BEST BETS: Teaze to rock Delaware Wine and Beer Festival

Spandex, fingerless gloves and blistering guitar licks will be the order of the day Saturday as Teaze: 100% Hair Metal will play the eighth annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival in Harrington.

Serious musicians who don’t take themselves too seriously, Teaze boasts on its website that it is the “only band manly enough to wear more makeup than your mom.”

Made up of stage personas such as singer and bassist Richie Reckless, singer and guitarist Jon Bon Michaels, drummer Joe E. Lee and singer and guitarist PV Trixxx, the Richmond, Virginia-based Teaze runs the gamut from Motley Crue to Poison to bring back memories from that party anthem era.

“It’s the music I grew up on but somewhere along the line, it fell out of favor and now, suddenly, it’s become classic rock,” said Mr. Lee.

“When we play festivals like the Wine and Beer Festival or the Virginia State Fair, we’ll see young kids singing along. We’ll see 20-year-old college girls and we’ll see 60-year-old bikers loving it. They are great songs and when you put the performance aspect with it, it’s pretty fun.”

Fun is the name of the game for Teaze. The tongue-in-cheek bios for each band member contains their favorite stage move and favorite makeup product.

“You can’t take it too seriously. We’re wearing makeup and a Diana Ross wig,” Mr. Lee joked.

“They couldn’t have taken it too seriously back then. The videos all had scenes of spraying girls down in a firehouse. It was all done with a wink and a nod. That’s what was so great about it. It was a good time.”

While two of the band’s members have been lifelong fans of the music, the other two weren’t even born when many of the tunes were popular.

“We always joke that two of us grew up on it and the other two were conceived to it,” Mr. Lee said. “This was their parents’ music.”

Teaze started four years ago quite unexpectedly.

“A friend of ours has an annual charity thing and the four of us all knew each other but we were in different bands. We got together to play an hour set of fun music and we decided to do a bunch of hair music,” Mr. Lee said.

“We did it as a lark. But then we decided why not do it for real? We got costumes and made it as authentic as possible. We practiced about nine months and made a promotional video which gained traction quickly. It was about 90 seconds of us singing songs on an empty stage in a warehouse.”

Their first gig was opening for a real hair metal band, Firehouse, in front of 1,500 people.

“We knew we sounded good but we didn’t expect to be as popular as quickly as we were. We are friends with the drummer from KISS and we got to play on one of their cruises. This is something we never would have dreamed of,” Mr. Lee said.

Hair metal cover bands are rare. Mr. Lee thinks he knows why.

“Many bands really can’t pull it off. If you think about it, many bands back then had a great singer with a high falsetto and a great guitar player. Look at Van Halen. They had David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen. I’m the drummer so I can brag on the guys we have who can pull that off,” he said.

Teaze draws from about 400 songs but there are some mainstays in their set.

“We try to tailor a show to the crowd. But you can’t not play Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ or Guns N Roses or Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me,’” Mr. Lee said.

For festivals such as this one, Teaze will probably not go quite as hard as they might in a concert.

“We’ll do some lighter stuff like Journey. It will be a mixed age crowd I’m sure. People hear ‘hair metal’ and they tend to overreact,” Mr. Lee said.

“We won’t be up there biting the heads off birds. We’re all about partying and having a good time.”

Saturday’s festival, presented by the Kent County Tourism Corp., will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $35 at www.delawarewineandbeerfestival.com. They will be $40 at the gate.

In additional to Teaze, DJ Knappy will be back for the second year in a row spinning music from the ’90s era.

Confirmed participants include Blue Earl Brewing, Brimming Horn Meadery, Mispillion River Brewing, Evolution Craft Brewing, Brickworks Brewing and Eats, Painted Stave Distilling, Harvest Ridge Winery, Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company and Beach Time Distilling.

A wide range of Delaware’s food vendors will be present, serving barbecue, seafood and fried dishes. Various games and activities will also be a part of the day.

For more information, visit the website or call 734-4888.

Crabmeat at Old State House

For music of a different sort, Delaware’s own troubadour, Jerry “Crabmeat” Thompson will perform at Delaware Friends of Folk’s first event in their 2017-18 Old State House concert series on The Green in Dover.

The concert tonight is free and open to the public. The one-hour performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited.

He’s played and sung folk and original songs in comedy clubs, schools, libraries, halls, and pubs. Mr. Thompson has shared the stage with the likes of Kate Wolfe, Richie Havens, poet Charles Bukowski, and Roscoe the Wonder Horse.

From left, Billy Lord, Kendall Dixon, Alvin Pope, Lori Christiansen, Michael Dunlop, Roxanne Dunlop, Michael Utley and Jeff Thornley of Sixpence, who will be appearing at Cowboy Up today at 8 p.m. to benefit the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund. (Submitted photo)

Sixpence returns to perform

The band Sixpence is back and the first performance of the newly reconstituted band will be a benefit for the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund at Cowboy Up Saloon, 1036 Lafferty Lane, Dover tonight at 8 p.m.

Sixpence was formed in 1973 with founding members Mike Dunlop, Marie Dunlop, Stan Little, Michael Utley and many others along the way, including Lori Christiansen and Wayne Lopez as lead vocalists.

Lead vocalist Ms. Christiansen has been involved with veteran related organizations and events for years. She is also the permanent national anthem vocalist for each of the three to four annual events put on by Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park. She sings to honor her late father, a World War II veteran. All of the band members have a military connection in their families.

Admission will be $10 and there will a 50/50 and a Chinese Auction. Posters will be displayed in area businesses along with a $1 contribution sheet for those who would like to contribute but cannot attend the event.

Visit www.DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com or call 302-739-2792 for more information on the Trust Fund and how to make a tax deductible contribution.

Symphony to open 50th year

The Dover Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Buxton, will open its 50th season Saturday at 4 p.m. at Calvary Church on East Lebanon Road in Dover.

“If It Ain’t Baroque” features works of three Baroque-era composers: “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3” and Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.” The program will conclude with a performance of “Symphony No. 104” by Haydn, transitioning into the early classical period.

Again this season, sweet treats will be sold at the bake sale.

Season tickets are $75 for adults and $55 for seniors, students, military and first responders.

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

Young people under 18 are free with a paying adult.

For ticket sales, visit www.doversymphony.org or call 302-270-1903. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Just Ducky Festival Saturday

The second annual Just Ducky Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Smyrna Municipal Park, North Main Street. Rain date is Sunday.

New this year is Sample Smyrna with dishes from chefs of Smyrna.

Family-friendly activities will include magic and murder mysteries by Vince Wilson and Jeff Mudgett, music by DJ Surreal, Nation and Center Point Church Choir, inflatables from Lifehouse Church, Three Palms Petting Zoo, pony rides, crafters, Smyrna Police K-9 demonstration, fire truck and ambulance tours, kids’ foot races, make-your-own-scarecrow, paint a pumpkin and more.
All proceeds benefit The Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization building the new Duck Creek Regional Library in Smyrna.

Now showing

New this weekend in theaters is the horror film “Happy Death Day” and Jackie Chan in “The Foreigner.”

On DVD and download is “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the comedy “Girls Trip.”

 

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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