Boasting a heavy catalog of about 100 cover songs, HyJinx will offer a little something for everyone at Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Saturday night.
Formed a decade ago, the Newark-based outfit specializes in rock and pop covers, along with a few treats in between.
HyJinx keyboardist and singer Jason Beil, 43, of Newark, who's the only original member of the outfit, spoke with the Dover Post about how his band gets a party jumping, as well as how he's been able to quit his day job and turn playing live music with HyJinx into his full-time career.
Q How does HyJinx live up to its name?
A Hijinks, of course, gives a connotation of partying, fun and a lot of tomfoolery, fooling around; and basically that's what we bring. We like to bring a party and make sure everybody has a good time.
Q Is there anything unique HyJinx does at shows that might make it more memorable than other bands?
A I'd say a lot of bands, of course, are high-energy. [But] we'd like to think we give it just a little something extra. Plus we play a wide variety of music. We want to touch on something unusual that you might not hear another band play, in addition to playing the favorites.
Q What are some of those unique covers you play?
A We'll throw in something brand new like Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" or Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," some of those songs that are new. Then we'll do some classic rock songs like Journey's "Separate Ways" and mix it up with some disco like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."
Q In general, what are some of the songs in your repertoire?
A There's probably 100 songs would could pull out on a given night. We can pull out something old like "I Will Survive." On Friday we did a song we haven't played in a while because we got a request for it. We did "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses. We do Journey's "Separate Ways" and "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully." Some of the more modern ones are Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" and "Die Young." We do Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Lady Gaga's songs like "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance."
Page 2 of 2 - Q What's the most frequent song you perform?
A One song that we've added to the set list since Arielle [Fahrner, the lead vocalist] joined the band — because it's a song she really enjoys singing, and she does a great job singing it — is the Ike & Tina Turner version of "Proud Mary," and that goes over great every time we play it; people love it.
Q How've you managed to make a full-time living from playing in HyJinx?
A It's difficult. It's something you have to build over time. You kind of build up a reputation for yourself and for the band. You start to work with the right people like we started working with Starleigh Entertainment, which is Gary Hutson's agency, and they've managed to do a very good job, particularly Gary, of keeping us working. If we work three or four days a week, that's enough to make sure everybody can pay their bills. During the summer is a particularly busy time for us. Last summer we worked five or six nights a week. What's good about those busy times is it offsets the slower times during the winter when you don't have these summer, outdoor gigs and all the different work that comes along during vacation season when people are at resorts and the beaches and whatnot, [since] that's where the real work is. When it's slower in the winter, if you're smart, you kind of collect some of that money you made over the summer and you make it stretch out through the year.
IF YOU GO
WHAT HyJinx in concert
WHEN 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6
WHERE Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover
COST $5; free for Capital Club card-users
INFO doverdowns.com or 739-4266