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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 ARTS &amp; ENTERTAINMENT July 9,1998.83 Ste)pin Out Calypso takes center stage at Rehoboth Bandstand July 3 By Jen Ellingsworth Formerly Hot Cakes, the infec- tious island sounds of the Philadel- phia band Big Rhythm will again welcome the Fourth of July festiv- ities at the Rehoboth Beach Band- stand. It's the fourth consecutive year that the Rehoboth City Band- stand's Summer Concert Series will present the tropical music for a free concert at 8 p.m., Friday, July 3. Headed by Tony Juliano, former bandleader and radio program director at WVWI "Radio One" in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Big Rhythm blends elements of island forms, including reggae, calypso, bossanova and salsa and adds in a healthy dose of '60s-style rock and roll. The band calls its style "funky calypso." In fact, it's also the name of one of their albums, recorded right here at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach and at Seacrets in Ocean City, Md. Juliano said he and the band are honored to be invited back to the bandstand each Independence Day weekend and noted that the local audience seems especially appre- ciative. High point of the show each year is the band's performance of its original tune, "All the Ani- mals." The unique, sing-a-long song was originally debuted at the Bandstand years ago. It's not unusual to see members of Big Rhythm handing out percussion instruments to young ones who gather at the foot of the stage, or to see audience members form a con- ga line. In other local entertainment news...Your visit to the Sony Music Online Web site could result in a recording contract. The Battle of the Bands contest, the first of its kind conducted by a major label, provides unsigned bands with the opportunity to win prizes and gain national exposure on Sony Music Online, a popular Web site. The grand-prize-inning band will be awarded a recording contract, which includes studio time to record and mix profession- al-quality demos as well as a pro- ducer, an engineer and use of state-of-the-art equipment. To get the official rules and an entry form for the Battle of the Bands, unsigned bands should send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Battle of the Bands, Sony Music, 550 Madison Ave., Room 2778, New York; NY, 10022, or visit the Battle of the Bands Web site at <www.sonymu->. Touted as a "blues blueblood," Mississippi-born-and-raised soul phenom Johnny Rawls will per- form at Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant on Christian Street in Rehoboth Beach on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4. "Funky Calypso" is the sound of Big Rhythm, the band slatedto make its fourth consecutive appearance at the RehoboBandstaffd at 8 p.m., Friday, July 3. The concert is free. Johnny is a true blues warrior "Here We Go.,' who has driven millions of miles, Call Sydney's at 227-1339 for backing up artists such as Lati- more information about the more, Lynn White, Blues Boy Willie, Little Johnny Taylor, ZZ Hill and OV Wright. He was Wright's guitarist and bandleader from 1974 until his death in Mobile, Ala., in 1980. He also earned recognition as runner-up for Best Blues Album of 1996 for shows. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Ave. (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Monday nights - Acoustic Night. Friday, July 3 - Grabus Feelgood; Saturday, July 4 - Naildrivers; Sunday, July 5 - Tis- ra Til reunion; Wednesday, July 8 - The Licks; Friday, July 10 - The Vibe; Saturday, July 11 - Harry 'O and Ed Shaner. For information, call 227-1272. Confetti's Rooftop Restau- rant: Henlopen Hotel, ninth floor. Sunday, July 5 - Fireworks extravaganza, featuring Raphael Paris and One Love. For informa- Continued on page 84 Games, concerts, parades, dances, fireworks set to ,go There's something for everyone this July 4th From games to parades to art shows and fireworks, as well as a huge concert event, the Cape Region will celebrate the holiday weekend with something for everyone. Lewes will offer its traditional Independence Day games for chil- dren on Second Street, beginning at 10 a.m. Kids who want to take part should sign up at 9 a.m. by the Mellon Bank on Second Street. Everyone between the ages of 4 and 16 is invited to participate. And, said chairman Gilbert Holt, there will be some games for adults, too. Cash prizes will be given to the top-three finishers in each category. The annual boat parade, coordi- nated by Capt. Speed Lackhove, will also take place in Lewes, with boats gathering at Roosevelt Inlet at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. judging uptown. Lackhove said the requirements for entering the parade are not overly restrictive: "Any type of boat or anything that floats is eligible." There is a $5 registration fee and "thousands of dollars worth of prizes will be awarded for the best appearing boats in patriotic themes," Lack- hove said. Proceeds benefit the Lewes Little League. The holiday weekend also marks the 32nd annual Art Show and Luncheon, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Peter's, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 4, at the church on Second and Mul- berry streets in Lewes. The show will go on rain or shine. Included in the show will be the works of 61 noted artists and artisans from the Mid-Atlantic region. Three artists' work were chosen for special recognition and will be raffled off during the Art Show Luncheon: Howard Eberle, a lithographer from Pennsylvania; Abraxus of Delaware; and Mary Dolan, a Maine photographer. Big names from the world of rock and roll will also make an appearance in the Cape Region, with Billy Mann opening for the Daryl Hall & John Oates/Chicago concert, which will be held at the Eagle Crest Aerodrome near Lewes. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Concert- goers should call 302-571-6488 for up-to-date information. LOVE'98 is coming to Rehoboth Beach on July 4. The dance benefit, which runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Cen- ter. The annual event raises funds for four different AIDS service organizations. DJ Orlando Diaz will be spinning the records and will provide the summer sounds this year. The Baystar Dinner Theater and Jordan's Rooftop Restaurant, atop the Fenwick Inn at 139th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City, will offer the patriotically- themed "Let Freedom Ring," a musical production. Jordan's will Ill Angie Moon photo These revelers are ready to shove off during the July Fourth Doo Dah Parade, which winds through the streets of Lewes every Fourth of July evening. be serving its gourmet menu, including some special additions. After dinner, audiences will have the perfect seat for viewing Ocean City's fireworks display. The show will take place Saturday, July 4, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show following immediately thereafter. The Sussex County Fair, held on the grounds of Delaware Technical & Community College in George- town, will offer two musical events. On Saturday, July 4, popu- Continued on page 86