The Scene: The little bit country, little bit sci-fi Unknown Hinson plays Friday

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He’s a country-singing, rabble-rousing, bloodsucking guitar shredder…and he’s headed for the Port City.

The one and only hillbilly vampire troubadour Unknown Hinson takes the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday, with local favorite The Phantom Playboys opening the show.

Raucous country character Unknown Hinson takes the stage at Ziggy's By The Sea Friday. Photo courtesy Unknown Hinson.
Raucous country character Unknown Hinson takes the stage at Ziggy’s By The Sea Friday. Photo courtesy Unknown Hinson.

With his signature jet black hair and suit, giant mutton chops and, of course, fangs, Unknown Hinson puts a comedic sci-fi spin on the country crooners of days gone by with well-known songs like “I Ain’t Afraid of Your Husband” and “Put Out or Get Out.”

The larger-than-life stage persona is the alter ego of North Carolina native Stuart Daniel Baker, a former music teacher and studio musician who took on the character of Unknown Hinson in the early 90s for a public access sketch show in the Charlotte area.

The story of Unknown goes a little something like this: named after his father (whose name is listed as “Unknown” on his birth certificate), he was raised by his mother then ran off to join the circus before being arrested for a variety of offenses—including vampirism and grave-robbing. Released in 1993, he has since released his raucous sound to audiences of adoring fans.

Late-night cartoon lovers might also recognize Unknown Hinson (aka Baker) as the voice of the loud-mouthed and proud redneck molluscan Early Cuyler on Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies.”

Catch the craziness in all its entertaining glory tomorrow. Doors open at at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. VIP Suite and Platinum Table reservations are available.

Looking for something a little more low-key? Or just want to continue on with the rock and roll? We’ve got it all—and then some—in our weekly roundup of arts and entertainment.

You can find the items listed below on The Scene, where it’s always free to post and peruse the latest happenings.

Music

Flytrap Brewing kicks off its Live Music Thursdays series with a free performance from Mark Weber at 8 p.m. Thursday.  Flytrap will release the latest batch of Lemon Saison for the event and Pepe’s Taco Truck will serve up food between 7 and 10 p.m. On Friday, Catch the Food Truck will be onsite from 7 to 9 p.m. and Mark Herbert of Cosmic Groove Lizard performs a free show at 8.

Rock band and 90s hit-maker Cowboy Mouth comes to Ziggy’s By The Sea tonight, with opening act Medusa Stone. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $20.

Local hip hop and jazz fusion band Temple 5 plays at 9 p.m. Friday at The Calico Room. Admission is $5.

The Southport Songwriter Festival continues Saturday in Franklin Square Park. Saturday’s free event features Louisa Branscomb (“Steel Rails,” “Dear Sister”), Claire Lynch with Bryan McDowell and Jeanette and Johnnie Williams beginning at 12:45 p.m. A children’s tent will be open from 1 to 2 p.m.

Folk band Annabelle's Curse plays Bourgie Nights Saturday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.
Folk band Annabelle’s Curse plays Bourgie Nights Saturday. Photo courtesy Bourgie Nights.

Five-piece folk outfit Annabelle’s Curse performs Saturday at Bourgie Nights, with opening act Chasing Opal. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.

Dream pop multi-instrumentalist Classy Mongrel comes to The Juggling Gypsy for a live show from 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Bombers Bev Co. presents fusion artist Coleman Daley of Space Lion at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Widespread Panic tribute band Machine Funk plays Ziggy’s By The Sea Saturday, with Runaway Gin, a tribute to Phish. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10. Tickets are $10.

The Town of Kure Beach’s Boogie in the Park free concert series continues Sunday with the Motown, soul, rock and Top 40 sounds of Port City Shakedown from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ocean Front Park.

Roots reggae musician Kana Kiehm performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Juggling Gypsy. Admission is by donation.

Theater/Comedy

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Red Barn Theatre. The one-woman show tells the story of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday and features some well-known and not-so-familiar tunes.  Tickets are $25.

Comedian and actor Godfrey does two nights of stand-up at Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Photo courtesy Dead Crow Comedy.
Comedian and actor Godfrey does two nights of stand-up at Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Photo courtesy Dead Crow Comedy.

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green presents “Taming of the Shrew” tonight at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. The troupe’s production of “All’s Well That Ends Well” runs Friday through Sunday. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each night and plays begin at 8. Admission is free.

Comedian and actor Godfrey comes to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. Godfrey, whose television and film credits include “Zoolander,” “30 Rock” and a recurring role on “Louie,” performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15-$18.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.