Tuned In – Dec. 2016

Not-to-be-missed-music-news

Reeds Refuge Music Video Release
Reeds Refuge Center, the nonprofit on Pine Street in Wilmington that helps at-risk kids grow through the performing arts in a secure, nurturing environment, premiered a major video at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Nov. 22. The video, Believe, was created as a collaboration between 105 local children and artists in Wilmington, with varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, celebrating unity and oneness. The premiere included live performances by the children and artists who participated in the creation of Believe.

“This project will show that children and adults from all walks of life can come together in unity, breaking the racial barriers that divide us,” says founder Fred Reed.
Watch the video at reedsrefugecenter.org.

Mean Lady Releases New Single
Last month Newark mainstay Mean Lady dropped a new single, “The Ghost,” with the promise of an upcoming full-length album, Nature.

The duo of Sam Nobles and Katie Dill have been on hiatus for a couple of years since vocalist Dill moved to Los Angeles after recording rough demos of “The Ghost” and other songs on the upcoming album in 2014. Since then, says keyboardist/bassist/producer Nobles, the songs have been collecting dust, but the pair recently decided to polish and release them.

“We sent the tracks back and forth online to share notes and ideas. We’re hoping to have a full, 10-song album out within the next month or two,” says Nobles.

“The Ghost” delves into human nature—or rather, its dark side, says Dill.

“It’s a song about evil. Like, ‘Hey, we are all responsible for the evil ones and what they decide to do, and hey, we are all responsible for what the little ones say because they are learning from our example.’ It’s also about not leaving people behind who are evil—if you love yourself more than you love them, then you keep the cycle of evil going.”

Listen to the single at meanlady.bandcamp.com.

‘Freak Folk Cover Band’ Debuts Dec. 17
New Castle County Community Orchestra’s inaugural concert “Psych! Not,” is set for Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1984 in Wilmington. The self-labeled “freak folk cover band” plays ‘90s grunge songs—with a catch. This show is intended as an audience sing-a-long. Local band Cadillac Riot will join NCCCO.
For more information, visit 1984wilmington.com.

Video Games Live Concert
Video Games Live is an award-winning immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced and hosted by well-known game industry veteran Tommy Tallarico, it features performances by top orchestras and choirs along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, well-known internet solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Tickets are on sale now for the May 20 event at The Grand, featuring the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

For more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.

Dickinson Theatre Organ Christmas Concert
Celebrate the holiday season with the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society. On Saturday, Dec. 3, some of the best musicians in the First State are joining critically-acclaimed organist Scott Foppiano at John Dickinson High School Auditorium for a Christmas music spectacular.

Seasonal favorites will be played from 7-10 p.m. featuring guest performances by Johannes Brass, Caroline Quinn, Jackson Caldwell, Alex Weir, Michael Marinelli and more.

For 40 years, the DTOS has presented concerts by the finest theater organists while enhancing the Mighty Kimball Pipe Organ into an instrument capable of presenting the full palette of musical expression from classical to pop. Housed in Dickinson High School, it is presently the fourth-largest theater pipe organ in the world.

Tickets, available at dtoskimball.org, are $15.

Singing Southern Sisters at The Queen
On Thursday, Dec. 8, Muscle Shoals, Ala.-natives The Secret Sisters—siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers—will bring their southern-roots sound to World Cafe Live at The Queen.

Growing up surrounded by the sounds of the South and the music emanating from Muscle Shoals, the sisters were heavily influenced by a range of American musical styles, including country, bluegrass and gospel, as well as classic rock and pop. They listened to George Jones and Loretta Lynn, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright.

Now the duo is working on their third studio album, which is expected to release in early 2017.
Tickets for the show, starting at 8 p.m., are $15. Visit worldcafelive.com for more.

Hitting the Right Note

Dave Mauk of Sympathetic Ears collaborated with local musicians for a new album, A View of My World

Dave Mauk has been involved with the local music scene for decades. For nearly 30 years, he worked in studios with bands like The Bigger Lovers, the Descendants and The Knobs. He was co-owner of the Stone Balloon in ’94, and saw artists like Ray Charles come through town. He worked with Bert Ottaviano at his North Wilmington, Hockessin and Newark record shops until the mid-2000s—which is where he met his long-time friend, Brad Newsom.

Now the head of the power pop/rock group Sympathetic Ears, Mauk has banded together with local artists to create his debut album, A View of My World, which released Nov. 15 and is available on iTunes, CD Baby and more. On Friday, Dec. 30, there will be an album release party at the Jackson Inn on N. DuPont Rd. in Wilmington.

Sympathetic Ears came together a couple of years ago when friends and comrades from The Knobs—Newsom and Phil Young—along with artist Andrew Stewart got together to help Mauk record some songs he had written. Along the way, a handful of other friends pitched in to help finish the record.
“For years we had recorded others, and I wanted to take a crack at it myself,” says Mauk. “I had some songs I was kicking around and decided I wanted to knuckle down and formalize them.”

On this record, Mauk plays the bass and keyboards, and at least eight other local artists, in addition to Newsom, Young and Stewart, have stepped in to help.

The project took a couple of years to complete, but not because coordinating with the other musicians was an issue. To start with, Newsom and Mauk had co-run a recording studio, Wisteria Sounds, from Newsom’s house in Wilmington beginning in 2000, so they had a free studio to work in. And Mauk says the work flowed easily with other artists, like Scott Birney from Sin City Band, Mark Kenneally from Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88, and songwriter/producer Ritchie Rubini. Mauk and Newsom would get an idea of the direction of each song, then have someone come in to record harmonica or guitar.

“These guys are so talented and good and generous. Musically, I’m probably the weak link in that group,” says Mauk.

Which isn’t true, according to Newsom, who touts Mauk’s skills as a songwriter.

“Dave has perhaps played the role of the quiet one musically over the years and is finally coming more to the forefront with this project. Also, he’s one of the best, most dependable friends you can ask for—a truly great and humble guy who I’m lucky enough to know.”

During the recording process, Mauk retired to Mount Pleasant, S.C., but frequently travels back to Wilmington and doesn’t see the distance as a show-stopper. The group is already working on a second album, sending bits of tracks back and forth between Wilmington and Mount Pleasant.

The Dec. 30 show, featuring Newsom, Young, Stewart and second guitarist Ken Herblin, starts at 8 p.m. Local band The Cocks will join them.

For more information, visit sympears.com.