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Devon Horse Show, ‘Kingfish’ concert, Thy Geekdom Con top regional events roundup

The following events are planned for the week ahead throughout the region:

• The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the United States, is up and running daily through June 2. The fairgrounds are traditionally filled with exclusive Devon souvenirs, boutique shopping, unique food, an art gallery and an expansive Midway featuring a Ferris wheel, carousel and games for children of all ages. Opening weekend highlights include Family Day on Thursday, with free general admission after 5 p.m. and a dog show at 7 p.m. The Carriage Pleasure Drive takes place on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. at St. David’s Church and winding through the local neighborhoods before ending at Devon around 1 p.m. The Itty Bitty Tea Party is also scheduled for Sunday, with three seatings. The classic Children’s Afternoon Tea Party in the Devon Club has limited seating, so reservations are required. On Monday, Memorial Day, the Tribute to Heroes will take place. This tradition honors community heroes with a special recognition ceremony in the Dixon Oval. For the complete schedule and ticketing options, visit devonhorseshow.net.

Blues guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram performs Thursday night at the Upper Merion Township Building Park. (Courtesy of Justin Hardiman)
Blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram performs Thursday night at the Upper Merion Township Building Park. (Courtesy of Justin Hardiman)

• The Concerts Under the Stars series at the Upper Merion Township Building Park continues with a performance by blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on Thursday at 7 p.m., with opener Dylan Triplett. Since the release of “Kingfish,” his Grammy-nominated 2019 Alligator Records debut, Ingram has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation, going on to win the Grammy for his 2021 release, “662.” From his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., to stages around the world, the 25-year-old has headlined multiple national tours and performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy, with whom he appeared on “Austin City Limits.” His latest release, “Live in London,” was recorded in June 2023 at the famous UK club The Garage. General admission tickets are $35 for ages 13 and older at concertsunderthestarskop.com.

• Thy Geekdom Con, greater Philadelphia’s anime, gaming and pop culture convention, runs Friday through Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. There will be expansive video game and table top areas that offer both free and competitive play, a costume contest and masquerade contest, an  Anime Video Showdown for those with video editing skills, an artist alley, a dealer hall, plus panel discussions and celebrity appearances. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Children 11 and younger are admitted free of charge with an adult. Presale tickets are $25 Friday, $35 Saturday and $30 Sunday at thygeekdomcon.com. Tickets purchased at the door cost $5 more.

• Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, presents “The Prom,” the final show of its 2023-2024 season, from Friday through June 9. This weekend’s performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Follow the hilarious journey of a group of Broadway stars, determined to help a small-town girl take her girlfriend to prom. With catchy music and dazzling dance numbers, “The Prom” is a heartwarming story that celebrates inclusion and acceptance. For tickets and further details, see steelriver-playhouse.org.

• The largest disc-dog competition series in the world returns to Jim Dietrich Park, Muhlenberg Township, on Saturday and Sunday. The Skyhoundz World Discdogathon Qualifier will be held on Saturday and the Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. both days and hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs. Novice and veteran competitors alike are encouraged to compete and there is an entry fee for all competitors. All competitors will receive a free official Hyperflite K-10 Competition Standard flying disc, and awards will be given out for the top teams in beginner, intermediate and expert levels. The event welcomes mixed-breed as well as purebred dogs. Admission is free for all spectators. For more information, see www.mad-dogs.org.

• Ardmore Music Hall presents the South Jersey rock band Fat Mezz on Thursday at 8 p.m., the Chris Cornell tribute band Superunknown on Friday at 8 p.m. and the Philadelphia funk band Breakwater on Saturday at 8 p.m. in a benefit concert for Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Fat Mezz’s sound is rooted in a mix of blues, rock, jam, psychedelia and soul. Their original music aims to reflect on their influences: bands of the past and present who’ve been cemented as pioneers and superstars as well as those who’ve been undeservingly forgotten. Superunknown will be playing Soundgarden’s album “Superunknown” in its entirety to mark its 30th anniversary. Breakwater is a reunion of five of the eight original members of the Arista recording act of the same name, featuring a unique mix of R&B/jazz/funk, with top-notch horns, easy melodies and pulsating grooves. For tickets and more information, see ardmoremusichall.com.

• Tarkus will present its tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Newtown Theatre. Tarkus, featuring Keith Turner (keyboards), Mike Ian (guitar) and John M. Cassidy (drums), is dedicated to celebrating the compositional genius and groundbreaking work of the iconic trio. Expect to hear your favorite ELP classics and plenty of deep cuts. Tickets cost $32 at thenewtowntheatre.com.

• Newtown Theatre and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park are teaming up for a third year to present a free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The concert will be held on the banks of the Delaware River near the visitor center at Washington Crossing Historic Park. The featured jazz artist this year is Calli Graver, whose love for jazz, classical and pop helped shape the genre-bending sound heard in her original music today. Her newest album, “The Sun’s In My Eyes,” produced by Ben O’Neil (John Legend, Jill Scott), was released in September 2022 to critical acclaim. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner, chairs and blankets. Alcohol is not permitted in the state park. No tickets or registration are required for this free concert. Rain date is Monday at the same time. For more information, see thenewtowntheatre.com.


Source: Berkshire mont

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