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The First Annual Mustang Rock & Roast


The First Annual Mustang Rock & Roast will be the ultimate music and food experience, infusing North Carolina barbecue, oysters and 14 bands playing live music October 13-14 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

Bands from all over the East Coast will bring indie, folk, jam, reggae, rock n’ roll, funk, jazz, blues, southern rock, punk and pop music to two stages presented by Currituck Travel and Tourism.

“We are excited to be supporting such a great music event,” said Director of Currituck Travel and Tourism Tameron Kugler. “Corolla and the rest of Currituck County offer amazing natural venues for live music and we want everyone to discover and enjoy the sights and sounds of our area.  Mustang Rock & Roast should take things to the next level with a barbecue cook-off and oyster roast.  It is definitely a can’t miss event!”

The gates will open at 12 pm on Saturday with nine hours of nonstop live music by the Mustang Outreach Program student bands, Paleface, Dangermuffin, Groove Fetish, Naughty Professor, and Jahman Brahman. From 2-5pm, event guests can also enjoy an authentic North Carolina oyster roast with all the fixings.

Saturday evening will be headlined by six-piece powerhouse Big Something, who is known for fusing rock, pop, and funk and taking listeners through a myriad of musical styles.

“We are really excited to play at Mustang Rock & Roast this fall,” said Big Something’s guitarist Nick MacDaniels.

On Sunday the gates will open at 1 pm with eight hours of live music by Mojo Collins & Triple Vision, The Vegabonds, The Get Right Band, The Mike Dillon Band and Formula 5. Various local restaurants and chefs will be participating in a pork barbecue cook off from 2-5pm. Festivalgoers can sample all the varieties of barbecue along with traditional pairings.

Pink Talking Fish will headline Sunday evening creating a special experience for music lovers by combining Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish together into a hybrid tribute.

“One of the best elements of the live music adventure is performing in some of the most beautiful parts of the world,” said Pink Talking Fish. “We are beyond thrilled to bring Pink Talking Fish to the Outer Banks for the first time at Mustang Rock & Roast.”

Sundogs in Corolla will host after parties both evenings starting at 10:30 pm with the Dangermuffin Super Jam on Saturday and Funk You with special guests The Ramble on Sunday.

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room will be serving their outdoor cookout menu and selling beer, wine and cocktails throughout the weekend.

Mustang Rock & Roast two-day tickets are $50 in advance and $60 day of show. Single day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. The two-day and single day tickets include live music, unlimited food from the oyster roast and/or barbecue cook-off, plus free access to the after parties at Sundogs. Children 12 and under are free.

A very limited number of advance only VIP weekend tickets are available for $249. The VIP tickets will provide the ultimate guest experience with brunch and dinner curated by local celebrity chefs, access inside Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, three beverage tickets per day, a private bar, early access inside the venue, plus all the live music and food from the oyster roast and barbecue cook-off. VIP tickets also ensure priority access to the after parties at Sundogs.

A weekend shuttle pass is $20 and features service to all Corolla neighborhoods throughout the event.

Tickets to Mustang Rock & Roast are available now at, Trio in Kitty Hawk and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room.

A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world-class music performances, residencies, and mentoring programs.

Mark your calendars for this amazing weekend of delicious food and great music.

A special thank you to Currituck Travel and Tourism, Outer Banks Upholstery, Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals, Foothills Brewing, Outer Banks Distilling, Carolina Designs Realty, Butcher Block, The Backyard Glamper, The Tap Shack, Ignite Films, Three Dog Ink Media, Outer Banks Milepost, and Max Radio of the Carolinas for sponsoring the First Annual Mustang Rock & Roast.

Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full-service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking, management and consulting.


Big Something photo courtesy of Big Something. 

Pink Talking Fish photo courtesy of Jordan August Photography.


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