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ARTs & ENTERTAINMENT Ste00pin Out Juliet's Wishing Well "Far From Winter" with new CD By Jen EUingsworth They're one of the most original bands to call Delaware their home. They've come a long way and yet the members of Juliet's Wishing Well have expanded their goals for the new year. The Wilmington-based song- smiths take a giant step into new, uncharted territory with their latest EP, titled "Far From Winter." The foursome of Lou Lasprugato, Dan Weisman, John Ohnmacht and Eric Levy has taken a quantum leap from its 1996 debut album "High Fashion," but remains true to its roots in creative, thought- provoking songwriting and music. "We're excited about the new CD," said Lasprugato. "It feels fresh. Now we're hoping to expand, more forward and move beyond." Although fans may have to wait a little longer for the release of the disc (check out Arena's for the CD release party in early January), much of the foursome's new mate- rial can be heard when it plays at Dogfish Head on Saturday, Dec. 27. Since Weisman and Lasprugato founded Juliet's Wishing Well in '93, the two have collaborated to muster creative and original lyrics and to continue down an ambi- tious path of stand-out perfor- mances. By the end of the year, the group will have performed at over 150 live shows and put on impressive performances for the second con- secutive year at the CMJ confer- ence and at the Philadelphia Music Conference. Produced by Robin Danar (who has also worked with bands like Rusted Root and Talking Heads), "Far From Winter" was recorded in September and is anything but predictable. "It's our new direction in a sense," said Weisman. "It's got a little more attitude." Lasprugato and Weisman said they still have high regard for "High Fashion," which earned the group kudos for its originality and style, but said they felt "Far From Winter" shows how much the band has matured. "We're still proud of it ("High Fashion") and the fact that it was our freshman record," said Weis- mann. "When we went into the studio this time, we wanted to come out with something that con- veyed a sense of emotion." "Far From Winter" slides through a spectrum of moods and expression. From the fragile "Saving June" (which has already received air- play and has been named a local's pick on WXPN, a northern Delaware radio station), to the more edgy sound of "Raido," the latest disc is a wild and introspec- tive ride. While the past year has been a fruitful one for the band, its mem- bers are still looking ahead at aus- picious goals. "I definitely think we've Juliet's Wishing Well is (l-r) matured a lot as a band and as songwriters," said Lasprugato "Our style has slightly changed over time - as we've progressed over the past few years - but the songs still have the same emotion- al character." In other local entertainment news ... Rounder recording artist Sleepy LaBeef will strut his rock- a-billy self at Dogfish Head Brew- ings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Sleepy is a vet- eran of the show business scene, having plunked down songs for Lou Lasprugato, Dan Weisman, John Ohnmacht and Eric Levy. over 40 years. His latest effort, also his fifth release on the Rounder label, is titled 'TI1 Never Lay My Guitar Down." Entertain- ment Weekly recently reported that "His concerts are as grand as his measurements." Sleepy's performance is part of Dogfish's "Seven Straight Days of Live Music," which started Christ- mas night with Cliff Hillis and his "Christmas Cronies," and lasts through New Year's Eve when Cliff returns for a Tisra Til reunion. Also included in the week's lineup are Starbelly (another Cliff Hillis ensemble), Juliet's Wishing Well, Burning Bus and Chip Porter of Montana Wildaxe. There's simply no excuse to stay home for the holidays. Call the brew-pub at 226- BREW (2739) for more informa- tion about any of the shows, or to make reservations for the special dinner and champagne toast with a Tisra Til reunion on New Year's Eve. Continued on page 51 'This Time For Scotty" CD now on sale in Cape Region Those who attended the fundraising event, "This Time for Scotty," back in September can now relive some of the highlights of that magical evening at the BayCenter, when the community paid homage to the local jazz leg- end Lawrence "Scotty" Scott, who died Nov. 17. Those who weren't able to be on board that night can also get a taste of the jam through the pur- chase of the "This Time for Scot- ty," CD, which was released by SideStreet Music, Ltd. late last week. The $15 CD features Scotty himself, accompanied and paid tribute to through song and speech by musicians Nick Wayne, :,pee, ee-d S ',*,'2 y,, PPeJ) MJJ) Bruce Shappeli, Earl Ross, Jacky Moffet, Denise Carlson, Art Cur- icy, Lyn and John Doughton, Har- Jarmon, master of cergmonics Holmes, Kenny Martin, Mitch Ebanks, the group Facelift and Lyn Doughton III. "This Time for Scotty" moves through such favorites as "Lush Life," and "Faraway Places," to "Girl from Ipanema," and finally, "God Bless the Child." Scotty sang and played the piano in and around the Cape Region for over 50 years, and is credited with breaking the "color line" as the first black musician to perform in Rehoboth Beach. A mentor to many of the Cape's jazz artists, Scotty was asked to be the first grand marshal of the Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz. Festival. In its eighth year, the festival ,o/:.r, az::: :.bgv, sa.oD p,f )azz )gyf.ors: and the nonprofit Scotty Founda- tion was created in his honor. The foundation helps provide instruments and instruction to " in conjunction Proceeds from the sale of the CD will go toward the foundation and to help defray Scotty's medical bills, as he battled cancer for 10 years before his death on Nov. 17, 1997. "This Time for Scotty" was pro- duced by the Friends of Scotty, Sydney Arzt, Gary Cottingham, Bob Prengle and Peggy Raley. It can be purchased at the following locations: Cape Gazette, Kemp Mill Music, Music for a Song, Nicola Pizza, Woodies at the Din- ner Bell Inn, Dogfish Head and Brewing Company, 1776 Restau- rant, Kupchick's Restaurant, Pot- pourri Restaurant, Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant, Nassau Valley Vineyards and Winery, The Rusty .8Jrr, J.r T.rMIJr., Tb KJI Store and Silver Screen Video CDs may also be ordered at $15 each by telePhone at SideStreet: Music, GaryCottingham, 302- 732-6899, ot  THIS TIME COTTY