BEST BETS: First Rider Fest tunes up for charity

Last summer, Caesar Rodney High School senior David Haynes was urged to make a difference in his community. During a leadership seminar at the school, CR’s wrestling coach Dan Rigby talked about the impact students could have by creating a charity fundraiser. That got David’s wheels turning. “I definitely wanted to do something for an […]

BEST BETS: Catanzaro to share songs and stories in Dover

With a multiple-octave range and a voice compared to Robert Plant and Janis Joplin, singer/songwriter Cassidy Catanzaro has turned a lot of heads in the music world over the past two decades. As the lead singer of the alt-country female band Antigone Rising from 1999 to 2008, Ms. Catanzaro, who goes by Cassidy on stage, […]

BEST BETS: Amillion the Poet aims to do Dover proud at Firefly

As it turns out, Dover’s Amillion the Poet had to go halfway around the world in order to perform in his own backyard. The hip-hop artist and author was last week officially named to the lineup for this summer’s Firefly Music Festival. It’s the fulfillment of a longtime dream. “They reached out to me,” he […]

BEST BETS: Country singer Parsons on rise to Tom’s Bullpen

Phillip Michael Parsons is a rising country music artist with an ever-growing fan base. And he has his alarm clock to thank. Born in Gainsville, Florida and moving around to a variety of places before settling in southern Maryland with his family, the young Mr. Parsons could only listen to Christian music growing up. “My […]

BEST BETS: Cartoon Christmas Trio gets animated at Milton Theatre

Like many kids, Rob Swanson looked forward to the television holiday classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” year after year. But not so much for the touching story and colorful characters. It was the music that got him. And it helped lead him to what is now a 30-year career in music as an accomplished bassist. […]

BEST BETS: Chainbreak all over the musical map

Playing in bands in his 20s and 30s, Mr. Parsons took an almost two-decade break from music to raise a family, go back to school and start a business. In 2009, the itch to play again returned and he and the band Chainbreak have been going strong ever since. Looking to get back in the […]

Poco player Sundrud to tell stories in Smyrna

Jack Sundrud is a prolific songwriter who has penned tunes for Kenny Rogers, The Judds, The Persuasions and Ty Herndon. But the songs he writes are all him and reflect who he is. “For me personally, to try and write for other people, I usually miss the mark. I have to write from my own […]

‘Mike and Molly’ star Gardell bringing laughs to Dover Downs

DOVER – Emmy-nominated comedian and actor Billy Gardell will perform at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Rollins Center on Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at noon Tuesday and can be purchased online at doverdowns.com or by contacting VIP Services at (800) 711-5882. Regular ticket prices range from $25 to […]

BEST BETS: ‘As You Like It’ brings the Bard to Dover

Proving the Shakespearean line that “all the world’s a stage,” Delaware Shakespeare presents “As You Like It,” through Nov. 12, bringing professional theater to underserved audiences in nontraditional venues throughout the state. The group’s community tour, which travels with a cast of eight actors as well as original music composed by Joe Trainor, stops at […]

BEST BETS: Cashbox Kings to headline Blue Soul Fest

Joe Nosek got his first taste of the blues while listening to his father’s Rolling Stones albums. “That’s how the majority of that generation learned about the blues, from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton. But those guys idolized people like Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Otis Rush,” Mr. Nosek said. “Back […]