Corolla is coming alive–not that it ever died, but situated as it is at the far north end of the Outer Banks, it tends to slow down just a bit more than other areas of the Outer Banks in the off-season.
It’s all about music right now. This Sunday it’s the Second Annual Mustang Spring Jam centered on the porch of Mike Dianna’s Grill Room at Timbuck II and next Sunday it’s the Beach Music Festival at the Whalehead Club
Looking at the lineup, it’s all fun music (what’s the point of going to a concert if you’re not going to have fun?), and very family oriented.
The Mustang Music Festivals–it’s plural because there is another one in the fall–are always a wonderful gathering of great music, unique vendors and families . . . all for a good cause. The proceeds are donated to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which has been working since 1989 to preserve the Corolla wild horses.
Headlined by the Dave Mayfield Parade, the music is amazing. Wide variety, some great local bands–Mercy Creek, a semi-local band–is a personal favorite, and Mike always keeps the music going, so even between sets, with DJ Face will be spinning some tunes.
One of the things that really sets the Mustang Music Festivals apart is how family oriented they are–maybe because Mike has three kids and he wants to make sure his wife and kids can be there; or maybe he understands that the love of music is a family thing.
With six acts and a full day of fun and music it’s $12 well spent if you get your tickets right away, or $15 at the door  . . . still money well spent.
Next weekend at the Whalehead Club is just as family oriented, and it kicks off what looks to be a great season of music and entertainment on the lawn of the Club.
It’s billed as a “Beach Music Festival” and the lineup is pure beach music. The Tams, still going strong from the 1960s headline the day. The lineup also includes Steve Owen & Summertime and Band of Oz–more beach music, and The Crowd, a local group that has more fun with music that just about any group out there. And they’re really talented, too.
It’s hard to imagine a better outdoor venue than the Whalehead Club and Currituck Heritage (where the Whalehead Club is located). Lots of grass, shade trees and ample parking. Picnics and coolers are welcome so it’s a great way to spend the day with the family.
Tickets are $20 or $150 for groups of 10 Tickets can be purchased online at the Whalehead Club website.