Saturday, Nov. 2

The Carolina Jazz Connection

Larry Reni Thomas loves jazz, though he prefers to call it “American classical music.”

The Chapel Hill-based author and radio host will explore the genre's rich history in our state with a power-point program called “The Carolina Jazz Connection.”

It's free, and the event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Kitty Hawk.

As it turns out, according to the ultra-cool Thomas, more than 75 prominent jazz musicians hail from the Tar Heel State, including such legends as Nina Simone, John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner.

The program includes music, interviews and stories.

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 831 Herbert Perry Road, Kitty Hawk
  • Info:

Thursday, Nov. 7

Ray Scott and Keith Anderson

Outer Banks club-hoppers get a rare chance to hear two county hit-makers on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Secret Island Tavern in Kill Devil Hills.

Scott and Anderson are both Nashville-based singer-songwriters who have enough gold records to fill a 10-gallon hat.

The brawny-voiced Anderson broke through in 2008 with the tear-in-the-beer ballad, “I Still Miss You” (a Top 5 hit).

It struck a chord with such poetic lyrics as “I didn't realize until you were gone how many pages you were on.”

Other hits followed, including “Pickin' Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name.”

Among his songwriting credits are the Big and Rich love song, “Lost in This Moment,” and the Garth Brooks-George Jones party jam, “Beer Run.”

Scott's lived-in-voice has powered such tunes as “My Kind of Music,” Gone Either Way,” and “I Didn't Come Here to Talk.”

He also co-penned Clay Walker's “A Few Questions,” and Randy Travis' “Pray for the Fish.”

The concert is part of Outer Banks Veterans Week.

  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $15, $10 for veterans
  • Where: Secret Island Tavern, 504 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info:

Thursday, Nov. 7; Monday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Dec. 9

Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Fogerty and Inxs concert films

Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills will be rocking in November and December with three special screenings.

The one-night-only events, which will be shown in dozens of theaters across the country, feature three rock legends.

“Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” runs Thursday, Nov. 7.

It documents the Southern Rock band's final 2018 stadium performance in Jacksonville, Florida, the group's hometown.

The film, which also includes intimate interviews with the band, captures the raw intensity of Skynyrd, who perform such nuggets as “Free Bird,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Simple Man.”

On Monday, Nov. 11, singer-songwriter John Fogerty is in the spotlight with “50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks.”

Using vintage instruments, amplifiers and speakers, the onetime leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival performs at the iconic venue in Colorado, which is known for its stunning surroundings and sound.

With Fogerty, who's also a top-notch multi-instrumentalist, it's like loading quarters in a jukebox.

The swamp-rock wizard roars through a set that includes such gems as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising, “Fortunate Son,” and “Who'll Stop the Rain.”

“Live Baby Live at Wembley Stadium” runs Monday, Dec. 9.

The film captures the Australian band Inxs, led by singer-songwriter Michael Hutchence, which rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of catchy rock-meets-funk-meets-alternative tunes.

It will be presented, according to the official press release, in “glorious cinematic widescreen.”

The performance at the legendary London venue includes such hits as “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” and “Never Tear Us Apart.”

“Lately,” a “lost track” discovered during the restoration process, also is featured.

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $14.50
  • Where: Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-441-5630,

Friday, Nov. 8

Of Good Nature

The band's name certainly fits.

Based in Charlotte, the quartet, playing at Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint in Kill Devil Hills, traffics in uplifting tunes that merge reggae, ska, funk, rock, and alternative.

The group, which formed in 2011, and it has played major festivals, is riding high with their latest album, “Timeless.”

It debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes reggae chart.

Standout tracks include the funk-jazz jam “Feels Right,” the ska-reggae mashup “Take Me Anywhere,” and the roots-reggae tune “Good Life.”

They're all geared to get some flat feet on the ground and some hands in the air.

  • When: 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $10
  • Where: Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint, 800 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-715-3328,

Saturday, Nov. 23

Sail On

The surf will be up Saturday, Nov. 23, at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

As part of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts' season, the sextet known as Sail On will pay tribute to the Beach Boys.

The Southern California band, led by the fragile genius Brian Wilson, is known for their lush harmonies, intricate instrumentation and groundbreaking arrangements.

And the scope of their sounds is astonishing, from “Fun, Fun, Fun,” to “Help Me Rhonda,” to “Good Vibrations.”

For a sneak peek of the tribute band's reproductions, there are a number of fine clips on YouTube.

  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20 to $32
  • Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-256-9361,

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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