When: Sat., Dec. 27, 8 p.m. 2014
LINCOLN THEATRE, RALEIGH—Unlike your refrigerator, microwave or car, your personal musical taste doesn't require replacement every few years, even if it's not as state-of-the-art as your appliances. There will always be room, then, for a throwback act like Nantucket, the Jacksonville, North Carolina, sextet that hails from the mid-'70s golden age of AOR classic rock radio. They even toured alongside KISS, Styx, Boston and Journey.
Nantucket's music is very much of that period, evoking the blues-heavy boogie of Bad Company and the punchy balladry of Foreigner. After building a regional following through the early '70s, Nantucket became the object of a major-label bidding war that culminated in 1977 with a three-album Epic Records deal. But they could never transition to the next level of stardom and called it quits after five albums a dozen years later.
A reunion and live album arrived in the mid-'90s and again after another decade. The second one took and even gave old Nantucket new life. They released Road to Raleigh, an album of half-beach, half-folk tunes, in 2011 and entered the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame a year later. Another big reunion show followed last year and prompted the upcoming sequel. Not all the original members will return this time.
"We have a great time," says multi-instrumentalist Mike Uzzell. "For me the question about music is, is it time-tested? Ours is. Who knows what the future will bring, but they keep calling."
Nantucket keeps calling, too: They've gathered enough material for a new album, and it's awaiting only cover art. There's a live DVD in the wings, plus an Anvil-like documentary about their near-miss at fame, both of which Nantucket planned to release last year. But delays are beside the point, which is simply to be in front of a crowd at all four decades after Nantucket's heyday.
"It's humbling for people to be out there,'" says Uzzell. "I remember how I used to think about Led Zeppelin and James Brown. They were my heroes and idols. As stupid as it sounds, to a lot of people, we're their heroes and idols. We just happen to be from the same state." With Driver, The Will McBride Group and Jason Jernigan & Mobley Bridge Band. 8 p.m., $15–$25, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh, 919-821-4111, lincolntheatre.com. —Chris Parker