Thursday-Friday 11.29-30

Mama's Black Sheep

Here's hoping Mother Nature cooperates.

In September, the Baltimore-based Sheep had their free show at Dowdy Park in Nags Head washed out by rain and wind.

The Baltimore-based duo — Ashland Miller on guitar and vocals and Laura Cerulli on drums and vocals — plays Thursday, Nov. 29, at Trio Wine Beer and Cheese in Kitty Hawk and Friday, Nov. 30, at Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop and Pub on the Manteo waterfront.

They've earned a loyal following over the last 10 years for their high-octane performances and wide-ranging repertoire.

Miller and Cerulli know to rock but can also bring it down with equal skill.

Originals range from pop to rock to country to blues.

Choice covers include Christina Perri's “A Thousand Years,”” Elvis Presley's “Jailhouse Rock” and Traffic's “Feelin' Alright.”

Cerulli also does a killer version of George Gershwin's “Summertime.”

When and Where: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Trio Wine Beer and Cheese at 3708 N. Croatan Hwy. In Kitty Hawk and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop and Pub at 303 Queen Elizabeth St. in Manteo

Cost: Free

Info: triowinebeercheese.com, poorrichardsmanteo.com

Saturday 12.1

The Magic Flute

On Saturday, Dec. 1, you'll have the chance to catch world-class opera without having to dress up and drop big bucks.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “The Magic Flute” performed by the New York City-based Metropolitan Opera Company will be shown in movie theaters across the country.

And one of them is Kill Devil Hills Movies 10.

The high-definition broadcast with Dolby sound is an encore presentation of a show presented by the acclaimed company at its opera house in Manhattan.

Directed by Julie Taymor, Mozart's masterpiece is a fantasy fit for all ages, with dialogue, music and comedy.

It's an abridged version sung in English.

When: 12:55 p.m.

Cost: $12.50

Where: KDH Movie 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6, Kill Devil Hills

Info: (252) 441-5630, fathomevent.com

Saturday 12.22

Dr. Bacon

“We're Dr. Bacon from Asheville, and we're here to prescribe good vibes and good feelings.”

That's how the musicians in the sextet introduce themselves for club shows.

Bacon's infectious music blends funk, folk, rock, blues, jazz and hip-hop.

Excuse the pun, but you'll get piggy with it.

The band plays Saturday, Dec. 22, at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

For its “Appalachian Funk-Rock” sound, the group employs an array of instruments.

The stage looks like a pawnshop in Nashville: guitars, harmonica, bass, drums, resonator, saxophones, trombone, violin, pedal steel, kazoo and mandolin, among others.

Original tunes range from “Peculiar,” with suggests the Dave Matthews Band infused with hip-hop beats; the up-tempo, folky “Girls From Caroline” and “When I'm Gone,” a bluegrassy number that moves at breakneck speed.

When: 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills

Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.com

Monday 12.31

The Original Rhondels

For music lovers of a certain vintage, the band will always be associated with the late singer-songwriter Bill Deal (he died in 2003).

The group's music provided a soundtrack in the late '60s with hard-charging, top-40 hits like “May I,” “What Kind of Fool,” “I've Been Hurt” and “Nothing Succeeds Like Success.”

The Virginia Beach-based sextet, plays the New Year in the New World celebration in downtown Manteo.

And they're probably just thawing out; last year they played the festival on the waterfront on a bone-chilling night.

Though the band's lineup has changed numerous times over the last 50 years, the songs, arrangements and spirit remain the same.

Saxophonist -vocalist Steve Ambrose leads the current incarnation of the Rhondels, which includes Lee Quisenberry on keyboards, trumpet and vocals.

His father, bassist-vocalist Don Quisenberry, played on the original recordings.

The group is still partying like it's 1969, playing faithful versions of their classics and putting their distinctive touch on dance-inducing covers by James Brown, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Sam and Dave and Sam Cooke, among dozens of others.

When: 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in the Manteo town parking lot, between Kitty Hawk Kites and the Tranquil House Inn, on Queen Elizabeth St.

Cost: Free

Info: townofmanteo.com

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