Festival Season In Full Bloom Around North Carolina

Find a Festival and You Will Find Fun For the Whole Family


May 3 – 6

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

Silk Hope, NC

Steve Earle and the Dukes, Donna the Buffalo, Ibibio Sound Machine, Rising Appalachia, Chicano Batman, Driftwood, Dom Flemons, AJ Ghent, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, Ryan Montebleau Band, Big Mean Sound Machine, Kinobe and Dance of Hope, Arson Daily, Ashley Heath and Her Heathens, Big Fat Gap, Boom Unit Brass Band, The Byrne Brothers, Caique Vidal and Batuque, Cane Mill Road, Chatham Rabbits, Dangermuffin, Dante High, Dr. Bacon, dub Addis, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, The Fritz; I, Star; (J) Rowdy and the NightShift, James Olin Olden, Jon Shain, Kamara Thomas and the Night Drivers, Kate Rhudy, The Mastersons, Preston Frank, The Shoaldiggers, The Snozzberries, Swift Creek, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen, Uma Galera, Violet Bell, ZooCru, Cane Creek Cloggers, Papperhand Puppet Intervention.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

Ticket Info: Friday: $42 at the gate; ages 13-15 $21 at the gate.
Saturday: $49 at the gate; ages 13-15 $25 at the gate.
Sunday: $27 in advance, $32 at the gate; ages 13-15 $16 at the gate.
Younger than 13: free.


Camping (per tent):  $20 at the gate. RV camping: $94 at the gate.
RV more than 25 feet long or a vehicle and trailer pay double.



May 4 – 5

Asheville Electro-Music Festival

Black Mountain

Some of the world’s finest electronic and experimental musicians, will be joined by local artists for two days of compelling live music and innovative technology. Live video art accompanies the concerts.

Musical Artists
Black Thujone, Surreal Estate, Michael Peck, Synthetic Things, Kri Samadhi / A Pale Void, Waveformation, Paul Vnuk Jr., University of Tennessee Electroacoustic Ensemble, Illumination Station, Mark Mahoney, sToKE, Jamie McMenamy, Tony Gerber, Dan Simpson, Equinox Project, Project Ruori, Dr. Wayne Kirby, Kevin Kissinger, Kevin Spears, JMoNoisey, Tom Bruce, Twyndyllyngs, Shueh-Li Ong, Klimchak, Solemn Shapes, Drifting In Silence, 80 lb. Test, Stereospread, Gabriel Aurealis.
Visual Artists: Project Ruori, Joe Howard, Michael O’Bannon, Lei Han, Azimuth Visuals, Katie Rhodes.

Festival site: White Horse Black Mountain

Music starts 3 p.m. daily. Two-day pass: $25. Daily: $15.



May 4 – 6

French Broad River Festival

Hot Springs

The festival focuses on the French Broad River, with a river cleanup, raft races and the French Broad River Festival Bike Race, in addition to the weekend of live music. There will also be local visual artists and other vendors, and a kids’ village. Ticketed attendance is limited to 2,500. It is in its 21st year in 2018.

Friday: Billy Strings, Jon Stickley Trio, Lovers Leap (featuring Billy Cardine, Mary Lucy, Shelby Means and Joel Timmons), Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Abe Reid and the Spike Drivers, Sol Driven Train, Emma’s Lounge, Sirius B, Jam Down Skankin’ w/ General Matt.
Saturday: Jeff Austin Band – Grateful Ball, The Travelin’ McCourys, HipGnostic, Station Underground, Dangermuffin, The Pond Brothers, Fireside Collective, Fin Dog, The Campfire Reverends, V-Tones of Charleston, Jam Down Skankin’ w/ General Matt.
Also, a “wandering mariachi band.”

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground

Three-day pass: $80.
Saturday only: $65 (other daily TBA).

Guided whitewater rafting: $45.

Campground parking (all weekend): $75.

Primitive camping free with admission. Limited riverside and RV sites available by reservation online.



May 4-5

BBQ Fest on the Neuse

Kinston, NC


Text KINSTONBBQ to 797979 for breaking news about the festival and visit www.kinstonbbq.com for more!

On May 4 -5, 2018 in Downtown Kinston experience delicious BBQ, food competitions, shopping, arts & crafts, wine garden, children’s activities & much more! We are putting the final touches together for the 40,000+ crowd event!

Herritage Street Stage Area:
5pm-until First BBQ Beef & Brew
5-6pm WRNS DJ
5-10pm Beer Garden
5-10pm Wine Garden
5-10pm Carolina Classic Cruisers Cruise-In
6pm Mayor Don D. Hardy‘s Golden Key Award Presentation
645pm Special Presentations by BBQ Fest
7pm Welcome Sponsors & Chief Cook Briefing
730pm Cook Teams Showmanship Competition
730pm Live Entertainment: North Tower Band
10pm Fireworks!

Partnering with Mother Earth Brewery and ERA Kinston Realty Group, we’re offering the same great grass-fed, farm-raised beef you love, now in a BBQ Beef sandwich. The beef is slow cooked, chopped and sauced with Bar-B-Que Beast Sauce. You have asked to taste the winning sauces from the Sauce Boss Competition and here’s your chance! Bar-B-Que Beast, LLC holds the title for winning the BBQ Fest’s Sauce Boss Professional Competition over the past 3 years. Look for Bar-B-Que Beast Sauce for sale at their vendor booth at the festival. Delicious sweet potato fries and ice-cold drinks are also available to compliment this BBQ treat! Toppings and sauce are available to take your dinner to the next level.

Thank you to our BBQ Beef & Brew sponsors:
Mother Earth Brewing
ERA-Kinston Realty Group
Bar-B-Que Beast, LLC
Canteen Vending Services
Westminster United Methodist Church
Pat and Kendall Hill
Kings Restaurant
Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Kinstonian Family Restaurant
Roses Store
Sugar Hill Pizzeria


Adam Hill Band will be rocking the North Street Stage from 5:30-9:30 pm tonight and will be returning tomorrow late afternoon, to offer another fun set of music from 4-8 pm at The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC.

Following a rocking set tonight by the Adam Hill Band, head over to The Red Room to rock with Lenoir County’s other hot rock outfit. The Roman Sams take the stage tonight from 10 pm until 2 am.


Attention Biker’s This One is for You!

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The OLDEST AND LARGEST Motorcycle Rally in Maggie Valley, NC. Three rallies a year! Join us for the 16th Annual Spring Rally on May 4-6, 2018.

We offer Tour Rides of the Blue Ridge Parkway. $1,000 Cash Prize in our Bike Games plus another $1,000 in our Bike Show, Music Concerts, 30+ Vendors and top-notch entertainment.

See our website for a complete line-up, weekend passes online and much more! Spring and Fall Dates are June 29 – July 1 and Sept. 7-9, 2018.





The Vanceboro Strawberry Festival is a community day, sponsored by the Vanceboro Rescue Squad for the Town of Vanceboro NC public services. May 4th and 5th.


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Rockin’ Around Town with Tracey Stones


For the past year, I have been delighted to bring the music to Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at Harvey Mansion. When I signed up for this task, our budget was low to nearly non-existent. I knew that with time and promotions I could build it. Thanks to all who believe in my dream and supported those efforts.

As a vendor who operates as a consultant for bars and clubs, as well as bands and artists; my services are generally needed for a contractual amount of time.


Though the year at Circa 1810 was challenging, it was met with great success. Throughout the Spring and Summer, 2017 fans of local music grew to rely on us having the bands that would groove you. Moving forward in my own endeavors, I have much of the year booked for this venue that I am leaving behind. I will still be promoting the music and writing about the good times I have on the patio.

Moving forward at Circa 1810, management has enough contacts and baseline band agreements to continue the work we started for the rest of their time in business. Together we endured the elements, the citizen’s complaints and the many great successes of good time music on the patio. Here is to more great times moving forward!

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With so many venues around, there is always work to be done. Recently, the management staff at Christoph’s on the Water and DoubleTree by Hilton called me in for a meeting, about bringing music back to the deck. As many locals recall, the Deck Parties at DoubleTree were epic events, that took place each weekend. It has been a while since the good old days, but I am hopeful we can relive some fun memories while making new ones with live music playing for our entertainment.

From our meeting, the managers forwarded 11 dates for me to fill with local entertainment. We are hopeful that with time and proper promotions we can build another budget to support live music once again. Save the dates, as the deck party will return to The DoubleTree by Hilton, during the last weekend of the month with a couple of great blues offerings courtesy of New Bern talent!!

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Live Music Options

Friday, May 4, 2018

Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern, NC


Mykele Barbee will be rocking his grooves tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. He offers the live tunes from 7-10 pm. This show is free but please feel free to spread some love and tip all the music makers you meet this weekend! Serving the food on site tonight will be  La Cocina Del Coqui, LLC. You are encouraged to come hungry and dance the night away!



Peace Soldier will be rocking the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. Located at 221 S Front St. New Bern, NC. They offer the live music each Friday and Saturday from 8-11 pm. Tonight’s local favorites are going to be bringing the classic rock you love! Tomorrow night you can take flight with Ravenz Bru. They will offer the party and beach tunes to get you grooving this Saturday night for Cino De Mayo!



Patrick Bliss has a show at The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Music is offered from 8-10:30 pm. This local talent gives up the songs you enjoy as well as a variety of original works.



Psylo Joe, JIMMY, DJ DADS, Nevernauts, Dr. Bacon, and introducing The Up and Up. Two days of killer music to bring your May in right. Tickets are $25 for both nights, or $15 at the door each night. It will be, hands down, the best time you’ve ever had in New Bern. We’ve seen these bands before, but never like this. Get ready New Bern!

Tickets are available online here




Radio Cassee will be making their debut at The Brown Pelican this evening from 7-10 pm. This show is free and The Dirty Bird is a private club. Don’t let this keep you home. Just stop in fill out the form and pay $1.00 for the year and you can enjoy great live music each week.



Jake Johnson Band will be performing LIVE at “Black Beards” on the deck… Come out and join us for a night of Fun-Filled, Fan-Fav, Far-Out Festivities. We’ll play ALL your favorite songs and Rock Out till the Cops Come Out… You don’t want to miss out on New Bern’s Finest Establishment, Bands both inside and out!!! And… And… Great Drink Prices Ta’ Boot!!!

Black Beard’s Triple Play is located at 415 S Front St., New Bern, NC


Cruising Along the Coast


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The Second Row 21 North Shore Drive, Surf City, North Carolina opens the stage to jammers and singers, poets and comedians alike. All are welcome to perform or participate.



Carolina Sky and Barry Charlton serve up the sounds this weekend at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Catering, 400 Bridges St, Morehead City, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm while dinner is served. Come out and enjoy the great food paired with sweet sounds.



Over at Promise Land Market, you can enjoy the sounds of Ryan Cain who offers the live tunes from 7-10 pm. This country crooner has been keeping busy since reemerging on the scene a few months ago. Come out and enjoy him tonight. PLM is located at 909 B Arendell Ave., Morehead City, NC. Music is free, the food is fresh and the service is awesome. Come check it out.



Live on the deck at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant 707 Evans St., Morehead City offers the cool sounds of Justin Castellano. He will serenade you from 8-11 pm this evening, while you dine on the beautiful waterfront.



Checking things out in Swansboro tonight, we find fine dining paired with the sounds of smooth jazz featuring David Robinson. Come enjoy his show at Boro Restaurant & Bar 109 S Front St., Swansboro, NC. Music is served from 7-10 pm.

Rocking Around the Region


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Tavern in the Grove, 25 Old Drug Store Rd, # B, Garner, North Carolina, offers the music of legendary NC honky-tonk rocker Bill Lyerly. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight. Come shake your booty and enjoy the weekend right.


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The Occasionals Band will rock Locked n Loaded, 305 McCormick St, Garner, NC. Music plays from 9 pm til closing. Come eat, drink, dance and be merry tonight!



The Still Shakers Band will be live on the Pebble Beach Stage at Backwater Jacks Tiki Bar & Grill, located at 1052 E Main St., Washington, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm outside as they serve up the tasty food and cold beer all night long.




Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

April 30 at 9:42pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for the said gig.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!


IMG_0472.JPGTake kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your events invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:


Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!

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