Three bands will be streaming live from Arden Gild Hall on Saturday, which would have been the date for the 113th Arden Fair.
“We know that an online event cannot match the love and joy experienced that day,” said Ron Ozer, president of the Arden Concert Gild, “but we’re doing everything we can to bring people different aspects of the fair.”
The livestream is just one way the gild is keeping the beat going on. Others include a sold-out Shady Grove music festival in July, a virtual 75th birthday concert by David Bromberg on Sept. 19 and nascent plans for an outdoor music festival in Shady Grove in October.
The featured bands on Sept. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m., are Mississippi Earl Brown, Jea Street Jr. and Lyric Drive. While equipment is changed and the area is cleaned, there will also be prerecorded sets from Katie Dill and Carol Cleveland Sings.
The livestream page will also highlight concert gild plans and hyperlinks to artisans and vendors who lost the chance to sell their works at the Arden Fair.
The livestream is made possible by a Gill Hall system installed at the end of July, thanks to funding from the Delaware Community Foundation and the Nancy Ellen Banis Memorial Education Fund. The streaming will be done by Planet Ten, a Bear company run by brothers George Murphy and Kenn Koubek. “Without George, I could not have done any of this,” Ozer said.
Mississippi Earl Brown was George Thorogood’s first band. Joining original members Garry Cogdell (vocals and guitar) are Mike “Pup” Williams (bass) for blues classics are Jimmy Baldwin (lead guitar) and Tim Thorn (drums).
Jea Street Jr. features Jea Street (keys and vocals), Splitfaces (rap vocals), Bob Shields (guitar), Virgil Walker (bass), Ted Brown (drums) and Jonathan Whitney (percussion).
Lyric Drive features the Stewart Brothers (vocals), Brad Newsom (guitar), Tim Kelly (percussion) and Pete Wiedmann (bass).
Dill is a singer-songwriter, also of Mean Lady. Carol Cleveland Sings is the husband-wife duo of Thomas Hughes (of Spinto Band) and Gretchen Lohse, known for her bedroom pop.
Bromberg’s concert “marks the next step in our gradual reopening,” the gild says on Facebook page. “While we do not yet feel comfortable offering in person indoors concerts, we are thrilled to offer our own ‘Arden Gild Hall’ quality experience to the entire world via professional audio and video livestreaming.”
The concert, on Bromberg’s 75th birthday, features his quintet and celebrates his lengthy and diverse career, which combines “blues, country, bluegrass, rock and roll, R&B, Irish fiddle tunes, Dixieland jazz and gospel” to make Americana. He now lives in Wilmington.
Ticket are $30 per household and include the livestream and encores for up to 48 hours.
VIP tickets, $20 more, include Bromberg and “a very special guest (to be announced soon) discussing David’s remarkable career and sharing little-heard stories from along the way.”
Tickets went on sale on Friday, Ozer said, and one viewer has already signed up from Australia.