You can’t keep a good musician down.
Singer-songwriter Kim Kalman is back to work as the Outer Banks music scene slowly comes to life.
The popular player, who’s lived in Kill Devil Hills for more than two decades, performs outdoor, no-cover gigs six nights a week at Saltbox Cafe in Colington and Froggy Dog Restaurant and Pub in Avon.
Known for her warm tone, crisp diction, and fluid guitar work, Kalman mixes originals and well-traveled tunes for live shows.
“I pick songs I think I can do well,” says Kalman, describing her set list. “And then I ‘Kalmanize’ them.”
In other words, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, she does them her way.
You’ll recognize the tunes, but they will sound a little different.
On the play list are such nuggets as “Crazy,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Top of the World” (Karen Carpenter is a major influence) and “Come Monday.”
During the pandemic down-time, Kalman worked on a few “new” songs to add to her summer repertoire.
They include “Stuck in the Middle with You,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You.”
And how is it for the musician coming out of hibernation?
“When you’re doing what you’re supposed to do,” says Kalman, “it works out.”
Cost: No cover
When and Where: 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday at the Saltbox Cafe, 1469 Colington Rd., Kill Devil Hills, and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Froggy Dog Restaurant and Pub, 40050 Hwy. 12, Avon
The Other Brothers
“If we have a song we like, we play it.”
That’s singer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Rea, explaining the Other Brothers’ free-wheeling style.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Doug Dino is the other half of the local acoustic duo, playing outdoors Saturday, June 27, at Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop on the Manteo waterfront.
Guitarist-vocalist Tommy DeSanto and keyboardist Ray Evans often sit in with the band.
“You never know who might show up,” says Rea, a respected music teacher.
Repertoire includes tunes by, among others, the Byrds, Johnny Cash, Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett, The Beatles, Bob Wills, Ray Charles and, to illustrate Rea’s opening statement, Kiss (“I Was Made for Loving You”).
Other artists represented include Jackson Browne, Chris Stapleton and Tom Petty.
For the Poor Richard’s gig, Rea will play guitar and harmonica, and Dino will play ukelele. Both men sing lead and they lock in on harmonies.
“That’s our trademark,” says Rea, referring to the blending of voices.
And don’t let that word “acoustic” fool you.
The Brothers have plenty of snap, crackle and pop.
“Our style is very percussive,” says Rea, who lives in Manteo. “It’s danceable.”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27
Cost: No cover
Where: Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop, 305 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo
Info: 252-473-3333, poorrichardsmanteo.com
Morning News Briefs and Outer Banks Nightly News
The pandemic has spawned a new, local social media personality.
Bryn Pittman, a former Outer Banks radio DJ (who used the on-air name Gunnar Pants) and program director, has been hosting two 30-minute “news” shows on Facebook Live.
The live, low-fi broadcasts from Pittman’s living room have attracted hundreds of viewers at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day since debuting March 17.
Most of the attention has been on COVID-19 and its effects on the Outer Banks.
“It’s a way of getting information,” says Pittman, 33, of Southern Shores, “for people who don’t want to go out and seek it themselves.”
He uses multiple sources, including local news outlets and county and state websites.
And his viewers are not just locals. According to Pittman, people tune in from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states.
Pittman’s approach has been to present the facts, but with a fair amount of editorializing and occasional silliness.
“I’ve been called controversial, sure,” says Pittman. “But I try to bring positivity.”
He dons a hat and lens-less glasses to deliver the weather as “Salty Seagull.”
The interactive broadcasts allow Pittman, who makes no money on the shows, to connect with his viewers, who can ask questions and make comments in real time.
“It’s just a little bit of community relief,” he says. “People just want some comfort or maybe to smile or laugh.”
Pittman plans to continue Morning News Briefs and Outer Banks Nightly News for the foreseeable future.
When and Where: 10 a.m. And 7 p.m. On Facebook Live