JJ Grey and Mofro,
The Record Company and others
Roanoke Island Festival Park will be the scene of the first OBX Summer Send-Off.
Headlining the event on the manicured lawn across from the Manteo waterfront are JJ Grey and Mofro and The Record Company.
Also on the bill are Travers Brothership and Ruth Wyand and the Tribe of One.
Grey is a singer-songwriter whose vocals call to mind some of the classic soul-shouters (Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, etc.) of the ‘60s.
He’s backed by the first-rate quintet known as Mofro, who know how to keep the party going.
Grey is comfortable with tender ballads, rocking rhythm-and-blues jams and hip-hop-infused soul numbers.
The Record Company burst onto the scene last year with music that filters ‘50s rock and roll through Delta blues, with a hint of psychedelia.
And in swift order, the Los Angeles-based power trio picked up a Grammy nomination for their album “Give It Back to You.” and scored three hits on Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) radio.
The local Triple A station, 99.1-The Sound, was among the outlets blasting the tunes “Off the Ground,” “Rita Mae Young” and “Baby I’m Broken.”
Travers Brothership is an Asheville-based octet, including a two-man horn section that traffics in funky alternative rock.
The Kill Devil Hills-based Wyand is known for her sizzling slide guitar playing, rough-hewn vocals and blues-rock repertoire, which includes originals and covers.
When: 3:15 p.m., with gates opening at 3 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park (lawn seating), 1 Festival Park Drive, Manteo
For almost two decades the Fredericksburg, Virginia-based musician has kept fans guessing.
Williams, who plays at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head, is probably best-known for his one-man band performances.
Using a looping device, he plays multiple instruments and layers voices to create a rich, full sound.
He has written hundreds of songs in a variety of styles, including jam-band, country, folk, funk, alternative and rock.
Williams has played bluegrass gatherings, Grateful Dead tributes, hosted a radio show, produced records for others artists and performed at major music festivals.
The singer-songwriter also has been in a number of bands.
His latest project is a 10-song album called “Raw,” and it’s just Williams and his guitar in a low-fi setting.
It’s a great showcase for his finger-picking style, sharp songwriting and clear, emotive voice.
Highlights include the melodic instrumental “Cookies,” the moody story-song “Ella” and the haunting mid-tempo tune “Return to the Moon.”
Williams will be focusing on the new record for the gig at Kelly’s.
But what else he’ll play is anybody’s guess.
After all, it is the chameleon known as Keller Williams.
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Info: (252) 441-4116, kellysrestaurant.com
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
The Virginia Beach-based quartet — Rosano (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Scott Smith (drums), Jeremy Bustillos (harmonica, saxophone) and Paul Warren (bass) — plays a no-cover-charge gig at the Tap Shack in Duck.
Funky and bluesy are what they’re all about.
Standout originals include the slow-burning jam “Love Got a Hold on Me” and “Flash That Smile,” which features Rosano’s stuttering guitar licks and Boz Scaggs-ish vocals.
The bluesy “Love at the Crossroads” has Rosano pleading for his woman to return, with the rhythm section adding essential grooves and Bustillos coaxing some mournful sounds from his harp.
Next weekend, the group performs at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia.
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Tap Shack (outdoors) at Coastal Cravings, 1209 Duck Road, Duck
Info: (252) 480-0032, cravingsobx.com
Music guru 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.