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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997 - 47 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Out Grandsons set to rustle up some fun at Dogfish April 5 By Jen Ellingsworth It won't be the first time you've seen the Grandsons around these parts. The quirky foursome fre- quently rustles up an audience at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, and its Saturday, April 5 performance shouldn't be any exception. The roots of American music are the source of the Washington, D.C. group's unusual blend of New Orleans rhythm and blues, western swing, rockabilly, Tex Mex, mambo rhythms and two- step beats. Known for eight years as The Grandsons of the Pioneers, the band decided to shorten its name because of another group, The Sons of the Pioneers. As stated in The Grandsons' bio, "After eight years of plying their pop sound around the coun- try as Grandsons of the Pioneers, the group's increasing notoriety resulted in a high-noon showdown with singing cowboys Sons of the Pioneers, who balked at the idea of acknowledging paternity to a low down tuba-toting, sax-blowing rock and roll band. Counseled by their team of'cut-throat lawyers to keep on playing rather than pause to litigate, the band shortened its name to The Grandsons and has been going full throttle ever since." The CD "Howdy from the Grandsons of the Pioneers," was the band's debut in 1991, and was followed up by its latest release, "It's Hip To Flip with the Grand- sons of the Pioneers." The band's hodgepodge of instruments is considered a major part of its allure. The unique com- bination of vocalist/guitarist/trum- peter Alan MacEwen, percussion- ist/drummer Matthew Sedgley, and saxophonist/accordion player Chris Watling makes the Grand- sons an act which is sure to lasso music aficionados from all walks of life. The band has performed along- side such top shelf acts as Beau- soliel, The Dirty Dozen Brass, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Willie Nelson. The Grandsons travel around the U.S. to destinations in The NailDrivers will celebrate the release of their latest CD, "Toolbox, n on Saturday, April 5, with a four-hour show at Are- na's Bar and Dell in Rehoboth Beach. Shown (l-r) are band members Chet Harrison (bass), "Barefoot Geno n Ortiz (lead guitar) and Scot Parsons (drummer). The show will start at 9 p.m. Russle up some fun with The Grandsons Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, April 5. The foursome performs a mixture of rhythm and blues, western swing, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, mambo rhythms and two-step beats. New York, Texas and every state in between. In other entertainment news... Baystar Dinner Theater will pre- sent "Kissin' Country" at the Sea Horse Restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights. The dinner the- ater buffet begins at 6 p.m., while the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 227-7461 for reservations. The NailDrivers will celebrate the release of their latest CD, "Toolbox," on Saturday, April 5, with a four-hour show at Arena's Bar and Deli in Rehoboth Beach. The Drivers will begin the cele- bration by tooling around the area in their resurrected Winnebago, which has taken the group around the country on tour. The show will begin at 9 p.m., and will include performances from former band members Keith Rabin and Aaron Porter, as well as lots of other local musicians. For more infor- mation, call 227-1727. Here is your entertainment line-. up for other resort establishments: REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth AvenUe (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Monday - Barefoot Geno; every Sunday - acoustic jam; every Thursday - Mexican Fiesta Night; Friday, April 4 - Scrapple; Saturday, April 5 - The NailDriyers (CD release party and Winnebago tour); Fri- day, April I 1 - leeping Giants; Saturday, April 12 - Juliet's Wish- ing Well. For information, call 227-1272. I I Club P0tpourrt: 316 Rehoboth Avenue. The Jeff Irwin All-Stars everyWednesday night from 8 p.m. until midnight. Live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. For information, call 227- 4227. Dogt'mh Head: 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Saturday, April 5 - The Grandsons; Wednesday, April 9 - Mary Arden Collins; Saturday, April 12 - Starbelly. For informa- tion, call 226-BREW (2739). Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Friday, April 4 - Jeff Kessly; Saturday, April 5 - Karaoke. For information, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Friday, April 4 - Mike and Lauren of Chameleon; Saturday, April 5 - My Dog Lucky. For more infer- marion, call 227-2888. Mulligan's Restaurant and Sports Pub: Route 1, Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 644-9288. Sea Horse: 330 Rehoboth Avenue. Baystar Productions will present "Kissin' Country," on Fri- day and Saturday, April 4-5. A buffet dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Call for reservations. Every Sat- urday - Michael Howard. For information, call 227-7451. Sir Guy's: 243 Rehoboth Avenue. Closed Wednesdays. Fri- Continued on page 48 Lewes Historical Society plans tour of Fredericksburg May 21-22 Fredericksburg, Virginia's Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and Ingleside Plantation Vinyards will be the first stops for the Lewes Historical Soci- ety's second annual motorcoach excursion, "Adventures into the Past" on Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22. According to Footloose Tours, Inc. tour guide Barbara Lloyd, "Fredericksburg offers a window to a legacy of three cen- turies of American heritage. Its 40-block historical district has more than 350 18th and 19th century buildings." In addition to history, the famed river town has antique shopping, museums and ties to the Wash- ington family. Historical "adventurers" will be treated to an exclusive dinner at Kenmore, the home of George Washington's sister, Betty. The evening will conclude with a dramatic read- ing from three Civil War diaries written by Fredericksburg women in 1862. It will pro- vide the group with a seldom-heard civilian perspective of the war. The second day of the "adventure" will include a driving tour of Fredericksburg narrated by a local guide, a stop at Mary Washington's house and a visit to I Freder- ickslurg Battlefield. In the afternoon, tour- goers will be free to explore the town and continue their tour on a personal le,el. The Fredericksburg tour inchide$ round- trip deluxe motorcoach transportatipn from Lewes, first-class hotel accommodation, lunch and dinner on the first day anl break- fast on Thursday. Also included art admis- sions to all sites on the tour and gratuities for meals, guides and motorcoacll driver. I For Lewes Historical Society members, the tour is $224 per person based on double occupancy. The non-member fee is $244. Non-members can save $10 on the cost of the trip by joining the Lewes Historical Society for $10 when they sign up for the tour. The sign-up deadline is April 4. Seats are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Lewes Historical Society. For more information, or to sign up for the tour, contact Barbara Lloyd at Footloose Tours, 684-1600.