GIG: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8pm: 8th Annual Shine A Light® Fundraising Concert – A Tribute to 1980!

The Queen Theater, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

February 29, 2020 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Queen Theater, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

I’m not going to lie. For years, I had heard the term “Shine A Light,” but never really knew what it was, and was honestly too embarrassed to ask. Was it a group of people? Was it a tribute show? Was it a fund raiser? And it turns out the answer to all of those questions is “Yes!”   In the tiniest nutshell, Shine A Light® is an annual concert that raises money for the Light Up The Queen Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that, among other things, provides arts and music programs in schools and the greater community.  Over the years, the Shine A Light shows have helped raise over $500,000 for music and arts education programs throughout the state as schools are forced to cut art and music programs due to lack of funding, and it also provides an intensive jazz program for music students around the state.

Thanks to LUQF, students who may not have otherwise had an opportunity to try an instrument, to sing in a choir, to participate in theater, or even to see a show, now have access to these absolutely critical developmental activities and so much more.  Studies and upon studies prove that music and art programs not only provide a healthy and creative outlet for students to express themselves while also learning social skills, but these programs also give students confidence, raise academic grades, increase attention span, reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety, loneliness, and stress, and provide a lifelong hobby with lifelong friendships.  

The 9th annual Shine A Light® Fundraiser is a musical spectacle that needs to be seen to be truly heard. Over 40 local musicians come together on one stage, with a new theme and one cause! This “Musical Chairs” approach to playing the stage generates thousands of dollars in donations to The Light Up The Queen Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring arts education is preserved in our community. Doors open at 7:00 pm. This show is all ages. Tickets for sale online prior to two hours before door time. After that tickets available at box office window.

Matt and I are beyond psyched to be asked back to contribute to this mind-blowing event– we’ll both be fronting the band a bit, and also joining the horn section, singing backups, and Jill will be playing percussion, too. Wheee!

Making music with new people never, ever gets old for me. Like, even though I may not know someone’s name and may never have spoken to them before, after playing through even just one song with someone, we suddenly know very intimate details about each other. We get a sense of how we each think, how we each feel, and how we understand the world around us. It’s a very vulnerable act, “plugging in” to the neural network of humans you don’t know, and letting strangers “plug in” to you, too… to sense where you’re going to go, to feel where you’re going to breathe and how you’ll phrase something, to intuit how we’ll all hit the ending together. It’s quite beautiful… and can be intimidating or downright terrifying if you don’t know what you’re doing because there’s no hiding… and it’s absolutely exhilarating and transcendent when you’re able to just work together based on your well-trained instincts.


Tickets and stuff…

OKAY, let’s talk logistics about getting you to the show, shall we?  You have to remember that this here big event is a fund-raiser (and an important one!) so tickets are not supposed to be cheap… but I promise you the prices are worth it, for there shall be excitement for all five senses that night! Hear the sweeeeet music, played by the pros! See the exciting light show, run by people who take delight in visual nerdery! Taste the boozey drinks and the tasty VIP food whipped up by Celebrity Chefs!  Feel the bass in your chest as the music moves you2 and that drunk person accidentally bumping into you.  Smell the devil’s lettuce (or is that the sweaty band?)!

There are VIPs with all sorts of perks, and general admission tickets that are also fabulous. Click the ticket link at the bottom of this post for ticket info and prices.

But no matter which ticket flavor you purchased, the real fun begins at 8pm, when over 40 local musicians come together on one stage to honor the year 1980, playing some of that year’s most influential songs… All for the best cause.

We really hope you’ll attend this really outstanding event. We’re really, really proud and honored to be a part of it.



WHAT: Jill and Matt from Hot Breakfast! join over 40 other musicians as part of Shine A Light® On 1980

WHERE: The Queen Theater, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

WHEN: Saturday February 29, 2020, 8pm.   (General Admission doors open at 7pm– get there early for a good spot!  VIP doors open at 6pm!)

TICKETS: Tickets will be available for sale online from now up until two hours before door time the day of show. After that tickets available at box office window unless they sell out. Get em early!

PARKING: Plenty of parking in town, either on the street (it’s free after 6pm) or at the Queen’s garage on 5th Street between King St and Market St.

FOOD/DRINKS:  There are two full bars.  I’m not sure if there will be food for the General Admission ticket holders, however VIP ticket holders will have food catered by Celebrity Chefs.


Your pals,

Ji11 and Suburban Legend  (a.k.a., Jill and Matt)


1 My only complaint is that we’re not doing anything off of Trout Mask Replica, but hey, you can’t win ’em all.

2 You’d better pray it’s not The Brown Note, otherwise you’ll be smelling more than just The Devil’s Lettuce.