We love playing at the Bellefonte Cafe. There’s something really wonderful about it that transcends their great food, drinks, coffee, and friendly service. It’s also the combo of the clientele, the vibe of the brightly-colored walls, and the great energy of this little corner of Wilmington. Best of all, folks really seem to listen there, and there’s honestly no greater gift you can give a musician.
Since high school in the mid/late 80s, through the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s, Jill has been making music with her dear friend Andrew Durkin on projects spanning a high school rock opera, a 90s-era indie-folk-pop group (The Evelyn Situation), an experimental studio band (Jay’s Booming Hat), and an ever-growing jazz collective that toured Europe a few times and got airplay on NPR (The Industrial Jazz Group).
Andrew is the creative powerhouse behind all of that; Jill was merely a voice that brought some of the music to eager ears. An insanely prolific musician deftly spanning multiple genres, Andrew is also an award-winning composer, the recipient of multiple grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, a PhD holder, a music critic, music lover, music writer, author, and music thought leader, and one hell of a good guy.
Andrew had stepped away from pop-rock music for many years, but recent events pulled him back to writing powerful lyrics to lay into and on top of his haunting melodies. These songs needed to be heard, and he assembled a ‘dream team’ of musicians culled mostly from his earliest days of making pop music: Jill on lead and backup vocals and percussion, Leo McClusky (from The Evelyn Situation and many other bands) on vocals and guitar, our beloved Matt Casarino (maybe you’ve heard of him?) on guitars and vocals, and Andrew himself contributing lead and backing vocals, as well as piano and guitar. Having four great voices to play with is so exciting, and it lets us paint really cool tonal pictures.
Sunnyvale’s music is best described as ‘indie chamber-pop,’ and like the music we love most, it rewards close listening, but even casual listening while nomming on Bellefonte Cafe’s black bean soup will be awesome. Jill likes to call this ‘composed pop,’ which is a neat juxtaposition to Hot Breakfast!’s combo plate of funny songs and gut-punchers.
We’re excited for this co-bill in November! It’s 2.5 hours of music from two bands. We’ll be mixing up sets and songs, so please come for the whole night!
As always, our shows at Bellefonte are known for selling out quickly. Secure your table by calling for a reservation at (302) 761-9175. Be sure to tell them you want to sit so you can hear the music, otherwise they may seat you in another area of the restaurant.
WHO: Hot Breakfast! and Sunnyvale
WHAT: 150 minutes of music to feed your head and your soul through your ears.
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 7:30(sharp!) until 10pm (ish)
WHERE: The Bellefonte Cafe, 804 Brandywine Blvd, Bellefonte, DE 19809
WHY: Because we love this music, and we want to share it with our people!
FAMILY FRIENDLY? It’s a PG show… we do let a few scant naughty words fly, but we’re not gross or anything. As long as your child can sit quietly for 2.5 hours, we’d love to have them along!
FOOD: Lots of great food, boozey drinks, coffee, tea at the cafe. Great vegan options as well!
PARKING: Street parking around the cafe. It’s easy and free.
FACEBOOK EVENT: Coming soon!
We really, really hope to see you there. This music (and these humans) are very important to us, and we’d love for you to hear these songs.