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  • Mystery Fyre sets Dogfish Head ablaze

  • The late-bloomed flower children Mystery Fyre didn't get enough when gigging at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach earlier this year.
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  • The late-bloomed flower children Mystery Fyre didn't get enough when gigging at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach earlier this year.
    So it's making the brewery the last stop on its first official tour — a three-state adventure beginning Thursday in Thomas, W.Va., then Friday in Hanover, Pa., and ending Saturday night at Dogfish Head. Featuring three young-adult brothers from Bloomsburg, Pa., who pine for sharing their homegrown psychedelic rock sound, Mystery Fyre is pumped for its return to Dogfish Head, a venue they debuted at during the winter months.
    "It was awesome," beamed Wes Knorr, 26, the eldest brother. "[We] definitely [received] a very good reception and we had an amazing time."
    Vintage guys in modern times
    Concertgoers will portal to the late '60s and early '70s with the vibrant tunes from Mystery Fyre's latest album, "Root of the Woo," released in June. The project was crafted from a palette of pastels layered with funky guitar solos and ambitious vocals, bookended with love and peace.
    The black sheep of the album is "Soul Sucker," a tune entirely sung in pig Latin.
    "It doesn't have any actual lyrics, it's all like jibber jab," Knorr said. "The concept was 'let's try to write a song that doesn't have any lyrics but that does have a message.'" Through their jibber, the goal of the song was to express how "society has kind of brainwashed people and taken over their ability to be creative and be who they are," Knorr explained.
    Another notable is the fun "Shotgun," a really funky tune that morphs into a Grateful Dead-like breakdown near the middle.
    Mystery Fyre really hangs its hat on "Root of the Woo," since the brothers had creative control over the entire project.
    "This album definitely seems to be the defining album of our sound," Knorr said. "The biggest difference from this one is we recorded this in our parents' basement and we mastered the songs the way we wanted to."
    Snazzy threads
    More than just playing vintage-styled tunes, Mystery Fyre also rocks Woodstock-era threads on a daily. This includes flower-print shirts and bellbottoms. Outside of grocery shopping, you might see them in a flashier getup on stage, donning things like dresses, similar to when they gigged at the "Some Kind of Jam 7" festival in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., last year.
    Page 2 of 2 - For Saturday's concert, Knorr didn't say whether the band will appear in special costumes, but he did mention patrons will, at the very least, see them in their everyday gear, which will still be a treat.
    Most of Mystery Fyre's wardrobe comes from garage sales and flea markets, courtesy of their mom. "She dresses us well," smiled Knorr.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Mystery Fyre in concert
    WHEN 10 p.m., Saturday
    WHERE Dogfish Head, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach
    COST Free
    INFO Visit dogfish.com or call (302) 226-2739

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