The singer-songwriter, playing at the Tap Shack in Duck, is known as the one-man band.
For those not familiar with the Boulder, Co.-based musician, here’s what you need to know. Williams is proficient on multiple instruments – guitar, bass, percussion, synthesizer, piano and theremin — and is an expert in looping. The latter allows him to build layers of sounds and voices as he’s playing. So, how the song starts is rarely how it ends.
The 48-year-old musician has a wealth of original material, ranging from the pretty pop to electonica to bluegrass to rock and hip-hop. And he has some serious jam-band cred, having played with Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann in a band known as the Rhythm Devils.
Williams’ shows are communal, as he brings fans into the music. As he says on his website: “There’s a real sense, when it’s all working, that the audience and myself are doing something bad and illegal. Because something this fun usually is.”
We say hail, hail rock ‘n’ roll.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Where: The Tap Shack (behind Coastal Cravings), 1209 Duck Road, Duck
Info: The Tap Shack on Facebook, (252) 480-0032
Friday 8.17 and 8.24 & Tuesday 8.21
The singer-songwriter-guitarist knows a good song when she hears one.
On her play list are tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra ( “Fly Me to the Moon”), Patsy Cline (“Crazy”) and the Carpenters (“Top of the World”).
Known for her stylish playing on a Ovation Balladeer acoustic guitar and her warm, expressive voice, her versions of familiar songs are “Kalmanized.”
That means she does them her way, with a nod to the original recordings.
She also has a batch of pretty self-penned tunes.
Recent additions to Kalman’s ever-expanding repertoire include Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” Don Mclean’s “Vincent” and “American Pie,” Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone.”
When and Where: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, and Friday, Aug. 24, at the Froggy Dog, 40050 Hwy. 12, Avon; and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Tale of the Whale Restaurant, 7575 S. Virginia Dare Trail (Nags Head-Manteo Causeway), Nags Head
Cost: No cover
Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistol
Fans of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison will find much to love about Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistol. The band plays Saturday, Aug. 18, at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
Preston’s voice is at once husky, aching and tender (one of his best albums is called “Hoarse Whisperer”), able to convey heartache, joy and restlessness. The group’s music, best described as Americana, combines rockabilly, old-timey country and rock, often played with punk energy.
Preston is a poet, crafting lyrics that resonate in both the head and heart. “Raising the Roof in Your Town Tonight” is a honky-tonking, foot-stomping jam. Another standout track is 7 a.m. Hell,” a twangy slice of life tune that suggests Chris Isaak gone country. But “Strangers Under the Same Roof” is the killer Preston original: a tear-stained ballad with the lyrics “Feels like love was left outside/we’re strangers under the same roof/desperately hiding from the plain truth.”
Don’t miss this guy. He’s the real deal.
When: 10:30 p.m.
Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.com
Rob Haze with Dylan Vattelana
Rob Haze has become a favorite stand-up comedian across the country, after quickly rising up in the Atlanta comedy scene. He won the 2010 Athens Last Comic Standing contest and is a favorite at The Punchline, Laughing Skull Lounge, and Uptown Comedy Corner. Haze was a New Face in the 2015 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and he was on the 9th season of Last Comic Standing. Haze was the 2015 winner of the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He recently made his late night debut on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” can be seen on Adam Devine’s “House Party” on Comedy Central and the new Viceland show, “Flophouse.”
When: 8-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $26 (ages 16 and older-only show)
Where: Comedy Club of the Outer Banks, inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
Info: comedyclubobx.com, (252) 207-9950