annual Rock the Cape event – an extravaganza of arts and music – has
morphed from a single day’s concert and artist showcase into a
three-day collection of events, classes, demonstrations, gallery
showings, and music which will be spread out all up and down Hatteras
the Cape OBX, which is orchestrated by the Dare County Arts Council
(DCAC), started in 2013 as a day-long celebration and concert at the
Koru Village's Beach Klub in Avon.
the Avon concert will still take place this year, a full line-up of
events have been planned over the course of the multi-day event --
Wednesday through Friday, June 8-10 -- as an effort to get artists of
all mediums and styles involved.
transition, according to Chris Sawin, executive director of the Dare
County Arts Council, occurred simply because of feedback from island
on Hatteras Island have shaped this event to what it is,” he says. “Our
commitment as an organization is that we’ll continue to host the event,
and will pull together the collective advertising. Then everyone plugs
in any way they want to.
hoping that everything that we’re doing to make improvements this year
can be tied to a recommendation or feedback from a Hatteras Island
artist,” he adds. “For example, a handful of folks said ‘You have to
get people past Avon’ – that was the genesis of reaching out to the
folks at Hatteras Landing to see if we could do a live event there. Not
just have everyone come to Avon, and head home.”
The push to get more people involved for a more extensive period of time is part of a long-term goal as well.
DCAC has plans to keep the focus on island artists long after the event
is over. A website is dedicated to showcasing artists of all mediums –
including musicians, healing arts practitioners, and culinary artists –
and future plans are in the work to create “art trails” for visitors
that are spending the day exploring the island and which highlight each
distinctive region from the tri-villages to Hatteras.
real push this year is expansion and expandability,” says Sawin. “If we
just come down there for a few days each year and then go back home, it
doesn’t make much sense. We hope that after the event, we continue to
In the short-term, however, the island’s attention is on Rock the Cape.
than 40 artists have gotten involved in the event so far, through
various mediums, and the number is expected to grow as the DCAC reaches
out to new varieties of island artists.
starting the process of reaching out to restaurants – to find out if
there’s a specialty of the house, or if they want to feature their chef
as a culinary artist,” says Sawin. “We’ll add them to the website as
soon as possible and have a complete directory of everyone who wants to
participate within four weeks.”
so many artists of all varieties signing on, bringing new ideas to the
table, and showing an enthusiasm to help out and grow, Sawin thinks the
future is looking very bright for arts in general on Hatteras Island.
arts council’s role is to get people over that bridge and let them know
about everything that’s happening on the island. If you look at the
gallery map, it’s like this long string of pearls that starts in
Rodanthe and goes to Hatteras village. There’s an amazing array [of
art] here,” says Sawin.
event has exceeded my expectations, and reinforces the idea that it
doesn’t take a ton of effort to be part of the larger movement. When
everyone goes in the same direction, you can make some real progress.”
HOW ROCK THE CAPE WILL WORK
the Cape attendees who are used to the traditional one-day format will
soon discover that this year’s festival-style event has a lot more
“big” components of Rock the Cape are actually three separate events
that are being held in Hatteras village, Avon, and Rodanthe,
Wednesday, June 8, there will be a live art celebration at the Hatteras
Landing Marina in Hatteras village from 3 p.m. until sunset. During
this outdoor event, visitors can see artists as they showcase and
promote their work, from plein air painters and music to live hoop
Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m., the Beach Klub will host the annual Rock
the Cape concert, with headliners Unknown Tongues -- a Cajun zydeco
band out of Gloucester, N.C., that blends progressive folk, Americana
Midatlantic band out of Wilmington, N.C., will also perform. This band
will bring back a local musician -- Jason Andre, who grew up on
Hatteras Island while his parents managed the Cape Pines Motel in
Tickets are $12 in advance or $18 at the door, and can be purchased online and at a number of local businesses.
Friday, June 10, The Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center will host a
community art show that showcases at least 25 different island artists.
In addition to the works and crafts on display, the event will also
feature live art happenings, a raffle, food from Waves Market &
Deli, and music provided by Blurky’s Quirky Friends.
addition to these three major components of Rock the Cape, a number of
local galleries and businesses will also be hosting special trunk
sales, painting and art classes, art demonstrations, and
meet-and-greets with local noteworthy artists. Coined the “Experience
Art” component of the event, this part of Rock the Cape is fluid and is
held at various shops and businesses throughout the island. A full list
of these events can be found here: http://rockthecapeobx.com/experience-art/.
HOW LOCAL BUSINESSES CAN GET INVOLVED
now, the DCAC is sending out a call to action for artists of all
mediums who want to participate and get involved with Rock the Cape
There are a myriad of ways that the community can participate. For example:
- If you own an art gallery, you may want to host a special exhibit, artist demo, workshop or sale.
you run a restaurant, you may want to do a special culinary arts event
one night during Rock the Cape -- or possibly host a musical event.
you are involved in a healing arts business, such as yoga or
alternative medicine, you might consider hosting a special event
highlighting your business.
- If you are a local artist, you could get involved in a number of ways - live painting, performing at a show, volunteering, etc.
- Businesses can also use Rock The Cape as an advertising platform – several sponsorship options are still available.
bottom line is this -- if you want to participate in Rock The Cape,
just let us know and we will find a way to connect you,” says
Sawin. “If we are to sustain the program, we want it grow with
the advice and leadership of the people who live and work on the
Anyone who wants to get involved can send an email to [email protected]
and let the DCAC know how they want to participate. The DCAC will take
it from there, and find ways to announce and promote their event on the
site, fill a volunteer position, secure a sponsorship, or connect to
the organization and event in a limitless number of ways.
would love for this year’s event to be a catalyst for people’s
imaginations – how do you further identify Hatteras Island as an artist
destination?” says Sawin. “Everyone who has stepped up for us this year
has been amazing. I’m hoping by next year, it’s a full-fledged
community of artists who can evaluate what to do next, and who can come
to us and say ‘This is what we want to do, help us.’”
TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION
for the June 9 Rock the Cape concert are available at Lisa’s Pizzeria
in Rodanthe, Koru Village Spa in Avon, Indian Town Gallery in Frisco,
Blue Pelican Gallery in Hatteras, Dare County Arts Council in Manteo,
Cloud Nine Gallery in Nags Head, and online at http://rockthecape2016.brownpapertickets.com/
For more information on the event, sponsors, tickets, and other information about Rock the Cape, visit http://rockthecapeobx.com/.