OBX Got Talent: And it was on display

By on January 30, 2024

Huntley, winner of the most recent season of The Voice, opened OBX Got Talent with some encouraging words to the participants. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Molly and Josh Simpson of Virginia singing "Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Grace Waters of Currituck with her own unique take of "Dock on the Bay" by Otis Redding, which helped get her to the final five. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Manteo High School senior Hope DeHart covering "Stick Season" by Noah Kahan to large cheers from the crowd. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Heidi Velazquez of KDH singing her own original song “The Survey Song” which also proved to be a hit with the judges. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Manteo singer songwriter Kathy Postlewait showcasing her vocal and guitar talent playing an original song for the audience. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Boyfriend and girlfriend duo Samantha Pugh and Nikolai Novgrod performing their version of "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Shane Thomas singing and playing the chords to "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
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Huntley, winner of the most recent season of The Voice, opened OBX Got Talent with some encouraging words to the participants. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Molly and Josh Simpson of Virginia singing "Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Grace Waters of Currituck with her own unique take of "Dock on the Bay" by Otis Redding, which helped get her to the final five. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Manteo High School senior Hope DeHart covering "Stick Season" by Noah Kahan to large cheers from the crowd. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Heidi Velazquez of KDH singing her own original song “The Survey Song” which also proved to be a hit with the judges. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Manteo singer songwriter Kathy Postlewait showcasing her vocal and guitar talent playing an original song for the audience. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Boyfriend and girlfriend duo Samantha Pugh and Nikolai Novgrod performing their version of "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
Shane Thomas singing and playing the chords to "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen. (Photo credit Maggie Miles/OBV)
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Judges select five local finalists at Pioneer Theater event

It was a full house at the Pioneer Theater in downtown Manteo on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 local finalists were winnowed down to five by a panel of judges in the first live audience auditions of OBX Got Talent.

Over the decades, one of the country’s oldest theaters has seen many talents grace its stage. But on Saturday, it was all about the local, untapped amateur talent on the Outer Banks.

It’s one of the ideas that Michael Basnight and his sister Jamie Hatchell got excited about when deciding if they should buy the Pioneer Theater. And from the electricity and excitement in the theater, it was clear it’s something the Outer Banks was ready to experience. A family affair, the theater was filled with all generations grabbing the famed Pioneer buttered popcorn as they waited for the performers to take the stage.

“Our goal is to find the next Caroline Owens,” Michael Basnight, who MCed the event, told the crowd, referring to the Nashville Bluegrass sensation who phoned into the Pioneer on a Zoom call to join the judging panel. “It’s time for y’all to do your thing,” he told the 10 contestants, who hailed from all around the region, including Manteo, Virginia Beach, Currituck and Kitty Hawk.

The 10 finalists performed as the opener for Huntley, the winner of the most recent NBC’s The Voice competition. He even came on stage in a surprise appearance to wish the acts luck and give some words of encouragement. On Feb. 24, the five finalists will be narrowed down to three and on March 30, the winner will be crowned. The winner will get the chance to perform at events presented by Cory Hemilright’s and VusicOBX’s production companies.

First up was a duet by brother-sister duo Josh and Molly Simpson from Virginia singing “Stubborn Love” by the Lumineers while Josh strummed the guitar. Next up, Heidi Erickson demonstrated her vocal skills with “Reflection” from Disney’s Mulan. Jillian Lacount of Manteo delivered a heartfelt version of “Bring on the Rain” and Grace Waters of Currituck showcased her singing and guitar playing skills with her unique take on “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Hope DeHart of Manteo, who drew arguably the loudest cheers from the crowd, showed off her singing and picking skills to “Stick Season” by Noah Kahan.

KDH’s Heidi Velazquez showcased her vocals and guitar skills with an original tune, while Shane Thomas of Kill Devil Hills wowed the crowd with the classic “Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen. Samantha Pugh & Nikoli Novgrod demonstrated their guitar and banjo skills while Samantha belted out the lyrics to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” Suzy Wescott Overman energized the audience with the upbeat “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King, and Kathy Postlewait, a local singer songwriter from Manteo, moved the judges with an original country song titled “The Last Thing On My Mind.”

After each performance, the judging panel, which included Caroline Owens, Cory Hemilright of Bluegrass Island Music Festival, and Rebecca and Brad Meyers of VusicOBX, took turns giving their comments and critiques, with many positive, encouraging comments and some acknowledgements that nerves came into play.

In a previous conversation with the Voice, Basnight explained he wanted a competition for people who weren’t used to playing in front of a crowd, adding that, “I think that’ll be kind of cool for someone to come out of your garage, come out of your safe space where you practice.”

After a brief break, the judges asked three of the performers to perform a second song to help them make their decision. For her second song, Grace Waters sang and played the chords to “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac, Heidi Velazquez sang and strummed the guitar to “Ghost” by Justin Bieber, and Suzy Overman sang “Cheap Thrills” by Sia.

After some final deliberations, Basnight called the five finalists onto the stage. First to be called were Molly and Josh Simpson. Molly, a senior in high school who went to school for musical theater and recently starting songwriting, and Josh, a sophomore in high school who got a guitar during Covid, won for their performance of Stubborn Love, which Cory Hemilright said they “owned.”

The next finalist was Heidi Velasquez, who said she wrote her original song “The Survey Song” when she was first dating her now husband, who was sitting in the crowd with their two children. He had given her a survey to get to know her better and she wrote the song as an answer. Hemilright told her “that You have a good thing going there. I wanted to keep listening to more.” Brad Meyer added that “I could definitely tell you’re a natural on the stage.”

Next called was Grace Waters, 24, of Currituck, who’s been playing the guitar since she was nine years old and “singing since she could talk,” for her renditions of “Dock of the Bay” and “Dreams.” Grace’s talent got her through despite a couple of moments having to stop and restart her songs and some timing issues noted with her guitar. “I can see you jamming out anywhere,” said Rebecca Meyers.

The fourth finalist was Manteo High senior Hope DeHart, whose gritty version of Noah Kahan’s folk song “Stick Season” had the crowd cheering before she finished the song. “The crowd’s response says everything,” noted Hemilright. “It was mesmerizing,” added Rebecca Meyers.

The last finalist was Manteo’s Kathy Postlewait for her original song, “The Last Thing On My Mind,” which she told the crowd she wrote back in 1995. Postlewait has written hundreds of songs, and Caroline Owens said this performance almost moved her to tears and “felt like my grandma singing to me.”

Rebecca Meyers told the Voice that judging the competition was incredibly difficult as the lineup was stacked with talent from all ages and backgrounds.

“Some were on the stage for the second time ever [the first being tryouts] and some have been playing and songwriting for many, many years. All ten acts were unique and fun to watch,” she declared, adding that her goal was to encourage all of them to continue with their passion in live music, whether they advanced or not.

“I’m excited to see all ten continue their journeys in live music and will plan to see them play locally whenever I can,” she continued. “The next round is going to be stacked, as all five artists are very talented and I’m sure they will be rehearsing nonstop between now and then.”

 


BIDDER PRE-QUALIFICATION REQUEST:

Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


 


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to interiors@cwiusa.com. Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to interiors@cwiusa.com. Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


 



Comments

  • Obxandy

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show with $5 entry fee!

    Tuesday, Jan 30 @ 7:36 pm
  • Holly West

    This sounds like the perfect opportunity to bring the OBX together for a night of fun and music. It is exciting to see all the new ways the Pioneer Theater is expanding. If I was in NC right now, I would have been there. Best wishes for all the performers. Any chance of being able to zoom inyp the next one?

    Tuesday, Jan 30 @ 11:25 pm