Rock The Cape Festival- Presented by Dare County Arts Council

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

This project is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

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300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC 27954

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Rock The Cape Annual Concert at REAL 

This year’s Rock The Cape Concert will be held at REAL Watersports in Waves on Friday, June 14. The soundfront concert will feature live music by surf rock musicians The Chong Band of Virginia Beach with duo Matt Hoggard and Aaron Caswell from local Outer Banks rock band Formula opening.


Doors will open at 6pm for the family-friendly concert, which will also feature a hooping/fire performance by Panda Daniels and Randi O’Sullivan and a kids’ arts and crafts tent.


The sunset concert at REAL Watersports is a fundraiser for Dare County Arts Council’s programming and events on Hatteras Island.


Concert tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased on the link below as well as inside REAL Watersports’ flagship store. Kids 12 and under are free.


You can indulge in drinks at Waterman's Bar & Grill or enjoy the Bermuda grass lawn area on a blanket or beach chair while listening to the music and watching the sun set. 

Surf Rock Musicians- The Chong Band

Jesse Chong is a performing songwriter and musician based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Working as a full time musician since 2001, he is one of the most highly regarded and respected artists in the regional scene.


Not only does Jesse perform regularly as a solo artist but he sits in with a wide variety of musicians in the area and maintains his own ensemble known as the Chong Band. Jesse has been a consistent headliner on the area’s main stages and festivals, and is a staple of the local music scene. Jesse is known for his musical versatility and genre blending. What may one night be a reggae band can be a rock or funk act the next. The chameleon-like Chong has opened for varied artists across the spectrum. The Wailers, Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5, INXS, Willie Nelson, Neville Brothers, Stephen Marley, and Norah Jones are just a few. Chong’s musical style is often compared to Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Ben Harper/Jack Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley.