Mojo Collins Benefit
If there was an Outer Banks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mojo Collins would have been the first person inducted.
For more than four decades, the singer-songwriter has been a local fixture, playing clubs, bars, festivals, historical events and grand-openings. He’s a blues master who can make a guitar gently weep like few others on the Outer Banks.
Before moving to Nags Head in the ‘70s, Collins was part of the legendary San Francisco music scene, jamming with a who’s who of Bay Area players (Steve Miller, Country Joe and others). He was there for the 1967 celebration known as the “Summer of Love.”
Recently, the 75-year-old musician suffered a heart attack while playing a gig, but he lived up to the old adage about the show must go on. He’s slowly recovering, but he’s had to cancel a number of performances. So there’s that heavy-duty hospital bill (about $75,000), as well as living expenses.
In a show of support for the man and his music, a fundraiser will be held Friday, July 29, on Hatteras Island at Turner’s High Moon Bar, 40618 NC-12 in Avon. The lineup is evolving, but so far, Waterhigh, The Stokes, and Jack Quidley have signed on.
Collins hopes to be able to sit in with the musicians participating. There also will be a silent auction.
In the good news department, Collins just released an album titled “New Gladitude.” The 13-song CD was recorded at several studios in Lafayette, Louisiana and features some top-notch guest players.
A GoFundMe campaign, which was established by Allen Deaton, is underway to help Collins. For every $25 donation to the fund, the donor will receive a copy of “Gladitude,” which was recorded earlier this year in New Orleans (gofundme.com/mojo-collins-heart-attack-fund#). At press time, $3,320 of a $10,000 goal had been reached.
Collins says it’s not a straight blues album. “There’s some country, some pop, some rock,” he says. “And there’s even some New Orleans-type swing. It has a little something for everybody.”
And that would include a shot of blues.
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10, $20 for a signed copy of the CD
Where: Turner’s High Moon Bar, 40618 N.C. 12, Avon, on Hatteras Island
Info: (252) 995-6666
The Knotty G’s
The Asheville, North Carolina-based acoustic duo — Gill Henry (vocals, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, percussion) and Chuck Knott (vocals, guitar, mandolin, percussion) — plays a free show at the Tap Shack in Duck.
Their funky, fun sound, accented by touches of bluegrass, rhythm-and-blues, and roots-rock, is a breath of fresh air.
“We offer a very wide range of music in a heartfelt and genuine manner,” says Knott, 34.
With Knott and Henry, 23, sharing lead vocals and harmonizing, the duo’s originals range from tear-stained ballads (“The Sun”) to honky-tonk (“Mississippi”) to Americana (“What I’ve Really Got to Do”).
The G’s also remake tunes from artists that include Chris Stapleton, Buffalo Springfield, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Band. Some are straight covers; others are their own interpretations. And they’ve been known to throw in a few surprises like Rihanna, Gnarls Barkley and Redbone (“Come and Get Your Love”).
In between songs, Henry and Knott chat with each other and the audience. So, it’s a communal thing.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: No cover
Where: The Tap Shack, behind Coastal Cravings, 1209 Duck Road, Duck
Info: (252) 480-0032, The Tap Shack on Facebook
Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies
The 8th annual edition of the event takes place at KDH Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.
It offers Deadheads a chance to gather and celebrate the music of the legendary jam band. The Dead’s 1989 concert at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia will be shown on the big screen with Dolby Sound. Theaters across the country are participating in the one-night-only event.
The concert, which like most Dead shows runs about three hours, captures the group (especially singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia) at the height of their powers. It’s improvisation gone wild, with ferocious, skillful instrumentation and mind-blowing solos.
Among the 18 songs performed: “Hell in a Bucket,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Iko, Iko,” “Box of Rain,” “Scarlett Begonias” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” which closes the lovefest.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: KDH Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 441-5630, fathom.com