Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing Company's second R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival will wet your whistle for entertainment in more ways than one outside the brewery this Saturday.
Throughout the day there will be firkin tappings and a special event-only beer. Adults will find amusement via sumo wrestling, a keg toss, beanbag toss and a golf simulator, while the kiddos explore the giant bounce house where they'll soar like the Miami Heat's Lebron James dunking on the Boston Celtic's Jason Terry.
What's more, the R2HOP2 soundtrack will be supplied by six bands: Lower Case Blues, The Anytime Anywhere, The Splashing Pearls, Runaway Train, the Honey Badgers and the Talent Show Act.
"We cannot wait to host R2Hop2 again," said Fordham President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Lutz. "There is nothing that we love as much as having the opportunity to entertain the people who have supported our brewery in the past few years in our own backyard."
Splashing onto the scene
The Splashing Pearls, a trio based in Bear, immediately distinguishes itself from most acts in the state by using a steel drum to anchor its indie sound.
Not one to paint itself into a corner with one style, The Pearls succinctly demonstrate this on their latest album "Stories from the Bottle," released in 2012. The 12-song project is all over the place conjuring up blues grooves to reggae vibes.
The album is such an ear-catcher that it won Album of the Year in 97.3 WSTW's seventh annual Homey Awards, an awards system which recognizes the talent of musicians in the Delaware Valley. Harvey's funky bass lines on "Stories from the Bottle" won a Homey for Best Bass Player.
Hence, festivalgoers will definitely receive heavy dosages of tunes from the album.
One of the songs of note on the project is the fun and bluesy "Monday Morning Walking Dead."
"It's about people waking up after a long hard weekend of partying and such and having to get themselves to work," said Harvey, 57, of Landenberg, Pa. "They have the Xs in their eyes and they've got to drag themselves to work."
Page 2 of 2 - Then there's the contrasting "Dream Boat," a song that sounds like an old vaudeville tune from the '20s. It's a cute tale of two young people who paddle out on a lake to spend time together.
"With our band, we don't lock into one genre," echoed Harvey. "We'll choose [whatever groove] serves a song the best."
IF YOU GO
WHAT R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival
WHEN Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing Company, 1284 McD Drive, Dover
COST $20 in advance; $30 at the door; free for ages under 18
INFO olddominion.com or call 678-4810