Saturday, Aug. 31


The Raleigh-based singer, songwriter and rapper has been making some serious noise over the last few years.

She's released two widely-acclaimed EPs (“Little Miss Perfect” and “Sunflowers”) and her live shows, including Shred Fest in May on the Outer Banks, have gotten rave reviews.

ZenSoFly, who’s also known for her distinct and bold outfits, performs at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills.

Be warned, she drops some street language into her direct but poetic lyrics.

Tracks that caught our ears include the hip-hop, party-jam “Getting Started,” the pop-leaning “Waves Interlude,” where the singer politely tells a guy “please get out my face,” and the hypnotic, old-school rhythm-and-blues-infused “Something Special.”

On the latter, over some lush, hip-hop beats, she sings: “You got that calm breeze/you so free/like a picnic at the park.”

  • 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,

Friday, Sept. 6

Coconut Club Karaoke

Singing over recorded tracks in a nightclub is one thing, singing karaoke with a band is totally something else.

You have a chance to do the latter every Friday at Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill in Corolla.

Wannabe Aretha Franklins, Paul Simons and Lordes can sit in with three top-notch, versatile musicians guitarist-vocalist Broughton Aycock, bassist Stephan Carbocci and drummer Jake Richardson — at Coconut Club Karaoke.

“People tell us it's living out a dream,” says Aycock, the quirky leader of the band and one of the busiest musicians on the Outer Banks.

The popular event is now in its 5th year.

Here's how it works.

You select a song from the band's 300-plus tune catalog, which contains the lyrics (nothing is printed on a screen)

“It's a cool, eclectic list,” says Aycock.

Selections include Talking Heads, Coolio, a-ha, Rage Against the Machine, Devo, Garth Brooks, and the Pixies.

Pop, rock, country, punk, grunge, and rhythm-and-blues are all represented.

Once you've made your choice, get ready to rock with the band, who, according to Aycock, will do everything possible to help you become a temporary rock star.

“We make it a big, fun show,” he says.

  • When: 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill, 807 Ocean Trail (Monteray Plaza), Corolla
  • Info: 252-453-4263,

Reel cool

“Cubicles and Copiers”

The Outer Banks has always been fertile ground for music and the visual arts (painting, photography, etc.), and a number of excellent surf documentaries have been produced here.

But filmmaking in general has been mostly underground.

That may be changing.

The short film “Cubicles and Copiers,” created by a team from the Manteo-based Rayolight Productions, recently won a number of awards at the Hampton Roads “48 Hour Film Project.”

They include “best costume design,” “audience favorite,” “best ensemble acting,” and “best production design.”

Radio personality and local musician Doug Dino picked up the “best original song” award for the acoustic ditty “Take Your Chance.”

More than 40 films were entered in the contest, which was Aug. 17 at Naro Cinema in the Ghent section of Norfolk.

Written and filmed in 48-hours on the Outer Banks (scenes were shot at the Island Farm in Manteo, and at an office in Nags Head), “Copiers” is a seven-minute fantasy film that draws inspiration from the board-game “Dungeons and Dragons.”

“It's a role-playing game in an office,” says director Stuart Parks, 41, who lives in Kill Devil Hills.

“The characters are trying to improve work flow.”

You can watch the film at:

Parks says the team's next project is a full-length sci-fi film, which probably will be released as 30-minute episodes.

“We're definitely trying to kick something up,” says Parks, referring to the local filmmaking scene.


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