Real Music, Real Musicians

Senior editor Maria Hess chats about Delaware’s arts scene.

Welcome to Delaware Today’s arts blog, the spot to dish on the many cultural opportunities available to Delaware audiences. We’ll cover as many genres as possible, and note great events offered by organizations large and small, in all three counties.

They Don’t Get Much Real-er Than This

Music lovers won’t be disappointed by this weekend’s lineup at The Grand.

John McCutcheon hits the boards on February 4. Dr. John and the Neville Brothers are up February 5.

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McCutcheon is the Superman of the folk music industry, able to reach diverse audiences in a single bound.
Don’t be surprised to find, among his fans, blue and white collars, bluegrassers and rockers, adults and kids. Most impressive is his musicality. Well versed in a variety of instruments, including 12-string guitar, autoharp, fretless banjo, piano, fiddle (here he is on the hammered dulcimer, McCutcheon epitomizes mellow, contemplative and melodic.

The Doctor is InIf funk and blues is your thing, you’ll get serious satisfaction from the Dr. John-Neville Brothers show.

These guys are the real deal. What you hear on the recording is what you get live—sometimes better. Unlike today’s artificially flavored pop goddesses who are incapable of reproducing techno studio sounds, the Nevilles and Dr. John are the monsters of yesteryear. They won their Grammys the old-fashioned way: They earned them.

Contact info: 652-5577, or

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He Walked the Line

Shawn Barker walks the line to the Schwartz.

Postponement  Due to Snow– “The Man in Black Show: A Tribute to Johnny Cash”, discussed below, will be rescheduled.
For more information,  call the box office at  678-5152. 


If you’ve been feeling “So Doggone Lonesome,” you’ll find camaraderie at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover on February 4-5. The show “The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash,” pays homage to the great one. Shawn Barker, who bears a striking resemblance to Cash, with his curled-lip frown and greased black hair, is expected to sing all the biggies, including “I Walk the Line” and “A Boy Named Sue.” His backup band is reportedly top-notch.

Contact info: 678-5152, or

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