By John Harper/Correspondent
MAY 12, 19, 26
The Billy Clams
The duo – Kip Germscheid on clarinet and vocals and Harry Harrison on acoustic guitar, six-string banjo and vocals makes you want to party like it’s 1899 to 1949.
And they really don’t sound like anybody else on the Outer Banks. The Clams play every Wednesday, starting May 12, at Sweet T’s Coffee Beer and Wine in Duck.
Their 60-song repertoire includes respectful remakes by, among others, Eddie Cantor, The Ink Spots and Jelly Roll Morton. If the names aren’t ringing a bell, perhaps a few of the numbers on the duo’s hit parade will: “Makin’ Whoopie,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and “Hello My Ragtime Gal.”
“We pick songs that lend themselves to two-part harmonies,” says Germscheid of one of the hall-marks of the genre.
The Clams’ originals, which include “You Float My Boat” and “Slow Parade,” mirror the sound of the classics.
For performances, the two musicians, dressed in era-appropriate clothing, share a single vintage microphone, which only adds to the authenticity. The style revolves around simple jazz meets E&B meets ragtime melodies and mostly sentimental lyrics about love and life.
Friends and musical collaborators (they’re also members of The Yacht Dogs and The Hound Dogs Family Band) since 2013, Germscheid, 55, and Harrison, 30, discovered early on they shared a deep appreciation for the music of a bygone era. “It just worked,” says Germscheid, who plays saxophone in his other bands. “And it’s been a blast.” He adds: “It’s not just music, it’s a show. We probably tell 150 jokes a night.”
When: Wednesdays, starting May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Where: Sweet T’s Coffee Beer and Wine, 1211 Duck Rd., Duck
Cost: No cover
Info: The Billy Clams on Facebook
‘Stand By Me’
Sure, Stephen King (“Carrie,” “Cujo,” “The Shining””) can scare the pants right off you. But the author is no one trick pony; he’s also a brilliant story-teller, and under percep-tive directors, that transfers well to the big screen.
Case in point: the charm-ing, reﬂective 1986 ﬁlm “Stand By Me.” It was based on King’s short story “The Body,” one of four in the 1982 collection “Different Seasons,” which also included “The Shawshank Redemption.”
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the ﬁlm’s release, Fathom Events is bringing it back one day-only to theaters, including KDH Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.
If you missed it the ﬁrst time around, “Stand By Me” is a coming-of-age story about four 12-year-old boys who go on a search for the body of another kid. Though the subject matter is somewhat grim, the little ﬁlm touches the head and the heart. Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman play the main characters.
The movie also features a glorious soundtrack, with tunes by, among others, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and, of course, Ben E. King, who croons the title ballad, “Stand By Me.”
When: 3 p.m. May 23 Where: KDH Moves 10, 1803 N. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
MAY 8-9, 15-16
Theatre of Dare: ‘The Diaries of Adam and Eve’
Sound the trumpets.
For the ﬁrst time in more than a year, Theatre of Dare will be performing on a stage with an audience.
The community theatre will offer “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” on the lawn (weather permitting) at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo. Based on the writings of Mark Twain and adapted for the stage by actor David Birney, the two-act play imagines the relationship between Adam and Eve, essentially the ﬁrst-ever love story.
“It’s just two people trying to navigate a lot of unknowns,” says Tyler Hudson, 27, who’s directing his ﬁrst play for the local troupe.
Tim Haas plays Adam and Beth Egbert plays Eve in the production. “It’s sweet, humorous and sentimental,” says Haas of the play.
And the masterful Twain is uncannily insightful about affairs of the heart. As Eve states: “This love is not a product of reasoning and statistics/This love just comes and cannot explain itself/ and doesn’t need to.”
Take that, Dr. Phil.
When: 2 p.m. May 8-9, 15-16 Where: The Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Drive, (Fort Raleigh National Historic Site), Manteo