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.

Two-day tickets are $50 in advance, $60 day of show. Single day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) are $30 in advance,$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.

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.

Big Something, which is known for fusing rock, pop, and funk, headlines Saturday’s show. On Sunday, gates will open at 1 p.m. 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. Festival-goers 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 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 event. Tickets are available at, Trio in Kitty Hawk, and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room.


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