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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 CAPE LIFE Mack Brothers may uncork with McEnr0e in Dewey Cape Region musicians at center of solar system of local sound By Dave Frederick Former Wimbled0n champion John McEnroe, who last week did commentary for the Wimbledon Championships, said that he is reaily embarrased by the lack of interest in the sport of tennis in the United States. McEnroe also told his lead gui- tarist Keith Mack that "tennis was a sport for sissies and that the only reason he played was because it came easy to him." Keith Mack, guitarist? What's he doing in this story? Keith Mack of Rehoboth Beach; who played in the band Eighth Day as a teenager along with Sherman Ward, John Sibert, Fred Hazeltine, Kenny Martin and Sandy Moore, left for New York City in 1982 when he was 22 years old, and after living a short time with Doug James, found his own Manhattan apartment. That same year, because his roommate took the place of keyboard player Paul Shaffer who went on to the Letterman Show, Keith got plugged in with a group called Scandal, featuring lead singer Pat- ty Smyth along with Ivan Elias, Benji King and Zach Smith. The Album "I Am .The Warrior," sold over a million records. "We lip synced our records on, Solid Gold and American Band- stand," Keith Mack said. "Later I was touring with Joe Cocker and played on the 'Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson." But what's John McEnroe doing in this story? John is married to Patty Smyth " and last year while expecting a baby, Patty called Keith. "Can you help John with his band by playing guitar and helping him to write songs?" she asked. "We toured Europe with a four piece group that included John and me on lead guitars along with a bass player and drummer. We also played a lot in California and Washington State. Fans in the United States seem reluctant to allow a person like McEnroe, who has been successful in one area, to become uccessful in another. But he's really pretty good and sings lead. John's more of a song styl- ist. There's a chance we may play the Bottle and Cork later this summer." But where's older brother Greg Mack in this story? "I was mixing for a Newark-based group called Bad Sneakers that included Mark Moss, Ward Camp, Shane Faber, Dale Dallabrida and Nell Tillot- son," Greg said, "I never actually moved to New York but in 1983 I mixed music for Scandal and toured with them for a year-and-a-half. We (Scan- . dal) opened for some big name "'groups like Robert Hazzard, Adam Ant, Hall and Oates and the Kinks. I ran the sound board in the San Francisco Cow Palace, Merriweather Post, Brendon Byrn Arena, The Summit in Houston, the L.A.Forum. You name the place and we were there, "Greg said." . But where's Dickie Messick come into the story? "The roadies (people who carry and plug stuff into sockets).for Scandal were Changing all 'the time," Greg said. "We were doing a big CBS Record convention in Hawaii and brought Dickie out to help u because he knew what he was Angle Moon photo Greg (left) and Keith Mack of Rehoboth Beach have become institutions in the local music scene. doing." Brothers Keith and Greg Mack seem to be at the center of the solar system of sound in the local area. There are so many entangle- ments that the musical brothers often exchange leads when unrav- eling a story. Drummer Ed Shocldey has got to be in this story. "Jack Of Dia- monds was the group of.the seven- ties around the beach area," Keith said. Shockley on drums .was joined by Dave Derr, Dave Sibert, Bill Larsen. "I never guessed I'd be playing in a group with Ed Shock- Icy myself,'" Keith said. Keith and Ed along with brother Mike Shockley formed the group "Cries" in the late 80s and released a record in Europe. A group of New York musi- cians got together and jammed for fun and called themselves the Funsters. There are no original members in the band that plays locally which includes Keith Mack, Greg Mack, Greer White, John Fletch- er, Tom Houska, Dickie Messick, Ken Tongue and sometimes Mike Daisey if Ed Shockley's out of , town. "The band's a blend of Eighth Day, Jack Of Diamonds and Kickback," Keith said. Love Seed Momma Jump? Are they a part of this network? "They are the biggest group ever to come out of this area," Keith said. "I produced their second CD. They are capable of making the big time and I hope they do." Keith is currently working with local song writer and singer Doug James producing a CD together. There are other names like Jate Walsh, Martin Lemaire, Jack Legg, Greg Hazzard, Ben King, Tom King, Dan Cook, Gary Mar- vel and Joe Blac k (taped every gig), musicians all woven into the " history of the local fabric. Are the Mack brothers chips off some old block or did they simply lick their talent off the bricks? "Our dad, Chris, (passed away in '88) had his own band up until the '80s," Keith said. "He sang and played the sax. They per- formed in Ocean City a lot. They were called the Uniques." Chris and wife Mary Louise must have named the group after their sons. I They see too many of their peers and those of generations before and after them, falling victim to HIV infection, depression, addic= tion and violence. Their goal is to arm themselves with knowledge and to go into their own-communi- ties and help to strengthen the lives of other African American women. Deborah Cheatwood, ou.treach specialist with Kent/SussexAIDS Program (KSAP), said, "As we develop into leaders, we will go to our communities, to our families, friends, loved ones, and teach them the facts and skills to strengthen our neighborhoods and provide resources togrow and stay healthy." Reaching out The KSAP is a program of Chil- dren and Families First, the agency.formed by a consolidation of three agencies, Family Service Delaware, Children's Bureau and Turnabout Counseling and Com- munity Servicgs. The program provides services tailored to meet the needs of specific populations such as out-of-school youth and the gay/bisexual community as well as Sectors of the African American community. The program utilizes discussion groups such as Sister to Sister, individual outreach, group presen- tations and training of community leaders to spread the word of dis- ease prevention .and of the impor- tance of building stronger com- munities. Cheatwood wrote the public Continued on page 26 " Rosanne Pack photo Terry Hagans (1) and Linda Lewis talk over women's health and social issues, Sister to Sister, in the program designed to train women to go into their communities as leaders. By Rosanne Pack They share laughter and food, they share information about jobs and family, and they share statis- tics, such' as of 408 Delaware women diagnosed with AIDS, 78 percent are African American women. They enjoy each other's compa- ny and they probably would be friends even if there was no group to pulls them together each week. They are the members of Sister to Sister, a community leadership project for African American women. Operating on the "Each one teach one" philosophy, they are exploring issues in the lives of African American women, and they are learning ways to avoid barriers that would keep them from happy, productive lives. Message of hope and safety passes Sister to Sister