Despite a forecast of rain for Friday, Carl Jr. "Tad" Jones will offer concert-goers a taste of the Tropics with a night of sunny, acoustic-island rock at his return to 33 West Ale House and Grill.
Acoustic-island rock is a fancy term Jones, 57, coined to describe the mood of the music he likes to cover and some of his original songs. Some of those covers, which will appear in Friday's set are: "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley; "When The Sun Goes Down" by "Kenny Chesney; "It's Five O' Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson; "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison; "Red Red Wine" by UB40; and "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett.
"I love Marley," beamed Jones, of Dover. "I love the whole tiki bar thing, the whole island [thing] and I feel like when people want to have a good time that's the music they want to hear. So I said, 'everybody else is doing the standard thing around [Dover] in music. No one's doing what I'm doing: focusing primarily, not totally, but primarily on Chesney, Buffett, [Bob] Marley, Ziggy [Marley] and so on.'"
Jones is so into paradise that he has his own tiki bar in his backyard where likes to relax and play music.
Tad's rad originals
At least 30 minutes of Jones' two-hour-plus set will feature original jams. He has several homegrown acoustic-island rock songs in his catalog to choose from, such as "Time to Party," "Do They Have Rum" and "Down By The Sea."
But not all of his songs have a tropical theme or groove. A fond memory from Jones' childhood inspired his bluegrass-tinged song "Mr. Young's Machine," which he'll definitely perform Friday, he said. The song is based on an elder gentleman and carpenter named Mr. Young who frequently cruised in a rumbling steam-powered vehicle through Frederica to collect granary at a nearby mill, Jones said. The vehicle, which also featured a flywheel on top, was like a machine out of the '60s film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
Since Jones grew up in Frederica, as did Mr. Young, Jones and his buddies would hitch a ride on the back of Mr. Young's boisterous vehicle on most Saturdays when they heard it whistling down St. Agnes Street.
"We would all run up and jump in the back," Jones recalled. "It was like a freight train coming down the track, only it was on rubber tires."
Having performed multiple times at 33 West – the last before a crowd of welcoming ears in February – Jones is confident he can win over a few more listeners with his variety of covers and originals.
Page 2 of 2 - "The people are warm and receptive," Jones said. "I do a good mix of about 40 percent originals that I perform and people enjoy that. The particular crowd that shows up at 33 West are open to new things, and I like that."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Tad Jones in concert
WHEN 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 10
WHERE 33 West Ale House and Grill, 33 W., Loockerman St., Dover
INFO 33westde.com or call 735-9822