Here are some fun events outside of Dover that you might want to consider diving into this weekend.
Fishy activity at Green Stinger
WHAT Fish Whistle in concert
WHEN 8:30 p.m., Friday
WHERE The Green Stinger Sports Bar and Grill, 492 Walnut Shade Road, Dover
INFO Visit Green Stinger on Facebook or call 698-3300
More than three years ago, a new band emerged in the First State. It was the outside-the-box cover band Fish Whistle.
Fish Whistle is comprised of Scott Bloodsworth (bass/vocals), Del Walsh (vocals/guitar) Rick Honecker (drums) and occasionally Joe Davis (keys and vocals). The combo of Bloodsworth's soaring guitar work, Walsh's low-end drive and thump and Honecker's always-in-the-pocket style of drumming creates a mighty sound that leaves crowds baffled as to how three guys conjure up such heavy music.
What makes this Milton-based band stand out is that the guys stray from performing typical covers most listeners are accustomed to hearing.
"I really take pride in the fact that we play songs that are not done by most bands like 'Comfortably Numb,' 'Do You Feel Like We Do,' 'Sweet Emotion,'" Bloodsworth said. "Almost every cover band plays 'Sweet Home Alabama' because everyone in the crowd loves the song. But we take a different approach by switching to 'Werewolves of London' after the first verse or so to break up the monotony, and nine times out of 10, the crowds love that as well."
Fish Whistle has also incorporated some modern country and originals from Bloodsworth's solo albums to keep the band evolving. The band will perform at The Green Stinger Sports Bar and Grill tonight.
Tour honors Civil Rights Act of 1964
WHAT "An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad"
WHEN 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Saturday
WHERE First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N., Dover
INFO Visit destateparks.com/heritagepark or call 739-9194
With 2014 marking the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking legislation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries will feature guided tours of its latest exhibit, one that focuses on the fight for civil rights and its impact in Delaware this Saturday.
The exhibit, "An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad," examines what life was like for both slaves and free blacks before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Delaware played an important part in the Underground Railroad ─ a system in which ordinary individuals risked their personal property and even their own safety to help blacks escape to freedom.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination of all kids based on race, color, religion or national origin, and it provided the power to enforce desegregation.
"An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad" is one of several civil rights-related events that will be held in downtown Dover as part of January's First Saturday programming.
Country crew wrangles up Dover Downs
WHAT Dean Crawford & the Dunn's River Band
WHEN 9:30 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Fire & Ice Lounge at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover
INFO Visit doverdowns.com or call 674-4600
Self-proclaimed as "the best country band in Baltimore," Dean Crawford & the Dunn's River Band will see if it can make waves with its charismatic Southern sound at the Fire & Ice Lounge at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Saturday.
A skilled performer with a great voice, front man Dean Crawford renders traditional and contemporary country tunes with deep conviction and energy.
Crawford and the Dunn's River Band have established a faithful and growing fan base that continues to grow throughout the mid-Atlantic. Dean has opened up for notable Nashville, Tenn., greats such as Neal McCoy, Buddy Jewel, Montgomery Gentry, Jamie O'Neal and Bucky Covington.
In addition to rocking folks in the mid-Atlantic, Dean's resume includes performing for U.S. troops at Aberdeen Proving Grounds Army facility in Aberdeen, Md., as well as for the Special Olympics.