Thursday, June 27

120 Minutes

“It's a void that's not being filled.”

That's John Booker, talking about his band 120 Minutes, named for the MTV show, which specializes in off-the-record remakes of '90s tunes.

The Raleigh-based quintet plays a free show Thursday night at Duck Town Park in Duck.

It's their first performance on the Outer Banks.

Booker, 37, shares lead vocals with female singer Mars Kennedy, giving the band the ability to play a wide range of retro songs.

“We do rock, alternative, country, hip-hop and pop,” says Booker, adding that two other members of the group sing lead.

On Minutes' ever-evolving play list are, among dozens of others, Hootie and the Blowfish, Backstreet Boys, TLC, Nirvana, Spice Girls, and Shania Twain.

And, occasionally, the group jumps out of the way-back machine for note-for-note covers of more recent hits like Walk the Moon's “Shut Up and Dance,” and The Killers' “Mr. Brightside.”

“We're just having fun,” says Booker. “Whatever we do, there are tons of harmonies.”

  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Duck Town Park, 120 Duck Road, Duck
  • Info: 252-255-1234,

Sunday, June 23

“Forest Gump”

When “Forest Gump” was released in 1994, it struck a chord at many levels.

It was a uplifting story about a mentally-challenged man who did some remarkable things.

For many viewers, “Gump” was a history lesson, as events from the '60s and '70s flashed on the screen.

And, oh yeah, the comedy-drama's simple boy-meet-girl love story was a thing of beauty.

Also, the soundtrack rocked, with tunes from, among others, the Byrds, the Four Tops, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Mamas and the Papas and the Rolling Stones.

The Academy Award-winning film (best picture and best actor to Tom Hanks) is on a 25th anniversary tour, which brings it to the big screen at KDH Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.

  • When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $12.50
  • Where: KDH Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-441-5630,

Saturday, June 22


The long-running Southern California-based band plays Secret Island Restaurant and Entertainment in Kill Devil Hills.

Led by rappers Danny Boone and Jay “Jericho” Robinson, the group is on the road in support of the album “Galaga,” which was released in April.

Like Rehab's previous records, “Galaga” merges a host of sounds, including hip-hop, alternative, metal, country and modern Southern Rock.

It's your basic party record, with tunes (“I Know,” “Feel So Good” are prime examples) about street life, social issues and relationships

The group, known for such singalong anthems as “Bartender Song” and “It Don't Matter,” does stretch a bit on “Galaza.”

“Rain in the Morning” is a reflective love song, which has the rappers doing more singing and hinting that buried under Boone's and Robinson's baggy T-shirts are beating hearts.

  • When: 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $15
  • Where: Secret Island Restaurant and Entertainment, 504 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252- 441-7484,

Thursday, June 27

Red Not Chili Peppers

The group pays tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Los Angeles-based band that's been bringing on the punk, funk, alternative-rock and rap for more than three decades.

On Thursday, the faux quartet performs at Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon.

It will mark the second time the Not Chili Peppers have played the venue.

Last year, the audience grooved as the band knocked off note-for-note remakes of such classics as “Scar Tissue,” “Higher Ground,” “Soul to Squeeze,” and “Under the Bridge,” among others.

And we expect a similar scene this year.

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
  • Where: Koru Village Beach Klub, 40920 Hwy. 12, Avon
  • Info: 252-995-3125,

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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