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Listen to Free Live Music Any Night of the Week in Wilmington

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Did you know you can enjoy free live music throughout Wilmington any night of the week? From rhythmic drumming to contemporary covers and everything in between, find out where you can listen to live performers in the City through our day by day itinerary below!

Kick off your week with Sunday morning brunch at the Starbucks on Market St with wonderful acoustic acts.

Check out Live! in the Parks for a relaxing evening of music on Mondays and Wednesdays in Rockford Park & Brandywine Park respectively!

If you’re more interested in making the music than listening to it, then the Rock Lot’s Drumming Circle is for you! Check it out every Tuesday evening.

Enjoy delicious food, creative cocktails and a side of live music during Wilmo Wednesdays at DECO.

Take your lunch outside on Thursday afternoons at Nemours Plaza and break up your day with live music.

Be serenaded by the sweet sounds of street performers on Thursday evenings at various locations along Market Street as part of the Music on Market series.

You can also catch live entertainment on Thursdays evenings down on the Riverfront in Dravo Plaza as part of the Shipyard Summer Concert series.

Start your weekend early and stop by I.M. Coffee during lunch on Fridays for craft coffee and good music.

To round off your week, head to Wilmington’s best kept secret, Nomad Bar, for live jazz music on Saturday nights!

Concerts Galore in Wilmington, DE this Summer

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If you are a big music fan you are in luck, downtown Wilmington, DE is bursting with concerts and music festivals this summer. We have all the details so you can plan your schedule accordingly.

Bromberg's Big Noise Music Festival Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park

Big Noise Festival

Click here for tickets.

2018 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

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Free and open to the public, more information can be found here.

The People's Festival 4 Peace Tribute to Bob Marley

The People’s STREET Festival will be FREE to the public for the first time in 24 years, thanks to our collaboration with Live Nation!

The People’s STREET Festival will be FREE to the public for the first time in 24 years, thanks to our collaboration with Live Nation!

The People’s STREET Festival will be FREE to the public for the first time in 24 years, thanks to the Delaware Art Museum's collaboration with Live Nation! Complete with a concert within The Queen and a street festival outside, enjoy the works of Jamaica’s Queen of Reggae, ETANA , The Iconic Meditation Band and Ska phenomena; Hip Abduction.

Tickets on sale soon here. 

Two Saturdays of Musical Performances - one of them Free!

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Bring the entire family to the Delaware Historical Society on Market Street for two Saturdays of musical performance by some of Delaware’s finest performers. 

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Matthew Lavanish of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society

The Delaware Historical Society is pleased to host the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society’s Second Annual Members Showcase Concert in Old Town Hall, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The concert will feature performances by professional and amateur guitarists. Stop in for a song or two, or stay for the entire concert. Bring the entire family as children are welcome. A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert. Old Town Hall is located at 504 North Market Street, Wilmington DE, 19801.

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Mélomanie

Enjoy an afternoon of relaxing classical music Up Close with Mélomanie, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 4pm in Old Town Hall.

Get up close with the violin and harpsichord in an informal, intimate setting with lively conversation and music, featuring Christof Richter on violin and Tracy Richardson on harpsichord.

Tickets are available online at Mélomanie.org or by calling Mélomanie at (302) 764-6338.

$15 Delaware Historical Society members, seniors & students 16 & older                     

$25 non-members

Free for students 15 years and younger

Free parking courtesy of Colonial Parking, Sixth and Shipley streets. Beverages available for sale.

Excellent Customer Service with a Side of Jazz Music: Meet "Billy" of the Nomad Bar

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When customers walk into The Nomad Bar, they usually see William Cerasari, known as “Billy,” behind the polished wooden bar. With a nod and a slight smile, he greets you as he mixes cocktails and pours microbrews.  “I am enlightened every time I come to work,’’ said the Salesianum School graduate. “People seem so much more intelligent after a few alcoholic beverages.”

At age 21 he answered an ad in the News Journal for a bartending position on the Lady Christina cruise ship. That was 32 years ago and although the ship no longer exists, Billy is still pouring.  “It seemed like a good way to make extra cash,” said Billy, 53. Today, he is a familiar face to long-time residents, who have known him from his many years in the Wilmington bar scene.

“Billy came with the bricks,” said Linda Vandever, who co-owns The Nomad Bar along with her husband, Dave Vandever. The couple spent 18 months renovating the space before opening the bar in 2011. When everything was ready, Dave knew he wanted Billy serving the drinks. “A friend said he’s the guy you want,” said Dave.

Billy said he has always enjoyed the live music that came with bartending.  The Nomad Bar, where there is never a cover, features talented jazz musicians, along with performers who play blues, reggae, and funk. The music draws a diverse group of folks of all races and ages. For upcoming events, visit their Facebook page. 

The Nomad Bar

905 N. Orange St. Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 547-1912

Owners: Dave and Linda Vandever

By Adriana Camacho-Church ACCpen1@gmail.com

Downtown Visions Contributing Writer