DELRAY BEACH — The twin sensation SHOD, formerly known as Double Trouble, will perform at Delray Beach’s popular On The Avenue when it returns to West Atlantic Avenue this Thursday.
Tashad and Rashad Gardenhire changed their named about six months ago to SHOD. “We felt Double Trouble was a bit juvenile and the ‘trouble’ aspect of the name is not what we want as a brand, you know,” said Rashad.
From Delray Beach but a product of the foster system, the Gardenhire twins have been singing since they were toddlers. Last year, they auditioned and were selected for X Factor and performed Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine for Simon Cowell. Due to unpaid traffic tickets they weren’t invited to continue on the show.
Since then the young men have been working on their debut CD, dubbed Page 1, and are seeking representation by an agency.
Drew Tucker, director of education, Performing Arts Academy at Delray Beach’s Arts Garage, where the twins work and perform, describe the twins’ musical style as Boyz to Men meets OutKast.
Tucker said when the Gardenhires reached out to him he had to get involved.
“They have an admirable spirit and considering all that they have been through they have great hearts,” Tucker said.
On the Avenue celebrates the start of the new school year with local entertainment, great food and activities for all generations.
“Our theme this year is “Back to Cool,” said Stephen Chrisanthus, associate director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, which produces On The Ave. “It … lets people know that there will be cool things happening at On The Ave.”
Set for 6 to 10 p.m., On The Ave will be held at the Elizabeth Wesley Plaza, and on Southwest Fifth Avenue, which will be closed to traffic from Atlantic Avenue to Southwest First Street.
“Moving On The Ave to West Atlantic Avenue gives our local merchants a chance to reach new audiences during the summer,” said Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.
On The Ave packs games that are a bit of a throwback to the days before video games.
For youngsters, On The Ave will feature an expanded Kid’s Corner with face painting, street chalk artwork, a photo booth and lots of crafts. To keep things really cool, there will also be a Splash Zone with giant beach-ball sprinklers and beach ball giveaways.
“This is going to be a fun night in Delray Beach with the same cool feel and hot entertainment visitors to all our On The Ave events are used to,” Chrisanthus said. “It’s a chance for everyone to come out and feel the cool vibe of Southwest Fifth Avenue.”
The Arts Garage will also bring its Instrument Petting Zoo to the event. Emcee James T. will be back again this year to help keep the party going.
“The music will be a combination of ‘Old School’ and ‘New Cool,’” Chrisanthus said. “We’ll be playing some old hits with a new spin.”
Local community organizations, including the Spady Museum, the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) and Delray Beach CRA will present displays and activities. Visitors can paint pots and plant seeds at The Frog Alley Community Garden display. There will also be a chance to take a photo in front of the DBMC’s “Hot Here” backdrop.
For those who work up an appetite during On The Ave, there will be an assortment of food trucks and local restaurants on hand. Guests can visit the Burger Fi Food Truck or stop by the Keurig Brew It Up van for a free cup of coffee.
Visitors to the area will also get a chance to stop by local shops, which will stay open late. DBMC’s final On The Ave in 2014 will be held Oct. 9 in the Pineapple Grove Arts District.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: On The Ave Back to Cool Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, 6 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Elizabeth Wesley Plaza, and on the
100 block of Southwest Fifth Avenue
INFO: Visit ontheavedelraybeach.com