FRIDAY 8.25

MOJO COLLINS AND TRIPLE VISION

Collins, performing at Turner’s High Moon Bar in Avon, is the ultimate bluesman.

He’s got that road-weary voice and down-and-dirty slide-guitar style. So, if he’s singing about hard times, wayward women and the grueling life on the road, you believe him.

The 73-year-old, Raleigh,North Carolina-born-and-raised musician started his career in the ‘60s , playing the bar and festival circuit in San Francisco.

Collins also participated in jam sessions with such legendary Bay Area guitarists as Steve Miller and Ronnie Montrose.

He eventually moved to the Outer Banks in the early ‘70s and has been playing steadily since.

Considered somewhat of a local legend, Collins has recorded dozens of albums and written hundreds of songs in styles ranging from old-school blues to country story-songs to folksy ballads.

After more than four decades on the Outer Banks, it’s easy to take Collins for granted.

But the last time I saw him, he played like he was auditioning for a late-night TV gig.

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Turner’s High Moon Bar, 40618 N.C. 12, Avon

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 995-6666, turnershighmoon.com

SATURDAY 8.26

DONAVON FRANKENREITER

The singer-songwriter, who plays a free show at Waterman’s Bar and Grill in Waves, is also a first-rate surfer.

Sound like anybody else you know?

Frankenreiter and Jack Johnson have been friends and frequent musical collaborators for almost two decades.

And their styles are similar.

Both men craft breezy, upbeat pop songs, accented by reggae beats.

The Southern California-based Frankenreiter incorporates some funk into his music on tracks such as “Move By Yourself,” “Life, Love and Laughter” and “It Don’t Matter.”

And on the pretty ballad “So Far Away,” he gets in touch with his inner Marvin Gaye.

When: 6-9 p.m.

Where: Waterman’s Bar and Grill, 25706 Hwy. 12, Waves

Cost: Free

Info: (252) 987-6000, realwatersports.com

SATURDAY 8.26

THE PIETASTERS

The Pietasters play at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

That’s all most local club-hoppers need to know.

For those few folks not familiar with the octet, here’s the story.

The Washington, D.C.-based band formed in 1990 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

And the party hasn’t stopped.

The group, which features a three-man horn section, has given many legendary performances on the Outer Banks (The Pit, Port O’Call and others).

The Pietasters merge ska, reggae and rhythm-and-blues, with a hint of ‘70s punk.

Among the octet’s many gems are the call-and-response soul jam “Chain Reaction,” the rollicking ska-reggae workout “Change My Ways” and “Yesterday’s Over,” which suggests Elvis Costello sitting in with Madness (“Our House”).

When: 10:30 p.m.

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

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

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8.25-26

WONDERLAND

The Virginia Beach-based quartet, playing at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head, seems to have a sound for every occasion.

Made up of seasoned professionals — multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Robb Torgler, guitarist-vocalist Pete Pope, bassist-vocalist Chelsea Elliot and drummer-vocalist Chidori Matsumoto — the band specializes in off-the-record and reimagined rock, country, pop and soul covers.

All four members sing lead and provide harmonies.

On Wonderland’s ever-evolving play list are, among others, American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life,” Coldplay’s “Adventures of a Lifetime,” The Black Keys’ “Fever,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,” K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes” and Eddie Rabbitt’s “Driving My Life Away.”

When: 10 p.m.

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

Cost: $5

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

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.

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.

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