Southern Culture on the Skids
Southern Culture on the Skids is coming to town. And that’s welcome news to club-hoppers on the Outer Banks.
The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based band has been a fixture on the local music scene since 1983, playing at every important venue and cub. But if you’ve been living in a cave, here’s what you need to know about the trio — Rick Miller on guitar and vocals, Mary Huff on upright bass and vocals and Dave Hartman on drums — performing at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.
The group makes music of their curious invention, with elements of surf-rock, rockabilly, country, punk, and rhythm-and-blues. Lyrics are observant and uproarious, with subject matter that includes fried chicken, cheap motels, zombies and trailer parks.
Among the trio’s mos-popular tunes are “Camel Walk,” “Voodoo Cadillac,” and “Dirt Track Date.” Their music has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows, including “Happy Gilmore,” “Flirting with Disaster,” and “ I Know What You did Last Summer.”
When: 10:30 p.m.
Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Crotan Hwy., milepost 8, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.com
The Judy Chops
The group’s name may suggest some hipsters making music for kids.
Not so: The Harrisonburg, Virginia-based septet — two guitars, banjo, bass, drums, saxophone and trumpet — traffics in Americana music.
The Chops play three free gigs this week on the Outer Banks. Their sound is funky, freewheeling and fun, with righteous harmonies (all seven members sing) and blasts of good vibes. The title of the band’s latest album, “Love is the Answer,” sort of sums it up.
“We deal in positivity,” says guitarist-vocalist Bill Howard, who serves as the band’s spokesman. “On stage, we’re having a good time.”
Among Chops’ — the lineup include four women and three men — best tunes are the get-on-the-good-foot jam“Spit It Out” and the soulful “Lay My Love,” which sounds like a lost track from the ‘70s. Another standout is “Delilah,” a slow, folky tune that benefits from the testifying female lead vocal and the interplay of the horns.
When and Where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tap Shack at 1209 Duck Road, Duck; 10 p.m. Wednesday at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room at 777 Sunset Blvd., Corolla; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Sanctuary Vineyards at 7005 Caratoke Hwy., Jarvisburg
Cost: No oover
Moody McCarthy, with Jim Gallagher
McCarthy, performing at the Comedy Club in Kill Devil Hills, describes himself as a “clean, poor-man’s Seinfeld.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The 51-year-old standup, who lives in New York City, is observational, touching on subjects ranging from travel to current events to late-age fatherhood. He also says he “tip-toes” into politics. Much of his material revolves around his two young daughters, who are 2 and 3.
“They’ve made me a morning person,” he says. “That’s like a different time zone..”
McCarthy, who’s performed on most of the major late-night TV shows, says he localizes his routines. When he’s on the Outer Banks, for instance, there’s a joke about air travel. Paraphrasing McCarthy: “This (Kill Devil Hills) is where flight began, but the airport been closed for 100 years.”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Outer Banks Comedy Club at the Comfort Inn, 1601 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 9, Kill Devil Hills
Info: (252) 207-9950, comedyclubobx.com
The Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon will be filled with “good vibrations and excitations.”
Sail On is a tribute band that pays homage to the Beach Boys, the Southern California band known for their lush harmonies, intricate instrumentation and groundbreaking arrangements.
Led by Brian Wilson, the genius singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist, the Boys are responsible for some of rock and roll’s most-enduring songs.
From the early ‘60s surf tunes (“Surfin’ U.S.A.” “Help Me Rhonda”) to the mid-period pop masterpieces (“Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows”) to the late-period orchestrated pop symphonies (“Surf’s Up,” “I Can Hear Music”), the group evolved and stretched the boundaries of popular music.
A YouTube clip of Sail On performing a medley of some of the genuine article’s classics is impressive.
It sure looks like they’re having fun, fun, fun.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Beach Klub at Koru Village, 41027 Hwy. 12, Avon
Info: (252) 995-3125, koruvillage.com