Mojo Collins wailing on his guitar at Manteo's First Friday.

Mojo Collins wailing on his guitar at Manteo’s First Friday.

Mojo Collins was on fire tonight. Not literally, of course, but his guitar licks in Mateo at First Friday were so hot it’s surprising there weren’t flames shooting from his fingers.

One of the Outer Banks hidden treasures, Mojo Collins has been playing rock and the blues since his days in San Francisco during the summer of love.

Any time he’s playing, especially with his band Triple Vision, he’s worth checking out. What made this one so special was it was completely free—street music played on the steps of the old Dare County Courthouse courtesy of the Dare County Arts Council.

How good was he? At least seven or eight of the people watching him had their phones out filming him. Upfront, there were four young children who could not take their eyes off him. That’s good.

A Night of Music at DCAC with Mojo Collins

The DCAC was absolutely the place to be on this particular First Friday. Mojo Collins and Triple Vision played outside until 8:00. Inside, as Triple Vision wrapped up, The Modern Jazztet Plays Thelonious Monk got going upstairs in what was once the courtroom.

The Modern Jazztet are UNC Greensboro music students who have gotten together to perform jazz. Brought to the Outer Banks by Manteo High School graduate and trumpet player Eric Williams, the skill of these young musicians was astonishing.

First Friday is the place to be when it rolls around on…well…the first Friday of the month. Happening in downtown Manteo, it’s a combination street fair, music jam, and art show.

Coming soon to Manteo is the 38th Annual New World Festival of the Arts August 14 and 15. A gathering of artists and crafters from New England to the deep South, it’s a show worth checking out.

With so much happening on the Outer Banks, any time is a good time to visit. Be sure to make your reservations with Brindley Beach Vacations.