Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest returns to the Soundside event site in Nags Head this weekend

Derby Girls at a previous Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest. [Courtesy John Payne]

After a two-year hiatus, the 5th annual Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest will return to the Soundside event site in Nags Head on Saturday, May 21, 2022, with tons of live music, skateboarders, BMX racers, roller derby women, local artisans and civic community organizations.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the event begins at 2 p.m. with a special Veterans Tribute Ceremony, featuring a presentation of the five Military Branch Flags by local Veterans and our National Anthem sung by OBX shredders lead singer, Joshua Holland.

After the opening ceremony, watch a performance by OBX shredders, the Outer Banks’ first and only inclusive rock band. So Sebi MusicReggaeton artists Holden McOwen and Jahzel will lead a moving tribute performance to Ravann Rachelle and Sebastian Lopez. There will also be acoustic indie rock from Duf Franco, progressive pop punk from the star band of Revival Recordings Front face and alternative rock by Stereo in words at Shredfest.

Big Al Staggs and the JA JA will be the headliner of Shred Fest. Staggs is the original leader of Left Fascists (LWF), of Norfolk, Va., who has played numerous shows at historic Outer Banks venues like Mexicono’s, Atlantis, and Port O’ Call. The band toured a few times opening for the Ramones and playing Lollapalooza on the second stage in 1992. Staggs and longtime producer Stacy Heydon, who produced all of LWF’s releases and was also David Bowie’s guitarist and Iggy Pop, collaborated on Big Al Staggs and the JA JA last record.

“I can’t wait to play every Left-wing fascists favorites plus new upcoming singles So no record,” said musician Big Al Staggs. “Our band took Stacy’s bass drum and guitar parts and formulated them into a can’t-miss high-energy show. One of our new singles Welcome to island time relates to Hatteras Island. We will be playing this new single on the OBX to our OBX friends and family along with all the songs from the solo work and LWF catalog.

Big Al Staggs and the JA JA. [Courtesy Big Al Staggs and the JA JA’s.]

New to Shred Fest this year is a BMX air show with Chain Reaction Action Sports of eastern North Carolina.

Back by popular demand are the Chicks in bowlsa traveling professional group of female Roller Derbys who will cruise the ramp with male and female skaters.

OBX Shred Fest tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event. General admission for adults is $25, admission for veterans and active military members is $15, admission for children ages 6-17 is $10, and children ages five and under are free. There’s also a Family Fun ticket for $60, which includes general admission for families of four. Free on-site parking is available and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

This family-friendly event will also include a Family Fun Zone operated by the Outer Banks Montessori Collective, Dare County Parks and Recreation and Dare County Special Olympics Athletes. There will be arts and crafts, including face painting, as well as games like hula hoop, corn hole, jenga, horseshoes and bocce ball. For a small donation, guests can also enjoy hot dogs with lemonade from the Lopez Lemonade Stand in honor of Sebastian Lopez.

There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for sale as well as delicious food from Sooey’s BBQ/Shipwrecks food truck, so come hungry.

College of The Albemarle will run Renate’s Raffle Hut at OBX Shred Fest. Raffle items include a Kitty Hawk Kites Adventure hang glider kit, a tattoo kit from Vertigo Tattoo & Body Piercing, a complete skateboard deck and pair of Impala roller skates from Wave Riding Vehicles, a beach cruiser, a set jewelry, as well as gift certificates to Outer Banks restaurants. Each of the raffle items has a value between $250 and $500 and all proceeds from Renate’s Raffle Hut go directly to help develop music programs for members of our IDD community.

OBX Shred Fest will also feature a Vendor’s Market as well as the Dare2Care OBX Community Corner with several nonprofits and organizations including Dare County Special Olympics, OBX Pride, Room in the Inn, Mane and Taill, Talk It Out NC working to help reduce underage drinking. , Operation Comfort Warrior, the Hail Marys Ride which is an all-female motorcycle club, Vidant Community Health Worker Program, Carolyn Hall honoring her late son Ryker with vital information about narcan and fentanyl test strips, GEM (Gentle Expert Memorycare), and several Suite.

Chain reaction action sports. [Courtesy Chain Reaction Action Sports]

Presented by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Shred Fest is an annual fundraiser that encourages the inclusion of people with special needs and supports programs for those people, including free music lessons. The event also supports programs for local veterans.

The 5th Annual Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest is brought to you in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, OBX Pride, Wave Riding Vehicles, Village Realty, Tortuga’s Lie, Jane Webster, Carolina Designs Realty, Atlantic OBX, Premiere Contracting, Dare County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, VusicOBX, Sun Realty and JAM Media/OBX Today.

For more information on OBX Shred Fest, check out Dare2CareOBX on Facebook. For volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, including banner placement at the event, please email Lisa Brickhouse Davis at [email protected]

Dare2Care OBX brings awareness, support and healing to area veterans and increases community inclusion for people of all skill levels.

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