If Kim Kalman is not the busiest musician on the Outer Banks, she's in the conversation.
The singer-songwriter, who's stylish in performance and wardrobe, plays seven days a week, including club gigs, church services, weddings, and private functions.
Known for her warm vocal style (Karen Carpenter is a major influence) and impeccable taste in material, Kalman also coaxes gorgeous tones out of her Ovation Balladeer guitar.
Her repertoire ranges from inspirational originals to standards and modern pop.
“I pick songs I like,” says Kalman, who lives in Kill Devil Hills. “Singing is all about emotion.”
The musician, who spent a decade in Nashville and still records there, puts a personal spin on every song she plays.
She calls it “Kalmanizing” a tune.
Standout remakes include “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Crazy,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Top of the World,” and “Come Monday.”
If you see Kim perform, and you like her, the singer-songwriter will come to your house and play.
Her new venture is called “Coffee with Kim.” and it's by appointment.
- When and Where: 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday at Salt Box Cafe, 1469 Colington Road, Kill Devil Hills; and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Froggy Dog Restaurant, 40050 Hwy. 12, Avon (Hatteras Island)
- Cost: Free
- Info: 252-255-5594, salltboxcafe.com, 252-995-5550, froggydog.com, kimkalman.com
Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-20
The great Southern California band Sublime spent the late-'80s and early-'90s raising a ruckus on the west coast with a distinctive hybrid sound.
It was based in ska and punk, with elements of hip-hop, rock, funk, heavy metal, and reggae.
But in 1995, just as the group was moving out of the underground and getting some props, the band's frontman, main songwriter and spiritual leader Bradley Nowell died of a drug overdose.
Which brings us to Badfish, a band that pays tribute to Sublime and in many ways, according to band members, keeps the music alive.
The group plays Wednesday at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, and on Thursday at Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon.
Badfish gets it just right, respecting the grooves and vibes of such nuggets as “What I Got,” “Doin' Time” and “Santeria.”
- When and Where: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills; and 7 p.m. Thursday at Koru Village Beach Klub, 41027 Hwy. 12, Avon on Hatteras Island
- Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door at Brewing Station; $18 in advance, $22 at the door at the Beach Klub
- Info: obbrewing.com, koruvillage.com
Tuesday, June 18
The Orange Constant
The Athens, Georgia-based five-piece — two guitars, bass, keyboards and drums — performs Tuesday at the Tap Shack in Duck.
Citing influences ranging from The Beatles to Bob Marley to Steely Dan and My Morning Jacket, the group makes music that's equal parts rock, pop, jam band, and funk.
The group's latest album, “Point of Reference,” is enjoyable from start to finish, with each song bringing the joy of discovery and surprise.
“Emily” is a breezy, jammy tune that would be perfect for cruising down the beach road with the windows down — and then there's a left turn with the Allman Brothers-ish “Southern Snow.” Pink Floyd meets The Beatles is the vibe on the atmospheric, dreamy “Float.” “The Fountain” has the band getting in touch with their inner Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, laying down some whale-size bass riffs, funky beats, and spiritual singing.
It's designed for folks who want to put their hands in the air like they don't care.
- When: 6:30 p.m.
- Cost: Free
- Where: The Tap Shack (behind Coastal Cravings), 1209 Duck Road, Duck
- Info: beardedfp.com