Erin and the Wildfire
The Charlottesville-based band builds their sound on the celestial voice of Erin Lunsford. It falls somewhere between Beyonce’s gospel roar and Sheryl Crow’s gritty growl, with some occasional heavenly scatting. The group’s music merges pop, rock, soul and funk, designed to get you on the good foot.
On tour in support of their first full-length album (“Thirst”), the quintet plays three no-cover-charge gigs this week on the Outer Banks.
The release is full of goodies, most notably “Hot Slice,” which brings to mind the dynamic ‘70s funk of Chaka Khan and Rufus and Sly and Family Stone, the slinky, soulful “Great Love” and the torchy ballad “Thirsty for Your Love.”
Lunsford is backed by a crackling band of multi-instrumentalists (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and horns).
On stage, the group is engaging and warm, sending good vibes into the air.
Along with the top-shelf original material, Lunsford often gets in touch with her inner Aretha Franklin with a fierce take on “Respect.”
When and Where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Tap Shack at 1209 Duck Road, Duck; 10 p.m. Wednesday at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room at 777 Sunset Blvd. (Timbuck II Shopping Village) Corolla; and 5:30 p.m. At Sanctuary Vineyards 7005 Caratoke Hwy., Jarvisburg
Cost: No cover
Mark Riccadonna, with Bill Boronkay
The two stand-up comics perform at the Comedy Club in Kill Devil Hills.
Riccadonna, who’s based in New York City, bills himself as an “artsy jock,”comedian and storyteller.
His blue-collar material, delivered in a conversational tone, touches on subjects like marriage, state fairs and Hallmark Channel films.
On the latter, he says: “They’re different versions of the same movie.”
One of his best routines revolves around the adoption of a “rescue dog.”
According to Riccadonna:“It’s a Shih Tzu” named Gizmo,” which was not exactly what the standup and his wife had in mind.
“But he’s from the Bronx, so he has street-cred.”
“Boronkay specializes in observational comedy.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Where: Comedy Club of the Outer Banks at the Comfort Inn, 1601 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 207-9950, comedyclubobx.com
Elvis ‘68 Comeback Special
In 1968, the King of Rock and Roll had a tarnished crown.
Elvis Presley had spent the better of the ‘60s making mostly B-Grade movies (albeit guilty pleasures) set in exotic locations with similar plot lines. He played race-car drivers, bartenders, boxers and, in one memorable role, a priest.
Presley on screen was either breaking out in song or waiting for a fight to break out.
The music was good but his performances had lost their edge.
So, in 1968, Elvis decided he wanted to reclaim his title and signed on for a NBC TV special that was billed as a “comeback.”
It will be shown on the big screen with Dolby Sound at KDH Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills as part of a nationwide 50th-anniversary celebration of the event.
Folks whose image of Elvis is the somewhat paunchy singer (the voice never failed him, however) decked out in a gaudy jumpsuits playing to adoring crowds in Las Vegas nightclubs should faint dead-away viewing the show.
The singer got himself back to fighting weight and broke out the black leather threads.
He sat in a circle with his original drummer and guitarist, friends and several top-notch studio musicians on the cozy stage.
It played like a living room concert: intimate, relaxed and spontaneous. The charisma and glorious pipes were intact. And before you could say “you ain’t nothing but a hound dog,” Presley was rocking and rolling like he’d never left the building.
The King roared through the early classics like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Jailhouse Rock” like they were written that day.
In between songs, he chatted up his posse and offered some behind-the-music stuff.
And he sang with conviction on the more mellow material, including “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Memories” and “If I Can Dream.”
Goosebumps were raised and the man who would be king was back.
Order was restored in the castle of rock and roll.
Do yourself a favor, take two hours out of your day to re-live or discover a priceless piece of music history.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: KDH Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 441-5630, fathom.com