The Janitors

The Janitors will play at Kelly's in Nags Head on January 14.

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Saturday 1.14

Mojo Collins

Local blues singer-songwriter Mojo Collins performs and opens a show of his visual art the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk on January 7.

Mojo Collins

The acclaimed singer-songwriter will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk.

Known for his serious skills on the guitar and road-weary voice, Collins has been a fixture on the Outer Banks music scene for more than four decades.

Also a gifted songwriter, he’s written hundreds of tunes, ranging from down-and-dirty rock and blues jams to folksy, history-based ballads and country story-songs.

In addition to the concert, there will an opening of an art show that features Collins’ paintings and carvings on reclaimed local beach wood.

TIME: 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

COST: $20, which includes food and drink

PLACE: Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 831 Perry Rd., Kitty Hawk

INFO: 252-261-2801,

Saturday 1.14

The Janitors

The Virginia Beach–based quintet seems to have a sound for any occasion.

Since forming as a frat-house band at Virginia Tech in 1982, The Janitors have played hundreds of gigs, ranging from smoky bars to outdoor festivals and wedding receptions.

And what keeps them cleaning up after all these years?

“I have a passion to sing,” says energetic frontman Danny Morgan, 56, the group’s founder and only original member.

“And we try to keep people partying and dancing.”

Repertoire includes classic-rock (The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top), vintage soul (Earth, Wind and Fire, Rick James), oldies (The Temptations, Isley Brothers) and modern-dance (Bruno Mars, Daft Punk).

“I feel good about this band,” Morgan says. “It’s one of the best I’ve had.”

TIME: 10 p.m.

COST: $5

PLACE: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern,

2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head

INFO: 252-441-4116,


Theatre of Dare's winter performance will be Monty Python's Spamalot.

Fridays and Saturdays 2.17, 2.18, 2.24, 2.25 Sundays 2.19, 2.26

Theatre of Dare: Spamalot

Could there be a better time for a witty, British satire?

Written by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and based on the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the Tony Award–winning musical (singing and dancing!) centers on the fabled reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

“There are sight-gags and lively wordplay,” says veteran Theatre of Dare performer Stu Parks, who plays King Arthur.

“Even some social issues are thrown in.”

“But, basically, it’s a laugh riot.”

Among the show’s best-known tunes are “The Song That Goes Like This” and “Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life.”

TIME: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

COST: $15 for adults, $10 for students

PLACE: COA Roanoke Island Campus, 205 U.S. 64 Hwy. 64, Manteo

INFO: 252-261-4064,

Derek Smith and the New Day

Catch Derek Smith and his band at Trio in Kitty Hawk for four gigs in January and February.

Saturdays 1.14, 1.28, 2.11, 2.25

Derek Smith and the New Day

Of all the musicians a modern artist might have as a prime influence, Cat Stevens probably wouldn’t jump to the top of the heap.

But one listen to some of Smith’s original songs, and it’s clear that he was affected by the 1970s singer-songwriter.

Smith, who’s a fine finger-picking guitarist, has that same lilting voice that Stevens put to good use on a string of gems, including “Wild World,” “Moonshadow” and “Peace Train.”

His folk-rock tunes, which include “”Waste of Time,” “Sizing Life” and “New Day,” are haunting and poetic.

But Smith also taps such sources as Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder for inspiration, which gives other original songs some snap, crackle and pop.

He’s ably backed by bassist Kevin Johnson and drummer and vocalist Alex Clark.

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: No cover

PLACE: Trio, 3718 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk

INFO: 252-261-0277,

Lady Moon and Eclipse

Lady Moon and Eclipse travels from Brooklyn, N.Y., to the Outer Banks Brewing Station on February 18.

Saturday 2.18

Lady Moon and Eclipse

The Brooklyn-based sextet traffics in a sound that’s equal parts pop, jazz and rhythm-and-blues, accented by elements of world (African, Asian and European) music.

Led by the silky-voiced Moon (think Diana Ross-meets-Sade), the group’s lyrics are spiritual and uplifting.

Which is not to say the music won’t push you to the dance floor.

Originals range from modern disco (“Move”) to slinky funk (“Rollercoaster”) and rhythmic workouts (“Believe”).

TIME: 10:30 p.m.

COST: $5

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

INFO: 252-449-2739,

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