Three fun First State events -- dive in this weekend.
1. What has seven stages, 30-plus bands and three days of live music for free? It’s the Dewey Beach Music Conference 2016.
The fest offers a lot of talent across multiple genres, from rock and pop to country. Some of the acts to look out for are Sweet Leda, Lovebettie, Weekday Warriors and Rick Artz (of Love Seed Mama Jump).
All the concerts are free and will be held 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. each day, from Thursday through Saturday, at the Bottle & Cork, Jimmy’s Grille, Surfside Bar & Grille and at four stages at the Rusty Rudder.
There will be a trade show, VIP parties and pros from the music industry offering panels on touring as an indie band, artist development and more. The conference is $50.
The Dewey Beach Music Conference begins at the Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., in Dewey Beach on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. COST No cover charge for concerts. INFO deweybeachfest.com or call 448-5650.
2. Whether balancing family life and friends to exploring their first love, teens at East High have a lot on their plates in “High School Musical,” Disney’s hit come to life on stage.
When Troy, basketball team captain, decides to audition for the school’s musical with the brainiac Gabriella, it sends a shock through their peers. But it also creates an opportunity for the pair to make their classmates shine.
“High School Musical” will give audiences a melodic education this weekend at the Wilmington Drama League, 10 Lea Blvd., in Wilmington at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m., Sunday. COST $12, $17 and $20. INFO wilmingtondramaleague.org or call 764-1172.
3. The two-day Delmarva Folk Festival will ring in its 25th anniversary. Opening day Friday will feature musical acts duking it out in the Folk Hero Contest. Saturday, nine performers will help listeners unwind with an entire day of tunes, including music from headliner Roy Book Binder.
Binder’s musical repertoire offers blues, country tunes, bluegrass and folk.
Folk festivities will kick off on a farm at 352 Downs Chapel Road, in Clayton at 7 p.m., Friday. Day two begins at noon. COST $7 on Friday for ages 13 or older; $30 on Saturday. INFO delfolk.org or call 827-FOLK.