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96 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 Roomful of Blues will perform Saturday, May 24, at 1776 Classic American Steakhouse. DSO to offer 'Beethoven' double bill on May 17 The Delaware Symphony Or- chestra is presenting a Beethoven double bill: a unique opportunity to compare the work of the master from the beginning of his career to the end. Beethoven's monu- mental Symphonies One and Nine will be performed in one concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at the Grand Opera House. Guest conductor is Henry Charles Smith; guest soloists are soprano Winifred Faix Brown, tenor Lee Henning, baritone Philip Kraus and mezzo soprano Emily Lo- dine. Tickets are $32 to $52 are available by calling or visiting the Grand box office at 800-37- GRAND and on the website at In his First Symphony, Beethoven, whose popularity as a piano soloist was at its peak in 1799, was chafing at the musical restrictions imposed by the times. His compositions were influenced primarily by Haydn and Mozart. As a Romantic, he endorsed the beliefs  romantic composers- the right of individuals to express themselves freely and the necessi- ty for such expression to be a per- sonal statement. From then on, Beethoven in- creasingly flouted the existing rules of musical competition in order to convey his musical ideas and innovations. By 1817, his music had entered a. new era. The culmination of his symphonic ca- reer was the earth shattering Ninth Symphony - also known as the Choral Symphony - written in 1824, which, with its choral fi- nale, is truly a breathtaking show- piece. 5-6:30 N[GEELY $5 OFF MENU PRICED ENTREES & PASTAS MUST BE SEATED BY 6:30 Intimate gourmet dining featuring: UNIQUE PASTAS BLACK ANGUS STEAKS FRESH SEAFOOD SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 - 2 $12,95 A LA CARTE ENTREES INCLUDES FRESH FRUIT, CROISSANT BASKET BEVERAGE AND CHAMPAGNE Rehoboth Beach, DE, 31 Robinson Dr. & Hwy 1 Roomful of Blues heading to 1 76 for May 24 show The horn-fueled, jumping, swinging, award-winning band, Roomful of Blues, will celebrate the release of its Alligator Records debut, '"qhat's Right!"," with a live performance, Satur- day, May 24, at 1776 Classic American Steakhouse at Midway. The great Count Basic called them, "The hottest blues band I've ever heard." "DownBeat" said the band is "in a class by it- self." Roomful of Blues is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary. Time and ticket price for the show will be announced at a later date. Since 1968, Roomful of Blues' horn-driven blend of swing, jump, blues and soul has earned it four Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, includ- ing two W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The band has always boasted great musicianship fea- turing a stellar horn section Roomful received a 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Award nomination for Best Instrumentalist - Horns. With an almost nonstop per- formance schedule for the last 35 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe. Twice, the pres- tigious DownBeat International Critics Poll selected Roomful of Blues as Best Blues Band. Now, Schwartz Continued from page 95 of 'q.a Movida," the pop cultmal movement of late 70s Madrid. From those humble beginnings, Almodovar has become one of the most acclaimed and prolific film directors working today. His earlier works include such cult classics as "Law of Desire" the next chapter is being written, as Roomful of Blues joins the Al- ligator Records family with its newest release, 'q'hat's Right!" Over the years, Roomfuls' line- up has changed but the band has alway.s been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight- piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher, stronger or tighter. With newest members vo- calist/harpist Mark DuFresne, bassist Brad Hallen, drummer Ja- son Corbiere, keyboardist Mark Steverts and baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Farley joining long time members tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille and trumpeter Bob Enos, "That's Right!" swings with ferocity and rocks with urgency and purpose. It all began in Westerly, Rhode Is- land, in 1968 when guitarist Duke Robillard and keyboardist AI Copley started a band that played tough, no-holds-barred .Chicago blues. They soon began exploring the swinging, jumping blues, R&B and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s, and added a horn section in 1970. In 1974, they performed with Count Basie and a few years later, legendary songwriter Dec Pomus helped them land their first record deal. In 1977, Roomful of Blues ' r (1987), "Women on the Verge ofa Nervous Breakdown" (1988), "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990) and "All About My Moth- er" (1999), which won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best For- eign Language Film. "Talk to Her" has a running time of 112 minutes. It is rated R for nudity, sexual content and some language. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. self-titled debut album on Island Records (recently reissued on Hyena Records) brought them to the attention of fans and critics from coast to coast. When found- ing member Duke Robillard left the band in 1980, he was replaced by equally talented guitarist Ron- hie Earl. Singer Lou Ann Barton joined the band at this time, shar- ing vocals with Greg Piccolo. By now the band was touring nation- ally and attracting bigger and big- ger crowds. Roomful recorded the critically acclaimed "Hot Little Mama" fortheir own Blue Flame label and two successful albums for the Varrick label during the 1980s. In addition, they often backed legendary musicians like Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Mc- Cracklin, Roy Brown, Joe .Turner, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Earl King - stars of the 1940s and 1950s blues scene - and the very Continued on page 97 TUESDAY Din.r: Rack Ribs $11.75 Bar: $2.25 Bid & Bad Lit., XL Frozen High Octanes 9-1 WEDNESDAY Dinnnr: AYe| $n,w Crab l.ein $15.2S Bar: $2.50 P.ifisos, XL Barry Burns 9-1 THURSDAY Din.r: I/2 off Sandwich. 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