Summers on the Outer Banks offer plenty of fun, but the off-season is picking up steam — so make plans to return to the Outer Banks this fall for the 1st Annual Mustang Rock & Roast.

The live music festival — a fundraiser for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program — promises to be the ultimate music and food experience, infusing North Carolina barbecue, oysters and 14 bands playing live music Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

Bands from all over the East Coast will bring indie, folk, jam, reggae, rock n’ roll, funk, jazz, blues, southern rock, punk and pop music to two stages presented by Currituck Travel and Tourism.

“We are excited to be supporting such a great music event,” says Director of Currituck Travel and Tourism Tameron Kugler. “Corolla and the rest of Currituck County offer amazing natural venues for live music and we want everyone to discover and enjoy the sights and sounds of our area. Mustang Rock & Roast should take things to the next level with a barbecue cook off and oyster roast. It is definitely a can’t miss event.”

The gates will open at noon on Saturday with nine hours of nonstop live music by the Mustang Outreach Program student bands, Paleface, Dangermuffin, Groove Fetish, Naughty Professor, and Jahman Brahman.

From 2 to 5 p.m., event guests can also enjoy an authentic North Carolina oyster roast with all the fixings.

Saturday evening will be headlined by six piece powerhouse Big Something, who are known for fusing rock, pop, and funk and taking listeners through a myriad of musical styles.

“We are really excited to play at Mustang Rock & Roast this fall,” saysBig Something’s guitarist Nick MacDaniels.

On Sunday, the gates will open at 1pm with eight hours of live music by Mojo Collins & Triple Vision, The Vegabonds, The Get Right Band, The Mike Dillon Band and Formula 5. Various local restaurants and chefs will participate in a pork barbecue cook off from 2 to 5 p.m. Festivalgoers can sample all the varieties of barbecue along with traditional pairings.

Pink Talking Fish will headline Sunday evening creating a special experience for music lovers by combining Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish together into a hybrid tribute.

Sundogs in Corolla will host after parties both evenings starting at 10:30 p.m. with the Dangermuffin Super Jam on Saturday and Funk You with special guests The Ramble on Sunday.

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room will serve its outdoor cookout menu and sell beer, wine and cocktails throughout the weekend.

Where to get tickets

Mustang Rock & Roast two-day tickets are $50 in advance and $60 day of show. Single day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. The two-day and single day tickets include live music, unlimited food from the oyster roast and/or barbecue cook off, plus free access to the after parties at Sundogs. Children 12 and younger are free.

A very limited number of advance only VIP weekend tickets are available for $249. The VIP tickets will provide the ultimate guest experience with brunch and dinner curated by local celebrity chefs, access inside Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, three beverage tickets per day, a private bar, early access inside the venue, plus all the live music and food from the oyster roast and barbecue cook off.

VIP tickets also ensure priority access to the after parties at Sundogs.

A weekend shuttle pass is $20 and features service to all Corolla neighborhoods throughout the event.

Tickets are available now at, Trio in Kitty Hawk and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room.

Outreach effort

A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks.

The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world-class music performances, residencies and mentoring programs.

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