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.