Ce­cil Col­lege mu­si­cians will tribute Red Hot Chili Pep­pers




— Ce­cil Col­lege fac­ulty, stu­dent and alumni mu­si­cians can’t stop in­ter­pret­ing rock mu­sic mas­ters.

On Fri­day, the lo­cal mu­si­cians will fol­low up their salute to Led Zep­pelin with “Ma­jes­tic Mas­ters: A Tribute to the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers.” The con­cert, which fol­lows a Thurs­day per­for­mance, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Per­form­ing Arts Hall of the col­lege’s Elk­ton Sta­tion.

The Red Hot Chili Pep­pers boast a ca­reer that spans more than three decades and in­cludes 10 al­bums, six Grammy Awards and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their mu­si­cal style has been char­ac­ter­ized as funk rock, al­ter­na­tive rock, funk me­tal and rap rock.

It was the band’s ver­sa­til­ity and en­dur­ing ca­reer that led to the Chili Pep­pers be­ing cho­sen for the next tribute con­cert, said An­drew Dick­en­son, gui­tarist and Ce­cil Col­lege pro­fes­sor of mu­sic and per­form­ing arts co­or­di­na­tor.

“Af­ter we fin­ished the Led Zep­pelin con­cert, we knew we wanted to do some else,” Dick­en­son said, adding the group threw around bands like Pink Floyd, The Bea­tles, David Bowie, and even Kiss and Me­tal­lica.

Al­though those bands may be fea­tured at a fu­ture con­cert, it was the Chili Pep­pers that ev­ery­one latched onto this time.

Dick­en­son first heard their mu­sic as a teenager. But when he started to think about the band, he re­al­ized the band’s later al­bums spoke to a younger gen­er­a­tion too.

“It struck me how the mu­sic was re­ally so var­ied and spanned so many dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions,” Dick­en­son said.

Learn­ing the mu­sic was fun, but also chal­leng­ing, Dick­en­son said, adding he dis­cov­ered he played some of the songs in­cor­rectly as a teenager. Now com­ing at them with more ex­pe­ri­ence, he was able to tackle them. Some of his fa­vorites to learn were “By the Way” and “Tell Me Baby.”

For the con­cert, Dick­en­son will be joined by Ana Gabrielle Lopez, Charles W. John­son IV, Jes­sica Si­mon­son, Joe Sharpe, Lisa Lane, Maya Price, Ryan Milliner, Sa­man- tha Chris­tine Dan­boise, Seth Till­man, Billy Trone, Hakaan Diker, Jamie Sweetman, Jon Luther and Paul Camp­bell.

Like Dick­en­son, the mu­si­cians have long been in­ter­ested in the Chili Pep­pers, or RHCP, as the band is known to fans.

“I’ve lis­tened to RHCP since I was a child. It’s very nos­tal­gic to be a part of this con­cert since my par­ents and I used to lis­ten to them when I was lit­tle,” said Si­mon­son, who will have a solo dur­ing “Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion.”

Diker said he al­ways ad­mired Chili Pep­pers’ gui­tarist John Fr­us­ciante skill.

“I’ve been lis­ten­ing to the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers since mid­dle school, and their up­lift­ing en­ergy, en­gross­ing song struc­ture and funky eclec­tic sound drew me to them,” he said.

Tick­ets, which are $15, and $5 for stu­dents and se­niors, can be pur­chased by phone at 410-287-1037, at the Mil­burn Stone Theatre box of­fice, or on­line at www.mil­burn­stone. org. If the con­certs are not sold out ahead of time, tick­ets can also be bought at the door, at 107 Rail­road Ave. in Elk­ton, by cash or check.


Mu­si­cians at Ce­cil Col­lege will go from trib­ut­ing Led Zep­pelin to trib­ut­ing the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers in con­cert this June.

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