Friday, July 26

The British Invaders

The years 1964 to 1966 were golden for pop, rock and soul music.

And a lot of it came from England.

The era was dubbed the “British Invasion,” and bands like The Beatles, Dave Clark 5, the Rolling Stones, and the Kinks powered it.

American kids just couldn't get enough of the melodic, harmony-rich tunes by the guys in matching suits.

The British Invaders, a Raleigh-based quintet, specializes in faithful recreations of dozens of those glorious songs.

“We're all in our 50s and 60s and grew up with the music,” says Mark Pytko, 61, the group's lead guitarist and spokesman. “It's in our D.N.A.”

The band makes their Outer Banks debut Friday, July 26, at Paparazzi OBX in Kitty Hawk.

Using vintage instruments and equipment (Rickenbacker, Epiphone and Gretsch guitars, Vox amplifiers and Ludwig drums), the group makes sure the beat goes on.

“We duplicate the music to a T,” says Pytko, adding the boys in the band wear the aforementioned matching period outfits.

Here's a partial list of songs on the Invaders' hit parade: “All My Loving” by The Beatles; “I'm In to Something Good” by Herman's Hermits; “We Got Gotta Get Out of This Place” by the Animals; “Glad All Over” by the Dave Clark 5; “She's Not There” by the Zombies; and “Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying” by Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Pytko says the group goes a little out of the era and genre with remakes of tunes by the Monkees and Elton John.

  • When: 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $10-$20
  • Where: Paparazzi OBX, 3848 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk
  • Info: 252-715-1673,

Thursday, Aug. 1

Vinyl Headlights

The Virginia Beach-based trio stays busy.

And they seem to have a sound for any occasion.

“We play bars, weddings, corporate meetings, festivals,” says John Smallwood, the group's lead guitarist, main singer, and spokesman.

The three-piece — guitar, bass and drums — is playing a free show Thursday at Duck Town Park in Duck, traffics in off-the-record remakes of tunes from the '60s to today.

“We try to stay true to the groove,” says Smallwood, adding the band has about 300 songs on their play list.

All three musicians sing, which allows them to cover material ranging from Foreigner's “Feels Like the First Time” to Bruno Mars' “Uptown Funk” to Queen's “We Are the Champions.”

What also keeps the band working consistently (200 gigs a year) is the element of surprise.

The group has been known to knock off such guilty pleasures as Vanilla Ice's “Ice, Ice Baby,” Rupert Holmes' “Escape” (the Pina Colada Song), and Montell Jordan's “This Is How We Do It.”

“It's just kine of fun stuff,” says Smallwood.

  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, Duck
  • Info: 252-255-1286,

Friday, Aug. 2

Donavon Frankenreiter

Frankenreiter is a singer-songwriter, big-time surfer, family man, and environmentalist.

Does that sound like another popular musician?

Frankenreiter and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson are longtime friends and frequent musical collaborators.

While his buddy has sold a gazillion records, Frankenreiter, playing Friday, Aug. 2, at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, has found his own wave to surf.

Drawing inspiration from folks like Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page and Bob Marley, his folk-rock sound is breezy but funky with positive lyrics about the ocean, social issues, and family.

He's recorded a half-dozen or so albums and one EP (2005's “Some Live Songs”) with Johnson and singer-songwriter G. Love.

Frankenreiter's latest release, “Revisited 2,” finds him getting in touch with his inner Don Ho (“Tiny Bubbles”), adding Hawaiian elements to some of his popular tunes.

The singer-songwriter has scored a few radio hits, including “Move By Yourself,” “Free,” and “Shine.”

His live performances tend to be a little more electric (Frankenreiter is a fine guitarist) than his recordings.

But it's still plenty sunny.

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-449-2739

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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