Need some Led for your head?
Zeppelin, that is.
On Saturday, July 29, the long-running tribute band Zoso brings their “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” to Roanoke Island Park in Manteo.
Dressed in ‘70s-era clothes, the quartet performs off-the-record remakes of classic Zep tracks, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog,” “Going to California,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Communication Breakdown.”
And, don’t worry; there are plenty of flashing lights and special effects.
It’s lawn seating, so bring a chair or blanket.
When: 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park, 1 Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront
GRATEFUL DEAD MEET-UP 2017
Look for a sea of tie-dye on Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Kill Devil Hills.
To celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday, Deadheads here and across the U.S. will truck to cinemas for the 7th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies.
The special event features the legendary jam-band’s complete and never-before-seen July 12, 1989, performance at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
And it’s a goodie, with a rare first set that includes at least one tune sung by each of the four lead singers and one of the few video-recorded versions of “Black Muddy River,”
Opening the show with a rousing “Touch of Grey,” (by the way, the band’s only Top 40 hit), it quickly turns into a love fest.
The Dead put their considerable improvisational skills to use on wide-ranging repertoire that includes “Friend of the Devil,” “Turn on Your Love Light,” “Sugaree” (with piano man Bruce Hornsby sitting in), “Eyes of the World” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”
The concert film runs 2 hours and 40 minutes, which is relatively short by Dead standards, but perfect for movie-goers who have to work the next day.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: KDH Movies 10, 1803 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 7, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 441-5630, fathomevents.com
Sneak Preview: To watch a trailer of the 1-day event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up 2017, visit fathomevents.com
“Hardcore Heads-lovers don’t mind a tinkering or two of some of their favorite Talking Heads tunes.”
That’s Talking Dreads’ Mystic Bowie explaining the philosophy of the ensemble that adds reggae and Caribbean beats to the music created by the legendary art-rock-funk outfit.
The Dreads perform Thursday, Aug. 3, at Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon.
The Dreads put their spin on such Heads jams as “Wild Wild Life,” “Take Me to the River,” “And She Was” and “Psycho Killer.”
“Reggae’s dance-inspiring and feel-good vibe is universal, as are many of the Talking Heads’ tunes,” says the Jamaica-born Bowie, a onetime member of the Tom Tom Club (Talking Heads musicians Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz also were in the Club).
So, to paraphrase Talking Heads leader David Byrne, “things are not same as they ever was.”
But the Dreads are not one-trick ponies.
Among the highlights of their live shows are roots-reggae-infused versions of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s “Piece of My Heart” and the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street.”
When: 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m.
Where: Koru Village Beach Klub, 41027 N.C. Hwy 12, Avon
Info: (252) 995-3125, koruvillage.com
ALL OVER THE PLACE
The singer-songwriter moved from Nashville to the Outer Banks in 2001.
And since then, she’s established herself as one of the most-versatile musicians on the local scene.
Known for her stylish guitar playing and clear, flexible voice, Kalman performs both secular and Christian gigs.
She’s recorded 10 albums (religious, Americana and Christmas), all available on her website kimkalman.com and at her shows.
Kalman’s secular performances include originals (“’Til the Angels Sleep” and “Ain’t That Love” are standouts), as well as covers of standards and pop and country songs.
I recently caught up with the Kill Devil Hills-based musician as she was on the way to a gig in Avon.
Q: What got you into music?
A: My mother was a stay-at-home mom, and she was always singing.
Q: Tell me about your guitars.
A: I use two (for indoors and outdoors). One is an Ovation Balladeer and the other is an Alvarez Yari.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: Karen Carpenter, Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Anne Murray and Aretha Franklin
Q: You’re known for “Kalmanizing” the cover songs. Explain that to those not familiar with your work.
A: It means I do it my way. I might change chords and the key. It’s part of the artistry. I’ve had people tell me they don’t like country but really like my versions.
Q: What three discs would you take to a deserted island?
A: Probably Nat King Cole, Anne Murray and Simon and Garfunkel.
Q: And, finally, what do you do on a day off?
A: Well, that won’t be until September, but I’ll dig through inbox and deal with paperwork.
Here’s when and where to catch Kim this week.
All shows are free.
• Friday, July 28: 6-9 p.m. at Froggy Dog Restaurant, 40050 Hwy. N.C. 12, Avon
• Monday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 3: 6-9 p.m. at Saltbox Cafe, 1469 Colington Road, Colington Island (Kill Devil Hills)
• Tuesday, Aug. 1: 7-10 p.m. at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, 3933 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 12.5, Nags Head
• Wednesday, Aug. 2: 7-10 p.m. at Upside Restaurant and Bar, 797 Sunset Blvd. (TimBuck II Shopping Village), Corolla
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.