Best Bets: Musicians come together for first Shazizzle Fest

Local band lower case blues headlines the first 25-act Shazizzle Music Fest Saturday at Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna.

As both a musician and music fan, Ron Price is all over the place.

“I’ve played music my whole life. I started out with my first instrument being the saxophone. Then I played guitar for a while before I moved over to the bass. I’ve even played the drums,” said the founder and head brewmaster at Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna.

“Even when we listen to music here in the brewery we play everything from hip-hop to classic country to folk to everything. It’s like beer. You won’t even catch me drinking the same beer twice.”

To that end, Mr. Price will present the first Shazizzle Music Fest at Blue Earl, covering a host of musical genres.

The festival replaces the former Blue Soul Fest, which showcased blues and jazz for the past four years.

“I’m a huge blues and jazz lover,” Mr. Price said. “But what happens here is not about me. It’s about our customer base. I just decided that we need to really stretch out and incorporate a multi-genre music event. We’re not trying to abandon jazz and blues. The fact is, I made very little money with the Blue Soul Fest.”

Shazizzle will feature 25 bands over three stages on Saturday, headlined by popular local band lower case blues.

Genres represented include funk, blues, R&B, soul, rock, hip-hop and folk with artists including Universal Funk Order, Native Tongue, Earth Radio, TreeWalker, Tyler & Friends and The Alicia Maxwell Project.

The event, which goes from noon until 7 p.m. will also feature craft beer, cocktails, wine and food trucks.

The event is co-produced by Jeremy Hebbel of Gable Music Ventures. Mr. Hebbel is no stranger to Smyrna, having produced the popular Smyrna at Night events and the town’s summer concert series.

Mr. Price said he and Mr. Hebbel had been talking for a while about holding an event at the brewery. Once he decided to move on from the Blue Soul Fest, Mr. Price called Mr. Hebbel in June to talk to him about producing a new event. Mr. Price’s idea was to hold a “local heroes” festival with a few popular area bands.

Mr. Hebbel did him one better.

Jim Rezac will perform his original music Saturday at the Shazizzle Music Fest Saturday at Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna. (Submitted photo)

“He said ‘Here’s something. How about 30 bands over three stages with multiple food trucks and have it be like a carnival?” Mr. Price recalled.

“At first it was like crickets and then I said ‘That’s amazing.’ Then he went on to elaborate to say we could have the band sell tickets and they could get a $5 cut. He had all of these illusions of grandeur and painted this awesome, amazing concept.”

Local singer/songwriter Jim Rezac will play at 2:40 p.m. on the indoor Juke stage. He’s excited about performing in the inaugural festival.

“I was more than fortunate enough to be asked to do my very first festival this summer. (Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania). Fortunately I became an addict. I wanted to do more of them. Then up pops Shazizzle. I was honored and elated to be asked to play. Festivals are a different kind of gig all together,” he said.

Local contemporary folk duo The Honey Badgers, comprised of Erin Magnin and Michael Natrin, will participate in the Shazizzle Music Fest. (Submitted photo)

And about that name …

“Shazizzle, in the Urban Dictionary, means funky fresh happiness. And that’s the theme of the event,” Mr. Price said.

“Of all of the artists, lower case blues will be one of the senior members playing and they are in their 30s. It should just be this really cool vibe all day.”

Tickets to the rain-or-shine event are $25 with youths 16 and under admitted free. Tickets can be obtained by visiting https://shazizzlemusicfest.bpt.me or at the gate.

Blue Earl Brewing is at 210 Artisan Drive, Smyrna.

Shazizzle Music Fest Lineup

JUKE STAGE (INDOOR)
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Caitlin Marsilii
12:40-1:10 p.m. – Boxturtlebob
1:20-1:50 p.m. – Calla Bere & The Attitude
2-2:30 p.m.- Jason Webb
2:40-3:10 p.m. – Jim Rezac
3:20-3:50 p.m. – Jesse Patton-Dougherty
4-4:30 p.m. – The Honey Badgers
4:40-5:10 p.m. – Corn & the Husk
5:20-6:05 p.m. – Single Origin
6:15-7 p.m. – Brown Sug & Blonde Roast

HONEYSUCKLE ROSE STAGE (OUTDOOR)
12:30-12:50 p.m. – Lefty the Greatest
1:10-1:30 p.m. – Fuzaholics
1:50-2:10 p.m. – Lauren & the Homewreckers
2:30-3 p.m. – Tyler Greene & Friends
3:30-4 p.m. – TreeWalker
4:30-5 p.m. – The Souldaires
5:30-6 p.m. – Native Tongue

TOP OF THE WORLD STAGE (OUTDOOR)
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Universal Funk Order
12:50-1:10 p.m. – Eastern Elk
1:30-1:50 p.m. – THRILLCHASER
2:10-2:30 p.m. – Alicia Maxwell Project
3-3:30 p.m. – MEGA
4-4:30 p.m. – Cadillac Riot
5-5:30 p.m. – Earth Radio
6-7 p.m. lower case blues

Battle of the Bands

If you’re hankering for more music, blues in particular, the Central Delaware Blues Society will hold its annual Battle of the Bands competition Sunday with the winning group moving on to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Set for the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post in Dover, doors open at noon and the music will begin at 1 with seven bands competing for a half hour each.

This is a judge’s competition and the winner will receive $1,500 toward their trip to Memphis with the opportunity to receive an additional $500 in matching funds if the band holds a fundraiser.

Central Delaware Blues Society President James Martin said this is a rare opportunity for a local band.

“This is the only way that the bands gets to compete in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge. They have to compete through a Blues Society such as ours. This can be a jump start to becoming a world widely known act,” he said.

“Even if they do not win in Memphis they are exposed to many agents and club owners that can lead into many doors opening for their band. This is a worldwide competition with over 20 countries and up to 270 acts performing for the number one spot. The winners become nationally known and have a much bigger spectrum of playing. They may be invited on the blues cruises and many festivals.”

In no particular order, bands that will participate are Slim and The Perkolators, April Mae and the Junebugs, Blues Reincarnation Project, Tom Craig Band, Hoochi Coochi, You Be You and Gray Fox Band.

The order of acts will be drawn at 12:45 p.m.

Rondeau at Old State House

To start your musical weekend, Delaware Friends of Folk will present the first event in their 2019-20 Old State House concert series, inside the Old State House on The Green in Dover. The one-hour free performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited.

This month’s show features New Jersey native Katherine Rondeau, accompanied by Eric Lambert. Ms. Rondeau’s roots-inspired sound is an organic blend drawing inspiration from folk, blues, and mountain music.

Her January release “Unfortunate Point of View” is a true folk album, with seven original songs and four classic folk covers. After its release, the album reached No. 4 on the Folk DJ charts in January with the No. 1 original song, and was the No. 14 album for February.

Dover Symphony Orchestra

The Dover Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Buxton, is also opening its 2019-2020 season on Saturday. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Calvary Church on East Lebanon Road in Dover.

The Fall Classical Concert will feature compositions by four relatively early composers of classical music — Bach, Boccherini, Haydn and Rossini. The centerpiece of the concert will be Haydn’s Symphony No 101—The Clock Symphony.

Season tickets are available: adults $75, seniors/students/military/first responders $55. Single tickets are also available for all concerts. Prices are adults $20, seniors (62-plus)/students/military/first responders $15. First responders include all police, fire, EMT, ambulance, corrections, and animal rescue personnel in the area.

Young people under 18 are always 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.

Think Pink Floyd

If classic rock is more your thing, Think Pink Floyd will play The Milton Theatre Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. with a full laser show, stage props and the iconic round video screen.

The Philadelphia-based band delivers the sights and sounds of the classic Pink Floyd concerts of the 70s and 80s.

Tickets range from $27 to $32. Purchase them at www.MiltonTheatre.com, via phone by calling 302-684-3038 or at the box office at 110 Union St. This event is for all ages. Cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m.

Now showing

New in theaters this weekend is the Will Smith action film “Gemini Man,” the comedy “Jexi” and an animated version of “The Addams Family.”

On DVD and download is the alligator thriller “Crawl” and the comedy “Stuber.”

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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