Saturday 6.30

DJ Fresh

Fresh will be getting back to where he once belonged. Well, almost.

The legendary record-spinner who served as the house DJ at the now-closed Kelly’s Restaurant in Nags Head for 10 years and moved to Florida last year, performs Saturday, July 30, at New York Pizza Pub and Italian Grill.

It’s a few hundred yards from his old spot. Fresh, whose real name is Randy Randall, is known for his mixing skills, engaging personality, special effects and laser lights.

“I’ve always tried to make it more than a DJ just spinning records,” says Fresh. “It’s a show.”

With lights flashing, Fresh picks up the vibe of the room, putting together sets of songs from various genres. His dance parties include hip-hop, country, rap, rock, reggae and funk.

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: $5

Where: New York Pizza Pub and Italian Grill, 2217 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head

Info: (252) 441-2660,

Sunday 7.1

Last Fair Deal

The Tap Shack in Duck has become Dead-Central on the Outer Banks.

On July 1, the backyard venue will be the scene of “One More Sunday Night,” a nod to the Grateful Dead tune with a similar title. The Virginia Beach-based tribute band known as Last Fair Deal will provide the good vibes with one acoustic set and two electric sets of Dead material. Known for their meticulous recreations of tunes from the legendary jam-band’s extensive catalog, Deal is all about three things.

“We work hard on strong vocals, good harmonies and capturing hooks and phrases of the originals,” says guitarist-vocalist Patrick Higgins, who’s the spiritual leader of the septet.

For the acoustic set, Deal will draw on material from the Dead’s 1980 concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. And though Higgins is somewhat secretive about the electric sets, he promises a “lot of surprises” and a “wide range of songs from various eras.”

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Tap Shack, 1209 Duck Road (behind Coastal Cravings), Duck

Info: (252) 480-0032, The Tap Shack on Facebook

Tuesday-Wednesday 7.3-7.4


“We’re all about a good time.”

That’s guitarist-vocalist Adrian Watts, who’s the spokesman for the Greevville, North Carolina-based band. The octet – guitar, two lead vocalists, saxophone, trombone, keyboards, bass and drums – plays at Gaffer’s Sports Pub and Restaurant in Ocracoke.

Together for 14 years, the group’s repertoire stretches from old-time country to hip-hop to funk and all points in-between. A “typical set” might include the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

But, to borrow a phrase from those late-night TV ads, “there’s more” The group serves up high-energy jams by, among others, Kenny Chesney, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, the Commodores and AC/DC.

“We leave no stone unturned,” says Watts, adding the group has about 400 songs they can pull out of the proverbial hat.

When: 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Where: Gaffer’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, 1050 Irvin Garrish Hwy., Ocracoke

Info: (252) 928-3456,

Thursday 7.5

Matt Phillips and the Back Pocket

The Chapel Hill-based quintet has one purpose in mind.

“We want to make music that people can get behind,” says soulful singer-songwriter Matt Phillips.

The group’s sound merges folk, rock, blues, jazz, big-band and world music. It’s groovy, really, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and to make you put your flat feet on the ground.

The band – guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and two horns – plays a free show at Duck Town Park in Duck. Original tunes, mostly written by Phillips, include the pretty pop piece “Bluegrass,” the earthy down-and-dirty “Mediterranean Blues” and the Al Green-meets-Dave Matthews jam “Move,” which features some snazzy horns solos and organ runs.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Duck Town Park (lawn seating), 1200 Duck Road, Duck

Info: (252) 255-1286,


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