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CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, April 25- May 1, 1997 - 49 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppln Out Get smart and check out Wise Guys at Lewes's Irish Eyes By Jen Ellingsworth For local band The Wise Guys, forming a band was the realization of a longtime dream. The success they've received on the hometown circuit is like the icing on the cake. The group's wide range of music has gained them the atten- tion of a huge local following in both Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. 'Ithe foursome has pJayed to packed houses at Lewes' Rose & Crown and Irish Eyes at Anglers, and in Rehoboth Beach at Sir Guys. Drummer and lead vocalist Michael Daisey, who formed the band with longtime friend Nelson Pennypacker, said The Wise Guys are geared to bridge a generation gap. '",Ve play classic up to the 90s," said Daisey. "We try to cover all the bases. We're not a thrash band, and we're not a heavy metal band." Although Tbe. Wise Guys per- form solely cover songs now, Daisey said the group is planning to put forth original material in the near future. Another unique feature of the band is the fact that almost all of its members are related. Bass player Brad Travis is married to Daisey's twin sister Micbelle; and Nelson is father of younger Wise Guy and guitarist Chad Penny- packer. GuitarisL keyboardist and vocalist Rich Trasatti is a longtime friend of all the members. Examples of artists that The Wise Guys cover are Hootie and the Blowfish, Eric Clapton, All- man Brothers, Stone Temple Pilots, The Wallflowers, John Cougar and Better Than Ezra. All members of the band have musical backgrounds, and some have been in bands before. Dalsey, who lived in Fort Myers, Fla. since 1977, played in the band Boys of Summer for years. Daisey recently returned to his hometown of Lewes. After years of talking about forming a band, he and Pennypacker decided to make their move. "We're doing really well," said Daisey. "This is just supposed to be a fun thing for us to do. It's turned out to be much more." He said the band has become so busy with booked gigs that the guys are constantly on the go. In addition to their band's gigs, The Wise Guys are also The Working Guys. Daisey and Travis both work at the information systems of Beebe Hospital, while Chad Pennypacker works as a mechanic at Toddy's Speed Parts in Lewes, Nelson Pennypacker owns a stucco and concrete business, and Trasatti is a carpenter. Daisey said that between the band and the full-time jobs they hold down, The Wise Guys have a fun#ate. "We're just so busy," he said. "We're loving it." He said the Beebe staff has shown its loyalty to the group by coming out for all its gigs. "Everybody from this hospital really supports us," said Daisey. "All we have to do is just put up some flyers and they're there sup- porting us." He added that although the band is growing accustomed to playing at local venues, they are not opposed to playing outside the area. "Right now, we're playing in Lewes and Rehoboth," said Daisey. "But we're also trying to get stuff out of town." You can catch The Wise Guys in action at Irish Eyes at Anglers in Lewes on Friday, April 25, and at Sir Guy's again on Saturday, May 3. The band played an impromptu gig at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach this past weekend, after the group Duck Butter ducked out of its scheduled appemance. Daisey said despite the short notice that the band was pumped up and had a great time. In other entertainment news...The Bottle & Cork rock and roll bar will open for its 61st season in Dewey Beach on Friday, April 25. The Cork, in conjunction with 93.5 WZBH radio station, will host the WZBH Back to the Beach Beachfest on Saturday, April 26. The free concert will feature six bands, including Karl Shuman, Mary Prankster, Underfoot, Holy- field, Starseed Speed and Jim- mie's Chicken Shack. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the first 100 people admitted will receive a free Bottle & Cork hat. In addition, 50 free tickets to a Saturday, June 21, Lit- de Feet concert will be givenaway between 7-9 p.m. Call 227-8545 for information. La Rosa Negra Restaurant on Second Street in Lewes will kick [ Local band The Wise Guys will perform at Irish Eyes at Anglers on Friday, April 25. Shown (l-r) are band members Michael Daisey, Chad Pennypaeker, Nelson Pennypaeker, Brad Travis and Rick Tasatti. off its featured entertaj'nment with pianist Steve Klyce on Friday, AprU 25. La Rosa Negra owner Bob Cirelli said he's pleased to offer the new feature for diners, and plans to add more live entertain- ment as the season progresses. For reservations call 645-1980. Here is your entertainment fine- up for other  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 25 - The NailDrivers; Satur- day, April 26 - Starbelly; Wednes- day, April 30 - One Step Beyond. For information, call 227-1272. Continued on page 50 Delmarva Hot Air Balloon Festival plans gain steam By Rosamw Pack With only two weeks remaining before launch time, the Delmarva Hot Air Balloon and Craft Festival is gaining momentum will be ready to fly by Samrday, May I0. Special Events Coordinator for the American Diabetes Association Sussex Chapter, Don Post said that the schedule of events is firm and most of the craft vendor spaces are already reserved. 'q'he number of craft spaces has already surpassed those that we had last year; but we still have some space available," Post said. "Well, we'll make space. "Having the First State Force to close the day's entertainment is a big draw, and we have well- known entertainment all day lead- ing up to their performance." First State Force will play at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Under the guidance of Attorney General'Jane Brady, the First State Force reorganized in 1996 after a few years of inactivity. Charles Klim of the Department of Justice said that Brady enlisted the help of police chiefs of all departments around the state in identifying talented musicians and vocalists. He said the Police Chiefs Foundation, which owns the band equipment used by the First State Force, also helped in getting the band together to make music again. Known for their professional sound and exciting presentation, the members of the rock and blues band are back, taking their anti- drug and anti-violence message to schools, festivals and other com- munity events. The First State Force is made up of 14 officers Continued on page 52 Under the encouragement of Attorney General Jane Brady, far left, the driving sounds of the First State Force Band are being heard again. The rock and blues band is featured entertain- ment at the Annual Hot Air Balloon andmft Festival set in Milton, Saturday, May 10. The all- day festival benefits the American Diabetes Association.