The Polyrhytmics rocking the house at the 2019 Mustang Rock & Roast.

The Polyrhytmics rocking the house at the 2019 Mustang Rock & Roast.

This weekend on the Outer Banks was a perfect example of an embarrassment of riches. On Saturday it was the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and the first day of Mustang Music Rock & Roast.

Then Sunday the Rock & Roast wrapped up with amazing music.

The weekend could be defined as an all music weekend because the lineup at the Seafood Festival was that good. You can’t call out everyone when a four or five groups perform so we’re just going to say local rock and blues guitar legend Mojo Collins and his band Triple Vision were on fire.

But the Seafood Festival is really all about celebrating the history and work of the Outer Banks working watermen and women. The seafood prepared by the 12 Outer Banks restaurant all came from local waters and the food was simply amazing.

Hard to call out one favorite when all the food was excellent, but the Shrimp Lumpia at 10 O 6 called out to us.

Rock & Roast

It did take some schedule juggling—and some driving—to get to everything on Saturday, but it was possible.

Start in Nags Head at the Seafood Festival, listen to some music, eat some food, check out the local artists and crafts. They hop in the car and drive 45 minutes to Corolla.

Two components to Rock & Roast. Food—the roast is barbecue on Saturday. The Rock are steamed oysters on Sunday. And music. Music all day. Some of the best music gathered in one place anyone is likely to hear.

The headliners were everything a headliner is supposed to be.

Monet on Saturday night was pure energy, great musicianship, with a driving beat and touch of jazz.

On Sunday evening it was Turkuaz—jazz, Latin beats, great vocals, a great show with amazing musicians. Wow, Wow!

But what made this years Rock & Roast so great were all the other bands. Big Daddy Love on Saturday or the Polyrhythmics rocking the place on Sunday. There’s no doubt Rock & Roast will be back next year.

Book your vacation with Brindley Beach Vacations now. You don’t want to miss this one. Even if it a full year in advance.