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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 14 - April 20, 1995 Arts & Entertainment Ste00pln Out Grassdaddy rocks Irish Eyes April 21 By Denise M. Marshall Grassdaddy, a new rock band to hit the resort scene, is spreading its roots. The four-piece band, which formed in January, consists of Eric Bomhardt on vocals, Tom Cooper on drums, Joe Klemptner on bass, and Chris Button on lead guitar. Button, formerly of New York, is no stranger to the resort club scene. For the past year, he and John LaMere have performed as an acoustic duo (Shore Thing and Long Island Sound). The other three band members also played with various bands before joining G-rassdaddy. "Somehow it just came togeth- er," Button said. Based in Ocean City, Md., Grassdaddy is a cover band. "We do half classic rock, half modern rock," Button said. The foursome performs cover songs by such groups as the Beat- lea, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zep- pelin, Jethro Tull, the Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam, Cream and Green Day. G-rassdaddy has performed reg- ularly at Arena's in Rehoboth Beach. In addition, the group has booked gigs at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Harbor Lights Restaurant near Bethany Beach and various clubs in Ocean City, Md. "We've been getting a good response," Button said. Grassdaddy will perform at Irish Eyes on Friday, April 21. Button will appear with John LaMere on Wednesday, April 19 as Long Island Sound and on Sat- urday, April 22 as Shore Thing. In other entertainment news, Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restau- rant in Rehoboth Beach will host Big Joe and the Dynaflows this weekend. Last year, Big Joe released his third album, "Laying in the Alley," on Black Top Records. Singer and drummer Big Joe Maher leads the Washington, D.C.-based Dynaflows. Big Joe is backed by his jazzy bluesmen: Jeff Sarli on bass, Kevin McKendree on keyboards and Rusty Bogart on guitar. The band mixes rhythm and blues from the 50s with New Orleans'-style rock 'n' roll. Near- ly 70 percent of the songs that Big Joe sings is original material. Big Joe and the Dynaflows will perform Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15 at Sydney's. There is a $5 cover charge each night. Here's what's going on at other resort establishments: Grassdaddy, a new classic and modern rock band, will per- form at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall); every Sunday - acoustic jam hosted by Cliff Hillis; Friday, April 14 - the Geck- os; Saturday, April 15 - Braxton Hicks; Friday, April 21 - Bits & Pieces; Saturday, April 22 - Touch of Strange. For information call 227-1272. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; every Friday and Saturday - live jazz with Punch from 8 p.m. until midnight. For information call 227-4227. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue; Friday and Sat- urday, April 14 & 15 - Rumors; Friday, April 21 - Karaoke with Pioneer Laser; Saturday, April 22 - the Johnsons. All acts begin at 9 p.m. For information call 227- 2234. Irish Eyes: Ocean block of Wilmington Avenue; Friday, April 14 - Angie Miller Duo; Sat- urday, April 15 - Chameleon; Wednesday, April 19 - Long Island Sound featuring John LaMere and Chris Button; Friday, Continued on page 43 Friday, April 21. Pictured from left to right are Chris Button, Tom Cooper, Erie Bomhardt and Joe Klemptner. Big Joe and the DynafloSLll perform at Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach tonight and toApril 14 & 15. Pictured from left to right are Jeff SarH, Rusty "Red" Begart, Big Joe Mtt._"and Kevin MeKendree.