BEST BETS: Sporadic Static to play R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival

Members of Sporadic Static are, from left, drummer George Achey, bass player Mike Welch and guitarists and vocalists Dave Nickolson and Jeremy Tiger. The band, which combines hip-hop, rock and funk, will play Saturday’s R2Hop2 Music and Beer Festival at Fordham & Dominion Brewing in Dover. (Submitted photo)

As a veteran local musician, Dave Nickolson of Hartly meets a lot of folks. Many of them say they can play music too. But they come and go.

Only this time it was different.

“A couple of years back, I was doing a solo set, just me and my acoustic guitar at the Grey Fox Grille in Dover. One of the cooks came out and said ‘I was reading your setlist and that’s the kind of music I drum to. Let’s get up some time,’” Mr. Nickolson recalled.

“You meet a lot of people who say they play instruments and you never see them again. But we made a plan to meet up and he blew me away. We were just jamming and you know when it fits together. We just decided we were missing a couple pieces of the puzzle.”

Soon after, that drummer George Achey introduced Mr. Nickolson to Jeremy Tiger, who would become a lead vocalist and guitarist. Mr. Nickolson then reached out to friend Mike Welch to see if he was interested in playing bass and Sporadic Static was born.

The local group has been performing its eclectic brand of rock, hip hop and funk around the area and next hits Fordham & Dominion Brewing’s R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival Saturday in Dover, joining four other bands.

Just as Mr. Achey came as a surprise to Mr. Nickolson, so did Mr. Tiger.

“One day George said ‘I brought my buddy Jeremy to hang out and listen.’ He’s the most polite person I’ve ever met. At one point, he said to me ‘I brought my guitar if I could sit in. If not, that’s cool.’ He hooked up and he turned out to be phenomenal,” Mr. Nickolson said.

Once all four got together, he knew they had something.

“As soon as you start playing with people, you know if you’re going to jibe. And with this band, if you hold open a gap, you know someone will fill it and they will hold open something for you. We have such respect for each other,” Mr. Nickolson said.

Once they started writing together, the name of the band was born.

“We noticed that we cover completely different genres. So we’re sporadic. We’re over here doing hip hop for a second and then we’re into something harder and it’s all good noise. So we became Sporadic Static,” he said.

Mr. Nickolson, who still performs solo and also as a member of the long-running local band Perception and The Wet Bandits — who will play Friday night at Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, said Sporadic Static has the same genre-bending sound as Perception but is perhaps a bit harder edged.

“And I think that comes from our drummer who plays a little more aggressively,” he said.

Mr. Nickolson said Saturday’s R2Hop2 set, which goes from noon until 1 p.m., is the biggest exposure Sporadic Static has gotten so far. He said the band plans to play about 80 percent original music and mix in a couple of covers.

“We’ll probably do “Ashes” by Pepper and then this other thing that we do that starts off as a Doors song and then goes into Dr. Dre, Marilyn Manson and a whole medley of stuff,” he said.

Over the last year and a half, Sporadic Static has been known for its charitable performances at area venues such as Tom’s Bullpen in Dover, playing benefits for Kent-Sussex Industries and cancer charities.

“We like to do those because it doesn’t seem so much like work,” Mr. Nickolson. “We all have day jobs and playing music is not paying the bills. We mainly do it for fun and it’s a good way to give back to the community.”

At R2Hop2, Sporadic Static will be joined by the indie/cofffeehouse duo Bodhi Woof at 11 a.m.; the comedy cover band Honey Extractor follows Sporadic Static at 1:15 p.m.; the Maryland-based group Hot Tub Limo plays at 2:35 followed by the ubiquitous party band Mike Hines and The Look wrapping up the day starting at 3:55 p.m. and playing until the festival’s close at 5 p.m.

R2Hop2, named after the brewing company’s dry-hopping machine, will have six different varieties of beer on tap along with a mix of local food trucks.

There will also be 26 local vendors exhibiting their wares and a Kids’ Zone with a gladiator joust, obstacle course, Jacob’s Ladder and a bounce house. The festival will have three beer-themed baskets and a Kids Fun basket for raffle and the adults can play keg toss or keg carry.

Proceeds from the beer sales will benefit Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Murderkill Lions Club and Destination Downtown Dover.

A $60 VIP ticket will grant early entry into the festival at 11:30 a.m., a bottomless R2Hop2 commemorative glass, T-shirt, access to the VIP tent, one food ticket towards a choice of a hamburger or hot dog and chips and a limited edition pour of the brewery’s Chocolate Banana Stout.

A $35 general admission fee includes three beer tickets, entrance starting at noon, a commemorative glass and unlimited pours of Fordham & Dominion sodas.

A $25 designated driver ticket receives unlimited pours of Fordham & Dominion sodas.

Children under 16 may enter for free with a paying adult. For the Kids Zone, parents may purchase a play-all-day wristband for $10 or a single ticket for $2 on Saturday.

Festival tickets are available at or at the gate. Fordham & Dominion is at 1284 McD Drive, off Horsepond Road, in Dover.

Delaware Choral Society and youth singers rehearse at Dover High School Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Delaware Choral Society

As we told you last week, the Delaware Choral Society will present “Curtain Up! A Concert of Show Tunes” Saturday at 7 p.m. at Dover High School Theatre on Del. 8.

The concert will include such favorites as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy,” “One” from “A Chorus Line” and “Do You Hear the People Sing” from “Les Miserables.”

The program will also include selections by Gilbert and Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter.

Joining the adult choir will be the Delaware Youth Chorale, the Dover High School Vocal Arts Academy and the Delaware Brass Ensemble.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military and $10 for students. Group rate tickets are $15 per person. Prices are higher at the door.

Tickets are available on the DCS Facebook page or

Celebrating Japanese culture

In Japanese, sakura means cherry blossom and a matsuri is a festival. the Kent County Public Library will celebrate Japanese culture during a Sakura Mini Matsuri Saturday and Sunday at the library at 497 S. Red Haven Lane in Dover.

On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., attendees can enjoy Japanese-inspired crafts and activities, a martial arts demonstration by Kaizen Karate, a cosplay fashion show sponsored by the Delaware Anime Society and a performance by the KyoDaiko taiko drum troupe of Philadelphia. Face-painting will also be available for an additional fee. Japanese/Asian-inspired clothing and family-friendly cosplay are welcome.

A limited number of registrations to walk in the cosplay fashion show will be available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. The cosplay fashion show is open to ages 13 and is limited to anime, video game, Japanese/Asian cultural subjects (maids, butlers, Harajuku, street and/or Lolita fashions, martial arts, kimono/traditional dress, etc.) cosplay only. A complete list of rules and policies regarding the fashion show can be found online at or in person at the library.

Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian while attending the matsuri event.

On Sunday, the library will offer a workshop on Japanese poetry, moderated by James P. Wagner and Nick Hale, authors of “Japanese Poetry Forms,” an Amazon bestseller.

The workshop will give an overview on the history of Japanese poetry, its many different forms, influence on Western poetry and literature, and how the forms can be used in personal writings. The audience will then participate in the creation of a collaborative form of Japanese verse known as a renga, based on prompts from the presenters.

The presenters will have copies of their book available for purchase and signing after the workshop, and also at the Sakura Mini Matsuri on Saturday.

The poetry workshop is open to ages 14 and up. Preregistration is required due to limited space. Call the library at 744-1919 or stop by the circulation desk to register. You can also register online at

Tempest to play Cooldog

Celtic band Tempest will perform for the long-running Cooldog Concert Series near Kenton with opening act Dayne Melvin at 4 p.m., Sunday.

Organizer Paul Gumerman says this may be the last Cooldog event he will hold.

The last 30 years have seen Tempest release 10 critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs.

Suggested donation is $15 per person, $12 for ages 10-18 and active military. To RSVP, visit

‘The Elephant Man’

Finally, this is the second and final weekend for the Second Street Players’ production of “The Elephant Man” today through Sunday in Milford. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Riverfront Theater, 2 S. Walnut St.

Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006.

“The Elephant Man” is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the 19th century. A horribly deformed young man — a victim of rare skin and bone diseases — he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows.

Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream.

Now Showing

New in theaters are the comedies “I Feel Pretty” with Amy Schumer and “Super Troopers 2” along with the suspense-thriller “Traffik.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is “The Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” “Den of Thieves,” “Paddington 2” and “Hostiles.”

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