Here are some fun First State events to check out this weekend.
1. Grammy winner Cory Henry and his band, The Funk Apostles, will serve up a sermon of soulful bliss in the Small Wonder.
Henry is an accomplished Brooklyn-born songwriter, organist, pianist and music producer well versed in jazz, gospel and funk.
He’s worked with Bruce Springsteen, Nas, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, Kirk Franklin and more. Henry has released two albums, “First Steps” (2014) and “The Revival” (2016), both of which ranked on the Billboard charts.
He won a Grammy in 2014 for Best R&B Performance (Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway).
At only 29 years old, Henry’s resume is worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ and he began playing at the age of 2. At 6 he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round.
When Henry turned 19, he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He’s since done television work playing on the third season of “Sunday’s Best” for BET and on the “Jimmy Fallon Show.”
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles will jam at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, 705 N. Market St., Wilmington at 7:30 p.m., Saturday. COST $30. INFO ccacde.org or 652-0101.
2. Elena Urioste (violin) and cellist Nicholas Canellakis (cello) are two fast-rising young musicians who will make one of their first appearances anywhere as a duo in the First State.
Both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Urioste also grew up in the City of Brotherly Love.
She appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13, and since then has made debuts with major orchestras throughout the country and Europe.
New York’s Canellakis has become one of the most in-demand and innovative cellists of his generation. He’s an artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where he regularly performs. He’s also a guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals.
Canellakis and Urioste will dazzle at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. Fourth St., in Lewes at 2 p.m., Saturday. COST $30. INFO coastalconcerts.org or 645-9426.
3. Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” will cast some lighthearted rays on Kent County.
In the comedy, Al Lewis and Willy Clark are a pair of feuding vaudeville comedians (the team of “Lewis and Clark”) who performed together for 47 years before finally calling it quits.
A network genius then has the brilliant idea of reuniting the duo for a TV special about the history of comedy. Once the reunion is on, the sparks and one-liners start to fly with equal speed.
But can Lewis and Clark put aside their differences long enough to collect one last paycheck?
“The Sunshine Boys” opens this weekend at the Riverfront Theater, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford at 8 p.m., Friday, followed by additional performances at 8 p.m., Saturday; and 3 p.m., Sunday. A total of six shows will run through Feb. 19. COST $17 general admission; $16 for seniors and students on Sundays only. INFO secondstreetplayers.com or 800-838-3006.