It's 'back to the future' at Kelly's

  • John Harper

Friday and

Saturday, 11.3-4

The Deloreans

It’s seems appropriate that the Virginia Beach-based sextet plays Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head.

The legendary nightclub, which opened in 1985, is closing Saturday, Dec. 9, and the Deloreans have been one of the most popular bands to play there.

Plus the group specializes in off-the-record remakes of ‘80s music, so it should bring back a few memories.

Dressed in period clothing (think Cyndi Lauper and Duran Duran), the band features six lead vocalists, which means they’re all over the road.

So, before you can say “I want my MTV,” the sextet is laying down jams by, among dozens of others, Huey Lewis and the News, Kenny Loggins, Madonna, A Flock of Seagulls, a-ha, Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Prince, Journey, Devo and Blondie.

And the guilty pleasures keep on coming: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” Toto’s “Africa,” Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings” and Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True,” for example.

When: 10 p.m.

Where: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head

Cost: $8

Info: (252) 441-4116, kellysrestaurant.com

Thursday, 11.30

Mama’s Black Sheep

The Baltimore-based duo — Ashland Miller on guitar and vocals and Laura Cerulli on drums and vocals — plays a no-cover-charge show at Trio Wine Beer and Cheese.

A longtime favorite on the Outer Banks, the Sheep knows how to pump up a crowd.

Both Miller and Cerulli are strong singers, inventive instrumentalists and telling songwriters.

And they’re not attached to any one scene.

Originals include the twangy “Think About You,” the bluesy “Down to the Ground” and the poppy “Better With You.”

Among the tunes on the remake list are Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” and O.A.R.’s “Peace.”

A highlight of any Sheep show is Cerulli’s powerful out-of-left-field (for a bar setting) version of George and Ira Gershwin’s classic “Summertime.”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Trio Wine Beer and Cheese, 3708 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 261-0277, triowinebeercheese.com

Sunday, 12.31


The sextet’s music defies easy summary.

It’s kind of rocky and sort of reggae, with elements of Latin, hip-hop, funk and rap.

The Washington D.C.-based band plays New Year’s Eve at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

Footwerk should have you partying like it’s 2018.

Originals include the hip-hoppy, trippy “Retrograde” and the melting pot jam “Eyes Low,” which features the great line “she hit the festie with her bestie.”

Another standout is the slinky “No Hurry,” which addresses the timeless theme of an unavailable love interest.

In addition to the music, 1,000 balloons will drop at midnight.

When: 10:30 p.m.

Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills

Cost: $10 (includes a glass of champagne)

Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.com

Saturday-Sunday 12.2-3, Friday-Sunday 12.8-10

Theatre of Dare:

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told

(and then some)”

“It’s wacky and fast-paced and full of holiday spirit.”

That’s Tim Haas, who’s directing his second show for the community troupe.

The play features three actors exploring all things Christmas, from movies (“It’s a Wonderful Life,” among others), TV specials (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” etc.), plays (“Christmas Carol” and others)) and music (“Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”).

It starts serious and then turns festive and feisty.

“There’s some audience participation,” Haas says.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 8 and 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10

Where: Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., on the Manteo waterfront

Cost: $11 for adults, $6 for students

Info: (252) 462-1776, theatreofdareobx.com

Backstage with Tim Haas

I recently caught up with Tim Haas, who moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Manteo in 2013.

The 40-something Haas worked in advertising in Charlotte, but has jumped into show business with both feet on the Outer Banks.

He’s an actor, director, screenwriter and playwright.

Q: What do most like about community theater?

A: It’s a way to be active and social and brings the arts to the area.

Q: What do you prefer, acting or directing?

A: I like a little of both. They are so different.

Q: Comedy or drama?

A: Hearing laughter, especially if I wrote the play, is rewarding, but I also like the challenge of drama (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was Hass’ first acting gig with Theatre of Dare).

Q: And, finally, I know you’re bit of a film buff. What three moves would you take to a deserted island?

A: “Momento,” “Requiem for a Dream” and “Raising Arizona.”

Music guru John Harper has been covering the local entertainment scene for The Coast and Virginian-Pilot since 1994. Harper also is longtime radio broadcaster and program director on the Outer Banks and can be heard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the local Triple A outlet WVOD-99.1-The Sound, where Harper serves as music director. In addition, Harper can be heard on Classic Rock 104.9 and 92.3 and is an award-winning wedding DJ.