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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 2' September 8, 1994 Arts & Entertainment Steppin Out Montana Wildaxe chops through the Top 40 hype; focuses on rock 'n' roll By Denise 1111. Marshall Montana Wildaxe isn't interest- ed in playing Top 40 tunes and prefers to play vintage songs that are more intellectual. "We cover artists and material from 20 years ago," said Chip Porter, vocalist and guitarist for Montana Wildaxe. "We probably don't do one song that wasn't written 20 years ago (or earlier). We aren't interested in playing popular music." Montana Wildaxe performs "American rock" music, which mixes traditional folk, jazz, blues and country music. The band's music, which resembles the sounds of George Thorogood, is easy-listening rock 'n' roll. The Wilmington-based group plays a mix of original songs and covers songs by artists such as Lit- tie Feat, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. "We probably have a repertoire of about 200 songs," Porter said. "We do our own versions of songs." Mogt of the band members are married and have children. "For the most part, we all' have very serious jobs," Porter said. Their day jobs limit their oppor- tunities to tour and to rehearse songs. "We learn most of our new material on stage," Porter said. "We don't have time for rehearsal. We write some of our material on stage." Montana Wildaxe has produced a compact disc, which was released during the summer of 1992. "Most of the songs were written while we were recording them," Porter said. The band's self-titled CD fea- tures six original songs, including two environmental songs and one song about procrastination. Another song is about "Why You Don't Date Girls Ten Years Younger Than You." "Because they don'_t know what they want and they break your heart," Porter explained. Montana Wildaxe is an out- growth of White Lighting, a popu- lar band which played in the early 1980s, Porter said. Porter, along with Kurt Houff on guitars and Dan Long on keyboards, per- formed as a regrouping of the. band. In 1986, the trio formed Mon- tana Wildaxe and added new band members. Rounding out the six- piece band are bassist Tony Capel- la, drummer Rick Raessler and percussionist Tim "Bongo Boy" Kelly. Porter, Houff, Capella and Long all contribute to the group's vocals. Houff writes most of the group's lyrics. For the past six years, Montana Wildaxe has performed at the Logan House in Wilmington. The tight-knit band also plays at bars in Wilmington and Newark and has played gigs in New York City and Washington, D.C. "To me, it's like getting togeth- er with a group of friends on stage every weekend," Porter said. "We're good friends." Last summer, the band per- formed at the Blue Rocks Stadium with the Village People. Montana Wildaxe played at Merriwether Post Pavilion as part of the HORDE (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) musical festival last year. Blues Traveler was the headlin- er band for the festival, which attracted a crowd of about 15,000 people. "I was just blown away on stage looking at this crowd," Porter said. This summer, Montana Wildaxe appeared every Monday on the deck at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. According to Porter, Montana Wildaxe plans to perform through November and then take off sever- al months so individual band members can pursue their own musical projects. Hopefully, the band members will come back fresh with new ideas, he said. "The band's not breaking up," Porter emphasized. "We're just taking some time off." Montana Wildaxe will perform at Sir Guy's Restaurant & Pub in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, Sept. 4. In other entertainment news] the Crab Barn. on Long Neck Road will hostan end-of-summer Cus-, tomer Appreciation Party on Sun-: day, Sept. 4. The entertainment for the day will include Blue Junction, Joel Hazel, the Jam Junkies, Lenny and the Soulsenders, Elwood Bishop and the Blue Wave. In addition to live music, the party will feature pickup horse- shoe games, beach volleyball and free hot dogs for the kids from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Here's what's going on at other resort establishments: Chip Porter, vocalist and guitarist for Montana Wildaxe, performs at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. The six-piece rock 'n' roll band, which performed every Monday at the Rudder this summer, will appear at Sir Guy's Restaurant and Pub in Rehoboth Beach on Sun- day, Sept. 4. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall); every Tuesday - open mike acoustic jam; Friday, Sept. 2 - Voice of Reason; Satur- day, Sept. 3- Tisra Til; Sunday, Sept. 4 - Swtirl; Monday, Sept. 5 - Harry O.; Friday, Sept. 9 - Spider Dogs; Saturday; Sept. 10 - the Johnsons; Sunday, Sept. 11 - New Deal. For information call 227- 1272. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; Friday, Sept. 2 - jazz pianist Nick Wayne; Satur- day, Sept. 3 - Nick Wayne and Company, jazz trio; Sunday, Sept. 4 - jazz pianist Nick Wayne; Fri- day and Saturday, Sept. 9 & 10 - rhythm and blues with Funch. Corner Cupboard: 50 Park Avenue; every Saturday - Scotty on piano beginning at 7 p.m.; every Sunday - Scotty on piano during Sunday brunch. For infor- mation call 227-8553. Country Squire: Ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue; every Wednesday, open mike night with Lex Bayard; Friday, Sept. 2 - Blue Junction; 'Saturday, Sept. 3 - Car- bon 14; Sunday, Sept. 4 - Elwood Bishop; Monday, Sept. 5 - Tom Larsen; Friday, Sept. 9 - the Blues Gems; Saturday, Sept. 10 - C.C. Rider. For information call 227- 3985. Crab.Barn: Del. 1; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 & 3 - Regina Dianne; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 & 10 - Regina Dianne. For information call 227- 6700. Continued on page 38 Labor Dmf holiday weekend means special events in resort region Years ago, the Labor Day holi- day heralded the end of the sum- mer season in the resort area. Times change, and now Labor Day signals the start of a second season - one with less traffic and fewer crowds, but much activity. But one thing never changes - and that's the annual Labor Day Piping Out ceremony this Mon- day, Sept. 5, at the Bandstand at the end of Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. The indomitable Sammy Ferro, known far and wide as "Mr. Rehoboth," will once again lead a band of merrymakers down Rehoboth Avenue to the Band- stand where the cast of characters sporting kazoos, washboards, spoons, and other instruments will conduct the Piping Out ceremony. The action will begin about 6:50 p.m. when the Cape Henlopen Singers and Swingers - from Cape Henlopen Senior Center - will pre- sent a program of singing, music and country dancing until about 7:30 or 7:45 p.m. - or whenever Mr. Rehoboth and his band of musicians arrive on the scene. The Labor Day holiday is also time for an annual resort fund- raising event - this one benefiting the Sussex County AIDS Commit- tee and CAMP Rehoboth. SunDance '94, "Hearts in the Sun," The Rainbow Party will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, at Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall on Rehoboth Avenue from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The party begins, according to organizers Steve Elkins and Mur- ray Archibald, with live music and silent auctions from 7-9:30 p.m., accompanied by a buffet prepared and served by the Blue Moon Restaurant. Dancing will be from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music by Eric Cabr- era and lights by Richard Erskine. An open bar will be available dur- ing the entire evening. It is suggested that SunDance- goers dress as rainbows or as all one color of the rainbow. Tickets cost $35 per person and are available at The Blue Moon on Baltimore Avenue, and CAMP Rehoboth and may be paid for with cash, check payable to Sun- dance Benefit, by credit card or at the door. One hundred percent of the pro- ceeds from ticket sales and money raised from the auction will be split between the Sussex County AIDS Committee (80 percent) and CAMP Rehoboth (20 percent). CAMP Rehoboth in a non-profit service organization. Anyone who would like to make a contribution but is unable to attend may send them to: Sun- Dance Benefit, 39 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. For additional information, call 227-5620. Gazette file photo Sammy Ferro, known to one and all as Mr. Rehoboth - once again will lead the Piping Out ceremony Monday night at the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach.