acoustic music fan knows that nothing compliments good bluegrass,
Irish, Old Time and American Roots music like the sun and the sea, but
it took a happy accident to bring some of the best musical talent on
the East Coast to sleepy little Hatteras village at the (almost) very
end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Columbus Day weekend -- from Thursday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 12
-- nine bluegrass, roots and Irish bands will perform over four days at
the Hatteras Civic Center during “Hatterasity! A Bluegrass Block
event will feature food from the Frisco and Hatteras Volunteer Fire
Departments, local musicians and vendors, and guest bands from New
York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.
All proceeds will benefit the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men's outreach program.
spent a lot of time on Manteo during the '70’s while I was going to
school in Durham, and I fell in love with the Core Banks and the Outer
Banks in the years I was there. So when my wife decided to go
there on vacation in 2005, I was excited to see the place again,”
explained event coordinator Peter Pappalardo, an inveterate bluegrass
musician who resides in eastern Pennsylvania.
time had wrought huge changes to all of the Outer Banks, Pappalardo
found Hatteras village still had the native charm and attitude he
remembered. He bought “a pile of sand” on Lonesome Valley Road in 2006,
and in 2012 build a cottage there.
wanted to live someplace similar to my birthplace, a village called
Shawnee-on-Delaware, and Hatteras village just felt right. And lo
and behold, right in my front yard was the Civic Center,” Pappalardo
casual comment about a doing a charity event with local storekeeper and
Dare County Commissioner Allen Burrus in 2012 led to a conversation,
then to an evening concert to benefit The Cape Hatteras Methodist Men.
Attendees greatly enjoyed the show, and Hatterasers encouraged
Pappalardo to expand the event.
is a great time of the year to come here, and this should be a
wonderful way to encourage people to visit, so I was happy to support
the festival,” Burrus said. He put Pappalardo in touch with the Outer
Bands Visitors Bureau, which quickly agreed to sponsor the event.
the course of the festival season in 2013, Pappalardo called in some
favors and invited some of his favorite musicians to join him in the
wasn’t a very hard sell. I mean, first of all, the bluegrass festival
circuit up north pretty much ends in September, and musicians hate to
just sit around. And then, it’s the Outer Banks at the very best time
of year. The water is warm, the fishing is great, and it’s so
much easier to get around without a bazillion people on the roads,”
can’t wait to get down there and play. Bluegrass and blue water
in October? Heck, back home they are piling up the firewood and
filling up the root cellars, because winter starts early in central
PA,” Jeremy Nelson of Mama Corn said.
some vendors and camping bluegrass fans from PA are going to make the
trip en route to their wintering grounds in Florida, and the Outer
Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo and the International Bluegrass
Awards in Raleigh sweeten the deal for acoustic music lovers.
play bluegrass, Delta blues and Irish music," Pappalardo said," so I
wanted to make sure this wasn’t just bluegrass. We have Molasses Creek,
more in the folk music vein, coming over from
Ockracoke, and they are very popular on the Islands, and some of my
Irish session buddies are coming down to join in as well.
support and encouragement from all the businesses and organizations
here on Hatteras has been tremendous, and the response from my musician
friends has been truly remarkable, even for them. Like honesty,
fidelity, and serendipity, this event is meant to show the spirit of
the Island, so I made up a word: Hatterasity!” Pappalardo joked.
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Grammy nominee James King will be in concert with Lorraine Jordan and The Carolina Road Band.
the wilds of Pennsylvania, Crop Circle Agents will appear Friday
through Sunday, Chad Darou & Stealin’ Time will play on
Friday and Saturday, as will Mama Corn. (Fri/Sat), North
Carolina’s own Kevin Richardson & Cuttin’ Edge will appear on
Saturday and Sunday. And Ocracoke's Molasses Creek will play on Friday.
passes for the event are $50. Tickets for each day -- Thursday
through Sunday are $20. Hatteras residents are half price and students
are one-fourth price. Children under 12 are free.
For tickets, check the website, http://www.hatterasitybluegrass.com, or send check or money order to Peter Pappalardo, Box 581, Hatteras, NC, 27943.
For more information, contact Peter Pappalardo at 570-856-2545 or e-mail f[email protected].
Click here for a daily schedule of when the bands are playing.