyrna Opera House. (Submitted photo)

Local band Country By Night will play the Little Barrel Country Music Festival Saturday in New Castle. (Submitted photo)

Got a hole in your schedule this weekend that was supposed to be filled by the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which was canceled earlier this year?

Fear not, the Little Barrel Country Music Festival, up the road in New Castle, has you covered.

Best Bets logo CLEAR copyWhile it may not have the star power of previously announced Big Barrel acts such as Brad Paisley and Eric Church, Little Barrel boasts popular local artists such as headliner Sam Grow from Southern Maryland along with Country By Night and Southern Drawl Delaware, both from the Smyrna area.

It was originally was set to play Sam Kalb’s Picnic Park in Smyrna but is now at Blue Diamond Park on Hamburg Road, just off U.S. 13.

Blue Diamond Park, which up until last year hosted motorsports events, provides a 25-acre venue with a natural amphitheater.

“It’s a fun little venue. Sam’s place is awesome but the interest started to blow us away and we knew we’d have to find somewhere bigger. Originally

Sam Grow will headline Little Barrel.

Sam Grow will headline Little Barrel.

we were talking to Frightland (in Middletown) who turned us on to Blue Diamond,” said organizer Dennis Carradin in an interview last month.

Mr. Carradin is president of The Trauma Survivors Fund, one of two charities that will benefit from the event, along with the 2/6 Marines Memorial March.

Mr. Grow, always a big draw at Dover’s Cowboy Up nightspot, recently gave a free concert prior to last month’s XFINITY NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway.

Living in Nashville now, Mr. Grow does about 250 dates a year.

Other acts on the bill are Wesley Spangler, The Hung Jury Band, A Different Breed, Forsaken, Eleanor and the Roosevelts and Country Crossing.

Disc jockey Chris Arena will spin records in between acts.

Based in Wilmington, The Trauma Survivors Fund provides services at a national level to anyone affected by trauma and crisis.

A board-certified expert in traumatic stress, Mr. Carradin has responded to national disasters including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Navy Yard shootings.

“We cover 39 states and we want to cover all 50 by 2018. But our first love is Delaware,” Mr. Carradin said.

The 2/6 Marines Memorial March will take place Oct. 27 from Arlington National Cemetery to New Castle County Police Headquarters.

The 160-mile walk will be in honor of those in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, an infantry battalion based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, who have been either killed in action or have died from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

General admission tickets to Little Barrel are $35; VIP tickets are $45, which includes a festival shirt, a food voucher and one beverage of choice.

Gates open at noon with the music kicking off at 1 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit

Ross, Mooncat Comedy

If you’re looking for laughs, comedian Dennis Ross brings his observations about everyday life to the Milton Theatre at 8 tonight.

Last seen in the area at Wild Quail Country Club last year, Mr. Ross considers himself a “spectator to everyday insanity.”

Also appearing is Mooncat Comedy, which started as an open mic in a Milton garage and have since expanded and become the longest running open mic on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Tickets are available at or by calling (302) 684-3038. The Milton Theatre is at 110 Union St.

Tiempo Libre at Freeman

Three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will heat up Selbyville’s Freeman Stage in a free show Saturday night at 7 with a concert featuring a mix of jazz harmonies and contemporary Latin rhythms.

Tempo Libre will perform at the Freeman Stage in a free concert Saturday night. (Submitted photo)

Tempo Libre will perform at the Freeman Stage in a free concert Saturday night. (Submitted photo)

Classically trained at Havana’s top music conservatories, Tiempo Libre is made up of seven young Cuban musicians who individually fled Cuba for freedom, and upon reuniting in the Miami area got together during their “free time” (tiempo libre in Spanish) from recording with other artists to perform the Cuban music that they loved.

Since their formation 14 years ago Tiempo Libre’s members have been on a mission to serve as ambassadors to their Cuban culture. The seven childhood friends have made a name for themselves through standalone concerts across the U.S. and worldwide, as well as collaborations with leading orchestras across the U.S.

The band has appeared on “The Tonight Show” as well as “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Dancing with the Stars” and many programs on Univision and Telemundo.

Tiempo Libre’s 2015-16 season finds the band playing in places as far afield as Beijing, on tour in Spain, as well as with shows in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

For more event information, visit the Freeman Stage at Bayside website at

Sea Glass, Arts Festival set

The Lewes Historical Society will hold the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival Saturday, and Sunday at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive in Lewes.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the festival is $5 each day; children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Last year, the festival attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

The seventh annual event will feature nearly 70 sea glass artists, joined by other coastal artists, including decoy carvers and waterfowl artists.

A children’s educational area will be inside at the Ferry Terminal upstairs gallery. The pirate crew will once again join the festivities this year, to provide activities, story time, and photos.

Jimmy G will be playing steel drums from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Bring your glass shards and bottles, as specialists Richard LaMotte and Keith Fleming will be available to identify your treasurers.

Participants can learn the history of sea glass and how it gets its unique texture, view glow in the dark sea glass, and view a dress made entirely out of sea glass by Stu Jacobs.

For more details about the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival or for more information on The Lewes Historical Society, contact 302-645-7670.

Museum improvements

The Johnson Victrola Museum, at 375 S. New St. in Dover, has temporarily closed for construction but will reopen July 1.

Improvements include demolition and replacement of the museum’s existing disabled-access sidewalk and ramp, landscape grading and seeding, new underground stormwater piping and new aluminum downspouts and railings.

Beginning July 1, the museum will return to its regular operating schedule of Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The museum is also open on several state and federal holidays including Independence Day when it will offer “Stars and Stripes,” guided tours that explore some of Victor Records’ many recordings of patriotic music accompanied by 78 rpm records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines.

The program will also be offered on July 2.

Admission to the museum is free. For additional information, call (302) 739-3262.

‘Pickers’ coming to Delaware


Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from the History Channel show “American Pickers” are looking for places to visit in Delaware. (Submitted photo)

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and the gang from “American Pickers” are coming to Delaware to film episodes of the hit History Channel series this summer.

“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” The show follows Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Fritz as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections and learn the stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, they are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics and meet some characters along the way.

The show is looking for leads in the area. Old movie posters, early furniture, toys, radios, lamps, clocks and pinball machines are just some of the items they are after.

If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that they can spend the better part of the day looking through, send them your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to or call 855-OLD-RUST.

Now showing

New in theaters this weekend is the sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence 3D,” the Civil War drama starring Matthew McConaughey “Free State of Jones,” the Blake Lively thriller “The Shallows” and the Keanu Reeves suspense film “The Neon Demon.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light” and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in “By the Sea.”

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