It’s that time once again, country music fans — time for the Hocker family’s annual Springtime Jamboree. The two-day event (April 22 and 23) will benefit Lower Sussex Little League (LSLL) this year.
As usual, 38th District Rep. Gerald Hocker will intersperse musical numbers with a touch of standup — and Scott Evans will once again don the clown suit for some traditional slapstick.
All clowning aside, however, these musicians are top-notch.
This year, the Jamboree Boys — Hocker and his sons (Gerry and Greg), Ken Evans, Reggie Helms and Mike Kondash — will be joined by professional guitarist Andy Timmons.
Timmons, a real estate agent by day, doubles as lead guitarist for North Carolina-based country music group Dakkota.
The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) pegged the band “County Music Entertainers of the Year” for five years running, and Dakkota has performed with a virtual country music Who’s Who – Charlie Daniels, Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt, to name a few.
Another special highlight — Beth Ann Cayhall (Hocker’s daughter) will be returning for this year’s Springtime Jamboree. Cayhall recently embarked on a professional music career of her own.
Cayhall’s debut album, “Blonde Behind the Wheel,” is making the rounds, and she has a few local performance dates lined up in coming months.
Other talents on tap for this year’s event include stage band Kevin Short & the Hap Tones, pianist Ron Howard (he will offer a special pre-show performance at 6:30 p.m.) and singers Susanne Truitt (Mrs. Delaware 2005) and Linda Kurtz (Miss Delaware 2005).
The Springtime Jamboree will take place at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) again this year — Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $10, and will be on sale at Hocker’s SuperCenter (537-1877), Hocker’s Grocery & Deli and G&E on Cedar Neck Road (539-9662).
LSLL Board Members will have them as well.
Now in its 23rd year, the Springtime Jamboree has raised more than $200,000 for local causes since its inception.