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r .... ENTERTAINMENT ...... Steppin Out 'Stumble' into the Crab Barn for modem rock Jan. 17 By Jen Ellingsworth From an attic in Bethany Beach to venues in Ocean City, Md.; Chincoteague, Va.; Washington, D.C.; Dover; and Rehoboth Beach, The Stumble has come a long way since its humble begin- nings in 1994. While you may have witnessed them in action at Arena's Bar & Deli in Rehoboth Beach, where they played to an enthusiastic crowd, you'll get another chance when The Stumble shows up at the Crab Barn Restaurant in Long Neck on Saturday, Jan. 17. Formed over three years ago by friends Phil Bailey, Mark Stover and Eric Harris, the band has a wealth of diverse talent that sets it apart from the typical "bar band" scene. Although the Stumble per- forms a variety of cover tunes (most are different than any you'll hear elsewhere), its originals are the centerpiece of its repertoire. "We're doing lots of modern rock," said Stover, the band's bassist. "We do covers that a lot of other bands just don't do. Our [cover] stuff is more different, and our originals are along the same vein." If you go to one of the band's shows, Stover'said you'll get an earful of their original material and you'll hear covers from bands such as the Dave Matthews Band and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Stover has a background in col- lege radio and several under- ground punk bands from the Pitts- burgh area in the late '80s, and in the early '90s as a musician, vocalist and a promoter/manager. Bailey, the band's lead guitarist, played for three years in the hard rock band Sacrosanct from North- ern Virginia in the late '80s and was drummer for the band Mid- night Sun in the early '90s. He's also appeared in several acoustic duos and trio configurations over the years, and occasionally sings lead vocals on some of The Stum- ble' s songs. Harris, the band's drummer who once played for the Baltimore band Last Chance, lends his own creativity by co-writing the lyrics to The Stumble original "Give and Take." The most recent addition to the band is rhythm guitarist Allen Barnes, who joined The Stumble in the summer of '96. A classical- ly trained guitarist with an impres- sive vocal range, Barnes also has double duty as lead singer, assists with songwriting and plays the mandolin on several songs. The band recently embarked on a mission to play more originals, as a result of increased songwrit- ing efforts by Stover and Bailey.' For information about the Crab Barn show in Long Neck, call 945-8900. In other local entertainment news ... The search for a prime happy hour makes a stop at Road- sters on Savannah Road in Lewes, where you'll find $3 appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. each Friday, as well as $1 off all drinks. Plus, there's the groovy new sound sys- tem at Roadsters with a new dance floor and DJ music every Friday and Saturday night to kick your nightlife into high gear. Call 645- 1957 for more information. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats is open again in Rehoboth Beach, following a brief winter hiatus. The establishment's hours are Thursday and Friday, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday and Sun- day, from noon to 1 a.m. While the Cape Gazette will keep readers posted about live entertainment at Dogfish, anyone interested may also call 226-BREW for more information. Arena's Bar and Dell will host the band Juliet's Wishing Well for a CD-release party on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Wilmington-based foursome of Lou Lasprugato, Dan Weisman, John Ohnmacht and Eric Levy is celebrating the debut of its latest effort, "Far From Win- ter." The follow-up to the 1996 effort, "High Fashion," Juliet's Wishing Well's latest release was produced by Robin Danar (who has also worked with bands like Rusted Root and Talking Heads). The CD will be on sale at the show. Call Arena's at 227-1272 for more information. Chris Beard, "The Prince of the Blues," will perform at Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Beard is a master of a funky mix of blues and instru- mental talent. He credits his song- writing influences as being Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Albert King. For information about the Syd- ney's show, call 227-1339. Catch The Stumble, a modern rock foursome, has its upcom- ing gig at the Crab Barn Restaurant in Long Neck on Satur- day, Jan. 17. Ever feel like belting out a song? How about "Stand By Your Man," "The Rose" or the theme from "Flashdance" If the answer is "yes" to any one of those ques- tions, don't be embarrassed - you're not alone. In fact, you may want to consider showing off your vocal talent at one of the following establishments that highlight karaoke nights: The Frogg Pond, located on First Street in Rehoboth Beach, features karaoke on its elevated stage on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17. The Rose & Crown has karaoke hosted by Starry Nite Pro- ductions each Friday night at its Second Street establishment. The Crab Barn Restaurant in Long Neck with host Debbie Lind for karaoke on Saturday, Jan. 24. Call 945-8900 for information about that appearance. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Ave. (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Sunday is Acoustic Jam Night with Cliff Continued on page 60 Funsters to perform at Brisco benefit in Dewey Jan. 30 A dance to raise moneys for the Henry Lee Brisco Scholarship/Educational Fund will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach. Featuring the popular Iocalgroup of musicians known as The BRISCO Funsters, with Esthelda Parker-Selby's inim- itable "Tina Turner" act as a high- light, the evening will offer hors d'oeuvres, raffles of goods and services from area businesses, a 50/50 raffle aad cash bar. Tickets for the 8 p.m. to mid- night benefit are $10 per person and available at The Rusty Rud- der, Atlantic Litho, Kids' Ketch, the Cape Gazette and "Delaware Coast Press" offices and at the door. Several Cape Henlopen High School classmates, friends and colleagues of Brisco's are organiz- ing the benefit in an effort to raise money for an educational fund for his four sons, ages three to 10. They also plan to set up a Henry Lee Brisco Athletic Scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding scholar/athlete at Cape Heniopen High School. Brisco, who resided in Cool- spring with his wife and sons, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 42 on Aug. t2, 1997: He was an outstanding athlete in football, track and basketball and was a member of the All State First Team in football in 1972. The Funsters, a popular local greup of musicians, will be on stage at the BayCenter on Fi- " . day, Jan. 30, for the Henry Lee Brisco Scholarship Fund dance. Donations for the raffle items businesses, donate to the cause, contact Jackie are still being sought from area For more information or to Howe!l-Artis at 684-1745.