Best Bets: Honey Badgers out with new album, tour

Local contemporary folk duo The Honey Badgers, comprised of Erin Magnin and Michael Natrin, will debut their first full-length record “Meet Me” at an album release party March 15 at The Crown inside The Queen Theater in Wilmington. (Submitted photo)

The Honey Badgers are hitting the road.

Together since 2011 as a contemporary folk duo, Caesar Rodney High graduate Erin Magnin and Smyrna High grad Michael Natrin are stepping out of their “comfort zone” to do shows as far south as Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.

It’s in an effort to spread the word about their first full-length album “Meet Me,” which will be released March 15 with a show at The Crown inside The Queen Theater in Wilmington.

“It’s absolutely intimidating,” Ms. Magnin said of their month-long mini tour, which starts March 25 in Baltimore, moves south and then winds up in West Virginia on April 27.

“We are going on to be pursuing music full-time and reaching out farther than just Delaware. It’s scary to step outside your comfort zone but we hope to meet new people and convert them to friends and fans along the way.

“One of the themes of the album is ‘connecting to people’ and I think as we get older, we tend to stick in the same circle with people we know and people who know us and we forfeit connecting to others who have valuable things to teach us.”

Ms. Magnin booked the tour, which she said was a daunting experience. Through it all, she leaned on a book by musician and motivational speaker Amanda Palmer called “The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.”

“She says that there is no shame in asking for help when you need it and accepting that others can and want to help you,” Ms. Magnin said.

“So in reaching out to venues, there were a lot of hard ‘nos’ and some complete silence, which was discouraging, and I didn’t know if I was doing it right. But I just had to remind myself that it doesn’t have anything to do with our work as people or a band. But it ended up being really rewarding and interesting for something that I’ve never done before.”

But before they hit the road, there is the March 15 album release party where the Newark-based duo will debut “Meet Me.” They will be joined by fellow Delaware bands Earth Radio and Hot Breakfast!

“That should be a blast. I’m really looking forward to it,” Ms. Magnin said.

“Meet Me,” which revolves around the concept of travel, sprung from a cross country trip the married couple took in the summer of 2017 where they drove and slept in a 2004 Sprinter van, the same vehicle they will use on the forthcoming tour.

“It may seem a little silly but that one-month road trip was kind of mind altering. It changed our perception of a few things in life,” Ms. Magnin said.

“After we got back, we started sorting through our feelings and the season of life that we are in. We then started playing some of the songs out and people seemed to like them and we liked them.

“We always wanted to a do a full-length album with a cohesive story and not just a random group of songs and figured now was the time.”

The album was recorded in Landenburg, Pennsylvania in the home of the parents of Shane Palko, a frequent performer in this area.

“It’s been a long journey,” Ms. Magnin said.

The album follows two Honey Badgers EPs and a collection of songs called “Mad Season.” Ms. Magnin said this album has a more honed sound than their previous efforts with a full band including drums, electric guitar, bass and other instruments such as the ukelin, a combination of violin and ukulele.

“Thanks to a really great group of talented friends, we could text any of them and say could you come help us out in two days and they would be there,” she said.

The songs themselves were written the way they always are when the two make music.

“One of us will usually come up with the bones of a song and the other one will help flesh it out,” Ms. Magnin said.

“We can’t just sit down and start writing a song together. I think we’re both a little too hardheaded for that. It’s just easier if someone takes control of a song and the other one adds ideas and helps the lead person when they are stuck on something.”

Although the album won’t be available yet, downstate fans will have one more chance to catch The Honey Badgers before they head out of town on Sunday at Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel starting at noon.

For tickets to the album release party, visit https://thehoneybadgers.brownpapertickets.com.

If you can’t get to the show, the album will be available at various online music outlets and at area shows when they return in May.

Slinging Daisies

Speaking of area folk music, tonight Delaware Friends of Folk will present the final event in their 2018-19 Old State House concert series, inside the Old State House on The Green in Dover.

The featured artists for the evening are the Sussex County-based quartet Slinging Daisies.

They describe themselves as “a hyper acoustic energistic quatro of original Americana groove.” This loosely translates as a blend of honky-tonk rock, Texas outlaw and singer-songwriter insights. The band does a mix of original songs and covers.

Members include Adam Clifton on drums and banjo, guitarist John Clifton, Larry Lynch on upright bass and front-man Kent Schoch on guitar and vocals.

Slinging Daisies regularly play throughout Sussex County, with occasional forays into Kent County.

The series is produced in cooperation with the First State Heritage Park and is supported by grants from several local businesses. The concert is free and the one-hour performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited.

‘Chicago’ at Polytech High

As we told you last week, Polytech High School will present “Chicago: High School Edition” this weekend.

The production is very similar to the original comedic/drama, “Chicago.” Songs and words that were deemed inappropriate for school-aged students have been removed.

The story begins in the late 1920s. Jazz star Velma Kelly sings and performs, as the dramatic scene unfolds: Roxie Hart is arrested for shooting her boyfriend, Fred Casely.

Billy Flynn spins a story that he thinks will keep Roxie out of jail. The verdict determines the grand finale of the show.

Shows will be performed today at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Dean Martin tribute

The Kent County Theatre Guild presents Eric Richardson as Dean Martin today at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door (box office opens at 7 p.m.) or at www.brownpapertickets.com by searching for Dean Martin.

The Kent County Theatre Guild is at 140 Roosevelt Ave., Dover.

Dover Symphony concert

The Dover Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Buxton, will launch the second half of its 2018-2019 season on Sunday. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs.

The centerpiece of the spring classical concert will be a performance of Lalo’s Cello Concerto by Jennifer Crowell Stomberg, the principal cellist. Additional works for this concert will be compositions by Bizet, Borodin, and others.

Valet parking will be available. Sweet treats will continue to be offered at the bake sale.

Admission prices are adults $20, seniors/students/military/first responders $15. Young people 18 and under are free with a paying adult. For ticket sales log on to www.doversymphony.org or call 302-270-1903. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Variety show takes stage

More than a dozen acts — soloists, duos, groups and a popular ventriloquist tag-team — comprise the entertainment in American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28’s Variety Show set for Sunday in Millsboro.

Proceeds from dinner/show will support the Legion Auxiliary Emergency Fund.

Tickets are $20, which includes roast beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, sides, dessert and beverage.

Dinner is at 5 p.m. Show time is at 6 p.m.

The scheduled acts include Lisa and Glenn Scumann, 28 Legion Riders; Glenn Rolfe of the Sussex Country Post as Elvis; Pam and Rayell Crook; ventriloquist Ken Huff & Mr. Goodwood; the Post 28 Line Dancers and more.

Tina Washington of Unit 28 is the emcee for the evening. DJ John Miller will provide music.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Last year’s variety show played to a packed house and raised $3,000 for Auxiliary Emergency Fund, which benefited those impacted by storms and other disasters.

American Legion Post 28 is located on Legion Road, just off Del. 24 several miles east of the town of Millsboro.

Firefly fodder

Finally, it’s never too early to start thinking about the Firefly Music Festival in June.

Officials recently revealed the lineup at the new North Hub Beach Club, the beach club venue located in the festival’s immersive new camping experience, The Great Atlantic Campout.

The North Hub Beach Club is a sand beach entertainment complex located in North Camping, which will feature a tiki bar, a water slide, beach volleyball and an upgraded stage with a late night silent disco and daily curated beach parties.

Entertainment will include Big Wild and Yung Bae on June 21, Klingande and Goldroom on June 22 and Matoma and Goldfish on June 23 as well as more to be announced.

Campers in both North and South camping will also experience Firefly pre-parties on Thursday evening, June 20 featuring Louis The Child, Gryffin (DJ set), Saint Motel, Ripe, Emo Nite and more.

The festival will take place at the Woodlands of Dover. For more information and tickets, visit FireflyFestival.com.

Now showing

New in theaters this weekend is a reboot of “Captain Marvel” with Brie Larson.

On DVD and download starting Tuesday are the fantasy films “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Mortal Engines” and the Oscar-winning film “Green Book.”

To share news of your entertainment venue, group or event, contact Craig Horleman at 741-8224 or chorl@newszap.com.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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