OBX Tribute Rock Concert
Be sure and download a “lighter” app on your smart-phone.
It will come in handy for the concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.
Bands paying tribute to Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Journey will rule the day — Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi), Trial by Fire (Journey) and Pandora’s Box (Aerosmith)
All three groups dress the part and knock off faithful remakes of songs associated with the ‘70s and ‘80s rock titans.
And they’re rock anthems, full of guitars, drums and sing-a-long choruses.
So, get ready to relive the glory days with such nuggets as “Living on a Prayer,” “Dream On,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Walk This Way,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Open Arms” and “Love in a Elevator.”
When: 4:30 p.m., with gates opening at 4 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park (lawn seating), 1 Festival Park Dr., across from the Manteo waterfront
Cost: $30 to $60
Info: 252-473-7326, itsallgravyobx.com
SATURDAY, 9. 23
The Billy Clams
The local duo — Harry Harrison on acoustic guitar and vocals and Kip Germscheid on clarinet and vocals — doesn’t really sound or look like anybody else on the Outer Banks.
They party like it’s 1929 to 1939, with music, tap-dancing and comedy.
The Clams play a free show at Trio Wine Beer and Cheese in Kitty Hawk.
Repertoire, which Germscheid describes as “totally melodic,” includes retro-sounding originals (“You Got Me Thinking,” “Gypsy Nights”) and remakes of such gems as “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Ain’t Misbehaving” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Harrison, 26, and Germscheid, 51, also re-imagine modern songs by Cake and others.
When: 7:45 p.m.
Where: Trio Wine Beer and Cheese, 3708 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk
Info: (252) 261-0277, triowinebeercheese.com
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real
Nelson has had a heavy weight on his shoulders since starting out in 2007.
The 28-year-old singer-songwriter is the son of the country-outlaw, rebel-with-a-cause and hippie icon Willie Nelson.
So, there’s always that comparison thing (ask Julian Lennon, Jakob Dylan and others).
A more rock-oriented guitarist than his dad, Lukas certainly inherited a bit of Willie’s sweet, nasally tenor voice and considerable songwriting skills.
But the younger Nelson, who plays at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head seems to have found his comfort zone, which finds him tapping sources, such as Neil Young, John Fogerty and Gregg Allman.
On his terrific new album, “Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real,” he gets it all right.
Among standout tracks is “Find Yourself,” which features Lady Gaga, a mid-tempo country-rock tune with the line: “I said I hope you find yourself before I find somebody else to be my lover.”
Others include the gospel-infused “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” with Lukas’ gritty lead vocal bringing it home, and “Forget About Georgia,” a soft-rock ballad about lost love that may have you crying in your beer.
When: 9 p.m., with opening band at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
Info: (252) 441-4116, brownpapertickets.com
THURSDAY 9.7 AND SUNDAY 9.10
The singer-songwriter plays free shows at Rooster’s Southern Kitchen and Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
Wolfe has been part of the local music scene since 2011, after relocating from Chesapeake, Virginia.
A first-rate interpreter of pop and rock songs from artists as diverse as Tracy Chapman and Pearl Jam, she’s also a skilled songwriter.
These days, she’s covering modern rock artists like Mondo Cozmo, Ryan Adams, Alison Krauss, Dawes, Death Cab for Cutie and Florence and the Machine.
Her originals include the introspective county song “Brick” and the acoustic-rock tune “Bourbon,” which Wolfe says is about a guy she had a crush on.
“It deals with everything like emotions being big,” she says.
For club gigs, Wolfe, who plays a Taylor 314-CE acoustic guitar, mixes it up.
I recently caught up with the 39-year-old musician, who like most Outer Bankers, works multiple jobs, for a question-and-answer session.
Q: Was there music in your house growing up?
A: Oh, yeah. My mother was always singing songs from Carole King’s album “Tapestry.”
Q: When was your start?
A: I started singing at an early age. I bought a guitar to accompany the voice.
Q: How did the songwriting start?
A: I wrote songs that I thought sounded good. They were mostly about boys. I didn’t know chords or keys or anything.
Q: What CDs would you take to a deserted island?
A: Bonnie Raitt’s first album, Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints,” Counting Crows’ “August and Everything After” and Prince’s “Greatest Hits.”
Q: And, finally, what’s your most unusual remake?
A: Probably a slowed-down version of Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody.” People seem to really like it.
When and where to hear Natalie Wolfe this month.
Both shows are free.
Thursday, Sept. 7: 6 p.m. at Rooster’s Southern Kitchen, 804 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 441-4594, roosterssouthernkitchen.com
Sunday, Sept. 10: 5:30 p.m. at Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.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.