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The Summer of Love spirit that filled Cape Charles in the heat of the season lives on this fall at the Historic Palace Theatre, with the ultimate throwback performance. Saturday, Oct.26, festivities start at 6 p.m. with the full-throttle Rolling Stones tribute ensemble, Wilder Horses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, and attitude of the original bad boys of rock n’ roll.
The band’s performance is the star of Cream of the Crop, a fundraising pARTy that benefits GEAR Fine and Performing Arts, the nonprofit partner that brings arts education and programs to the Historic Palace Theatre and the adjacent Lemon Tree Gallery. The art lovers celebration includes a dinner catered by Gourmet Gang, a live and silent auction, and a champagne toast. Costumes, including 60s- and 70s-era rock attire, are optional.
Lead vocalist Bobby Alderman has always been a Rolling Stones fan, and was continually told “You look just like Mick Jagger!” which eventually fueled his desire to recreate the iconic moves, styles, and sounds of one of the greatest front men to grace the rock n’ roll stage.
Alderman found the right band mates to create his vision for an authentic and accurate tribute. Lead guitarist and fellow Stones fanatic Mick Carls, who has played with his “idol’s idol” Chuck Berry and has meticulously studied every Stones guitarist, says that when Alderman invited him to play Keith Richards in the tribute band, his reply was, “I’ve been waiting most of my life for this phone call!”
Portraying the persona of drummer Charlie Watts is David Hunter, who has shared stages with countless national acts. “I find it both gratifying and humbling that I’ve now come full circle in my drumming career: from starting out as a young player imitating Charlie Watts to portraying him onstage today with The Wilder Horses band.” David Waltrip, who has opened for The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and Cheap Trick, plays the part of Bill Wymann on bass guitar. Robb Torgler, of Raw Beets and Butter fame, channels Ronnie Wood on guitar and vocals. Peter Pope, on keys, rhythm guitar, and percussion, plays the role of Chuck Lavelle, rounding out his talent as a sound designer, composer, and voice actor.
Such a stellar lineup of musicians promises a rollicking good time. But the heart-thumping evening is more than just a chance to let your hair down. Every dollar raised supports GEAR Fine and Performing Arts, formerly Arts Enter, which has brought arts education and programs to Cape Charles for more than two decades.
The Stones have shouted for decades that they “can’t get no satisfaction.” But for one night at the Palace Theatre, Cape Charles arts supporters just might.
Tickets for Cream of the Crop: A Rolling Stones Tribute Featuring Wilder Horses are $50 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For a full schedule of classes, performances, and events, and to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit www.GEARfineandperformingarts.