Stories by Kip Tabb

In spite of the rain, the turnout for Government Mule at Roanoke Island Festival Park was strong. Photo Kip Tabb

Gov’t Mule plays through the rain at Festival Park

Given the weather last night at Roanoke Island Festival Park, it was probably a good thing the music was remarkable. There was a constant light rain, yet no one left. The band was that compelling.

Jul 8


Twenty years later, a celebration of the historic move

Plans were made for the move, even though there was no money, or there wasn’t any, until then-Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight met with President Bill Clinton during a visit to the state and asked that a line item be inserted into the federal budget.

Jul 2


Mojo Collins and Triple Vision at Jack Brown's in KDH. (LtoR) Mojo Collins; Chris Jolly, drums; Bill Jolly, bass; Lee Ump

Mojo Collins and Triple Vision Rock Jack Brown’s

I’ll admit it. I’m a Mojo Collins junkie. There is something about the way he plays guitar, arranges his music and sings the blues that grabs me and won’t let me go. I caught his performance last night at Jack Brown’s in Kill Devil Hills. First time I’ve checked out the music scene there and […]

Jun 30


Looking south at the new multi-use path in Duck. Walkers and runners to the right, Bike path in the middle. NC 12 on the left.

Kudos to Duck — Multi-path design is a real winner

Foot traffic and bike…never the twain shall meet with this plan. No more joggers or walkers greeted with frantic cries of, “On your left. On your left,” from bicyclists. For anyone who has never experienced this, be assured, it can be pretty terrifying.

Jun 18


Sea Breeze Drive Access in Duck. Is the access private as the Sand Dollar Shores HOA asserts or is it public according to Bob Hovey?

Did original deeds give public access through private land in Duck?

As Bob Hovey approaches the path to the beach he had his cellphone recording and he was confronted by a man and a woman who tell him he is not permitted to use the access and that they own the property.

Jun 19


Bluesman Mojo Collins awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

“I cried. I broke down,” musician Mojo Collins said, describing his reaction when he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at Liberty Church on June 2. The honor, which is highest civilian award granted by the Office of the Governor, highlights a remarkable career and lifetime. It was fitting that the award was […]

Jun 20


The complete inventory is now on display at Jubilee Music Store.

A sweet move: New digs put Jubilee Music in its full glory

That inventory may have been available at the old location, but if that was the case -- and it was -- there was probably some sort of divine intervention that kept the original store from bursting at the seams.

Jun 11


Dare County Board Chair Bob Woodard. "It was his brainchild and it does speak to his vision," Artie Tillett said. Photo, Kip Tabb

Dare pledges $250,000 in COA scholarships for local grads

The funds are for graduating seniors from First Flight and Manteo High School or Cape Hatteras Secondary School, and it offers the possibility of two years of free higher education.

Jun 10


Great weather, fantastic food and rocking music greeted crowds at the Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown on Sunday.

Great food, great times at Food Truck Showdown

The weather was perfect with some great music from Of Good Nature. A great reggae sound with a strong, funky beat.   With 13 food trucks on hand and just five hours to sample as much as possible something had to give at Sunday’s Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown at the Event Site in Nags […]

Jun 4


The Motley Tones singing pirate songs at Dare Day.

Outer Banks perfection at 44th Annual Dare Day in Manteo

There is a reason why we just had our 44th Annual Dare Dare in Manteo. It is just so perfectly small-town, that it manages to capture in just a sfew hours so much that is wonderful about the Outer Banks.

Jun 1


A a beautiful early summer day on the Kitty Hawk beach.

A glorious start to another season on the Outer Banks

Summer has come to the Outer Banks, and what a spectacular beginning it has been. Warm sand, bright sunshine and a cool but not quite cold ocean.

May 27


Great white sharks ping off the Outer Banks shoreline

According to OCEARCH, which has made a science of tracking sharks in the world’s oceans, Jefferson, Cabot and Hal have sent signals in the past few days indicating they are just a couple of miles offshore.

May 27