Saturday, June 8

Thunderstruck: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Show

Sorry, but we had to do it.

Paraphrasing lyrics from AC/DC's rock anthem “You Shook Me All Night Long,” the walls will start shaking, the earth will be quaking and your mind will be aching on Saturday, June 8, at Paparazzi OBX in Kitty Hawk.

The Raleigh-based band will pay tribute to the Australian legends with a show that's heavy on power chords, pounding drums and bass and scorching vocals.

Lead singer Lee Robinson was one of four finalists to replace Brian Johnson in AC/DC when he's was having health problems two years ago.

The job ultimately went to Axl Rose.

Thunderstruck cranks it up to 11 on such classics as “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell,” among dozens of others.

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

Trivia Night

Tim Haas, who hosts Trivia Night at Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe in downtown Manteo, has one rule for players: No cell phones allowed.

Other than that, the event is built for fun.

One-or-two-person teams can play the game, which runs every Monday in the summer.

Most of the action takes place in the pub, but there is seating outdoors for overflow.

Participants write down their answers in the 21-question game that runs about 90 minutes, with an intermission.

Haas, a congenial quizmaster, asks questions in a wide range of categories, including TV, music, movies, sports, food, history and general trivia.

But, according to the host, there are no questions about politics.

Prizes (food and beverages) are awarded to the winners.

  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe, 208 Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo
  • Info: lostcolonybrewery.com
  • Wednesday, June 12

DJ Bruce

If you're looking to get down, DJ Bruce (real name: Bruce Jones) is your man.

Every Wednesday, the turntablist creates a dance play list that's a work-in-progress.

The longtime Outer Banks mix-master surveys the crowd to get a feel for the room.

Then, using turntables, vinyl records and a computer program that allows him to mix and match beats, he gets the party started and it doesn't stop, can't stop.

Bruce concentrates on current Top-40, hip-hop and EDM (electronic dance music) hits for the party.

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free for women, $5 for men
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-449-2739, obbrewing.com

Wednesday, June 12

Willis Gupton

Check out some of the artists on Willis Gupton's play list: Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash and George Jones.

What's going on in the mind of the 62-year-old singer-songwriter?

“I just try to keep up the tradition of country music,” he says.

Gupton, who lives in Lewisburg, N.C., plays Wednesday, at Gaffer's Restaurant in Ocracoke.

The musician is a longtime favorite on the island, where bar hoppers are looking for authenticity – and a good time.

Playing lead, rhythm and bass simultaneously on a Martin D-35 guitar, Gupton 's road-weary voice brings out all the heartbreak often addressed in old-timey country songs.

His repertoire also includes tunes by, among others, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jason Aldean.

“I try to stick to the classics,” says Gupton, who spent some time in Nashville in the '90s, “But I'm up for requests.”

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: No cover
  • Where: Gaffer's Restaurant, 1050 Irvin Garrish Hwy., Ocracoke
  • Info: 252-928-3456, gaffersocracoke.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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