Friday 4.5

The Deloreans 

The Deloreans, playing at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, party like it's 1979-1989.

And that's all local club-hoppers need to know.

Based in Virginia Beach, the sextet (named for John DeLorean's ill-fated '80s car company) traffics in off-the-record remakes of the good, the bad and the ugly from the “me” decade.

The group, dressed in vintage clothing (Duran Duran, “The Breakfast Club” and Boy George come to mind) certainly looks the part.

And with six lead vocalists, male and female, and a sense of authenticity and adventure, The DeLoreans take you back to a time when people really did want their MTV!

On the play list are, among dozens of others, Huey Lewis and the News, A Flock of Seagulls, Prince, Journey, Lionel Richie, Toto, Blondie, Kenny Loggins, Billy Idol and Cyndi Lauper.

And the hits just keep on coming.

Cases in point: Hall and Oates' “You Make My Dreams Come True,” “Madonna's “Lucky Star,” Devo's “Whip It” and Mr. Mister's “Broken Wings,” for starters.

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: (25) 449-2739, obbrewing.com

Wednesdays

Open Mic Night with Monte Hooker

Singer-guitarist-host Monte Hooker hands out simple advice to his open-mic night performers.

“Do want you want,” he says. “It's your 15 minutes of fame.”

The free, long-running gathering at Art's Place in Kitty Hawk is mostly for musicians, who should bring their own instruments.

Most nights, according to Hooker, “there's a little jam thing.”

“It's best job I've had,” says Hooker, who plays solo and in several bands on the Outer Banks,

“We just have so much fun.”

But as Hooker reiterates, performers of all types — poets, comedians, magicians, etc. - have a forum at Art's Place.

“We once had a guy who rapped over beats on his iPhone,” he says. “It's wide-open.”

  • When: 7-10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Art's Place, 4624 N. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 2.5, Kitty Hawk
  • Info: (252) 261-3233, artsplaceobx.com

Theatre of Dare: The Nerd

What the world needs now is humor, sweet humor.

And Theatre of Dare promises to deliver just that with its spring production of playwright Larry Shue's “The Nerd.”

It follows the community theater's well-received staging of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

But other than a couple of plot lines (mistaken identities, love triangles), the two plays couldn't be more different, though both are funny.

Theatre of Dare president Tim Haas describes the latest production as a “farce,” which means it's best for audience members to suspend disbelief.

Set in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1979, the seven-character, two-act comedy centers on a modest architect named Willum who shares a house with two good friends, a smart, attractive young woman (Tansy) who wants to be a TV broadcaster and a snooty theater critic (Ansel) who was once engaged to the woman.

The woman and the architect have a mutual attraction, which is not acted on.

When an old army friend (Rick) of Willum's shows up at a house party, the plot thickens.

He may or may not have saved the architect's life in Vietnam.

We'll just leave it there.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for students
  • Where: Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, 1 Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront
  • Info: theatreofdareobx.com

Mark Your Calendar

5.15-18

8th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

The annual event attracts bluegrass fans from far and wide, including the western United States and Europe. It all starts with a free shindig on Wednesday, May 15, at Bluegrass Island Trading Co. 107 Budleigh St, Manteo. The lineup includes Iron Horse (5 p.m.), High Fidelity (7:15 p.m.), and Scythian (9 p.m.). The following day, the music moves to Roanoke Island Festival Park when Heidi & Ryan, The Farm Hands, Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith, Nothin' Fancy, and Grammy Award-winner Rhonda Vincent & the Rage take to the stage. On Friday, May 17, Amanda Cook, Kevin Prater Band, Trinity River Band, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, and Seldom Scene take to the stage. The last day of the festival, features Gospel Plowboys, Deer Creek Boys, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Po' Ramblin' Boys, and Town Mountain, which closes out the event.

  • When: May 15-18
  • Cost: Single day tickets are $50, 3-day passes and VIP passes are available. Ages 10 and younger are free with a paid adult.
  • Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park, 1 Festival Park, Manteo
  • Info: bluegrassisland.com

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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