In roots-reggae circles, the band is considered royalty.
Pulse was the first non-Jamaican band to win a Grammy Award for “best reggae album (1986’s “Babylon the Bandit”).
The octet makes their local debut Sunday at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
Formed in 1975 in Birmingham, England, the group is led by founding members David Hinds (guitar-vocals) and Selwyn Brown (keyboards-vocals), a pair of wise and versatile songwriters.
Though honoring their Rastafarian religion and basing their sound on traditional roots-reggae, the group has experimented with pop, punk and rock.
Lyrics address such subjects as freedom, climate, war, peace and love.
Among Pulse’s classics are such call-and-response, groove-infused jams as “Taxi Driver” and “Chant a Psalm,” as well as the slinky “Roller Skates,” which states “life without music/I can’t go on.”
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.com
Mama’s Black Sheep
The Sheep are coming.
And that should make lot of local music-lovers happy.
They’ve earned a loyal following over the last 10 years for their high-octane performances and wide-ranging repertoire.
The Baltimore-based duo — Ashland Miller on guitar and vocals and Laura Cerulli on drums and vocals — plays a free outdoor show at Dowdy Park in Nags Head.
Don’t let that word “duo” fool you.
Miller and Cerulli know how to rock but can also bring It down with equal skill.
Originals range from pop to rock to country to blues.
Choice covers include Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” and Traffic’s “Feelin’ Alright.”
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Dowdy Park, 3005 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 11, Nags Head
Info: (252) 441-5508, nasheadnc.gov
To borrow a line from Mike Love and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys:
“Catch a wave, and you’re sitting on top of the world.”
Most every person who’s put a board in the ocean would second that emotion.
For three nights, the popular sport, which has a rich history on the Outer Banks, will be celebrated with a festival dubbed “Surfalorus.”
The free event is in its 7th year and it should be fun, fun, fun for the whole family.
It kicks off Thursday night at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head with music, surf films and art.
The Robert Redford-produced documentary, “Momentum Generation,” will have its North Carolina premier.
On Friday, the festival moves to the Dare County Arts Council on the Manteo waterfront for a night of a surfcraft history, short films, a display of surfboards surf art, and DJ Charlie Huff spinning surf-rock vinyl.
The festival concludes Saturday at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills with more surf art, a display of surfboards and films, including local documentarian Marshall Logan’s “Outer.”
Richmond, Virginia’s Cashmere Jungle Lords will play the after-party.
The legendary trio traffics in “westernsurfjunglerock.”
The lineup includes Dominic Carpin on guitar and vocals, Rob Lytle on drums and vocals and Bryan Martin on bass and vocals.
“It’s going to have a good vibe,” says Carpin. “We’re really going to concentrate on danceable surf-music, mostly instrumentals.”
The Lords will crank up the reverb and tremelo on both originals and covers, including the classics “Pipeline” and “Apache.”
“People are going to want to get up and shake a leg,” says Carpin, who formed the band in 1984.
When and Where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Jennette’s Pier, 7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head; 6;30 p.m. Friday at Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo; and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills
Details: The Cashmere Jungle Lords play at 10 p.m. Saturday There’s a $5 cover charge
Info: (252) 473-5558, darearts.org