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Rob Kalesse

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Seven years in and Dogfish Head is still the brewery of record at The Woodlands. Since 2012 when Firefly Music Festival first filled the Dover air with the music of some of the best bands in the world, the brewery tent has been the place to see and be seen.

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Every Firefly performance for a Delaware band or musical group brings a mix of raw emotions: nerves, excitement, angst and unadulterated joy. For Amillion the Poet, who basically kicked off the seventh annual installment of the four-day music festival, it was a cavalcade of all four.

Most hip-hop and rap fans probably aren’t familiar with names like Shawn Corey Carter, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., O’Shea Jackson, or Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones. But ask them about household names like Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, Ice Cub or Nas, the respective stage names of the aforementioned birth names, and their ears and eyes will perk up.

At first glance, Amillion The Poet, Dover’s own author/artist tabbed to play Firefly Music Festival, seems to have been cut from the same cloth: a hip-hop/soul artist with a bombastic stage name.

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Just over six months ago, Philadelphia-based World Café Live ended its six-year partnership with Wilmington’s Queen Theater. But show goes on at one of Delaware’s top venues as Live Nation, the global entertainment company, moved in and is slowly making a home for itself on Market Street.


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Despite what fans may say or think from year to year, about the weather, or the musical acts, or the food options, there is one thing most agree on when it comes to Firefly Music Festival: there's always something new.

 

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If you're an aspiring hip-hop group and Firefly comes calling, you answer the bell without question. Even if it means you're suddenly on the hook for performing three different shows on three different stages.

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Almost a year ago, Matt Howe and Sam Carter were walking across The Woodlands at Firefly Music Festival, a slight breeze in their face and the sound of hip-hop artist Ludacris wowing the crowd with a particularly entertaining rendition of “Southern Hospitality.” But instead of “throwin’ bows” with the massive mob, the pair continued on slowly to their post.


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At Firefly Music Festival, where fans give out free hugs and carry signs supporting the citizens of Orlando, there has been an overwhelming spirit of happiness and positivity. At the campgrounds in Dover, attendees can continue to pay it forward, by donating gear to benefit the homeless.

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Anyone who has attended Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands in Dover knows the golden rule: it's all about pacing yourself. Too much alcohol, too much partying, and going 110 miles per hour from the jump? Not a good idea.

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What do people see when they listen to music?

It might sound like an odd question, but when we hear music, the mind certainly conjures up images. Maybe it’s a specific memory from the first time we heard the song? Perhaps an indelible impression the original music video left on the brain?


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