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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 69 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Out Colonials, vinyl shockley head list of Labor Day must sees By Jen Ellingsworth The entertainment scene has been alive and well all summer long in the Cape Region, and the Labor Day holiday weekend should be no exception. Establishments from Lewes to Rehoboth Beach (and all points in between) have stacked line-ups slated for the coming holiday. When you get tired of the fun and sun for the day, don't fret, there's plenty to do after dark. Fasten your seat belts for the Wild Colonials Geffen Records recording artists the Wild Colonials will saunter into Dogfish Head on Monday, Sept. 1. Probably best known for last year's hit "Spark," the band is fresh from this summer's Lilith Tour and on tour to promote their second album, "This Can't Be Life." With hausic full of emotion and diversity, the Colonials are a high- energy band with sounds ranging from the violin, the recorder, the pennywhistle and the Australian didgeridoo. Most members of the band start- ed their musical careers playing other instruments, but their talents and interests each evolved to include two (if not more) instru- ments. One of the band's five eclectic members, bass/keyboard/saxo- phone/pennywhistle/melodica/ didgeridoo player Scott Roewe, hails from Wilmington. He is joined by vocalist Angela McCluskey, guitar/vocalist Shark, violinist/ pianist Paul Cantelon and drummer/vocalist Thaddeus The Wild Colonials will rustle up some fun at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Monday, Sept. 1. Tick- ets are $5. For information, call 226-BREW (2739). Corea. The Wild Colonials released their debut CD, "Fruit of Life," in 1994. That release was followed by a number of appearances on soundtracks, including the films "Mr. Wrong," "The Last Supper," and "Flirting With Disaster." While the band remains on tour to promote its latest release, the Wild Colonials will spend time visiting smaller, more intimate clubs. Dogfish Head sources have con- firmed that inquiries about tickets ($5) have already been pouring in. The high-volume band Ver- brow, which has roots in punk and alternative, will open for the Wild Colonials. vinyl shockley returns to Irish Eyes at Anglers Friday, Aug. 29, marks the return of Ed Shockley's new band, vinyl shockley, to Irish Eyes at Anglers in Lewes. The ensemble packed the place for his early August CD release party. Irish Eyes owner Jack Royal said the discs will also be on sale at this gig. The CD, a self-titled effort fea- turing Shockley on drums, Dale Melton on piano and organ, Kevin Walsh on guitar and Dennis Melton on bass, features original material Shockley said he's com- piled over the years. Although previously hesitant to label his style of music and unable to come up with a category to which it would apply, Shockley said he's confident that his materi- al fits into one of the latest new trends, music simply called Drummer/vocalist and lyricist Ed Shockley and his band, "vinyl shockley," will return to Irish Eyes at Anglers in Lewes on Friday, Aug. 29. "Americana." The new genre of music encompasses material from roots-rock to alternative, and includes artists such as the infa- mous Johnny Cash and newcomer Wilco. "I've always written songs with this type of style," said Shockley. "They never fit in with a certain type of musical direction. I've stock-piled them." Shockley grew up in Lewes and never strayed far away from his musical roots there. Although he currently lives in New York City, the Sussex County native played in early bands such as The Cre- ators, Nobody's Children and Misters Virtue. His first taste of the big time was with The Jesse Frederick Band, where he first played with the Melton brothers, Dennis and Dale. Shockley, the Melton brothers and bandmate Dave Derr broke off from the Jesse Frederick band to become the Jack of Diamonds. The latter band saw immense popularity throughout the state and in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. When the Jack of Dia- monds disbanded, ghockley moved to New York City where he joined the band Cries. Delaware native Keith Mack, who had encouraged Iim to make the move to the Big Apple, was soon to join, as was Michael Shockley (Ed's brother). The band signed a record deal with BMG and realeased a CD on the RCA label. Following that success, Mack and Ed Shockley went on to play in a new band called Moving Day. Through the years, Shockley has recorded with a plethora of leg- endary talent, including punk icon Continued on page 70 Labor Day weekend festivities abound in Cape Region Although the summer season is winding to a close, there's no shortage of things to do this Labor Day weekend. From festivals to fireworks and even a "funeral," the weekend promises something for everyone. The Sundance 97 Rainbow Revival, held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31. The event will include a cocktail buffet and the Sundance Auction on Saturday evening from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Sun- dance Party on Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The par- ty will feature music by Mark Thomas and an open bar all night. Tickets for both events are $50; or $35 for each individual event. The proceeds from Sundance '97 benefit the Sussex County Aids Committee and CAMP Rehoboth. Labor Day Long Neck Style is also on tap for the weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pots Net Park Island pavilion. Included in the annual celebra- tion are games, rides, crafts, horseshoes, prizes, raf- fles, and fireworks at dusk. There will also be an open mike talent competition for solo or group musicians, jugglers, etc. from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $2, with those 12 and under admitted free. Craft shows also abound this weekend, including a three-day Craft Show at Rehoboth Mall, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. In addition to various craft items, the event will feature a Chinese Auction Sun- day. Music will be provided by Four Hits and a Miss from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Saturday also marks the 12th Annual Pot-Nets Fall Arts and Crafts Show and the Annual Summer Bazaar and Craft Show at Long Neck United Methodist Church. The Pot-Nets show is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Summer Bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If it's Labor Day, it must be time for the Annual Book Sale at the Lewes Library, sponsored each year by the Friends of the Lewes Public Library, featuring fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, children's books, hard and paperback. The book sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the rain date set for Sunday, Aug. 31. Continued on page 73 Sammy Ferro, known as "Mr. Rehoboth," will lead the tradi- tional Rehoboth Beach Piping Out ceremony on the Band- stand Monday, Sept. 1. Everyone is invited to join in the fun.