Hines to lend a hand with Cowboy Up benefit, Nov. 21.

There was a time for Mike Hines in the late 1980s and early ‘90s when it was all about providing the live soundtrack for that crazy evening out at the nightclubs in downstate Delaware.

Hines consistently set the partying mood with his commanding vocals, rhythmic dance moves and charismatic personality.

However, with the club scene all but disappearing and his band – Mike Hines and The Look – closing in on their 30th anniversary, the front man said it’s nice these days to be able to bring his show together and benefit a worthy cause at the same time.

That’s one of the reasons why Hines decided to help organize a fundraiser at Dover’s Cowboy Up Saloon, Saturday, Nov. 21.

Mike Hines and The Look will be sharing the Cowboy Up stage with country band South 47 and DJ Jim Baker, in the Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Hungry.

The event will run from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. with a $10 cover charge, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware and their “Thanksgiving for All Program.” There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, cash bar, drink specials and more. Cowboy Up will also be collecting canned foods leading up through the day of the concert.

 MORE ABOUT HINES

      ♦ AGE: “I’m an entertainer and entertainers should not reveal their age."

      ♦ GRADUATED: Caesar Rodney High School

      ♦ HOBBIES: Enjoys sports and traveling to different cities.

      ♦ CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Opened for acts such as The Ohio Players, Atlantic Star, Taylor Dayne, Chris Rock, Al B. Sure, Lisa, Lisa and Naughty by Nature. Appeared in episodes of “Eight Simple Rules,” a sitcom that starred the late John Ritter.

Kent County SUNDAY recently caught up with Hines and talked about the upcoming benefit:

Q Since you have been performing for so many years around the Dover area, does it mean even more for you and your band to be the face of a fundraiser such as the upcoming one at Cowboy Up?

A It’s a great feeling. We enjoy playing at all of our events, whether it’s a wedding event or a nightclub, it’s a special feeling when you can do something to help others. That’s even better than any feeling that we get from just playing at a normal event, because it’s not for self, it’s about helping others, and being this time of year [holidays] that makes it even more special. We’ve done several events for the Food Bank of Delaware over the years and when we see all the amazing work they do to help others, we try to see what we can do to help. You always see people sending money and help to other countries, well, this is a nice chance for us to help people who are hurting locally.

Q You were also recently a guest bartender for the Best of the Bars competition in Milford that raised nearly $9,000 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Do you enjoy giving back as much as you can to the local communities?

A I really do. If you were to check some of the places that we play and some of the things that we do and the events that we do, we do a lot of things like [fundraisers] because I think that it’s very important to give back. Every little bit helps. The thing that was really unique with the situation with Cowboy Up was we couldn’t work out a date between our schedule and their schedule. But they were kind enough to put us on a bill where they already had a band [South 47] booked. It’s a country group, but we’re all about diversity and there’s nothing better than to bring people together than through music.

Q What is the driving force that keeps you and your bandmates coming back to the stage after so many years?

A On Dec. 19th we’re having our 30th anniversary of Mike Hines and the Look at Dover Downs at Fire and Ice. My father told me a long time ago that if you can earn a living doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That stuck with me as a kid and that’s something I live by.