The Backup Plan
On Bandeoke Night, versatile musicians help would-be rockers sparkle in the spotlight
By Jeanne Shook | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the July 2019 issue
Rock star wannabes, meet your bandmates — they’re ready and waiting for you each Monday evening in Rehoboth Beach.
That’s when Murph’s Beef & Ale offers Bandeoke Night, when those eager (or simply brave enough) to bring their voice and/or instrument into the spotlight can stand alongside seasoned professionals happy to provide the background music, vocals and harmony.
The concept is familiar: think karaoke, only on steroids. Unlike karaoke, however, there’s no predetermined song list, canned music or lyrics to guide participants. It’s what singer-guitarist (and Murph’s bandeoke spokeswoman) Kim Butler calls the “Wild West version of open mic.” Butler, the founder of the weekly event, is also one of the Usual Suspects, the four-member ensemble that puts the “band” in bandeoke.
The Disney Next-Door
Visionaries behind three coastal Delaware attractions have more in common with the famed theme park pioneer than you might imagine
A mercifully cool onshore breeze wafted off Rehoboth Beach and filtered through the bustling arcade of Funland.
The mid-August sun had already set behind the boardwalk shops and hotels, and it seemed like everyone who’d been sweating and sunning on the sand that day was now crowding into the mom-and-pop amusement park. Determined teen boys desperately tried to impress their girlfriends at Super Shot basketball. Families patiently waited their turns at the carousel. Nervous young parents strapped their toddlers into the round-and-round fire engines, perhaps experiencing for the first time the anxiety of watching their little ones do something without them.
For my grandkids and me, the day was coming to an end. We trudged along Delaware Avenue, our flip-flops slapping against the soles of our feet as the music and merriment of Funland faded in the thickening night air.
I felt a tug on my hand.
“Papa,” my 5-year-old grandson said, “can we come back to Disney sometime?”
Along the canal in Lewes, the sights, sounds — and yes, smells — connect us with timeless pursuits and pleasures
On a sunny summer day in Lewes, a stroll across the canal drawbridge quickly turns into a photo opp. That’s because the view toward the Roosevelt Inlet presents a classic coastal scene. The scarlet metal cupola of The Wheelhouse restaurant is sharply defined against a Wedgewood-blue sky, and a row of docked boats are lined up like pearls on a string, bows crisply pointed toward the canal. The exception is the 110-foot Keen Lady VI, which bobs parallel to the restaurant’s deck.