First Friday part of a great weekend of live music in downtown Manteo

Chatham Rabbits is the featured group at First Friday [submitted photo]

The latest installment of Manteo First Friday is part of what may be one of the best weekends of live music to hit the Dare County seat in recent memory.

Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Swain noted that the July edition of First Friday will also be going a little later into the evening, with a special performance by up-and-coming acoustic duo Chatham Rabbits from Bynum, N.C.

“For those not familiar with the Triangle-area, Bynum is where the extra-cool folks go to distance themselves from the mostly-cool people in Chapel Hill,” Swain said.

Swain adds that you may have heard Chatham Rabbits on WUNC-FM, seen them at Ocrafolk or one of the other music festivals in the southeast recently.

“Anyway, they are awesome – the show starts at 8 p.m. upstairs at DCAC – it’s free and open to the public,” Swain said. “To all of our members, if you can join us, please bring a friend – we are launching our summer membership drive at the show.”

Here’s the full schedule of live music this weekend in Manteo:
Thursday, July 4
4:15 p.m. at the Courthouse – Songs From The Road Band
6:30 p.m. at the Boathouse – national recording artists Drivin N Cryin
7:00 p.m. at Bluegrass Island / Pickin’ On The Porch Series – Sideline
8:00 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park – SNAP (Classic Top 40 Hits)
9:30 p.m. Fireworks over the waterfont

First Friday, July 5
6 p.m. at the Courthouse – The Ramble
6 p.m. at Old Tom Street – Bohemian Song Society
6 p.m. at The Avenue – Roaming River Hippies
8 p.m. at DCAC’s Courtroom Gallery – Chatham Rabbits
8 p.m. at Poor Richard’s – The Running Club

Sunday, July 7
Rock n’ roll legends Gov’t Mule will return to the Outer Banks for a special show at Roanoke Island Festival Park, presented by Beared Face Production and JAM Media Solutions/OBX Today. Grammy nominated The Record Company from Los Angeles will be the opening band. Doors open at 5 p.m.

I hope to see many of you in Manteo this weekend!

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