Music fans of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond, prepare yourselves to kick up your shoes and dance the night away as Doc Hollywood, Northern Delaware's premiere cover band, visits the Cell Block to make their area debut.
The band, which plays a blend of feel good party music, performs dance numbers that range from modern hard rock, pop and R&B to retro classics and everything inbetween. People who have attended Doc Hollywood's shows have described the experience as a dance party free-for-all.
"We go 110 m.p.h. and make it a party," said drummer and lead vocalist Ken Mondillo. "We adapt to the crowd and feed off their energy."
Labeled as a high-energy band, Doc Hollywood will take the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, just don't expect them to stay there for long. Mondillo said the band provides music fans with the "ultimate party experience" through unrivaled crowd interaction.
"We love crowd interaction, because it's all about the fans," he said. "It's your party!"
According to Mondillo, there's a lot of good bands and great musicians on the scene, but they often tend to stand in one spot while playing. Wireless hookups used during Doc Hollywood's gigs allow band members to mingle with the crowd during performances.
"We jump around, engage the crowd and make it fun," he said. "We are more than just musicians, we are performers and entertainers."
According to band members, one of their most memorable performances came three weeks ago in Ocean City, Md.
"It was one of our best shows in a long time. The crowd really got into it," Mondillo said. "Before the night was through, we ended up playing four sets."
The band, which was formed in March 2009, plays everything from Rage Against The Machine and Lady Gaga to country music. Some of the more popular hits include "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, "Womanizer" by Brittany Spears, "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "Fight For Your Right To Party" by The Beastie Boys, "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey and Brian Adams' classic "Summer of 69," among others.
"We're always mixing it up too," he said. "Every week, we work on new material."
Through hard work, perseverance and networking, the band has played some of the best venues and events in the tri-state area, which include The Purple Moose Saloon and The Paddock in Ocean City, Md., and Bootleggers in Woodlyn, Pa., just to name a few. Booking some of the top party bar venues along the East Coast wasn't easy either.
"We do all the booking and promotional stuff ourselves," Mondillo said. "It's hard to compete with agency bands, but the crowd's response is a testament to our drive and performances."
Mondillo said another reason for the band's success is their commitment to perform songs people want to hear.
Recently, the band played in front of a packed house for clothing mogul Skin Industries at The Paddock in O.C., Md., with the popular hip-hop star T Payne and adult film actress Gina Lynn on hand.
Other events include 610 WIP Philadelphia Eagles Pregame parties at Lincoln Field, Widener College Homecomings and NYE/Halloween parties all over Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.
In addition to Mondillo, additional band members of Doc Hollywood include Matt Cannon and Kristen Murray on lead vocals; Brian Shepard and Fran Lemon on guitar and vocals and Joby Parendier on bass and vocals.
In regard to the band's future, Mondillo said there is absolutely no end in sight.
"We just wanna keep getting bigger and bigger," he said. "It will end the day we show up for a gig and no one's there."