Located across the road from the site where the annual Bluegrass Island festival is located on the beach, the store will serve as the box office for tickets to the festival and other related bluegrass events, and as a gift shop featuring music and bluegrass themed items for the tourist trade on the Outer Banks.
Prior to the grand opening, they have unveiled one of the murals that will adorn the interior when they are open to the public. Kill Devil Hills artist Brian Bain has been commissioned to complete a number of large, stylized portraits of bluegrass stars. His first, which he titles Foggy Mountain Breakdown, is a portrait of Flatt & Scruggs. Long time bluegrass fans will recognize the iconic promotional photo of Lester and Earl which was the inspiration for the mural.
Brian has been working on this one for several weeks, and Cory Hemilright, Bluegrass Island promoter and eventual Bluegrass Island Store proprietor, shared a few additional images of the portrait in process…
…and this brief video of Bain at work.
As Brian mentions in the video clip, he is now set to work on a similar portrait of Rhonda Vincent.
If you’ll be beaching it on the Outer Banks this year – or know a bluegrass lover who will – be sure to plan a stop at The Bluegrass Island Store in Manteo.
The big festival is scheduled for September 21-24, 2016.