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50 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 7 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppln Out The Damn Cats will prowl at The Frogg Pond April 19 By Jen Ellingsworth Don't get them wrong. These guys have nothing against the feline species. In fact, members of The Damn Cats trio agree that they respect and love the cunning creatures. "We are all cat lovers," said band member David Adams. "The name is just a way that we pay tribute to owners of America's most popular household pets. You can't live with a cat, and you can't live without one." The name reflects the comedic approach the group takes to per- forming, he said. "The whole basis of the band is to have fun," said Anthony Car- men, who plays guitar and percus- Peter Keane will bring his original progressive folk music to Dogfish Head Brew- ings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, April 23. Call 226-BREW for infor. mation. sion for the Cats. "The name and everything is about having lots of fun, We do a lot of joking around and interacting with the audi- ence." The group can be seen prowling around Delaware and Maryland venues, including the Frogg Pond, where they can be seen on Satur- day, April 19, and The Crab Barn at Long Neck, where the group will perform Friday, April 25. The Damn Cats played a stellar show at Woody's over Easter weekend, where they received rave reviews from locals for their high energy performance. "Everywhere we go we've been well received," said bass guitar player Tony Pierce, a 30 year music veteran who recently retired from the sound business to focus his attention on furthering the group. "I think we fill a niche." Pierce said Billy Myers, drum- mer for The Hurricanes, frequent- ly sits in with the Damn Cats, and also noted that the group has scored a major coup by working with "Sound Machine" Tom Bak- er, who has worked on successful events including Lollapalooza. After six months of playing together throughout Delaware and Maryland, the Damn Cats have made a name for themselves by creating a hybrid musical entity using a three part vocal harmony. "We are definitely not unplugged," said Adams. "We are a strong presence of lively, upbeat music. We're out there to answer of lot of different needs. We've also found that a lot of groups that play out at the bars are just too loud. You can't talk to your friends or to a date while they're playing." The group's individuality als0 stems from its insistence on taking chances with newer music. Acoustically, the Damn Cats tack- le some material you may not expect. "We perform songs you may not usually hear acoustically," said Adams, citing the Violent Femmes, Tom Petty, Counting Crows and the Gin Blossoms as artists the Damn Cats cover. The group is also working on putting together a debut CD of its original music, which is due out sometime this fall. "The main reason we got together is that we're also dedicat- ed to originals," said Adams. "We want to put out music that really pumps, while at the same time using if as a platform for our origi- nal music. "Although we've only been together six months, we've been astonished by the success." Still untitled, the disc will include songs that the Cats regu- larly perform at their gigs, includ- ing 'q'hieves of Love," "Mysteri- ous Sea," and "April 19." The band will have a spot on the cover of Delmarva Musician Music and Entertainment Guide next month, as well as a sound byte at its web site, located at http://www.ee.net/dmm. In other entertainment news...The Silos, a contemporary American band heralded by Peo- ple magazine as "a fresh sound that can win over fans of old rock, new rock and everything in between," will perform at Dogfish Scratching and clawing their way past the ordinary, the Damn Cats will perform their acoustic alternative music at the Frogg Pond on Saturday, April 19. Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Friday, April 18. Led by singer, songwriter, pro- ducer and guitarist Walter Alas- Humara, the core of the The Silos reflects a diversity of musical inspirations and experiences which mark their sound as unique. April finds The Silos traveling through the Eastern seaboard to New England and over to the Mid- west to deliver the heartfelt and I energetic performances they have become known for. The 90's have seen the band expanding its reach overseas with four tours of Europe and two tours of Australia to augment its semi- annual criss-crossing of the United States. Lead vocalist Salas-Humara is joined by Daren Hess on drums and Walt Vincent on bass and sup- porting vocal duties. A recent Continued on page 52 Playing is the thing for new Long Neck theater group By Rosanne Pack A new group in Long Neck is actively seeking extroverts and scene stealers so they can have their chance in the limelight. Long Neck Improv meets for the first time Monday, April 21, 6-8 p.m. in the elementary school music room. A brainchild of Denise Simpler, the improvisation group will pro- vide a center stage moment for the child in everyone. A confessed theatre addict, Simpler said, "Absolutely every adult extrovert is invited to take turns playing out scenes pulled out of a hat." The group is not limited to actors; singers and dancers are encouraged to come and share their talents with Long Neck Improv. "Adults need to play as much as children do," Simpler said. "Kids act naturally, all the time; they call it play. Adults need to do it, too; it's a great release and it's lots of fun." There is no fee for membership in the group. Simpler hopes it will grow into a performing organiza- tion that can serve the community in many ways, including public presentations. Once the adult improv group is launched, she plans to schedule a summer chil- dren's workshop. In the long run, she envisions musicals, dramas and children's theatre. A theatre arts major in college, Simpler thinks that the bite of the theatre bug has lasting effects. "After you fall in love with the theatre, you never lose it," she said. "I still love it, and I know I'll want to be involved in theatre all my life." The Wilmington native moved to the Cape Region six years ago. Much of her life here revolves around her three children, ages two, seven and nine years. With the two-year-old out of infancy, she is ready to take on a new pro- ject. She said it is her feeling that there are lots of adults in the area who love to perform or who always thought that they would enjoy a low-key, pressure-free strut on the stage. "This is not to criticize anyone or make anyone uncomfortable," Simpler said. "This is for fun, and to let people try something they might have always wanted to do, Continued on page 51 Denise Simpler of Long Neck is in the process of starting a theater group in her area.