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Live Entertainment Continues on the Outer Banks

Live performance at Kelly's Outer Banks Tavern.

In our last blog we wrote about how much is scheduled on the Outer Banks even though it’s getting really close to winter. That’s a real change from as recently as six or seven years ago.

Along with all the activities keeping things moving, the entertainment scene is pretty strong as well. Not as full or strong as the Outer Banks in the summer, but then again, there aren’t as many visitors here. 

Most of the entertainment is in the Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head area, although there may be some live music happening in Duck that we just haven’t found.

Trio in Kitty Hawk, has live entertainment every day but Sunday, and the setting and the music really seems to work well together. Also in Kitty Hawk, Ocean Boulevard has live music every Friday night. Coupled with great food, an outstanding wine list and excellent martinis, it can make for a great night out.

One of the largest live music bar or nightclub on the Outer Banks is probably the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills. Check out their event calendar—they always have a lot happening. Great place for dinner to.

The other really large venue is Kelly's Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head. A great place for live music, two floors and the acoustics aren't too bad.

Poor Richard’s in Manteo almost always has live music on weekends. It’s a pretty crazy scene. Small bar with lots of people packed in. Like being back in college. It’s a lot of fun.

October & November OBX Calendar Still Filled

A vision to be seen along the Lost Colony's Psycho Path

It used to be that there was no such thing as an event on the Outer Banks once we got past Labor Day. Then that changed to Columbus Day. And now . . . 

Just because the days are getting a little shorter and the evenings definitely cooler, dosen’t mean there isn’t a full slate of activities still on tap for the Outer Banks.

This being the Halloween season, there are lots of scary things to do, starting with the Whalehead Club and their Creepy in Corolla on Thursday (Oct. 30).

However, the creepiest place around must be Manteo, because there are three events scheduled on Roanoke Island through the weekend—the Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail, the Lost Colony’s Psychopath and the Island Farm brings us Evening Lantern Tours: Draped in Black; Victorian Death Rituals.

On a less frightening note, the Outer Banks Restaurant Association’s Fall Restaurant Week kicks off on Friday and runs through the following weekend. It includes the first ever fish taco cook off at the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills.

Of course the biggest upcoming event is the Outer Banks Marathon and half marathon on Veteran’s Day Weekend. The Marathon and half marathon are the featured races but it’s really a weekend featuring great shorter races in a very family friendly atmosphere. The Marathon itself is one of the most beautiful runs around, starting in a maritime forest on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk and ending in the in the picture card town of Manteo.

One other event to mention: The Outer Banks Veteran’s Weekend November 14-16, sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council. The highlight of the weekend is the Veteran’s Writing Workshop with Ron Capps.

Capps is a veteran who is a professional writer and his ability to get veterans to write about their experiences is outstanding. The workshop is free to 25 veterans. The weekend also includes a Friday evening concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park with Nu Blu headlining.

A Change in Outer Banks Property Management

This is one of those blogs that is a little bit difficult to write because it’s about a local property management company that was closed by state regulators.

According to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission Nags Head Realty was ordered to cease operations because of concerns that there were inadequate funds in the company’s real estate trust fund. The money that is retained in the trust fund insure property owners are paid and those funds must be kept separate from the company’s other revenues until owners are reimbursed.

We don’t have all the details, but to take the action they took and to take it as quickly as they did, seems to indicate regulators were very concerned.

Here at Brindley Beach Vacations we are proud of how we take care of our owners. We understand that your home and the revenue it generates is an important part of your family’s financial security.

We are one of the most successful property management companies on the Outer Banks and there are reasons for that. We have excellent promotional tools to help property owners market their homes; our reservation staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and professional.

This is going to be a difficult time for many of the homeowners who had been with Nags Head Realty. It was a company that had been in business for more than 25 years and certainly a number of homeowners had worked with them for some time and were comfortable doing so.

In the search for a new property management company we hope any homeowner who had been with Nags Head Realty will contact us to see if our professional yet very human approach to property management is a good fit for how you wish to do business.

And Then There Were Three

So it seems Paul Charron from Full Moon Cafe in Manteo has now entered the Outer Banks brewpub scene.

Actually, Paul has been brewing his English and Irish styled beers for some time, but over the summer, he finally started producing enough to place a couple of kegs in some local restaurants and bars. We’re not sure about the whole list, but from what we can gather his beer is on tap at Trio, Red Drum and Lone Cedar Cafe

That makes three really good brewpubs on the Outer Banks—Full Moon, Outer Banks Brewing Station and Weeping Radish.

Weeping Radish was the first . . . actually the first in the state . . . and it’s not really on the Outer Banks anymore, since Ule Beniwitz moved his operation to Jarvisburg. But he gets a pass on that since he started in Manteo and his signature beer, Corolla Gold, is pretty easy to find.

The Brewing Station is probably the best known of all of them. Fantastic food, excellent beer with some very interesting experimentation going on. Hard to pick out a favorite there, but the LemonGrass Wheat beer is very refreshing on a hot day.

Outer Banks Fish Stories

Mike Kelly serving seafood at the 2014 Outer Banks Seafood Fest. Photo, OBXentertainment.com.


We’ve been talking about the fishing on the Outer Banks and after after a slow start to the fall, things have really picked up. That seems like perfect time to talk about the Outer Banks Seafood Fest that was held yesterday (Saturday).

It was a beautiful day, perfect for being outside and enjoying some great local seafood from local restaurants, fantastic music and a chance to learn a little bit about Outer Banks Fishermen and how they make a living.

Sitting right at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean as we do, the sea really is a large part of our life and there is a sense of wanting to give back for the gifts the ocean has given us.  

Here’s a great feel good story about local fishing tournament that says a lot about the Outer Banks community.

The 32nd Annual Lions Club Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) will run Monday through Wednesday (10/20-22). It may be the largest in the world, with over 500 visually impaired fishermen ready to take to the sea to try their luck.

This is a huge undertaking with four local fishing piers involved and two headboats, 375 volunteers, and over high school and college students.

It’s snapshot of one of those things that makes living on the Outer Banks so special.

Great Outer Banks Fishing & a Great Outer Banks Event

44" Red Drum landed at Jennette's Pier. Photo, Daryl Law, Jennette's Pier.


We’ve been writing about all the entertainment stuff for the past few weeks and haven’t even mentioned the fishing, which just turned great—especially the piers. Trophy red drum seem to running in really good number according to the reports we’re seeing.

Surf fishing has been good as well. Pompano are still being landed and there’s a lot of reports of bluefish in good numbers.

Tomorrow looks like it’s going to be a washout, but after that there is no rain in the forecast for at least a week with nice mild temperatures, which, of course, is why everyone who lives here keeps saying fall is the best time of the year on the Outer Banks.

With the weather looking this good and the fish biting, everything seems to be aligning for the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival to be another spectacular success. Held at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Event Site in Nags Head the past two years have been a great time, great music and a lot of very tasty seafood.

It’s all day Saturday. There’s no parking at the site, but lots of shuttle buses all day.


Great Day for the Duck Jazz Festival

Rene Marie performing at the Duck Jazz Festival.


Amazing weekend on the Outer Banks. The Mustang Music Festival wrapped up yesterday and today it was the 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival—and it would be tough to imagine a better day for it.

This may have been the best attended yet—although hard numbers are tough to come by since it’s free and no one is sitting by the gate with a clicker. But the Duck Town Green was filled with chairs and people and the music was great.

It would be difficult to pick out a best but that won’t stop us from noting a couple of things that really stood out.

The Legendary Louis Hayes and the Jazz Communicators played a set that was straight from the days of classic jazz. It was New York nightclub music—free flowing, the wonderful drumming of Louis Hayes, great sax solos and amazing piano.

That was followed by Rene Marie. One of the powerful vocalists around, her set was pure jazz until she told the crowd, “You know I’m a GRITS (Girl Raised In the South).”

Saying that, she performed one of the most soulful and beautiful renderings of the folksong “Shenandoah” imaginable.

Not afraid to take a chance and sounded great doing it.



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