The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat and Australia as The British Beat) has been on the music scene since 1979. The group fuses soul, reggae, ska, pop and punk into a unique and danceable sound that made them one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Ska movement. Dave Wakeling fronts the US version of the band; Ranking Roger, the English version, yet both tour frequently worldwide.
Paula Cole has received multiple Grammy nominations, including one for Producer of the Year, recognizing her as the first woman in Grammy history to ever receive this honor. Selling approximately three million albums and performing with music icons Peter Gabriel and Dolly Parton are just a few of her highlights. She continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.
Montana Wildaxe is a dynamic psychedelic/roots rock jam band that has been a mainstay in the Delaware music scene for over 25 years. All top-notch musicians with great improvisational skills, Montana plays music from the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, Allman Bros., Neil Young, Bob Dylan, along with a wide range of blues and R&B styles.
Kiefer Sutherland has been a professional actor for over thirty years, starring in movies like "Stand By Me," "The Lost Boys," "Flatliners," "A Few Good Men" and perhaps most famously, the TV series "24." A multi-talented performer, in recent years he has turned his attention to music. Together with his friend Jude Cole, he put together an 11-song debut album, "Down in a Hole," to be released in the summer of 2016. He's currently touring in support of the project.
With bassist Adam Orin on board, the Monea brothers (Dan and Nate) have created a unique sound that blends diverse influences of all genres but comes out sounding all their own. Dan's unique tenor and blues-influenced guitar playing is the basis for a core traditional rock sound, but the band's quest for groove and dynamic has led them to incorporate rhythms from all genres including ska, reggae, motown soul and straight up Zeppelin riff-rock.
Graham Parker was one of the most successful singer/songwriters to emerge from England's pub-rock scene in the '70s. Drawing comparative inspiration from Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones, Parker added his own flavor of fused folk and rock 'n' roll, highlighted by his indignant passion, biting sarcasm and bristling anger. Just a bit more laid back these days, Parker is also a novelist. His recent album, 'Your Country,' was issued in March 2004.
Animal Collective is a critically acclaimed indie group that pushes the boundaries of pop music. From deliciously skewed ballads to ethereal soundscapes to frenetic rhythms, Animal Collective is constantly evolving, exploring the outer edges for new and exhilarating sounds.
Keep It Dark performs a career-spanning tribute to one of rock music's most influential bands. The show focuses equally on pre- and post-Gabriel eras and will prove to be a wonderful night for Genesis fans. A sub-set of Delaware's premier tribute band In the Light, Keep It Dark includes members Joe Trainor (vocals, keys), Andy Favor (guitar), Christian Salcedo (bass) and Matt Urban (drums).
Taking inspiration from soul greats, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, and folk legends, John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Amos delivers a unique brand of folk-soul music that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire. The "folk" side is reflected in his nimble acoustic guitar playing and the intimacy of his live performances. The "soul" strain comes through in the engaging song-poetry of his lyrics and in what the Philadelphia Inquirer described as his "easygoing voice" and "raw, unedited emotion."
Malcolm Bruce, the son of Cream's Jack Bruce, grew up immersed in a musical environment, hearing and experiencing some of the finest musicians around. He is currently a touring artist himself, performing with his father, as part of of Sons of Cream (with will Johns, Kofi Baker and Chris Page), or solo gigs.
At their high point through the early '90s, the sound of Scotland's Trashcan Sinatras proudly reclaimed the joyous pop sound of such early '80s bands as the Bluebells, Orange Juice and Aztec Camera. Releasing three albums and a few EPs, the group returns in 2004 with 'Weightlifting.'
10 area vocalists perform 25 of the music legend's greatest songs, accompanied by a live band under the direction of Joe Trainor. Featured songs will span Bowie's catalog, from "Space Oddity" to "Lazarus," making for a memorable show no fan will want to miss. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community of Delaware, a statewide nonprofit program that provides cancer support programs to participants at no cost.
Super 91.7, WMPH is Mount Pleasant High School's public radio station, offering multi-genre music, live MPH sports simulcasts, state government news and NPR programming. WMPH's engineer and teacher, Mr. Paul Wishengrad, guides and instructs students from the Brandywine school district in interviewing, programming, and every other aspect of radio broadcasting. Tonight, World Cafe Live at the Queen hosts a benefit show to help supply the station with station with necessary technologies. Featured performers include Mount Pleasant High bands Arden Kind and Rusty Blue.
Lake Street Dive is a four-piece band from Boston that finds itself on the cusp of stardom, though the members insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. "We realize this could all go away tomorrow," says Rachael Price. "But that won't change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves."
The rhythmic backbone of progressive rock's Emerson Lake & Palmer, Carl is hailed as one of the world's greatest drummers. Be ready to be astounded by his dazzling speed and technical virtuosity combined with an infectious stage personality. Still active with ASIA, he was also in Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds (featuring Albert Lee). The Carl Palmer Band performs re-imagined instrumental versions of ELP's original compositions and classical arrangements.
Weird & Awful is an entertainment company founded by Rakeem Miles, Divante Rodriguez and Ben Robinson. They're bringing their first music festival to World Cafe Live at the Queen this June, featuring a great lineup of largely independent acts from various musical genres.
An accomplished solo artist in his own right, saxophone legend, Maceo Parker, has backed up all the major funk performers from James Brown to George Clinton. He also has played with such young funksters as De La Soul and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Maceo has been a music-maker and world-class performer for almost fifty years, and distinguishes himself through exceptional musicality and craftsmanship.
Consider the Source's spicy blend of progressive ethno-fusion proves to be truly genre-bending. On stage, the members embrace and express their deep love and appreciation for their music and influences. From Eastern-European folk melodies and Indian rhythmic cycles to funky rock riffs and break beat drum and bass, audiences can't decide whether to mosh, rave or belly dance.
Considered one of the world's great bar bands, The Nighthawks blazed across America fighting the evils of disco with blistering blues harp and vocals by Mark Wenner and the group's version of rock, blues and rockabilly.
Siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany Hollies grew up listening to their parents record collection featuring James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon. Ian and Eric began writing songs together and their younger sister's brassy voice belted out the tunes. After years of fine-tuning their talents, the group asked singer Elizabeth Hopkins, a close friend to join them as well as drummer Mike McKee and bassist Grant Emerson.