Saturday 7.14

Signal Fire

One listen to the Wilmington, North Carolina-based quartet’s music, and it’s clear they’re all about peace, love and understanding.

The band plays a free show at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant and Bar in Nags Head.

Attached to the roots-reggae movement, the group also adds elements of folk, pop and hip-hop to their sound. Their songs really tell the story: “Lift Up,” is a lilting piece with the lyrics “when will we make the change and be together as one” and “Unify” is a smooth jam about the power of love. And then there’s the lovely folk-rock “Spark,” which suggests “sometimes we’ve got to slow down, the journey gets long.”

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $3

Where: Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant and Bar, 6708 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 16, Nags Head

Info: (252) 441-2637, pamlicojacks

Tuesday-Thursday 7.17-19

Phil Watson

Call the singer-songwriter, playing three no-cover shows this week, the incredible shrinking musician. Over the last four months, Watson has lost 65 lbs.

But while he’s losing weight, he’s adding songs to his already thick catalog.

“I ain’t scared,” says the Grandy-based Watson, 42, who recently became a full-time musician. “I’ll do it all.”

He has about 450 original and cover songs at his fingertips. A solid singer and gifted guitarist (he plays a Gibson Songwriter Acoustic), Watson re-imagines songs by artists ranging from Britney Spears to Hall and Oates and Chris Stapleton.

Also in his stash are Phil Collins, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Modern English and Jack Johnson. Recent additions include Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” Citizen Cope’s “Sideways,” Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Peggy Lee’s “Fever.”

“I do a real bluesy, jazzy version,” Watson says of the latter. “People seem to really like it.

“And they certainly aren’t expecting it.”

When and Where: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sandbars Raw Bar and Grill, 1716 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rooster’s Southern Kitchen, 804 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills; and 6 p.m. Thursday at Beachside Bistro at Sea Ranch Resort, 1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 7, Kill Devil Hills

Cost: No cover

Tuesday 7.17

G. Love

The Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter plays a solo show at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

It’s a slight departure for the musician, who’s known for his work with the band Special Sauce. But the 45-year-old Love, whose real name is Garrett Dutton, has recorded three terrific solo albums.

He began his career in earnest in 1999 with the release of “Philadelphonic,” which featured the then relatively unknown singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. Johnson’s tune “Rodeo Clown” makes its debut on the record. He and Johnson have been friends and musical collaborators ever since.

Love, whose influences range from Bob Dylan to the Beastie Boys, makes music that incorporates blues, hip-hop, rhythm-and-blues and rock. Standout tunes include the honky-tonking “Rainbow,” which features some serious harmonica work from Love; the hip-hop-heavy “Ain’t That Bad,” and “Breaking Up,” a folk-soul jam so moving it could move a pro wrestler to tears.

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: $30

Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8, Kill Devil Hills

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

Thursday, 7.19

MikeMickxer

The Raleigh-based trio — Mike Davis on guitar and vocals, Mick Voiland on keyboards and vocals and Will Beatty on percussion — plays a free show at Duck Town Park in Duck.

It’s part of the town’s “Concerts on the Green” summer series.

And what can you expect to hear? The short answer is: wide-ranging repertoire.

Davis is an exceptionally versatile vocalist, who brings depth to songs by artists as varied as Dwight Yoakam, Marvin Gaye and Elvis Presley. With Beatty and Voiland providing solid support, he really stands out the reggae-infused “I’m Yours,” the down-and-dirty blues jam “Snake Farm” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which finds Davis getting in touch with his inner Bill Withers.

My guess is it will be a dance party on the lawn.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Duck Town Park (lawn seating), 1200 Duck Road, Duck

Info: (252) 255-1286, townofduck.com

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