Antique Roadshow to open History, Heritage and Hops

Dover natives Tom Banez, left, and Sean Golt, who form the easy listening duo Antique Roadshow, will kick off Saturday’s History, Heritage & Hops craft beer, food and music festival Saturday at 1 p.m. on Loockerman Street in Dover. (Submitted photo)

Dover natives Tom Banez, left, and Sean Golt, who form the easy listening duo Antique Roadshow, will kick off Saturday’s History, Heritage & Hops craft beer, food and music festival Saturday at 1 p.m. on Loockerman Street in Dover. (Submitted photo)

Happy hour will come early Saturday as the Dover-based duo Antique Roadshow will open Saturday’s second annual History, Heritage & Hops music, beer and food festival in downtown Dover.

Antique Roadshow, made up of Tom Banez on guitar and Sean Golt on keyboard, was formed in June of last year and has been playing the second Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Greene Turtle in Dover.

They specialize in happy hours and late afternoon events.

“When we started that’s what we agreed upon. As we are getting a bit older, we said we’re not going to do the late night stuff. It just isn’t as appealing anymore,” said Mr. Banez.

Best Bets logo CLEAR copy“This way we get in at 4, start at 5 and break down at 8 and we still have the rest of the evening to do what we want.”

The project started for the pair, who went to Dover High School together, as just a way to get their musical chops back after a few years away from it all.

“Sean and I had both played locally over the years — Sean a bit more than me. He retired from working for DelDOT, where I still work. He had his interest in music rekindled and asked if he could do some sessions with me,” Mr. Banez said.

“It had been a while since I had played and we just figured ‘Let’s help each other out and see how good or bad we are.’

“It went from there. We each had common interests in the same type of music and we went from picking songs to starting to play out.”

Their music is mostly covers from the ’60s through the ’90s with some more modern material thrown in.

The songs range from those of The Beatles to early Elton John, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison, Bob Seger and Pink Floyd to Matchbox 20.

“It’s got to work for a keyboard and guitar and then it has to make us happy playing it,” Mr. Banez said.

“We are fans of ’70s classic progressive music. A lot of it is music that might not necessarily be top of mind but then you realize that you remember it and haven’t heard it in a long time.

“So it’s also songs by Steely Dan, Supertramp or David Bowie. Many of them help challenge us or help us grow as musicians.”

While it certainly won’t be a problem on Saturday while they perform on the main stage at the start of the event at 1 p.m., playing events like a happy hour take a special kind of skill.

“We don’t like to be in a place where the band plays so loud, you can’t talk with the guy or girl next to you. So we prefer to play loud enough to be heard but still at a reasonable level where you can have a conversation. That’s the balance we aim to strike,” Mr. Banez said.

Although they have kept the performances to a minimum over the first year, Mr. Banez said they are ready to start increasing their workload, especially as summer begins.

Meding’s Seaford in Milford is one of the spots music fans can expect to see Antique Roadshow soon.

“This whole thing has exceeded my expectations. I came into it with the mindset of helping Sean get better. But it got my creative juices flowing and we’ve really gotten into it. And now as we grow, the expectations continue to grow as well,” Mr. Banez said.

The duo will play History, Heritage & Hops, or as it’s also known, H3, for the second year with a move up to the big stage this year. Last year, Antique Roadshow played on Loockerman Plaza.

“Sean and I are excited for H3. We are hoping that a lot of people who haven’t heard us before come check us out. We get to be in front of a much larger crowd and it’s a great opportunity to show what we can do,” Mr. Banez said.

The two will play from 1 to 2 p.m. Classic rock and blues group Reunion hits the stage from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., the high-energy band Crazy in Stereo will play from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the perennially popular Mike Hines and The Look will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event, set to take place along Loockerman Street in conjunction with the 83rd annual Dover Days Festival, will feature not only music but plenty of craft beer and food from local restaurants and trucks serving smoked ribs, brisket, chicken, seafood and other festival treats.

Proceeds from the first event funded pressure washing and gum removal on three blocks of sidewalk downtown. Festival proceeds this year will help continue that effort along with doing some touch-up on last year’s work.

Event admission is free and drink tickets will be $5 for a full pour and $2 for a sample.

A VIP Passport bracelet will be available for $47 the day of the event, which entitles you to unlimited free pours.

For more information, contact Amy Mullen at 359-9532.

Just peachy

Before hitting Loockerman Street or if you’re out enjoying Dover Days Saturday, head over to the Legislative Mall Stage at 3 p.m. for the annual Celebrity Peach Pie Eating Contest.

Always a festival favorite, the event will feature yours truly, last year’s champion, doing battle for sweet supremacy against area notables such as Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen; Miss Delaware Brooke Mitchell; First State Heritage Park Superintendent Sarah Zimmerman; Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Brad Eaby; and Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce Honorary Mayor Jean Dowding.

Schwartz cuts

Dover’s Schwartz Center for the Arts will be getting into the Dover Days spirit this weekend with a host of events.

Tonight at 7, Bobby Horton’s “Songs and Stories of the Civil War” will transport the audience back to the 19th century, using period musical instruments.

Mr. Horton explores the stories of both the North and South through the music they loved. Each song is placed in context with historical background and portrays the struggles, hopes and fears of Americans.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting schwartzcenter.com, calling 678-5152 or stopping by the box office at 226 S. State St.

On Saturday at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. will be two performances by The Children’s Theatre Inc. of Todrick Hall and Pentatonix’s “The Wizard of Ahhhs,” a modern interpretive piece, choreographed by Tommy Price.

At 10:50 a.m. the Holy Cross Choral Group will present a 15-minute performance of patriotic songs.

At 11:50 a.m., the Central Middle School’s Madrigal Ensemble will also present a 15-minute performance of patriotic songs led by Kevin J. Murphy Jr., the vocal music instructor at Central Middle School.

At 1 p.m., audiences can experience a baseball game the way it was played on the stage of the Schwartz Center when it was known as the Dover Opera House. A re-creation of history will take place with the “playing” of a game from the 1915 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox.

All of the above Saturday events are free.

Saturday night at 7:30, the theater will show the film “Eight Men Out,” a dramatization of the 1919 “Black Sox” baseball scandal.

Tickets for the movie may be purchased at the box office the night of the show for $6.

Single-day Firefly passes

Officials with the Firefly Music Festival announced this week that one-day passes to this year’s event are on sale.

After halting that practice last year, the one-day option has returned. A single-day General Admission pass is $129 while a one-day VIP pass is $249.

A VIP single-day pass includes an official Firefly wristband, VIP entry, access to all areas available to General Admission plus: VIP viewing at all stages, private restrooms, exclusive dining options available for purchase and access to private cash bars.

While times have not been announced yet, a daily lineup has been released.

Two Door Cinema Club will headline the first night, Thursday, June 16; June 17 will feature headliner Kings of Leon and also includes Elle Goulding, Of Monsters and Men, Ludacris and Guster.

June 18 sees headliners Florence + The Machine and Deadmau5 with shows by artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Fetty Wap, A$AP Rocky and Chvrches. The closing day, June 19, will be ended by headliner Mumford & Sons and includes Blink 182, Trombone Shorty, Major Lazer and The 1975.

A General Admission four-day pass starts at $319 with the VIP pass for all four days at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway going for $699 and a Super VIP four-day pass costing $2,499.

For tickets and more information, visit fireflyfestival.com.

Now showing

New this weekend in theaters is Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is the offbeat superhero film “Deadpool” and the thriller “The Boy.”

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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