Monday, July 1

Parmalee

The group only has one thing in mind when performing.

“We love bringing people together to have a good time,” says Matt Thomas, the group's lead singer and guitarist.

Formed in 2001 — and named for the small town in North Carolina where all four band members were born and raised — the band knows how to party.

Stressing power chords, chugging rhythms and harmony singing, Parmalee's music incorporates country, Southern-rock and blues.

If you've been listening to country radio over the last 18 years, chances are you've sung along to one of their jams.

  • The band's best-known songs are “”Carolina,” which was a Top 10 hit, “Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin' Your Name.”
  • 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, obbrewing.com
  • Wednesday, July 3

Nature Out Loud

Funky, fun and family-friendly is what the local band, playing a free show Wednesday at Dowdy Park in Nags Head, is all about.

And let's throw in educational.

The quintet — singer-guitarist Paul Mazzei, singer-guitarist Brian Postelle, bassist Andrew Darling, multi-instrumentalist-singer Madeleine VanMiddlesworth and multi-instrumentalist-singer Rick Eller — makes music that merges reggae, jam-band and rock.

But what sets the band apart are the lyrics.

“All of our songs are about nature,” says Postello.

So, the group performs tunes with subject matter ranging from animals to the ocean and ecology.

Among Loud's originals are the reggae-infused “Algae,” the indie-rock-leaning “Sea Star” and “Stingray Shuffle,” which Postelle describes as having a “Southern California vibe.”

On stage, the band members interact with the audience, encouraging people to sing along.

“We want kids to walk away knowing something new,” says Postelle.

  • When: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Dowdy Park, 3005 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 11, Nags Head
  • Info: nagsheadnc.gov

Thursday, July 4

Drivin' N Cryin'

The Atlanta-based band , playing a free show Thursday in Manteo,,was formed in 1985 by Kevin Kinney (guitar-vocals) and Tim Nielsen (guitar-vocals).

It's part of the July 4th celebration on the town's waterfront.

With a sound that incorporates blues, country, rock, punk and folk, the band has carved a singular niche over the last 34 years.

“We want to sound like your record collection,” says Kinney.

To appreciate the group's unique fusion, consider that they once opened for Sonic Youth, Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd the same year.

Cryin' is slated to release their full-length album, recorded in Nashville, sometime this summer.

Over the years, the group has landed a few tunes on radio, including “Fly Me Courageous,” “Whatever Happened to the Great American Bubble Machine,” and “Turn It Up or Turn It Off.”

  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: George Washington Creef Park, 104 Fernando St., Manteo
  • Info: townofmanteo.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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