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60 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Gingham Shmiiz unveils new CD at Sir Guy's By Jen Ellingsworth Southern Comfort Rocks the With the release of its latest CD, "Fallen," Gingham Shmtiz proves once again what its intense Delaware following - both in northern and southern parts of the state - has said for years. This band has longevity. The evolution of Gingham Shmtiz dates back to 1994, when Jill Janota (vocals and flute) met guitarist Don Davolio during a college theatre production at the University of Delaware. The duo was joined in the summer of 1995 by drummer Matt Minotti, and then by bassist Mark E. Borkows- ki in the fall of 1996. Shmiiz's combined musical experience speaks for itself on the new CD. From the first time you hear Jano- ta's magical flute to Davolio's explosive hooks on guitar, it's an unmistakable sound that is reflec- tive of their years of experience. Including their current album, Gingham Shmtiz has relased three CDs. Its first effort, simply titled "Gingham Shmtiz," was lauded by critics and immediately embraced for its live performances. Its sec- ond release, "Sick with Laughter," was again hailed as "a great mix of pop, rock and funk with clear, soulful vocals." The band spent last year touring the Mid-Atlantic region in support of "Sick," and joined Buddy Guy and others on the second annual Blues tour. The quartet has also shared the stage with George Clin- ton, Taj Mahal, the Subdudes, G Love and Special Sauce, the Radi- ators, Keb' Mo, Laughing Colors, Love Seed Mama Jump and Jim- mie's Chicken Shack. "Fallen" contains 11 new origi- nal tracks. Described in their biography as being "confident that this album, through strong radio area play and touring, will increase an already impressive fan base and lead to even greater suc- cess," Shmtiz's shelf life has already withstood the test of time. Locals can look forward to see- ing more of the band this summer in the Cape Region. Davolio said Gingham Shmtiz has booked upcoming gigs at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach (Friday, May 13) and at the Bottle & Cork (Friday, May 15, with Laughing Colors). In other local entertainment news... Ed Shockley and his band, vinyl shockley, will appear at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, May 2. Performing the soulful mix of rustic rhythm and blues from its debut album, the band has a few surprises in store. Ed, still high from the birth of his son, along with Keith Walsh (on gui- tar) have a new eight-piece line- up. Joining vinyl shockey for this Gingham Shmtiz will perform at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach on Friday, May 1. Band mem- bers include (l-r) Don Davolio, Mark E. Borkowski, Jill Janota and Matt Minotti. night (and all other area perfor- mances this summer) will be award-winning songwriter Doug James and locally grown, interna- tionally known guitarist Keith Mack, who have been working together in the studio for the past year. 'Saturday night, James and Mack will debut a full band that includes Larry Lynch on stand-up bass, Martin LeMaire on percus- sion, Walsh on guitar and Shock- Icy on percussion. Look for the music to start at 9:30 p.m. Call 226-BREW for information. In case you've been living somewhere under a rock, you may not know that this weekend is the opening of the self-proclaimed "greatest rock and roll bar in the world," the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach. Owner AI Pires has lined up a stellar slate of enter- tainment again this year, including Kenny Wayne Shepard and Los Lobos. In the most immediate future, however, you can look forward to the preview party on Friday, May 1, with Swingin' Johnsons and the Saturday, May 2 "Back to the Beach" fest with Juliet's Wishing Well, Starseed Speed, Kiss Me Kate, Laughing Colors and Scrap- ple. Continued on page 61 Powerful quartet of artists to exhibit at Rehoboth Art League Artist reception, concert set May 1 Both traditional and nontradi- tional landscapes will be on view at the Rehoboth Art League during the month of May. Constance Costigan, B.J. Anderson, Gary Brotman and Michele Green are four artists who work in very dif- ferent styles yet have been chosen to exhibit their works in concur- rent solo shows at the league. Anderson is based at the Torpe- do Factory in Alexandria, VA., and exhibits in galleries from Long Island to New Mexico. Her watercolors, hand-painted etch- ings and lithographs of coastal landscapes are inspired by the architecture and moods of the New England Islands and Cape Cod, where she paints in her sum- mer dio. She often portrays her feeli:,for a place in the strength of mogX" or late afternoon light when shadows are strongest and people are elsewhere. Green is gaining a statewide reputation for her luminous Delaware landscapes. Green was born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, where she received an associate's degree in advertising and design from Mercer County Community College. Michele has many exhibits and awards to her credit, most recently being at Lau- rel Arts Center, Somerset, Pa.; the Japanese American International Watercolor Exhibition; and the Southern Allegheny Museum of Art in Johnstown, Pa. She resides in Dover. She paints predominately in oil and acrylic; however, she has been known to work in her other medi- um, crayon, with her most artistic achievement: her 3-year-old son, Clayton. Indeed, Clayton's influ- ence is strong: Green will display a 6-foot tall image of the clayma- tion character "Gumby" at the Homestead during the run of her show. Continued on page 63 Four artists will exhibit their work at the Rehoboth Art League during the month of May. An artist reception is slated for Friday, May 1.