Tony D’Orlando, Erik’s father, joined the Danvers High Hockey Boosters within the last year and came up with the fundraiser idea. Knowing both Maes’ popularity — he’s played with acts ranging from Little Richard, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Peter Wolf from the J. Geils Band, to being in groups that opened up for U2 and Aerosmith — and and the fact that his son took lessons under him, it seemed like a no-brainer to put the two together to raise money for the hockey program.
“Brian’s a really popular guy in the area; he’s played all over the world,” said the elder D’Orlando, who noted there has been considerable buzz about the event in the community. “When he decided to help us out, that was wonderful. And Erik has been working with Brian for the last year-and-a-half; he really fell right into his wheelhouse.”
D’Orlando and his bandmates — 18-year-old drummer Domenic Tringali and 13-year-old vocalist Rachel DiFava — will perform one set Saturday night. Maes and his band will play three different sets, with D’Orlando joining him at some point.
“Sometimes with Brian and we’re both playing keyboards at the same time, it’s like we’re dueling. I like that,” said D’Orlando.
The three Danvers High hockey captains (Matty Flynn, Jay Calcagno and Kevin Hodgkins) will be there Saturday to greet people as they arrive as well.
To date, almost 400 tickets have been sold for Saturday night’s event, which runs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 978-762-8685.