If you've seen the Cover to Cover band perform as Fleetwood Mac, you know they take their duties seriously.
Last January the group performed its first cover album, "Flood," by They Might Be Giants to a giddily receptive crowd at Hardywood Park Craft brewery. Since then, they've performed "Hot Fuss" by the Killers and "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac.
The band will take on Green Day's breakthrough album "Dookie" in celebration of its 21st anniversary, this Saturday at Hardywood beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Cover to Cover member and local actor Matt Shofner, who just finished a critically lauded turn as Hedwig (of Angry Inch fame) on the TheatreLab basement stage, says the cover series started when he and director Maggie Roop began building their non-profit production company: Spin, Spit and Swear.
"The name is connected to a number of theatrical superstitions in which the actions of spinning, spitting and swearing (technically outside of the theatre, with three spins) make up the formula for reversing a theatrical curse," Shofner explains.
The goal for the Cover to Cover series is to present theatrically inspired entertainment "with mainstream appeal" as a means of reaching and building new audiences for theater, he says.
All proceeds are used to improve the quality of regional theatre productions in town, while encouraging a larger, more consistent audience base, Shofner says."As for 'Dookie,' Matt is a huge fan of the album but I never got deeply into it," says Roop. "So now it's a fun and challenging journey of learning the material and connecting to it for me and for Matt and Evan [Nasteff], our third vocalist for this concert. It is a rockin' trip down memory lane!"
The Cover to Cover Band features musicians Bentley Cobb, Jr., Grant Oliver, Dave Robbins and Brian Cruise. Roop adds that the group always loves input from supporters and they have chosen albums before based on feedback.
Regarding his memorable and exhausting turn as Hedwig, Shofner says he does miss the role.
"I miss it. I really do," he says. "I'd do it again in a heartbeat without question! I will, however, enjoy some time off until I start rehearsal for 'Angels in America' with Richmond Triangle Players in March."