Saturday, July 13

Last Fair Deal

It's time to bring out those tie-dye T-shirts.

The Virginia Beach-based Grateful Dead tribute band Last Fair Deal performs Saturday, July 13, at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

It should be a night of the living Dead, with plenty of good vibes and hippie dancing.

The Deal has a solid reputation among Deadheads for their accurate recreations of the legendary jam-band's hefty catalog.

According to bandleader Patrick Higgins (guitar-vocals), the septet stresses “strong vocals, good harmonies and capturing hooks and phrases of the originals.”

Expect the unexpected.

The Deal, like the genuine article, likes to let the music go where it needs to.

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-449-2739,
  • Tuesday, July 16

Coyote Plus One

Singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Lou Castro and Marcy Brenner, who are married, make up the band known as Coyote.

The duo, with a special guest each week, performs Tuesdays all summer at the Coyote Music Den in Ocracoke.

They're known for their skillful playing, close-harmonies and adventurous spirit.

Brenner describes “Plus One” as “a night of well-crafted spontaneity.”

Repertoire ranges from folk-rock originals to country classics to acoustic remakes of Jimi Hendrix and Beatles' tunes.

Brenner and Castro also go behind the music with stories and tidbits.

Local singer-songwriter Desiree Ricker will sit in with the couple on Tuesday, July 16.

Brenner describes her style as “contemporary folk,” adding that Ricker does a killer version of John Prine's “Angel From Montgomery.”

  • When: 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 (seating is limited)
  • Where: Coyote Music Den, 284 Irvin Garrish Hwy., Ocracoke
  • Info: 252-928-6874,
  • Thursday, July 18

Corey Smith

The singer-songwriter has become the unofficial spokesman for country music fans who think the genre has gone too “pop.”

Plainspoken and brutally honest, the 39-year-old Jefferson, Georgia native crafts tunes that suggest a twangy James Taylor (not that there's anything wrong with that!).

Smith brings his “Great Wide Underground Tour” to the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

Beholden to no one, Smith has recorded 10 albums since 2011, when he became a full-time musician at the age of 28.

Since then, he's built a loyal following by going his own sweet way.

Smith employs Taylor's finger-style guitar playing to accent his raspy, from-the-heart vocals.

His fans sing along to songs that get very little radio airplay, among them the rowdy “I Love Everybody,” the anthem “Twenty-One” and the graceful “If I Could Do It Again.”

A tune of his that caught our ears is the quiet, reflective ballad “In Love With a Memory.”

Simple and direct, Smith, on a acoustic guitar, sings:

“I'd never felt that way before/And I never have again/Now I'm in love with a memory/Sweet history got a hold on me.”

Yep, that's pure country.

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $25
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-449-2739,
  • Thursday, July 18

The Whiskey Rebellion

It would be easy, butt wrong to label the Richmond-based five-piece — guitar, upright bass, violin, mandolin, banjo — as just a “bluegrass band.”

With a nod to tradition, the group incorporates string music with elements of pop, rock and mountain jams.

It's pure and rich, with freewheeling instrumentation and high-lonesome vocals and harmonies.

The group plays a free show Thursday at Duck Town Park in Duck.

Originals range from the haunting ballad “Utah Moon” to the bluegrass breakdown “The Captain” to Celtic-infused “By the Water.”

And nothing seems out of reach for the quintet, who put stringy spins on tunes by, among others, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Whitesnake, and the Norwegian band a-ha (“Take on Me”).

  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, Duck
  • Info: 252-255-1234,

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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