Sunday, July 7

Gov-t Mule, and the Record Company

Gov't (pronounced “government”) Mule is a jam-band of the most basic kind.

They play long songs.

But what sets the group, playing at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, apart from the pack is the dexterity and skill of the musicians.

Singer-songwriter Warren Haynes is the main-Mule man, whose vision and improvisational gifts have powered the band for more than two decades.

His blisteringblues-rock guitar licks, which also been heard during stints with both Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, are legendary.

Haynes' soulful, passionate vocals are also distinctive.

Citing influences ranging from B.B. King to Eric Clapton to Otis Redding, the singer-songwriter is known as the genuine article in the jam-band world.

The band has released nine studio albums, including the recent DVD-CD package titled “Bring on the Music: Live at the Capitol Theater.”

On stage, Mule mixes original material with a wide range of remakes, including The Beatles, U2 and Pink Floyd.

The Los Angeles-based power trio (slide guitar, drums and bass) known as the Record Company burst on the scene in 2016 with the sparkling debut album “Give It Back.”

Triple A radio stations (including 99.1-The Sound on the Outer Banks) have embraced the group's gritty, crunchy sound, playing tunes such as “Off The Ground,” “Rita Mae Young” and “Life to Fix.”

  • When: Gates open at 5 p.m.; the Record Company plays at 6 p.m. And Gov't Mule plays two sets starting at 7:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $40
  • Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park (lawn seating), 1 Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront.
  • Info:

Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-11

Space Koi

The Richmond-based trio, playing two gigs on the Outer Banks, is rooted in reggae, but also has a keen interest in rock, alternative, jazz and psychedelia.

“We call it reggae fusion,” says Garrett Russell, Koi's lead vocalist-guitarist and main songwriter.

“Our lyrics are about love, peace and harmony, but they're presented in different styles.”

The band's lineup includes bassist Hayden Forbes and drummer Asante Williams.

Original tunes range from the surf-rock workout “Riptide” to the spacey, atmospheric “Brew” to “Allegation,” which brings to mind early Police.

  • When and Where: 10 p.m. Wednesday at Secret Island at 504 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tap Shack (behind Coastal Cravings), 1209 Duck Road, Duck
  • Cost: $5 at Secret Island, no cover at Tap Shack
  • Info:,
  • Wednesday, July 10

West King String Band

The three-piece — guitar, mandolin and upright bass — makes mountain music that draws on bluegrass, old-timey country and folk.

And most of it is top-tapping and foot-stomping.

Close-harmonies also are a big part of their back porch sound.

The trio plays Wednesday at Mike Dianna's Grill Room in Corolla.

Standout songs include the bluegrass breakdown “Fishin’,” and the chugging “Downtown Lights.”

“Tracks” features a mid-tempo mandolin-guitar duel, and the lyrics that perfectly capture a man's restlessness.

“The train is coming/But it ain't stopping at the station/It just rolls right past, and it ain't coming back/Now I'm walking down a lonesome track.

  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: No cover
  • Where: Mike Dianna's Grill Room, 777 Sunset Blvd. (Timbuck II Shopping Village), Corolla
  • Info: 252-453-4336,

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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