Here are some fun events outside of Dover that you might want to consider diving into this weekend.
Grand ol' time
WHAT The Grand Central in concert
WHEN 9 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Cowboy Up Saloon, 1036 Lafferty Lane, Dover
INFO Visit cowboyupde.com or call (302) 264-9322
The young country outfit Grand Central will share some love from the Big Apple at the Cowboy Up Saloon on Saturday.
Based in New York City, Grand Central is powered by traditional hard-driving country and polished contemporary sounds. Grand Central covers a number of popular acts including Eli Young Band, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and the Randy Rogers Band. It also tosses in some classic rock like AC/DC and Metallica.
In addition, the band plays its only original recorded song named "Leaving Caroline Behind," a tune about being in a failing relationship and desiring to be with someone else.
Raising the Bar
WHAT BarCode 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
Frontman and guitarist Scott Poe has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region in several area bands for more than 35 years. These days he wins over audiences with spot-on renditions of his favorite covers in his country/modern rock band BarCode.
Poe is joined by Bill Bather (drums) and Mark Shaw (guitar/vocals), who's been shredding it up on guitar since the early 1970s. His fellow bandmate Skip Hurst (bass/vocals) began his musical career in the '70s playing local fairs and special occasions where schoolmate Bruce Willis would sometimes sit in on harmonica.
Then there's Pamela Russell (keys/vocals), a relative newcomer to the band scene. Russell has a degree in music education and has performed with Opera Delaware. In fact, Russell is so new to the scene that she's just starting to get used to the ringing in her ears after rehearsal with the band. But she's tough a gal who can hold her own on and off stage.
You can catch BarCode in action at The Green Stinger Sports Bar and Grill tonight.
WHAT Dover English County Dancers' Twelfth Night dance celebration
WHEN 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Elizabeth W. Murphey School, Kings Highway and Kent Ave., Dover
COST $5 for adults; $2 for students
INFO Visit doverdancers.org or call 697-7858
The Dover English Country Dancers will bid farewell to the holiday season with its Twelfth Night dance celebration at the Elizabeth W. Murphey School on Saturday.
Once the dance ends, all dancers will be welcomed to attend the after-party at the home of Camden's Jackie McCabe, the publicity director and board member of the English Country Dancers. The after-party will feature a night of refreshments and lots of caroling.
Back to the dancing ─ folks interested in hitting the dance floor at the Murphey School will do so in a cotillion style. English country dancing is based on simplicity and not flashy footwork like the jitterbug or other moves. Nevertheless, English country dancing offers vintage fun, and it also doubles as a great way to burn off some calories.