Sarasota, Florida, is a city best known for its white beaches, softly-breaking waves on the Gulf of Mexico, shuffleboard and golf.
And how can we say this?
The majority of locals and visitors said goodbye to 60 quite a few years ago.
But it has a growing music scene.
Emerging from it is the quartet known as Summer Survivors, playing at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
The band merges surf-rock with psychedelia, accented by reggae and ska beats.
Citing influences ranging from Tool to Sublime, the group cranks up the guitars, bass and drums for their hybrid sound.
And their originals are all over the place, from the Ventures-ish “Firefly” to the spacey “Eighty Eight,” which suggests Pink Floyd on steroids.
For club shows, the four-piece often busts out a rocking remake of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.”
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
If you have a soft spot for old-timey country, Willis Gupton is your man.
The veteran musician, who plays a no-cover-charge gig at Jolly Roger Pub and Marina in Ocracoke, serves up songs by such titans as Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.), Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Paycheck, as well as such modern traditionalists as Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.
But he’s not stuck in the country.
Based in Louisburg, North Carolina, which is about 30 miles north of Raleigh, the 61-year-old singer-songwriter also remakes songs by, among others, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.
In addition, Gupton, who plays a Takamine acoustic guitar (Garth Brooks’ instrument of choice) has dozens of originals at his disposal.
Many were written and recorded in Nashville, where Gupton lived in the mid-’90s.
“Nashville Boys” and “Honky Tonk State of Mind” received airplay on CMT, the country music network based in Music City.
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Jolly Roger Pub and Marina, 410 Irvin Garrish Hwy., Ocracoke
Cost: No cover
Info: (252) 928-3703, jollyrogerpub.com
Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, considered ground-zero for roots-reggae, Earth Kry has a mission: “To voice the grievances of the downtrodden through the vibrations of our music.”
The quartet, playing at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head, draws on influences ranging from Bob Marley to The Beatles and Peter Tosh.
With rock-steady beats, slinky guitar leads and righteous harmonies, the group addresses issues faced by low-income residents of their country.
“High Road” and “9 to 5” are fine examples of that.
One of Kry’s best jams is “Philosophy,” which states: “a wise man knows that he doesn’t know.”
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 10, Nags Head
Info: (252) 441-4116, kellysrestaurant.com
The singer-songwriter, playing free shows at Beachside Bistro and Rooster’s Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills, is a human jukebox.
But you don’t have to feed quarters into a slot on his back.
Instead, just ask for a song.
The local musician has about 450 covers and originals in his repertoire, including rock, country, bluegrass, disco, standards and rhythm-and-blues.
Watson, 41, arrived on the Outer Banks in 1999 and has been working steadily (around 2,500 gigs) since.
He uses a looping device to add voices and other instruments to his basic sound (ukelele and a Gibson Songwrtier Acoustic guitar).
So, it sounds like five or six musicians are playing.
“It’s great,” says Watson. “I don’t have to play them.”
I recently caught up with Watson for a question-and-answer session.
Q: When did you start playing professionally?
A: It was 1992 in Moundsville, West Virginia. It was really scary.
Q: I know your play list is deep and wide. Tell me about it.
A: I like to do songs people forgot about, like cheesy ‘80s tunes by Modern English or Hall & Oates; or a disco song by K.C. and The Sunshine Band, or a Frank Sinatra or Phil Collins song.
Q: What about classic-rock?
A: Oh, yeah. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd I like.
Q: Who are some of the modern artists that you cover?
A: I love the Avett Brothers, as well as Ray LaMontagne and Damien Rice.
Q: I know you pride yourself on making the songs your own. Tell me about the re-imagining process.
A: It’s the same melody, but I often change the tempo.
Q: And, finally, what is your funkiest cover?
A: “Elvira” on the ukulele. People love it. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you hear a ukulele.
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.