Wednesday, 1.10

Matthew Van Hoose

Let’s just say it.

Van Hoose is versatile.

He’s the ballpark organist for the Washington Nationals baseball team, but he’s best known for his sophisticated piano playing.

Van Hoose, has played with, among others, the Virginia Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Oberlin Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He also has won prizes at several competitions.

He’ll put his considerable skills on display as part of the Bryan Cultural Series at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores.

The program will include selections from Chopin and Beethoven.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores

Info: bryanculturalseries.org

Saturday, 1.27

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band

Funky, freewheeling and fun is what the Burlington, Vermont-based octet, playing at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, is all about.

Their sound is built on the smoky, chilled vocals of front woman Kat Wright, who brings to mind such expressive singers as Sade, Alicia Keys and Billie Holiday.

Repertoire ranges from the jazzy “All About You” to the quiet storm of “By My Side” to “Ain’t No Tellin’,” which sounds like a lost nugget from the ’70s soul era.

When: 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

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

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

Saturday, 2.17

Emile Pandolfi and Dana Russell

When vocalist Dana Russell and pianist Emile Pandolfi will perform at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, love will definitely be in the air.

On the program are such standards as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “When I Fall in Love” and “Embraceable You,” as well as selections from Broadway shows like “Phantom of the Opera,” “Beautiful” and “Show Boat.”

“It’s definitely going to have a Valentines feel, even though it’s three days after the day,” says the Greenville, South Carolina-based Pandolfi.

“There will be some intense romantic music but with light-hearted humor between songs. We want people to feel like they’re in their living room, not an auditorium.”

The pianist also will perform music from films such as “Out of Africa” and “Somewhere in Time.”

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills

Info: outerbanksforum.org

Saturday, 2.24

Derek Smith and the New Day

The trio traffics in melodic pop-folk, with a touch of island beats.

Imagine Jack Johnson jamming with Cat Stevens to get some sense of the sound.

Smith is a gifted songwriter who addresses subjects ranging from relationships to traveling.

On the track “Sizing Life,” he sings “And just when you think you’ve lost it all, you can lose your heart if you’re not to afraid to start.”

Other standout songs include the harmonica-driven, med-tempo “This Road” and the moody philosophical “New Day.”

Smith, playing Trio Wine Cheese Beer in Kitty Hawk, will be joined on stage by a bassist and drummer.

When: 7:45 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Trio Wine Beer Cheese, 3708 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk

Info: (252) 261-0277, triowinebeercheese.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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