DJ Fresh and DJ Marshall
It will be dueling mix-masters at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head.
Marshall is the in-house guy at Kelly’s; Fresh is rolling in from Fayetteville.
The DJs will have the place lit up with lasers, fog machines and twirling lamps. They also will have videos playing on a giant screen.
And the DJs should have a little something for everyone.
“We feel out the crowd,” says Fresh, who’s been spinning and scratching tunes for 15 years. “We play country, Top-40, reggae, hip-hop, rock and rhythm-and-blues.”
So a seamless Fresh set might include, for instance, Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long,” Usher’s “Yeah” and Run-DMC’s “Walk This Way.”
For the late-night crowd, it will be mostly club-music and hip-hop.
“I’m really animated on stage,” Fresh says. “It’s more like a band than a DJ.”
TIME: 10 p.m.
PLACE: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
INFO: 252-441-4116, kellysrestaurant.com
Chamomile and Whiskey
Expect some foot-stomping measuring high on the Richter scale when the Charlottesville, Va.–based band performs at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
The five-piece band – guitar, banjo, washboard, upright bass and fiddle – pumps out acoustic music with a kick, merging Southern rock, bluegrass, Americana, mountain music and roots-rock.
Repertoire includes the Johnny Cash-ish “Impressions,” the spooky, jam-band number “Driving Rain” and the lively “Seattle,” which should have you getting Irish-jiggy with it.
TIME: 10:30 p.m.
PLACE: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8, Kill Devil Hills
INFO: 252-449-2739, obbrewing.com
Blurky’s Quirky Friends
One of the least-classifiable bands on the Outer Banks performs for a St. Paddy’s Day party at Blue Water Grill in Manteo.
The Rodanthe-based quintet – Barry Wells on guitar and vocals, Blake Durham on banjo and vocals, Richard Byrd on guitar and vocals, Lisa Cooper on multiple instruments and vocals, and Zachary Shaftan on drums and vocals – makes music of its own curious invention.
“We don’t discriminate,” says Wells, the band’s spokesman. “Pop, folk, country, it’s all there.
Full of harmonies and moody melodies, the Friends’ original tunes range from Dylan-ish folk-rock with slightly political lyrics (“The Clones”) to country ballads about chasing girls (“Marshy Bramble”) to folk filtered through ‘90s-alt-rock (“Ammunition”).
“We’re a band of misfits that came together,” Wells says.
The group, which Wells says is made up of “low-fi junkies,” has recorded one full-length album and is working on a second.
TIME: 7 p.m.
COST: No cover
PLACE: Blue Water Grill, 2000 Sailfish Dr. (Pirate’s Cove Marina), Manteo
INFO: 252-473-1955, bluewatergrillobx.com
Friday 3.24 & Saturday 3.25
Music lover and astute businessman Kenny Hyman knows a good thing when he sees it.
So, the owner of Trio in Kitty Hawk is bringing back the Charlotte-based duo Paleface.
Back in early November when the indie-folk duo – singer-songwriter-guitarist Paleface and drummer-vocalist Monica “Mo” Samalot – made their Outer Banks debut at Trio, they, according to Hyman, “had the whole place dancing.”
That’s not surprising.
Paleface, who’s released 17 albums over a 27-year career, and Samalot bring some serious energy and passion to a wide range of original tunes.
It’s good-time, stomping kind of music with clever lyrics
Standout songs include the up-tempo folk tune “The Show is on the Road,” and the low-fi rocker “See You When the Sun Goes Down.”
TIME: 8 p.m.
COST: No cover
PLACE: Trio, 3798 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4, Kitty Hawk
INFO: 252-261-0277, triowinebeercheese.com