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Rob Kalesse

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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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When World Café Live at the Queen Theater opened in Wilmington in 2011, there were plenty of local naysayers who thought the revitalized entertainment venue would never make it. To many city residents, the idea that the area of 5th & Market streets could be revitalized seemed like a joke.

But five years later, on April Fool’s Day, ironically enough, the joke was on the doubters, as music lovers packed the historic building for a Free at Noon concert with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals.

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As Firefly Music Festival continues to grow in its fourth year, so too, does The Brewery tent at The Woodlands, where Dogfish Head beers have been flowing all weekend long.

Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head, was there Friday. The craft beer pioneer praised Red Frog, the events organization behind Firefly, for what he called another successful festival.

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Before the five members of Fiancé took the Forest Stage Friday afternoon at Firefly Music Festival, there was a distinct New Castle County aura about the crowd. Where Cypher Clique had its own Dover contingent the night before, Fiancé definitely had a Newark following ready to cheer them on.

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Thursday marked the first time a band from the First State's capital city played the Firefly Music Festival. So naturally, Cypher Clique, Dover's own hip-hop trio, went on first, promptly taking the stage at 5:30 p.m., essentially kicking off the four-day music fest.

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