Saturday, Aug. 10

Brett Dennen

The singer-songwriter, performing at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, is a bit of a throwback to the 1970s.

Drawing on influences like Joni Mitchell, John Denver, Paul Simon, and Neil Young, the 39-year-old musician crafts sturdy, melodic folk-rock songs.

His lyrics are clear and direct and he delivers them in an almost falsetto voice, which always suggests a wide-eyed innocence.

Among Dennen's best-known songs, which have gotten airplay on dozens of commercial and public Triple A radio stations (WVOD-99.1-The Sound in Nags Head is one of them), are “Ain't No Reason,” “Wild Child,” and “Already Gone.”

Several of his tunes, including “When We Were Young” and “Hard Times Come Again No More,” were featured on the NBC series “Parenthood,” and his sprightly tune “Comeback Kid” was the theme song of the NBC comedy “About a Boy.”

  • When: 10:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $25
  • Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-449-2739, obbrewing.com

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11

Keller Williams

Williams pulverizes preconceptions about solo musicians.

The singer-songwriter, playing two shows at the Tap Shack in Duck, becomes a one-man-band on stage right before your very eyes and ears.

A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion, theremin (which produces weird hi-fi sounds), among others), Williams employs various gadgets to beef up his sound.

His array of computers and looping devices would make Bill Nye “The Science Guy” take notice.

With his considerable instrumental skills and his technical expertise, Williams merges art with technology.

The gear allows him to build layers of sounds and vocals as he performs.

Williams, 49, has been in the game since 1991, and the Fredericksburg, Virginia-based musician seems to have no musical boundaries.

He lives by the old adage “expect the unexpected”

Over the years, he's recorded a dozen-or-so album that range from bluegrass to electronica to folk to reggae to rock and funk.

Williams has a wealth of original material and a covey of covers.

And like his musicals idols, the Grateful Dead, he never does the same show twice.

  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
  • Where: Tap Shack (behind Coastal Cravings), 1209 Duck Road, Duck
  • Info: bearderedfp.com

Thursday, Aug. 15

“Woodstock: The Director's Cut”

To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic music festival, “ the documentary will be shown in more than 600 theaters, including KDH Movies in Kill Devil Hills.

The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place Aug. 15-17, 1969, at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, attended by over 400,000 people.

About another 5 million claimed to have been there.

The Academy Award-winning documentary was released in 1970, and it is generally considered in a class by itself (no argument here).

The original version ran about 90 minutes; the 2019 release (with some never-before-seen footage) clocks in at 3 hours and 44 minutes, with an intermission.

It was directed by Michael Wadleigh, who with a crew of videographers filmed the indelible performances of a multitude of legendary (or soon-to-be) musicians.

But more than that the director captured the chaotic, mud-drenched, hazy, and druggy lovefest that closed out the often-turbulent era known as “the '60s.”

In case you need a refresher course on the festival's lineup, here's a partial list of the performers: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Who, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $12.50
  • Where: KDH Movies 10, 1803 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 7, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-441-5630, fathonevents.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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