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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 1995 Arts & Entertainment Steppln Out John Alberti returns to Sydney's on Saturday; Summer House reopens for 19th season April 27 By Denise M. Marshall Returning to the Nation's Sum- mer Capital after a highly-success- ful performance at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival last year, the John Alberti Group will appear at Sydney's Restaurant and Blues Place on Saturday, April 22. The John Alberti Group, a Philadelphia-based band, per- forms Latin fusion jazz. Alberti, who plays drums and timbales, is joined on stage by Rick Zayas on keyboards and vocals, Darryl Hail on bass, Mark Adler on flute, and Guy Russell Johnson Jr. on per- cussions and vocals. Alberti said the turning point in his musical career was when his father gave him his first Miles Davis record when Alberti was 17 years old. Alberti said his music is also heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. "We play Afro-Cuban versions of some Beatles' tunes," Alberti said. His influences have led him through hard-core, delta blues bands, experimental jazz groups and, today, to his own brand of contemporary jazz rooted in Afro- Cuban and world beat rhythms. "Short Denim Skirts," Alberti's debut compact disc, is an eclectic blend of music written at a time of personal growth and pain. True to the mood swings of this time, the album ranges from funky fusion and blistering salsa to soul-search- ing introspective ballads. These polar points are sharply defined with inspired performances by guest solo performers guitarist Robben Ford and saxophonist Michael Pedicin Jr. "Short Denim Skirts" is a col- lection of grooves and melodies from the heart. Alberti musically articulates his feelings about love, faith and family, while maintain- ing his youthful sense of humor. "Apogee," a melancholy ballad written after the death of a family member in the prime of her life, is punctuated by a powerful soprano sax solo by Pedicin. Joe Pass, the legendary guitar virtuoso, said "Apogee" is "a great melody with interesting chords to solo over." "Los Pericos," a salsa scorcher, was inspired by a bar in Mexico where the tourists go to experience authentic music and spirit. "Just Between Us," a private promise to cherished memories, was written during the breakup of a marriage. The recording process was great fun, from Ford jumping up and down on a couch during his solo in "Short Denim Skirts" to the group recording "Implication & Innuen- do" on a lingering high after a rousing reception at the 1992 Can- cun Jazz Festival. The John Alberti Group also received an enthusiastic reception during the fifth annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival last fall. "We play jazz, and people dance the whole time we play," Alberti said. Work has already begufi on a second release, which will delve even further into Afro-Cuban experimentation and explore reg- gae feels. "It has a real world beat to it," Alberti said. "It makes it really Caribbean and Afro-Cuban." Whereas "Short Denim Skirts" is all-instrumental, Alberti plans to add some vocals to his new release. In addition, he is substitut- ing the saxophone in "Short Den- im Skirts" for a flute in the new CD. "Everybody's going to get a taste of the music at Sydney's on Saturday," Alberti said. Alberti and his compliment of Philly's best jazz musicians have been performing regularly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The group will appear at Sydney's on Saturday, April 22. In other entertainment news, the Summer House Restaurant & Saloon in Rehoboth Beach will reopen for its 19th season with yet another fabulous opening party on Thursday, April 27. Named the "Best Place to Meet People" by the News Journal and the "Best Beach Bar" by Washingtonian Magazine, the Summer House has established a reputation for pro- viding some of the area's finest food, drink and entertainment. Local owners and operators Richard and Susan Krick boast of the restaurant's substantial food portions, enticing atmosphere and exciting night life. Fresh new looks for the summer of '95 include the offering of a variety of new wearables, an aggressive night life repertoire and further The John Alberti Group will return to Sydney's Restaurant and Blues Place in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, April 22. Drummer Alberti plays contemporary jazz rooted in Afro- Cuban and world beat rhythms. enhancing of the more than 80- item menu to meet customer demands. DJ Rick Wood will return to the Summer House this season to spin your favorite tunes nightly. In Long Neck, plan to stop in and check out the deck bar at the Crab Barn. The weekend will get rolling on Friday with BOINK! The trio, consisting of Richard Walton, Bill Dumas and Eric Robertson, will combine all elements of rock and roll to create a new sound guaran- teed to please audiences of all ages. Walton has gained much public and critical acclaim for his last two compact discs, "Savannah Blue" and "Out of Bounds." On Saturday, the Crab Barn welcomes Tom Larsen back for another great summer of rock and blues. Fresh from the release of his newest CD, "Dangerous Love," Larsen will perform at a CD release party from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Here's what's going on at other resort establishments: 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 21 - Bits & Pieces; Saturday, April 22 - Touch of Strange; Friday, April 28 - Love Pigs; Saturday, April 29 - Swtirl. For information call 227-1272. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; every Friday and Saturday - live jazz with Funch from 8 p.m. until midnight. For information call 227-4227. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue; every Friday - Karaoke with Pioneer Laser; Sat- urday, April 22 - the Johnsons; Saturday, April 29 - Red Letter Day. All acts begin at 9 p.m. For information call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: Ocean block of Wilmington Avenue; Friday, April 21 - Grassdaddy featuring Chris Button; Saturday, April 22 - Shore Thing featuring John LaMere and Chris Button; Wednesday, April 26 - Tisra Til Duo; :riday, April 28 - River Bend(Saturday, April 29 - The Continued on page 37 EARTH DAY Cape Henlopen to host 25th year of celebrations Cape Henlopen State Park will be the site of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day for Sussex County from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22. The event is sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Perdue Farms of George- town, Delaware River and Bay Authority, Delmarva Power, Sus- sex County Arts Council, Midway Office and Art Supply, the Cape Gazette, Delaware Coast Press, Latino Task Force, City of Lewes and Delaware Prevention Net- work-Delaware Community Clus- ters Against Substance Abuse. Entertainment will be a mix of oldies, blues, Latino, rock and bluegrass music, all on the main stage from start until the conclud- ing jam session at 4 p.m. Native American puppet shows, lectures on herbs, composting, insects, pinelands nature trails, dunes, horseshoe crabs, reptiles and bats will round out the list of programs. The pop sounds of Four Hits and a Miss will be on stage at 10 a.m., with the puppet show, horse- shoe crab presentation and guided hike slated for that time. Folksinger Tom Vincent will per- form at 11 a.m., and there will be a lecture on herbs and composting, with a presentation on reptiles. The Nanticoke Indian dance troupe per- forms at noon, follow- ing by the Latin sounds of Los Jibari- tos, tree plant- ing and insect program, all at 1 p.m. Bluegrass VINCENT sounds of Bit- tercreek will be heard at 2 p.m., when there will also be children's activities, and a lecture on lotions, potions and notions. Aunt B will perform rock at 3 p.m., when another guided hike is scheduled. Information booth participants will include National Park Ser- vice, various DNREC divisions such as Fish and Wildlife, Soil and Water, Inland Bays, Superfund and Adopt a Wetland. Vendors will offer a variety of food during the Earth Day festivi- ties. The day will conclude square dancing at the Officers Club with a live band and no partner or expe- rience is needed. Tickets for the dance are $4 and available at the door. For more information, call 645-6852.