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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT February 5, 1998 - 49 Steppln Out Grabus Feelgood makes Sussex debut at Rose & Crown By Jen Ellingsworth Get ready for Grabus Feelgood, a Newark-based band that will make its Sussex County debut at the Rose & Crown on Second Street in Lewes on Saturday, Jan. 31. Rose & Crown owner John Lester Jr. said he's pleased to be the first to present the band in the area. So pleased, in fact, that he's booked Grabus Feelgood for three more appearances in upcoming months. Rhythm guitar player Rick Ban- ning said he met Lester through friends a few years ago, and is happy to have signed on at the Lewes venue. Although it is based up state, the band with the unusual name (its members say there's no logic to the peculiar moniker) has roots in lower Delaware. Banning, a. Lewes native, said band members met while working together at MBNA in Newark four years ago. "At one time, most of the cur- rent band worked together," he said. "Over the years we've picked up different members." Other members of Grabus Feel- good include lead guitarist Dan Litwa, drummer Johnny Weinkowitz, Rick Pultorak and bass player John Reed. Get used to their faces, because chances are locals will be seeing much more of them. According to Banning, Grabus Feelgood is well-known for its repertoire of hip dance music by artists including Third Eye Blind, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Dishwalla, Collective Soul, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush. For the music lover with diverse taste, Feelgood's lineup may also include a few Elvis tunes thrown in for good measure. Banning said the group caters to its crowd, which has - up to this point - called for party dance music. "We're not doing originals right now," he said. "The bar scene has not really called for too many originals. We do have some origi- nals thrown in, and we're gradual- ly working to add more originals. We'd like to be able, at some point in time, to cut a CD." In other local entertainhaent news ... The Baltimore, Md.-based band Major Company makes its way to Arena's Bar & Deli on Sat- urday, Jan. 3.1. Led by frontman Michael Major, the group rocked Rehoboth Beach in December at Arena's and Sir Guy's and was asked back for subsequent gigs. The group's debut CD, tided "The Stolen Diary," captures the foun- dation of the "MC sound," a loose blend of rock, pop, jazz, progres- sive and improvisational styles. Call Arena's at 227-1272 for more information. The Rudder will present its Eighth Annual Blues Ball on Sun- day, Feb. 15, at the BayCenter. The event packs a one-two punch with the Kelly Bell Blues Band opening for headliners Love Seed Mama Jump. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover charge. Call 227-3888 for more information. Newark-based band Grabus Feelgood includes (l-r) Dan Litwa, Johnny Weinkowitz, Rick Pultorak, John Reed and Rick Banning. The group will play at the Rose & Crown in Lewes on Saturday, Jan. 31. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Ave. (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Sunday is Acoustic Jam Night with Cliff Hillis. Friday, Jan. 30 - Caravan; Saturday, Jan. 31 - Major Compa- ny. For information, call 227- 1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Ave. Friday, Jan. 30 - Kalai King Band; Satur- day, Jan. 31 - The Remnants. For information, call 226-BREW (2739). Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Karaoke every Friday and Saturday. For informa- tion, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: 15 Wilmington Ave. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14 - John Fahres. Call 227- 2888 for information. Potpourri Restaurant and Lounge: 316 Rehoboth Ave. Every Wednesday (8 to 11 p.m.) - The Jeff Irwin Trio; Friday and Saturday - Jazz supper with Nick" Wayne on piano. For information, call 227-4227. Sir Guy's: 243 Rehoboth Ave. Tuesday nights are Wing Nights with DJ music. Saturday, Jan. 31 - Zion Train. For informa- tion, call 227-7616. Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant: 25 Christian St. Fri- day, Jan. 30 - The Deacons; Satur- day, Jan. 31 - Eclypse featuring Peggy Raley; Wednesday, Feb. 4 - Big Hat, No Cattle; Friday, Feb. 6 - W.C. Spencer. For information, call 227-1339. DEWEY BEACH Rusty Rudder: Dickinson Street. Friday, Jan. 30 - The Con- vertibles; Friday, Feb. 6 - Kathie Martin & the Hot Rods. For infor- mation, call 227-3888. Continued on page 50 Rehoboth Art League presents native Canadian artwork Reception Jan. 30; kids activity packet available Beginning Friday, Jan. 30, the Rehoboth Art League will present an exhibit of prints and sculptures by the native peoples who repre- sent two very different cultures within Canada. One half of the exhibit will con- sist of prints and sculptures by native Canadians known as the Inuit. Once nomadic,'the Inuit were forced to settle in the northern part of Canada's Quebec province in the mid-20th century. The sculp- ture produced by the Inuit is made of fossilized whalebone, stone, caribou antler and walrus ivory. The subjects depicted reflect the Inuit people's connection with their environment, the animals of the Arctic and the Inuit culture - polar bears, the Arctic loon and whale hunters. Inuit prints use the techniques of stonecutting, stenciling, lithogra- phy and etching. Arctic birds and fish, mythological creatures and depictions of everyday Inuit life fill the prints with visual and men- tal imagery. The other half of the exhibit will consist of prints made by native Canadians of the Pacific North- west coast. Anyone familiar with the logo for the Seattle Seahawks football team will recognize some of the imagery in this part of the exhibit. Settling along the river valleys and coastal waterways of the Canadian Continued on page 51 "Northern Images, Contemporary Fine Art of Canadian Inuit and Northwest Coastal Native Peoples," opens at Rehoboth Art League with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 30, in the Homestead Gallery.