A Benefit for Chris Whitehurst
Whitehurst has been one of the hardest working men in show business on the Outer Banks since 1991.
The 50-year-old, Kitty Hawk-based singer-guitarist has played hundreds of shows, both solo and in bands (Little Kings, Ask Fester, among others).
And he’s been the go-to guy for sound, providing equipment, good ears and engineering skills for over 4,000 events.
But in recent months, Whitehurst has been beset with major medical issues involving his heart and colon and has been unable to work.
In a tribute to both the man and technical expertise, local musicians will gather at Outer Banks Brewing Station (indoors and outdoors) in Kill Devil Hills to help raise money for Whitehurst’s mounting medical bills.
Scheduled to perform, among others, are Ruth Wyand, Joe Mapp. Formula, Bird Dog, Electric Mayhem, Gypsea Souls, Hound Dogs Family Band and Manday Huge.
When: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
Cost: $5 (suggested)
Info: (252) 449-2739
Duck Jazz Festival
Put those jazz-hands together for the 11th edition of the free, ever-expanding event at Duck Town Park in Duck.
Don’t let that word “jazz” fool you.
There will be a variety of sounds and styles coming from two stages.
The Mint Julep Jazz Band kicks off the festivities on Saturday on the Town Green.
The group specializes in music from ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, known as the “Jazz Age,” which means it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.
Julep’s lead singer, Laura Windley, will offer dance lessons between sets.
The performers on Sunday include The Red Trads, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Davina and the Vagabonds, Robert Jospe Express Trio, First Flight High School Jazz Band and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Jazz Ensemble.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday, with gates opening at 10 a.m.
Where: Duck Town Park (mostly lawn seating), 1200 Duck Road, Duck
Info: (252) 255-1286, duckjazz.com
Friday-Sunday 10.20-22, 10.27-29
Theatre of Dare: The Great American
Trailer Park Musical
For its first production of the season, the local troupe will have a new place to dwell.
After years at C.O.A. Roanoke Island Campus, TOD moves to the Sound Stage Theatre in Manteo.
The indoor facility is part of Waterside Theatre, home of “The Lost Colony” outdoor drama, at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, on U.S. 64, about 5 miles from the old spot.
And the community theatre group is starting with a bang, staging “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”
“I can say it’s really funny,” says Lara Parks, who’s directing her second TOD show.
It’s sort of Jerry Springer with a side of Maury Povich.
A prime example of that is a character named Betty who states “We do not marry our cousins.”
“Not without a pre-nup.”
The play, centered at Armadillo Acres in Florida, touches on topics ranging from talk shows to phobias to spray cheese and disco.
And, of course, there’s a love triangle involving a married couple and a stripper.
“I would certainly call it adult material,” says Parks.
The rip-roaring country-rock and blues musical score will be played by a three-piece band.
When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
Where: Sound Stage Theatre, 1409 National Park Drive, Manteo
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for students
Bryan Cultural Series: Dorothy Papadakos
Papadakos has an eye-popping resume: Masters Degree in Music from the Julliard School; playwright and composer (movies, TV and theatre and ballet) and member of the Grammy award-winning Paul Winter Consort.
She was the first woman to serve as the chief organist at St. John the Divine, the world’s largest gothic cathedral, in New York City.
One of the Wilmington, N.C.-based organist’s great passions is providing improvised musical scores for silent films, which she’s done all over the world.
On Sunday, Oct. 15, as part of the Bryan Cultural Series, Papadakos will do just that for a screening of the 1920 classic “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which stars John Barrymore.
She’ll be in period costume.
I recently talked to the bubbly Papakados on the phone about the somewhat unusual presentation.
Q: What draws you to silent movies?
A: I’m kind of champion of preserving them. You’re in a whole other world. The actors have to convey their emotions with their bodies. The films are more psychological.
Q: And what about your part?
A: Silent movies are absolutely dead without music. It’s the sub-text.
Q: Do young people get into it?
A: Audiences love horror films, as well as Charlie Chaplin comedies. I tell people to think about “Star Wars.” Luke Skywalker has a theme; Darth Vader has a theme and so on.
Q: I’ve heard you’re quite active on stage.
A: I use every note and every pipe on the organ.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores
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.