Island Opry celebrates its inaugural year of great country music and more! Unlike typical concerts, the Opry presents at least four performers in each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist’s musical style.
Inspired by the Nashville music scene, Island Opry honors country music’s rich history and dynamic present while showcasing a mix of country legends, contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps as well as some local favorites.
Each show will feature at least four bands from a wide range of musical talent playing over four hours total. Set on the waterside stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park, gates open at 5:00 PM while showtimes start at 6:00 PM, with 30 minute intermission at approximately 8:00 PM.
For July 7th, headliner Emily West is scheduled along with Love Canon, Malpass Brothers, Boot Rooster plus Jonny Waters & Company
Emily West’s dream is to tell stories through song. After moving to Nashville at 18, she enjoyed some success in the music industry. In search of a clean slate, she packed a bag for New York City. She was looking for a do-over, an opportunity to reinvent herself. She found her home in the clubs and theaters of Manhattan where she transfixed audiences with her one-woman show.
Emily West is a musical maverick in the masquerade of pin-up perfection. Musically captivating and innovative, she knows she has been a hard case for the industry to define. “I’m a Jessica Rabbit/Tom Waits kinda-something. I love hearing beautiful melodies telling me horrible things. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Judy, Barbara, Patsy, Rufus Wainwright, Antony & the Johnson’s. I love to interpret a song. I love to sing stories.”
Earlier this year, she made the decision to try out for America’s Got Talent. “I thought maybe if I audition in front of the world, I could save time and see where it takes me. “ It was a wise decision. West excelled on the National stage and came in second in the renowned competition- a result she hopes will allow her to play to the breadth of audience she’s always wanted, and to take them with her on this exciting journey.
Love Canon. www.LoveCanonMusic.com Think Rocky IV, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Toto, ZZ Top, Aha and Dire Straits played with banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and high lonesome vocals. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you dance, it’ll “blind you with science!”
“Love Canon doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It’s a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There’s no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool’s errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players — including Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, and Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker — add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks. They romp on throwaway classics such as ZZ Top’s “Legs” and “She Blinded Me With Science.” On their excellent version of “The Boys of Summer,” the folk instrumentation adds a traditional context to the time-capsule lyrics. After blazing through other up-tempo material, they shift to a slow burn on the closing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” It’s an unlikely choice for an all-male band, but they strip the song down to its bittersweet, feminist heart.”
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Manteo, NC 27954
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