BEST BETS: OktDoverFest drawing a Party Fowl

While the local music scene is filled with cover bands, there aren’t too many with their own duck mascot. Party Fowl brings Clayton, their oversized web-footed party pal, to most of the gigs they play. That’s just one of the things that lead singer Shawn Bell thinks sets the Smyrna-Clayton-based band apart from the rest. […]

BEST BETS: Kabler brings the comedy spirit of Robin Williams to Milton

Roger Kabler thought he was done with it all. After a couple of decades in show business as a standup comic, actor and director, along with having his own sitcom for a season, Mr. Kabler was headed to live in the woods of New England to become a full-time painter. “I tried to come back […]

BEST BETS: Filasky to light up Sunroom Songwriters Series

After 20 years of serving the country mainly as a combat engineer in the U.S. Air Force and “with more time than I knew what to do with,” Jason Filasky has taken his retirement in a quite unexpected direction. Mr. Filasky, 45, a native of Middletown now living in Milton, has become a troubadour of […]

Dover-bound Blue Oyster Cult’s Bloom talks band’s history, cowbell and more

DOVER — Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. Stop with your cowbell references. Eric Bloom has it heard all before. Mr. Bloom, one of the original lead singers and guitarists for the seminal rock band Blue Oyster Cult, says the legendary “Saturday Night Live” skit depicting the recording session of the […]

BEST BETS: Dover Air Force Base concert salutes those who serve country

The U.S. Air Force is saying thank you to all of its hard-working men and women at the Dover Air Force Base Sunday with an End of the Summer Music Festival. Presented by Air Force Services Activity and open solely to Dover Air Force Base personnel, retirees, Reservists and their families, the day will feature […]

Smyrna’s Wicks returns for sold-out Boys & Girls Club benefit

SMYRNA — Country singer and Smyrna native Chuck Wicks is coming home this weekend. He plays a sold-out show Saturday night at the Smyrna Opera House to benefit the Smyrna Boys & Girls Club. Aside from a chance to see old friends and family members and help raise money for a cause near and dear […]

BEST BETS: Coffield takes detour with Bad Avenue

Craig Coffield is enjoying the second chapter of his life — a lot. Taking up the guitar just five years ago, Mr. Coffield, 56, is the lead singer and guitarist of Bad Avenue, a blues band that has gained increasing popularity throughout the area in only in the last two years. Kent County music fans […]

BEST BETS: Pirate Empire invades Dover Comic Con

Living in Ketchikan, Alaska, Steven Dapcevich always dreamed of being a pirate. “I saw ‘The Buccaneer,’ when I was 4 years old with my father and my uncle,” he said of the 1958 movie. “I went to school after that wanting to be Yul Brynner. Then it was ‘The Sea Hawk’ with Errol Flynn and […]

BEST BETS: Yellow Dubmarine mashes Beatles with reggae for Smyrna concert

Robbie Cooper says a sign of great music is that it can be interpreted in many different ways. That’s the notion behind his Baltimore-based band Yellow Dubmarine, which puts tunes from The Beatles to a reggae beat. “It’s kind of a no-brainer if you think about it. That’s the one thing about all Beatles music. […]

BEST BETS: Redhead Express pull into Delaware State Fair

A gamble more than 10 years ago has paid off handsomely for the Walker family of Palmer, Alaska. On Thanksgiving Day 2007, Kendra, LaRae, Alisa and Meghan, who ranged in age from 17 to 11, along with their three brothers and parents, left home in a new RV and trailer in search of a musical […]