The Rockshop Performing Arts Center

In the Round Performances Concert

May 20, 2018

In the Round Concert Performances!

May 20th, 2018 :: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

The last In the Round Performance concert was a packed house, and this will most likely be the same! We have a real treat for you here!

Tickets are “will call” tickets, and are $20 per person. Please bring ID and have it ready to show at the door. Buy Tickets Here!

Meet the Performers!

Sol Knopf:

Sol Knopf is an award winning, American singer/songwriter and solo performer best known for his distinctive baritone voice and timeless original songs. His moving single “My Baby Girl” (co-written with Geri Smith) has been touching lives all over the world since it’s release in 2013. It has become one of the most requested, independently released, father/daughter dance songs at weddings across the USA and abroad. The YouTube video for “My Baby Girl” is currently on it’s way toward one million views. “My Baby Girl” is included on Sol’s CD “Sea Change” (2013).

With over 7,000 performances in his career, Sol has toured the USA fronting show bands, been lead guitarist with Atlantic Records recording artists Mike Hines and the Look, has appeared on the Nashville Network and has been blessed to frequently share the stage with Grammy Award winning, Hall of of Fame inducted and accomplished hit songwriters such as Tony Arata, Doug James, Don Henry, Craig Bickhardt, Michael Johnson, Thom Schuyler and many more.

Nashville hit songwriter Craig Bickhardt, who has written four #1 hits and nine top 10 hits by legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Martina McBride, The Judds and many more, said this about Sol : “Sol writes what he lives and sings of the people he knows intimately. He does it all with the fearlessness of a seasoned artist who has fought his share of battles but hasn’t sacrificed any of the keen joy of his acolyte days. His songs cover a vast territory but his characters always seem to come out on top because they find purpose even in life’s more challenging moments. His music engages you in the sweet mysteries and asks you to recall innocence, disappointment, laughter and tears as if they are, in themselves, the whole point of the journey.”

Grammy Nominated Producer Jim Salamone, who has worked with legends like Bon Jovi, Vanessa Williams, Grover Washington Jr and Teddy Pendergrass, said this about Sol: “There have been many passing fads in our industry but we are always in need of great songwriting. Sol is a great songwriter. It’s like the difference between light bulbs and hula-hoops. Everyone knows who invented the light-bulb…noone remembers who made the hula-hoop. Sol Knopf creates lightbulbs!

Hit songwriter Doug James (best known for writing 1990 BMI Song of the Year “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” with Michael Bolton ) said this about Sol: “Sol is one soulful and gifted musician, and one serious writer with a knack for doing the unexpected musically combined with a keen insight into the human condition and the ability to put what he sees, feels and feels about it into words.”

Sol’s songwriting has been described as “comfort food for the soul”. His 2016 release, “Rehoboth Beach” , continues to express an affection for positive themes…from paying tribute to those who show bravery in their everyday lives with the song “Brave” (co-written with Nashville hit songwriter Odie Blackmon), to admiring those who aspire to change the world by touching one life at a time (“Just One Life”). “Rehoboth Beach” was dedicated to Sol’s mother Dolores, who passed in 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Sol donates 10% of all his merchandise sales to the Alzheimer’s association to help #ENDALZ.

Keith Mack:

Keith Mack is a celebrated guitar player who has backed many of rock’s iconic voices for the last thirty years. Having toured and recorded with legends like Paul Young, Joe Cocker and most recently Cyndi Lauper on her world tour, Keith has built one of the most impressive rock ‘n’ roll resumes around. In the 1980’s Keith teamed with one of rock’s greatest voices, Patty Smyth and joined the band Scandal. The group went on to produce hits like “Goodbye to You”, “Love’s Got a Line on You” and the chart topping single and album “The Warrior”. Keith and Patty have been working together on new material and plan to be back in the studio this summer. This is coming off Patty’s 2015 Holiday CD that Keith co-produced and co-wrote three of the original songs on the disc. Keith’s solo career saw the release of THE MOMENT in 2014 with nine original tracks. The CD brings Keith’s voice to the forefront on every song…from the opening mandolin and hard driving Hammond Organ on “The Secret of Fire”, to the ever hopeful power ballad “Kind Word”, and the bluesy soul searching track “When Right is Wrong”, Keith brings an honest and emotionally charged soulful sound to his debut CD. Keith will be following up THE MOMENT with new music released throughout 2016, with the first single, IF ITS REALLY TRUE, to be released by the summer. ( , )

Ed Shockley:

Ed Shockley is one of Delaware’s most beloved singer/songwriters and musicians. His soulful voice and music have been compared to Ke’b Mo, Van Morrison and Levon Helm.

With over 50 songs published in his illustrious career, Ed’s “Dodge City” (Jack of Diamonds) became an anthem to a generation of music fans in the mid-Atlantic region. After moving to NYC, Ed, along with the band Cries, signed a major recording/publishing contract with RCA Records. During these years Ed played on hundreds of recording sessions, appeared on national TV, and performed as a singer/narrator for TV and radio commercials. Back in Delaware, Vinyl Shockley has been the vehicle for much of Ed’s songwriting through the band’s three CD’s of original music.

More recently Ed has been a member of the roots gospel trio, The Reminders, cowriting several songs on their three CD’s. Ed is also a member of the very popular 10 piece Rock and Soul band, The Funsters.

In 2005, Ed received the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival’s ninth annual Artz Award, which is presented to a local person who has contributed to furthering and fostering the musical community in the Cape region. The award recognized Ed as “The Ambassador of Music”.

Cliff Hillis:

An award winning songwriter, singer and producer, Cliff Hillis has earned a solid reputation as a highly sought-after multi- instrumentalist, touring musician and studio whiz.

His previous releases have garnered praise from USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Amplifier,Goldmine and many more. In addition, his original songs have been featured in a number of TV shows and films.