Here it is almost May on the Outer Banks and the entertainment scene is really heating up. So much so that we can’t even list everything that going to be happening.

Almost every nightclub and bar on the Outer Banks has some live music now, and by the summer that’s going to be just about a nightly thing.

May is sort of a prelude to what can be expected when the peak season comes, and looking over the what is on tap of this month, the Outer Banks summer of 2017 may be the best in years.

Two shows in particular we know will be great—HMS Pinafore presented by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players on May 7 and the Mustang Music Spring Jam on May Sunday May 21. 

The Mustang Music Spring Jam is always a great time and this year with Big Something and London Souls headlining, it’s looking better than ever. The local bands that are going to by playing are outstanding as well—Zack Mexico and the Ramble especially are worth a listen.

Including everything that’s coming up this month just isn't possible, so we’re listing some of the highlights. But our highlights don’t include shows at some of the most popular night spots, so check out their websites for nightly entertainment.

Major Shows

H.M.S. Pinafore 

Sunday May 7

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

(252) 564-9767

Presented by the Don and Catharine Cultural Art Series, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta promises to be the highlight of the Outer Banks classical music season.

Dare2Care Obx Shred Fest

Saturday, May 20

The Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

The second annual Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest will be held Saturday, May 20 from 2-8:30pm at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.

Shred Fest is an annual fundraiser for Dare2Care OBX, which builds awareness for Veterans and encourages inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Outer Banks community.

Bands include Southern Culture on the Skids, Manday Huge, Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One. 

Mustang Music Spring Jam

Sunday, May 21

Mike Diana's Grill Room, Corolla

For more information go to Mustang Music Spring Jam 6

Headlined by North Carolina based rock-funk band BIG Something and New York City’s blues rock act The London Souls on two intimate non-overlapping stages. Great local bands and the Mustang Music Outreach Student bands, who are outstanding.

Soundside Live Sunset Concert Series

Thursdays, May 25, June 1 and June 8

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

Thurs, May 25: Red Wanting Blue, The Commonheart & Tropidelic

Thurs, June 1: Cris Jacobs, Selwyn Birchwood & Ruth Wyand and the Band of One           

Thurs, June 8: Marco Benevento, Ripe & Fireside Collective