Sunday 8.5

Donavan Frankenreiter

Frankenreiter, who plays a free show at Watermen’s Bar and Grill in Waves, is a singer-songwriter who likes to surf. Sound familiar?

His sound and philosophy are like like Jack Johnson’s, who’s a longtime friend and musical collaborator. Frankenreiter may be a tad funkier than Johnson, but both craft breezy, upbeat tunes that focus on love, the environment and, of course, surfing.

One of the singer-songwriter’s signature songs is “Big Wave,” which glides over a lightly-plucked acoustic guitar. In it, he compares finding true love to catching the perfect wave: “You’re like a big wave coming on strong/I want to thank you.”

The Southern California-based singer-songwriter has recorded a handful of albums and has toured — and surfed — with Johnson. Among Frankenreiter’s well-known tunes, which have received radio airplay, are the pretty “Life, Love Laughter,” the upbeat “Move By Yourself” and “Free,” which is filled with island beats and positive vibes.

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Watermen’s Bar and Grill, at Real Watersports, 25706 Hwy. 12, Waves

Info: (252) 987-6000,

Monday 8.6

The Amazing Stanley Comedy Magic Show

“Things appear, then disappear.”

That’s magician Stanley Bluesiewicz, who’s known professionally as “The Amazing Stanley,” describing his weekly show at Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills.

The 45-minute family-friendly performance includes parlor magic, escapes, object-swallowing and audience participation.

“People will definitely be fooled,” says Blusiewicz, 58, who divides his time between Vero Beach, Fla. And the Outer Banks.

“It’s a fun show for everybody.”

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 for adults, free for children

Where: Sea Ranch Resort, 1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 7, Kill Devil Hills

Info: (252) 441-7126,

Wednesday 8.8

Open-Mic Night with Monte Hooker

So, you want to be a rock and roll star. The open-mic night at Art’s Place in Kitty Hawk should be just your ticket.

Local singer-guitarist Monte Hooker is the host of the free event. Musicians should bring their own instruments — guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion, etc. — and should expect to play three songs.

Most nights it’s a lively jam session. It’s also open to spoken-word artists.

“All styles of music are welcome,” says Hooker, who’s a versatile, skilled guitarist and encouraging ringleader. “It’s their 15 minutes of fame.”

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where: Art’s Place, 4624 N. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 2.5, Kitty Hawk

Info: (252) 261-3233,

Thursday 8.9

The Embers

The beach-music legends play at the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon, where there’s plenty of room for dancing, or “shagging” to be more exact. For the uninitiated, the shag is a slowed-down jitterbug and is the official dance of the Carolinas.

Formed when President Dwight D. Eisenhower sat in the White House (there have been numerous lineup changes), the Embers are members of The South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, and the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame. The septet, which plays about 225 shows a year, is responsible for such stone-cold shag classics as “I Love Beach Music,” “Faraway Places” and “I’m Gonna Do Beautiful Things For You.”

But it’s not all about beach music, the group also brings on the funk and soul with hard-charging covers of tunes by, among others, Marvin Gaye, Bruno Mars and McFadden and Whitehead (“Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”).

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door

Where: Beach Klub at Koru Village, 41027 Hwy. 12, Avon, on Hatteras Island

Info: (252) 995-3125,


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