The show will go on, just a little later than planned.

Originally scheduled for last October, the bluegrass festival on Hatteras Island was blown out by Hurricane Matthew.

The brainchild of local musician, author and businessman Peter Pappalardo, Hatteracity features four top-notch bands.

Headlining the two-day event is the long-running Chicago-based outfit Special Consensus.

The Grammy-nominated four-piece — banjo, mandolin, guitar and upright bass — traffics in original and traditional bluegrass music, ranging from dazzling breakdowns to mournful ballads.

Most of the jams feature four-part harmonies.

Other performers include Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, the Hatters Irregulars (Pappalardo is a member) and Blackwater Tradition.

WHAT: Hatteracity

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday

TICKETS: $25, $40 for two-day pass

WHERE: Hatteras Village Civic Center, 56658 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras

INFO: 252-570-856-2545,





If you like your opera on the light side,” Pinafore” should be just the ticket.

One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most-playful musicals will be performed at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

The production is presented by the acclaimed New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Set on a ship anchored in Portsmouth, England, the 19th-century classic centers on a sailor named Ralph Rackshaw, who’s in love with the captain’s daughter, but she’s already committed to someone else, a haughty fellow named Sir Joseph Porter.

Much singing (in English) and dancing power the light opera.

And it has a happy ending.

WHERE: Live stage performance of “H.M.S. Pinafore”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.


WHERE: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills

INFO: 252-564-9767,



So, you want to be a rock and roll star.

On Thursdays at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head, the microphone is open — and on stage are three of the best local musicians: keyboardist-vocalist Buzz Bessette, bassist-vocalist Bill Rea and drummer-vocalist Dan Martier, known collectively as the Bellhops.

The long-running OBX open mic night is open to musicians, singers, rappers and comedians.

“You bring the talent,” says Bessette. “And we’ll provide the rest.”

WHAT: Open Mic

WHEN: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: No cover

WHERE: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Highway, Milepost 10, Nags Head

INFO: 252-441-4116,




Now in its 2nd year, the festival is officially an annual event.

The family affair features music, art, games and professional skateboarding demonstrations.

The always-entertaining Southern Culture on the Skids will headline ShredFest, which takes place at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.

Longtime favorites on the Outer Banks, the Chapel Hill-based, low-fi trio makes music that merges rockabilly, rhythm-and-blues, surf-rock, country and punk.

Their sly lyrics address such subjects as cheap motels, trailer parks, dirt roads and fried chicken.

They’ve released more than a dozen albums since 1982, including last year’s excellent “The Electric Pinecones.”

Two tracks from the record — “Grey Skies” and “Freak Flag” — got extensive radio airplay.

Also on the bill are a variety of rock and blues bands, including Manday Huge, Ruth Wyand and the Tribe of One, Fixture, Kepone Cowboys, the Edge of Tomorrow, Grace and the Dudes and Side Project.

Food and drinks will be for sale.

Proceeds from the festival benefit local military veterans and individuals with special needs.

WHAT: Dare2Care ShredFest

WHEN: 2-8:30 p.m, with gates opening at 1:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $20, general admission; $10 for veterans and students; free for children 5 and younger

WHERE: Soundside Event Site, 6800 S. Croatan Highway, Milepost 16, Nags Head





This year’s event is billed as “non-stop music.”

To accomplish that feat, bands will perform on two stages at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

The all-day Jam will feature a strong lineup of local and regional rock groups, including Big Something, The London Souls, Urban Soil, Formula, Zack Mexico and the Ramble.

Mexico, based on the Outer Banks, has been opening for the electro-rock outfit Future Islands on their national tour.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival goes to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and Mustang Outreach Program to supplement cultural arts education in local schools.

Students from the program also will perform.

WHAT: Mustang Spring Jam

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

WHERE: Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, Timbuck II Shopping Village, Corolla



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