Best Bets: Terry to tell musical tales at Dover’s Patchwork

Singer/songwriter Jesse Terry will join Craig Bickhardt and Sol Knopf for another in a series of In the Round concerts Saturday night at Dover’s Patchwork Playhouse.

Jesse Terry spent much of Monday in a Dublin airport waiting for his plane to take off and bring him back to his wife and young daughter in Connecticut.

He had been playing gigs all over Great Britain and Ireland for the past couple of weeks and a multi-hour delay was the last thing he needed.

“I got home and slept for 11 hours and I think I’m ready to go now. I’ll be ready for the weekend,” said the award-winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter, who plays an In the Round concert at Dover’s Patchwork Playhouse Saturday night with fellow singer-songwriters Craig Bickhardt and Sol Knopf.

For Mr. Terry, traveling the country and far-off lands, such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand, never gets old. In fact, he considers it a real privilege to be doing what he loves.

“I was writing in Nashville but my wife said that I needed to be out there singing my own songs. She got me out there traveling. She said ‘I’ll come along, you, me and the dog and we’ll go on this adventure,” he said.

“Almost 10 years and over 1,000 shows later, we’re still making music and enjoying the journey. Music has been my salvation. It’s really been a blessing and very healing. It’s a great job.”

An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mr. Terry is a winner of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He found his initial inspiration in The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson and the singer/songwriters of the ’70s such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and Paul Simon.

In 2010, Mr. Terry proposed to his wife Jess at the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in the middle of a show and the two were off to a show in the South Pacific a week later. He’s been visiting Europe and the United Kingdom twice a year since 2013.

“There’s a great musical family that’s all around, wherever you go. Sometimes you can’t always remember their names but they are out there and they are so loyal,” he said.

Mr. Terry has made Mr. Knopf, the well-known local musician, part of his musical family for a few years, having met through Mr. Bickhardt.

“They are both some of my favorite musicians. You can’t go wrong with either one of them. Craig is this guitar-slinging lyricist and one of the best in every way. Sol is in the same class. They just inspire you,” Mr. Terry said.

For Mr. Knopf, the feeling is mutual.

“Even though Jesse is younger than Craig and I, his music is steeped in the deep traditions of artists from the ’60s and ’70s, like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Lennon and McCartney and George Harrison. There’s a familiar essence to it, yet a beautiful blend of those styles that’s uniquely Jesse,” he said.

“People are going to fall in love with his timeless songs — and his wonderful sense of humor.”

That sense of humor should be prominently on display Saturday night where each singer will get a chance to sing their original songs and tell the story about how they came to be.

“These are some of my favorite shows to do,” Mr. Terry said.

“Playing with Sol and Craig and (drummer) Tommy Geddes, they are really special shows. We can make fun of each other and it’s all very loose and a lot of fun.”

He really enjoys the chance to talk about his songs as well as sing them.

“You can’t do that with every show. You can tell a couple of stories here and there but you usually don’t have time in a proper show. With an In the Round show where you co-bill, it’s always great to tell unique stories about the unique songs and what inspired them,” he said.

Performing along with Mr. Terry and Mr. Knopf, Mr. Bickhardt has written hits for artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Martina McBride, The Judds, Alison Krauss and many more. Throughout his career, he has written four No. 1 country hits and nine top-10 hits.

Singer/songwriter Craig Bickhardt will perform with Jesse Terry and Sol Knopf Saturday in Dover. (Submitted photo)

After putting out two albums back-to-back in 2017 “Stargazer” and “Natural,” in which he sang with some of his favorite female artists such as Dar Williams, Kim Richey, Cary Ann Hearst and Liz Longley, Mr. Terry has two current recordings “Sunset Avenue Sessions” with Lizanne Knott and Michael Logen, and “Kivalina” with Alex Wong, an environmentally themed work.

His new album will be released next year.

“It was recorded live over five days. That approach is becoming more popular with people like Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton. There’s no tuning or overdubbing. It’s just put out there the way it sounds with beautiful pedal steel guitar. It just creates a different vibe rather than going into a vocal booth and singing over a musical track. It was just in the moment. I loved it,” he said.

Saturday’s show is set for 7 p.m. at Dover’s Patchwork Playhouse, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A cash bar will be available with wine, beer, soft drinks and light snacks.

For tickets, which cost $20, visit SolKnopf.com.

On Sunday, the three will play a show at the Burlington County Library in New Jersey and the journey will go on.

“People at shows will say ‘I’m sorry you have to drive around and play so much.’ I always say ‘This is my job. It’s what I do and it’s something that I really love.’ For me, singing is like breathing. I’d rather sing than talk.”

Theater of Terror

Plenty of scary treats are in store for this weekend before Halloween.

Mr. Moribund’s Theater of Terror is back at Riverfront Theater Friday and Saturday when Mr. Moribund celebrates the fifth anniversary.

This is a live show in the style of the classic horror host television shows of the ’60s and ’70s, hosted by Mr. Moribund (W.J. Walton) and a cast of creeps.

The feature will be the 1955 classic “Tarantula”. There will also be a spooky art show, live performances, and a costume contest. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is $5 per person, with tickets available at the door.

Riverfront Theater is at 2 S. Walnut St., Milford. More information is available at www.secondstreetplayers.com.

Dover Trick or Treat

Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. is the Downtown Dover Safe Trick Or Treat event on Loockerman Street. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Loockerman Way Plaza and will end at Legislative Mall. Police, fire and emergency vehicles will be present. Food trucks and other vendors will be onsite.

For information, call 736-7130.

Sea Witch Festival

The Sea Witch Festival Costume Parade steps off in Rehoboth Beach Saturday. (Submitted photo/Portraits in the Sand)

Friday through Sunday is the annual Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach.

The weekend includes a costume parade, dog parade, Sea Witch hunt, kids games on the beach, trick or treating, hayrides, indoor and outdoor vendor areas and free live entertainment on the bandstand all weekend long.

Additional event information can be found at www.beach-fun.com/sea-witch-halloween-fiddlers-festival.html.

Geek ‘n’ Treat

Wesley College is sponsoring a Geek ‘N’ Treat on Homecoming Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the field at Kirkwood and Mary streets.

Like a trunk-or-treat, this event is an opportunity for families to trick-or-treat in a safe space. Unlike most trunk-and-treats, Wesley’s Geek-n-Treat will include cosplay guests such as 501st (“Star Wars”), a Tardis, Disney princesses and more. Games, activities and candy will be given away by Wesley’s SGA student organizations including Psych Club, Fairy Godsisters, Psi Chi, DEAS, De La Warr, and others.

Email library director Katy Goff @ katherine.goff@wesley.edu to get your organization listed or learn how you can help.

Deanna Fitzpatrick

On Saturday, medium Deanna Fitzpatrick presents “An Evening With Spirit” at 7 p.m. at the Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St.

Medium Deanna Fitzpatrick will appear at the Smyrna Opera House Saturday. (Submitted photo)

Ms. Fitzgerald has been working to improve her ability to connect and help the living come to know that their people in spirit are very much still a part of their lives and to know that we continue on beyond our physical existence.

It is strongly suggested that children under the age of 12 not attend.

For ticket information, visit SmyrnaOperaHouse.org.

Halloween mini con

The Delaware Anime Society will hold its annual Halloween-themed mini con for ages 13 and up on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dover Public Library located at 35 W. Loockerman St. in Dover. Admission is free.

The event will feature anime screenings, video gaming and tournaments, tabletop games, a cosplay contest and more. There will also be raffles throughout the day for anime-related goods (tickets are an additional purchase).

The Delaware Anime Society is celebrating its 15th year as the state’s most active anime fan group with chapters in Dover, Wilmington and West Chester, Pennsylvania. Membership is free and open to anyone age 13 and up. For more information, visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/delawareanimesociety.

Hit the Bottle Boys

To set a soundtrack for your weekend, The Ice House: Wellness & Community will host the Irish rock band The Hit the Bottle Boys tonight. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Fall-inspired treats will be provided with the family-friendly event BYOB. A donation of $15 is suggested.

The Ice House is at 200 Southern Blvd, Wyoming.

Now showing

New in theaters this weekend is the action-adventure “Black and Blue” and the horror film “Countdown.”

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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