When last we left Fred Dawson, majordomo of local sensation cover band Club Phred, he was lying prostrate in front of his wife Louise, begging for a band room in their Hockessin home. Growing weary of his whimpering, the dear lady - a long suffering soul - finally acceded to his importuning.
“Aha!” exclaimed Fred, eyes glistening with tears. He raised himself from the carpet, threw open his front door and screamed, “Dear citizens of New Castle County, now our band has a place to practice so we can spread our gospel of '60s and '70s rock 'n' roll over the land! Hallelujah! The world can never get enough of Wilson Pickett, Steppenwolf, Chicago and Percy Sledge! Brother and sister party animals – I am talkin' to you! We are on a mission from God!”
What: 60s & 70s rock 'n' roll, food, beer & wine. Cash bar
When: Sat., July 18, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. (dining first hour, music starts at 8 p.m.)
Where: Hockessin Hall, 1225 Old Lancaster Pike
Tickets: $25/advance, $30/at door
Club Phred delivers the gospel of hard driving rock 'n' roll, make no mistake. However, the seven-member group of Baby Boomers is ever mindful of its role in the community as public servants. Since the group formed in 2002, the Club Phred has raised more than $1.3 million for statewide charitable organizations.
On July 18, Fred will tote his 430-pound Hammond B3 organ to Hockessin Fire Hall for yet another benefit.
Mark Sisk, Phred's rhythm guitarist (and Newark attorney in the real world), says the Hammond is not the only vintage instrument used.
“We feel the authentic sounds of these great tunes can only be delivered by the instruments used to record them in the first place. One of our members plays a 40-year-old Fender Stratocaster - similar to ones used by many of the '60s and '70s groups.”
Aisle Say attended a Club Phred gig at the Baby Grand in Wilmington last December. It was unequivocally one of the rockingest parties in this arts enthusiast's long dancing and sing-a-long career.
Greer Firestone lives in Brandywine Hundred. He draws from a half-century of involvement in Delaware's theatre scene to write about arts and the business of art in the First State.