The Original Rhondells
Bar bands with a horn section are as rare as a phone booth.
But the Virginia Beach-based octet has as many as five horns blazing on hard-charging rock, funk, disco and beach-music jams.
The Rhondells, playing at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head, round out their sound with drums, bass, keyboards and guitar, and all eight members sing.
On their play list are covers such as “Brick House,” “My Girl” and “Play That Funky Music.”
Forever associated with the late singer-songwriter Bill Deal, the group also pumps out such shag classics as “May I,” “I’ve Been Hurt” and “Nothing Succeeds Like Success.”
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
Info: 252-441-4116, kellysrestaurant.com
Mama’s Black Sheep
The Baltimore-based duo — Ashland Miller on guitar and vocals and Laura Cerulli on drums and vocals — plays a no-cover-charge show at Rooster’s Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills.
Longtime favorites on the Outer Banks, the Sheep know how to pump up a crowd.
Both Miller and Cerulli are strong singers, inventive instrumentalists and telling songwriters.
And they’re not attached to any one scene.
Originals include the twangy “Think About You,” the bluesy “Down to the Ground” and the poppy “Better with You.”
Among the tunes on the remake list are Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” and O.A.R.’s “Peace.”
A highlight of any Sheep show is Cerulli’s powerful out-of-left-field (for a bar setting) version of George and Ira Gershwin’s classic “Summertime.”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Rooster’s Southern Kitchen, 804 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5. Kill Devil Hills
Info: 252-441-4594, roosterssouthernkitchen.com
and the Eclipse
The Brooklyn-based band makes music that’s equal parts pop, rhythm-and-blues, funk and jazz, accented by world beats.
After knocking it out of the park a few months ago, the band hits town for a return engagement at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
Led by the ultra-smooth lead vocalist Lady Moon, who brings to mind such titans as Diana Ross and Sade, the group’s music is warm and inviting, with lyrics that are uplifting and spiritual.
There’s a good chance you’ll put your flat feet on the dance floor.
Originals range from modern disco (“Move’) to slinky funk (“Rollercoaster”) and a high-energy workout (“Believe”).
When: 10:30 p.m.
Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: 252-449-2739, obbrewing.com
Various days and venues
Dr. Tom (real name: Tom Vinick) is a chiropractor by day and a bar singer by night.
Often playing six nights a week, the doctor works solo, as well as in duos, trios and bands.
Vinick arrived on the Outer Banks in 2004, relocating from Hartford, Connecticut.
And he’s earned a solid reputation for his versatility, skill and wide-ranging repertoire.
The 61-year-old musician uses a Taylor 712 acoustic guitar for his solo shows and an electric Telecaster for the band gigs.
Specializing in lively remakes, Vinick samples the songbooks of such artists as Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Sublime and Bob Marley.
I recently caught up with Vinick during a break of a double-header.
Q: What got you into music?
A: My big brother. We both saw The Beatles on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” He started playing guitar and I knew I had to do that.
Q: So what’s up Doc with all the gigs?
A: When you see people enjoying the music, it’s a high.
Q: What CDs would you take to a deserted island?
A: Marvin Gaye, James Taylor, Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt.
Q: You’re known for playing many different genres. Anything catch people off-guard?
A: Probably the Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett covers.
Q: And, finally, wouldn’t that great one-hit wonder American Breed’s pop hit “Bend Me, Shape Me” be a perfect song for you to remake. I mean you are a chiropractor.
A: (laughing), I need to learn that one.
The doctor will be in many venues this week.
All the shows are free.
Here’s where to see him.
Noon-3 p.m. Tuesday at J.J. Brewbakers, 5002 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 14, Nags Head
8-11 p.m. Wednesday (with Jeremy and the Generations) at Fish Heads Bar and Grill on Outer Banks Pier, 8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head
5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at blue Moon Beach Grill, 4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail (Surfside Plaza), milepost 13, Nags Head
7-11 p.m. Friday and Sunday at Mulligan’s Grille, 4005 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 13, Nags Head
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.