King of the Queen
Bill Taylor resurrected music in the most musical of cities, New Orleans, post flood. Now he’s resurrecting Wilmington’s most famous theater—and starting something much bigger.
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At 10 after eight, Benoit and band take the stage before 200 people, some still wiping Cajun spices off their faces. Two beats into the first of his two 75-minute sets, he leads his audience into a frenzy of slash-and-burn, can-I-get-a-witness blues.
In two years, an old theater will be resurrected across the street, and more moments like this will happen, in a place where schoolchildren will be able to take acting classes or learn how to draw, become inspired.
Standing just behind the hysteria, about 50 feet from Benoit’s guitar, Bill Taylor flashes a smile toward the stage that seems to say, “This is why I came home.”