The Mustang Rock & Roast wrapped up in Corolla tonight, Sunday, and it may have been the best two day rock festival Mike Dianna has put together yet.
The weather helped—two days of perfect Outer Banks fall weather, but what truly set this year’s fall Mustang Festival apart was the diversity of the music they were performing and just how excellent every band was.
Beginning Saturday afternoon with the Songs From The Road Band there was no doubt that this was going to be a festival to remember.
Throwing conventional wisdom out the window, Songs from the Road is a bluegrass band…well, bluegrass with a driving beat and some real jazz overtones in some of their leads.
That set the bar for what to expect—many of the bands were going to be the unexpected.
The headliners, Big Something on Saturday night and Pink Talking Fish on Sunday were as billed and more. Pure energy, with amazing musicians playing tight well thought our arrangements.
Big Something played everything from reggae to country to blues and everything they played, had the crowd jumping and dancing.
Pink Talking Fish covers songs from Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish—and they cover the songs perfectly…then take it off into their own world of super jam. Really great stuff.
Other bands also need to be mentioned.
On Saturday Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos was innovative, tight musically and a joy to watch. Sunday we’re giving the award for breakout performance to The Get Right Band, a classic rock trio—guitar, drum, bass—that had people dancing until they were ready to drop and they did it with some innovative songs played by truly talented musicians.
Making the Mustang Rock & Roast even more special this year, were the steamed oysters on Saturday and the barbecue cookoff on Sunday.