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32 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, August 5 - August 11, 1994 Arts & Entertainment Steppin The Spider Dogs, a four-member rock 'n' roll band assembled from the shores of Ocean City, Md., will perform at Arenas Dell in Rehoboth Beach on Monday, Aug. 8. The band will return to Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Aug. 20, when it will perform at the Country Squire. Pictured from left to right are: Kevin Compher, bass guitar and lead vocals; J.V. Hall, lead guitar and lead vocals; Dan Kester, keyboards, percussion, flute and background vocals; and Tom Grif- fith,'drums, percussion and background vocals. Spider Dogs to rock Arena's Aug. 8 By Denise M. Marshall Having performed professionally for the past three years, the Spider Dogs are on the verge of signing a recording contract with Rodell Records, of Holly- wood, Calif. The band hopes to release its first com- pact disc by January. The Spider Dogs' repertoire spans a wide spectrum of rock 'n' roll songs from the fifties through the nineties. Combining the soul of the sixties with the sound of the nineties, the group offers an appreciation of current rock 'n' roll as well as a look at its history. The band plays everything from Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel" to Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" to George Thorogood's "Get a Haircut, Get a Real Job." The group's music is also influenced by artists such as the Rolling Stones, U2, David Bowie, the Talking Heads, Robert Palmer, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, the Beatles, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett and Lynyrd Skynyrd. "We do a little bit of everything," said Kevin Com- pher, bass guitarist and lead vocalist for the Spider Dogs. In addition to their authentically-reproduced cover material, the Spider Dogs perform their own original music. "We've been in a recording studio two times," Compher said. The group's demo tape features four original songs. Most of the Spider Dogs' originals are written by Hall with input from the other band members. For example, "The Desert Song" is based on Hall's experience living in Arizona. "Get Naked (So We Can See You)" is "just a party song," Compher explained. Compher and Tom Griffith, drummer, percussion- ist and vocalist for the Spider Dogs, have been per- forming together in different bands for the past decade. Several years ago, the two hooked up with Dan Kester, who plays keyboards, percussion, flute and backing vocals for the Spider Dogs. Roughly three years ago, the group discovered the band's "missing link," J.V; Hall, Compher said. Hall handles lead guitar and lead vocals. The newly-formed band was having difficulty coming up with a name for the group. One day, Hall went home and asked his three-year-old son what the band should call itself. The toddler instantly blurted out, "Spider Dogs." "It sounds like something nobody ever used before," Compher said. The group's popularity has taken off in the past three years. During the month of July, the Spider Dogs booked 22 dates. The Spider Dogs credit their rising success to their musical diversity and strong harmonies. The tight-knit group, which performs regularly in establishments in Ocean City, Md., was one of sever- al bands which provided music during the 15th Annual Character of the Year Contest in Ocean City last April. The event raised nearly $34,000 for the Worchester County Humane Society New Building Fund. The Spider Dogs will perform at Arena's Deli in Rehoboth Beach on Monday, Aug. 8 and on Monday, Aug. 29. The band will also play at the Country Squire in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Aug. 20. In other entertainment news, Blue Junction will take the stage at the Crab Barn on Long Neck Road on Friday, Aug. 5. Rising from the wreckage of sev- eral local classic rock, blues and country bands, the three members of Blue Junction have become one of the area's tightest rock 'n' roll outfits with ties tO country and blues. Gino Bailey, bass player and back-up vocalist, comes from a long line of musicians and has worked with the likes of Shirley Scott and Randy Ashcraft. Lead guitarist and vocalist Toby Parks has been per- forming since high school. The newest member, drummer Keith Brooks, has performed with Robin Continued on page 34 All Saints' Episcopal Antiques Show to open with gala preview Aug. 8 This is the 45th year that All Saints Episcopal Parish has spon- sored the Antiques Show to be held at Rehoboth Beach Conven- tion Hall, Tuesday and Wednes- day, Aug. 9-10. A gala preview party will launch the event from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 to which the pub- lic is invited. A $15 donation for the party will include admission all days of the show. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, with daily admission $3, while children under 12, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free. The two-day event offers a qual- ity selection of fine antiques, rang- ing from old jewelry to porcelain, furniture, glassware, silver and many other exquisite pieces. There will be 28 dealers, many of whom have been a part of the exhibitor corps for well over a decade, coming from seven states. Some of the dealers include: Crawford's Corner, Wood- stown, N.J.; Barbara Hicks, Port Republic, Va.; Sudbury Galleries, N. Caldwell, N.J.; James Kilvin$- ton, Dover; Melvin Arion, Laurel; Blue Lion Antiques, New Oxford, Pa.; Shaeffer's Antiques, Glyn- don, Md.; Kensington Collection, Baltimore, Md.; Johanna, Kingsville, Md4 Merry Walk Antiques, Baltimore; Brill's Antiques, Newport News, Va.; Lighthouse Antiques, Barnegat Light, N.J.; At the Sign of the Sycamore, Guilford, Ct.; James Galley, Lederach, Pa.; Josephine Hart Thrasher, Alexandria, Va.; day Aug 6, in the{his0fie eompl Third arid Shipar iate!y 60 exhibitfts Se!lifig Pete's Pickin's, Upper Falls, Md.; Archer's Antiques, Westminster, Md.; Mary Jane Barr, Eldersburg, Md.; O'Beir Antiques, Green- wood; The Springs Farms, Poolesville, Md.; Proceeds from the show benefit historic 100-year-old All Saints Episcopal Church on Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, and also St. George's Chapel near Angola, which is celebrating its 275 anniversary. "We look forward to seeing everyone at this prestigious event, a seaside tradition for 45 years," said Chairman Jeane Vest. For more information call her at 226-1819. ! Trish Vernon photo One highlight of the annual All Saints' Episcopal Parish Antiques Show is the door prize, this year a 75-year-old Afghan-Kilem rug donated by Stuart Kingston Gallery of Rehoboth Beach, shown by gallery owner Jay Stein. The show will be held in Rehoboth Convention Hall with hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 9 and 11 m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 10, with a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8.