From winning the 2011 Rocktoberfest to being selected to headline on the main stage at the 19th Annual Middletown Old-Tyme Peach Festival this Saturday, cover band Chasing Thea will introduce another compelling set, and a song that’s perfect for the longstanding event.
Catching up with ‘Chasing Thea’
Frontman Vaughn Hill, of New Castle, said his witty, Newark-area band will dish out a family-friendly set that includes The Presidents of the United States’ ageless hit “Peaches.”
“It’s so killer,” Hill said of Chasing Thea’s upcoming debut at the peach festival. “We have a great following from the Middletown area.”
Although the band’s robust catalog of 70-plus songs spans genres of metal, rock, pop and dance, Chasing Thea will mainly focus on a mix of new and old pop tunes during its one-hour set (from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) on Cochran Square. They plan to play tunes like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Hill said.
As if lugging a hefty bag of songs to the peach festival isn’t enough, Hill said the band’s new back-up vocalists/guitarist and bassist (Chuck Kuzminski and Brian Elliotte) have added a stronger dynamic to the group that will allow it to deliver a more impressive performance.
“They have really good backup vocals which helps us a lot,” Hill praised of Elliote and Kuzminski, who were enlisted in the band only two weeks ago. “We have really good harmonies and that’s a big deal for me to have that extra backing.”
It’s not say that Chasing Thea didn’t have quality harmonies before Elliotte and Kuzminski came onboard, but now the vocals are certainly mightier, Hill added.
Chuckles from Missy Grynkiewicz
With a handful of musicians anchoring the entertainment at the peach festival, it’ll be a nice contrast to catch a few belly-laughs at the Everett Theatre (from 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) by stand-up comedian Missy Grynkiewicz, whose 15-minute act will prove funnier than her last name.
Slated to drop her first stand-up CD with “Miss Representation” on Realize Records on Friday, Aug. 24, Grynkiewicz, of Middletown, has ample, colorful stories swirling in her noggin that she could discuss in her family-oriented act at the festival.
For instance, she could elaborate on the time Buster, her golden retriever Buster, “ended up with an almost-$3,000 surgery after eating a pair of my under pants,” Grynkiewicz explained.
Page 2 of 2 - Or she could talk about the time her dear husband, Paul, an engineer for The Boeing Company in Philadelphia, boasted this epic accomplishment he achieved at work: “I just won $5 for eating a pound of chocolate in two minutes!”
Rather than play it cool and pretend life is peachy, Grynkiewicz might also spill the beans in person on how she’s “torn between being a good responsible mom,” she admitted.
“All of us as parents always feel like our kids are on the phone, iPad, and the Internet, too, much,” Grynkiewicz said. “If you ground them from the phone, or TV, you’re really grounding yourself. If they don’t have those things then they’re kind of stuck to me.”
And having her two teenage daughters (Carly, 13, and Cindy, 17) hanging around her isn’t always an ideal situation for Grynkiewicz.
“It’s so much more peaceful when they’re not [around].”