Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13

Duck Jazz Festival

Music lovers eagerly await the annual event at Duck Town Park in Duck.

Why wouldn't they?

It's free, and it features jazz in all its many forms (swing, hard bebop, funk, traditional, etc.) at the park on the Currituck Sound.

Andrew Sanchez and His Hip Six (New Orleans-based fusion) kicks off the weekend with a concert at 4 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Sanchez returns, along with Sidecar Social Club, Caroline Davis, the Benny Green trio, the Leroy Jones Quintet, and student bands from Raleigh and the Outer Banks.

It's lawn seating, so bring a chair or blanket.

  • When: 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, Duck
  • Info: 252-255-1234, townofduck.com

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20

Mustang Rock and Roast Festival

The 2nd edition of the eclectic event takes place at Mike Dianna's Grill Room in Corolla.

More than a dozen bands from various camps — funk, rock, folk, psychedelia, bluegrass, indie, reggae and jazz — will perform original music.

On the bill are, among others, Dr. Bacon, South Hill Banks, Wild Adriatic, Lee Ross, and the Outer Banks power trio Manday Huge.

There's a barbecue cook-off on Saturday and an oyster roast on Sunday.

  • When: Noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $35 in advance for one-day, $40 at the door, $60 in advance for two-day pass, $70 at the door
  • Where: Mike Dianna's Grill Room, 777 Sunset Blvd. (Timbuck II Shopping Village), Corolla
  • Info: beardedfp.com

Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

Open-Mic Night

“We're trying to be a listening room,” says Amanda Williams about the new open-mic night at Jubilee Music Store in Kill Devil Hills.

Williams, who's the store manager, is a well-respected local musician and sound engineer.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Every Thursday, and it's free.

Musicians should bring their own instruments, but as Williams points out, the venue is a music store.

“So, if there's a guitar someone's been eying for a while, they can play it, she says.

There will be revolving hosts.

“Just show up if you want to play and get your 15 minutes of fame.”

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Jubilee Music Store, 3105 N. Croatan Hwy. (Seagate North Shopping Center, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-261-7475, obxjubileemusicstore.com

Thursday, Oct. 3-Saturday, Oct. 5

Halloween International Film Festival

Get ready to scream.

More than 40 horror and sci-fi films, ranging from three minutes to full-length, will be screened during the three-day event at Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.

At least a dozen actors and filmmakers will be on hand for meet-and-greets and question-and-answer sessions.

The 3rd annual festival is the brainchild of husband-and-wife horror fans Matt and Sue Artz, who live in Kill Devil Hills.

“We want to not only entertain but encourage filmmakers,” Matt Artz says. “And it's a good way to network.”

The films range from PG-13 to R ratings.

  • When: 1-4:30 p.m. And 6-10 p.m.
  • Cost: $12 for one day, $30 for three-day pass
  • Where: Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-305-0822, halloweendailynews/filmfestival.com

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-20, and Oct. 25-27

Theatre of Dare

The local troupe gets into the Halloween spirit with a production of “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.”

It will be performed six times at the Sound Stage Theatre in Manteo.

For those who slept through literature class, Poe (1809-1849) was a master storyteller who specialized in mystery and the macabre.

Sort of a 19th-century Stephen King.

“Nightfall” is described as “Edgar Allan Poe stands alone (on stage) in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself — and us — that he's not mad.”

Playwright Eric Coble adapted several of Poe's best-known tales, including “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” into the spooky play without disturbing the master's poetry.

“It's scary but literate,” says Tim Haas, who is directing his third Theatre of Dare production.” I would describe it as suspenseful.”

The play is not suitable for young children.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27
  • Cost: $6 for students, $12 for adults
  • Where: Sound Stage Theatre, 1409 National Park Drive (next to Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Park), Manteo
  • Info: theatreofdareobx.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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