Saturday, 5.26

Gettin’ Weir’d

Time to break out the tie-dyes.

The 3rd annual “Shakedown Saturday” happens Saturday, May 26, at the Tap Shack in Duck.

Headlining the day of the (Grateful) Dead is Gettin’ Weir’d, a Richmond-based band — two guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone and two female singers — that celebrates the musical legacy of Bob Weir.

The singer-songwriter-guitarist was one of the founding members of the legendary jam band, but was often overshadowed by the towering presence of Jerry Garcia.

Gettin’ Weir’d leader Patrick Higgins wants to correct that.

“His rhythm guitar-playing, singing and songwriting were so important to the band, and he’s also recorded some great solo albums and worked with other artists,” says Higgins.

The tribute band will jam on a wide variety of Weir tunes, including “Truckin’,” “The Weather Report Suite” and “Looks Like Rain.”

The duo known as Therem, and singer-guitarist Marc Murray, also will perform.

When: 2:30 p.m. To 10 p.m.

Where: Tap Shack, 1209 Duck Road (behind Coastal Cravings), Duck

Cost: No cover

Info: The Tap Shack on Facebook, (252) 480-0032

Tuesday-Wednesday, 5.29-30

Jay Decosta Peele

The Jacksonville, Florida-based singer-songwriter, performing two no-cover club shows on the Outer Banks, is a musician with a sense of humor and adventure.

Armed with a Takamine 12-string acoustic guitar, he plays both originals and covers.

His own songs range from electronica to atmospheric to modern rock: one — the reflective “Driftwood Resolution” — even has bossa nova beats.

With a singing style influenced by Bob Marley and Peter Gabriel, Peele reimagines tunes by, among others, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Talking Heads, Radiohead and — get ready for this — Madonna.

“Yeah, I’ll break out ‘Into the Groove,’” says Peele, 45. “It’s pretty raw, though.”

Also on the play list are Bill Withers, The Smiths and Bob Marley.

And how does Peele pick tunes to cover?

“Most are universal,” he says “And I have to really enjoy them.”

When and Where: 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Trio Wine, Beer and Cheese, 3708 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Bonzer Shack, 1200 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills

Cost: No cover


Friday-Sunday 6.1-3

Ocrafolk Festival

It will require a little effort — a free, 50-minute car-ferry ride from the south end of Hatteras Island — to reach Ocracoke.

But the payoff will be big.

The tiny island will be the scene of Ocrafolk, the three-day music, storytelling and art event that is in its 19th year.

This year’s lineup includes top-notch regional and local folk, bluegrass and Americana musicians, among them are Coyote, Molasses Creek, Violet Bell, Chatham Rabbits, Bob Zentz and Shana Tucker.

Other performers include Jef the Mime, Paperhand Puppets and Mended Wing Theatre Company.

I recently spoke with Ocrafolk executive director David Tweedie, who’s nicknamed “Fiddler Dave” and is a member of the nationally-known, Ocracoke-based quartet Molasses Creek:

Q: How long have you been involved in the festival?

A: This will be my 18th year as executive director. Gary Mitchell (a member of Molasses Creek and also the event’s musical director) did it the first year. It started with Molasses Creek, and it’s evolved to be large.

Q: I know a year of planning goes into Ocrafolk. It must be challenging.

A: It’s big fun for us. It’s work, but we have over 200 volunteers. It’s great way to share our island.

Q: Any bands you’re looking forward to seeing this year?

A: Upstate Rubdown is one. And Cane Mill Road. They are young guys who are turning a few heads in the bluegrass world.

What: Ocrafolk Festival

When: Noon to midnight Friday; 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: 38 School Road, Ocracoke, with other stages and venues within walking distance

Cost: $15-$50

Info: (252) 921-0260,

Sundays 5.27, 6.3

DJ Randy Gill

There is now a place to dance on the Manteo Waterfront.

DJ Randy Gill will be laying down the jams on Sundays this summer at Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop and Pub.

And there’s no cover charge.

“I’ll play what they (the customers) want me to play,” says Gill, a longtime club DJ and former radio personality and program director. “It will be all over the map.”

Gill played a few nights this winter and spring, and, so far, modern country (Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt and Colt Ford) has been the ticket.

Also in the mix have been funk, disco, rock and a touch of hip-hop by artists ranging from Michael Jackson to AC/DC to Willie Nelson and Bruno Mars.

“It’s been fun,” says Gill.

When: 7 p.m. To 10 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop and Pub, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo

Info: (252) 473-3333,

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.

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