The beat goes on at June Jam Saturday

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Shoot to Thrill, an all-female AC/DC tribute band, will headline this year’s June Jam at G&R Campground Saturday in Houston.

HOUSTON — Often billed as “Delaware’s Best Outdoor Concert,” June Jam will carry on the local tradition during the 41st annual charity musical festival Saturday at the G&R Campground in Houston.

“It’s an exciting time for us,” said Lynn Fowler, vice president of the festival. “After 41 years, so many music fans and local business have supported this event and our charitable efforts all these years. We’re grateful for everyone’s support.”

The performers for this year’s event include local bands Triple Rail Turn, Barcode, The Jim Cochran Band, Petting Hendrix, Pistol Whipped, Kategory 5, Nothing But Trouble and headliner Shoot to Thrill out of Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Shoot to Thrill is a phenomenal all-girl AC/DC tribute band,” Ms. Fowler said.

“Triple Rail Turn will have a CD release party showcasing original songs for their legion of June Jam fans. Kategory 5, who spent a year as the house band for a major Philadelphia radio station, will put on a great show. Petting Hendrix can crank out songs that are guaranteed to get the crowd moving.

“We’re expecting everyone to have a great time.”

Longtime area musician Joey Fulkerson, lead singer and guitar player for the Kent County-based blues band Nothing But Trouble, has lost count on how many June Jam festivals he’s either performed at or attended throughout the festival existence.

“That’s a tough one,” Mr. Fulkerson said. “Through the years I’ve played there with a bunch of different groups. I would say if this is year 41, I’ve probably played close to 28 or 30 of them.”

“I was at the second June Jam at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall,” he added. “Since then, unless I was traveling somewhere or had a gig out of town I’ve either played at or attended it. I’ll always keep coming back.”

Local blues band Nothing But Trouble, led by Joey Fulkerson, left, will play this year’s June Jam. Mr. Fulkerson attended the second June Jam at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall. (Submitted photo)

His current band Nothing But Trouble has been together for 12 years. They’re excited to get on stage and perform.

“I think we’ve performed there at least twice,” Mr. Fulkerson said. “It’s always a great time. The atmosphere is great and it’s for a good cause.” That’s how the original event came about and it’s great to see that tradition still is still being carried on.”

In 1978, three friends were working on a roof in Magnolia when they accidentally came into contact with an electrical line. Randy Miller and Stanley Palmer were severely injured and Richard Vogl died of his injuries.

None of the men had health insurance and the two survivors were unable to work.

Bob Hartley, John Tazelaar, Wayne Buckworth, Emily Phillips, Glenn Courtney, Charles Angstadt and the late Mark Kelly, all classmates of the men and graduates of the Caesar Rodney class of 1973, decided to turn their fifth-year class reunion into a benefit for the two men as well as the family of Mr. Vogl.

The first concert was held at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall and it has continued ever since, now at the spacious campground on Gun and Rod Club Road in Houston.

The event has grown significantly since its first concert and has raised thousands for many needy individuals and charitable organizations.

“Heroes for Hooters is a sponsor of the 41st annual June Jam,” Ms. Fowler said. “These ladies promote breast cancer awareness throughout our area. We have worked with Heroes for Hooters on numerous events where we have helped their organization with fundraising efforts.

“Toys for Tots is helping us by providing volunteers to work our backstage security area. We have worked with them for the past four years, culminating in our most successful Toys for Tots fundraiser, raising $7,000 and over 1,200 toys.”

The members of the party band Petting Hendrix, are, from left, David Werner, Carmine Strollo, Michael Streck, Amy Walls and Rusty Hastings. They play June Jam Saturday. (Submitted photo/Ray Nack)

Mr. Fulkerson said knowing he’s playing for a good cause is what draws him back every year.

“They pick three or four charities a year to donate the proceeds to and I just feel as though it’s important to do what you can to give back to the community as much as you can,” Mr. Fulkerson said.

“Every year they’ve helped someone in need. They’ve done a lot of great work over the years and I’ll be a part of that good karma anytime. I don’t mind doing anything for those guys.”

A lot of work goes into planning the festival each year, but Ms. Fowler said it’s always worth it.

“Our plans for next year have already begun before this year’s event takes place,” Ms. Fowler said. “We spend an entire year searching and planning the best in entertainment for the June Jam fans. Our volunteer board of directors and staff are constantly working to improve the annual June Jam festival to make each more memorable than the one before it.”

Ms. Fowler loves being a part of the festival and wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I get to help raise funds to fill needs within my community, which are not being met from other sources and the good feeling it brings to present those checks to beneficiaries,” Ms. Fowler said.

“I love the opportunity to meet and work with great musicians from all genres and the crowd this event attracts is so diversified. It is a pleasure to see the devoted annual Jammers and meet and greet the new ones.”

Gates for the rain-or-shine event open at 11 a.m. with music starting at noon. Tickets, available Saturday, are $45. For more information, visit JuneJam.com or call 284-JUNE.

Arshon Howard is a freelance writer living in Dover.

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