Before playing their first note on Saturday, the trio Parental Guidance will already have distinguished itself from the other bands playing at the American Legion Post 64 in Salisbury, Md. And it's not their fault.
The truth is it's easy to stand out like a sore thumb when you're part of a trio of baby-faced performers sharing the stage with folks who look like they're old enough to be your dad.
This will be apparent when the youngsters play a benefit show at Post 64 on Saturday. PG will be joined by outfits Groove Joose, Standing Room Only, Bride Dressed in Black and Not Too Late. Post 64 will use proceeds from the show to bring five wounded soldiers (men and women) to its post for a week of fun in September, which will include hunting and a banquet dinner to honor them, said Post 64 Club Manager Carol Nicholson.
"I think playing for money is important because it's our job," said PG frontwoman Zoe Collins, 16, a sophomore at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. "But playing benefits are just as important because you need to share the talents you have. You can't be selfish about it. You have to give back."
Her bandmates Garrett LaCurts (bass) and Justin Fisher (drums) couldn't agree more.
"I think it's definitely important," said LaCurts, 16, a sophomore at Sussex Tech.
"It's a great benefit and I'm really glad to play there," added Fisher, 13, a seventh-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville.
While even the eldest members of PG are so young they only have their driver permit, the trio is a meld of old souls who have a hankering for covering bands of yore like The Who, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Most of their set on Saturday, in fact, will feature tunes from the latter two outfits, said Collins, of Millsboro.
Page 2 of 2 - Fisher loves the attention PG garners at shows since often times people underestimate them until they play their first note, especially him.
"It's sort of cool to be the youngest because you always [deliver] a shock," said Fisher, of Selbyville. "It's already shocking [for most people] to see any kids playing anything. But it's shocking to see a 13-year-old playing rock 'n' roll or classic rock."
But PG isn't your average group of kids. They've performed at several adult venues like Hooters, Seacrets nightclub in Ocean City, Md., and the Green Stinger Sports Bar and Grill in Dover. PG has mostly been able to land gigs at adult venues thanks to their relationship with Bulldog, the general manager of Ire Radio, Ocean 98.1 FM WOCM in Ocean City.
"We have a lot of connections [through] Bulldog," Fisher said.
Bulldog is also the creator and host of the weekly radio program "The Rude Awakening Show," which PG is a big fan of. "I call in all the time in the morning to say hi," Fisher added. "It's a great show."
'I have prom'
Formerly known as Major Major Minor, the origins of PG dates back to 2011 when the trio assembled while enrolled at Southern Delaware School of the Arts.
Since then, the band won the Battle of the Bands at Cape Henlopen High School last year.
At the end of the day, the guys and gal are just living in the moment, content with playing and not worrying whether they can make it professionally. After all, they're still teens. This is one of the reasons why Collins can't stay after PG's set on Saturday.
"I have to jet afterwards," she said. "I have prom."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Parental Guidance, Groove Joose, Standing Room Only, Bride Dressed in Black and Not Too Late in concert
WHEN Noon, Saturday
WHERE American Legion Post 64, Salisbury, Md.
COST $5. Proceeds benefit wounded soldiers
INFO Facebook or call (410) 749-9814