Pushing Limits, Summer Concert Series and Music Options for Tonight

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Don’t Get Stuck In A Rut ~ Push Your Limits


It is easy to get into a rut when you use routine to make it through the days and weeks of life. But your rut can be the reason fans get bored and look for other entertainment options. 

Having said that, once you have your plan worked out on paper and the assignments are delegated between team members and everyone knows their role, it won’t long before it is suddenly time to change things up!  Some of the ways that you can push the boundaries are writing new songs, learning new material, posting intimate video sessions from your home or studio.  

Social media is an intricate part of everybody’s life these days so make sure you make your presence known on as many platforms as possible. If you only use Facebook, push yourself to learn Instagram. Why wouldn’t you? Did you know that most of the features that are found on Facebook are actually created by their sister company, Instagram? Another cool thing about social media and using several platforms is that many of them can be set up to share with each other. Every time I post on Facebook, it also hits my Twitter account. Likewise, when I use Instagram I can share it to Facebook. Utilize and maximize the use of these tools. 

Other ways to expand your social media presence, with your audience to keep them engaged. Offer a weekly routine that fans can look forward to each week. A good example of this would be offering a weekly trivia question where fans can win a prize. It can be a beer can coozie, a sticker, a guitar pick or a t-shirt, anything with your band logo on it. This keeps people engaged and makes them feel like they are a part of your journey.  When bigger shows are added to the calendar, you can use that weekly game to give tickets away as well.

Not only will your fans be paying attention to your promotional tactics, but venues will be interested in what you are doing to promote your efforts. When you are hired by a club, it becomes everyone’s responsibility to promote the mission. Venue owners like working with bands that promote their gigs. If your promo efforts are lacking, this is an area where you can try to push your own boundaries. 

There are lots of ways to push yourself. This week’s homework is to find a new way to connect with your audience. Go get ’em!! CLASS DISMISSED!

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Community Concert Series A Theme of Summer Fun

Many cities, towns, and communities around the state offer a Summer Concert Series for their town’s people. I did quite a bit of research this week searching out such events. Here is a quick list of some of the town concerts that I found for your consideration.



The first town I found with a fun seasonal series is Asheboro, NC. They have a series of concerts which got underway last month with The Magnificents, who kicked things off on May 19, 2019. The next concert happens tomorrow, June 2, 2109,  when The Entertainers come to town. The fun takes place downtown at Bicentennial Park and the music starts at 7 pm. 

Later this Summer you can enjoy the sounds of Phatt City on June 16; Steve Owens & Summertime will be in town on Sunday, July 7; Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot will be in town on Sunday, July 21; Envision show up on Sunday, August 18 and the last show of the series will take place on Sunday, September 2 with Blackwater Band.  That is the only show that kicks off at 6 pm. The rest of the events take place a t 7 pm


Concerts in the Park/Kannapolis


The City of Kannapolis offers a concert series that gets started tonight. These events are being hosted at Villiage Park in Downtown Kannapolis. Music starts at 7 pm. Here is the line up for there Summer Series:

June 1 Concert in the Park & Fireworks: Sawyer Brown
June 15 Concert in the Park: Too Much Sylvia
June 29 Concert in the Park & Fireworks: Charlotte Symphony
July 6 Concert in the Park: Heart Breaker (Heart Tribute Band) & On The Border (Eagles Tribute Band)
July 20 Concert in the Park: Morris Day
August 10 Concert in the Park & Fireworks: Rick Springfield


Morehead City, NC

Morehead City Parks & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series 


This music series takes place on Saturday evenings in Jaycee Park in Morehead City, NC. Offered by Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department, this year’s music series offers lots of great music. Tonight you are invited to come out and enjoy Likwid Pickle. Music starts at 7 pm and they groove you until 8:30 pm. Next Saturday, June 8, Built For Comfort will share their rocking blues. On Saturday, June 15 it’s the offerings of The Backbeat.  Saturday, June 22, brings the beach sounds of the Seaside Band. Saturday, June 29 offers big band party sounds of The Central Park Band.

Checking out the schedule for July there are two events being offered the first week with The Main Event Band bringing the show for the 4th of July. Then we return to the regular program on Saturday, July 6 with music by the Thrillbillies.  On Saturday, July 13 Jan Michael Fields come to town to entertain the crowd. Saturday, July 20 welcomes The Donald Thompson Band. The final Saturday in July welcomes Freeway Band. 

The August schedule of events includes Expressions on Saturday, August 3. The following week it is The Calico Creek Bluegrass Band on August 10. The Naked Knees expose their talents on Saturday, August 17 and Kadubibring the reggae grooves on August 24 and closing out the month and the series is the popular local act, 4EverAll on Saturday, August 31.



The City of Morehead City also offers a Summer Concert Series of their own which also takes place at Jaycee Park which is located at 807 Shepard Street,
Morehead City, NC. This town concert series offers six concert events between June and October. The fun gets underway next week with the fun and groovy Soul Psychedelic. As mentioned in the title, music starts after the work whistle sounds at 5 pm. If you have any questions or concerns about this concert series call (252) 808-0440.


Atlantic Beach

Summer Concerts In The Fort 

Saturday Concerts

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Enjoy a one-hour concert by local bands and artists in the Ft. Macon visitor center. 

There is no charge for these events, but donations to the Friends of Ft. Macon are greatly appreciated.  This series starts next week with New Bern based Caffeinated Soul Boogie (Funk, Jazz, and American Blues) offering music on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Catch The Mad Fiddler on Saturday, June 22, 2019. On Saturday, August 10, 2019, enjoy the sounds of Morehead City Brass Band. Music sounds from 1-2 pm


Summer Concerts in the Fort – Unknown Tongues


Bring a folding chair and enjoy an hour and a half concert by local bands and artists inside historic Fort Macon. You may bring food and drinks for this event, but Alcohol and Pets are not allowed.  This week’s group: Unknown Tongues (Cajun/Zydeco)

Fri, 06/14/2019 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Summer Concerts in the Fort – Telluride

Bring a folding chair and enjoy an hour and a half concert by a local band or artist inside historic Fort Macon.  This week’s group: Telluride (Beach, Bluegrass, Country Music)

Date of Event:
Fri, 06/28/2019 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Summer Concerts in the Fort – Salt Water Gold

Bring a folding chair and enjoy an hour and a half concert by a local band or artist inside historic Fort Macon.  You may bring food and drinks to this event, but Alcohol and Pets are not allowed.  This week’s group: Salt Water Gold (Favorite Dance Music)

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/12/2019 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Summer Concerts in the Fort – FAB The Band

Bring a folding chair and enjoy an hour and a half concert by a local band or artist inside historic Fort Macon.  You may bring food and drinks to this event, but Alcohol and Pets are not allowed.  This week’s group: FAB The Band (Classic, Motown, Beach)

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/26/2019 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Summer Concerts in the Fort – Wild Honey

Bring a folding chair and enjoy an hour and a half concert by a local band or artist inside historic Fort Macon.  You may bring food and drinks to this event, but Alcohol and Pets are not allowed.  This week’s group: Wild Honey (Country, Rock, and Blues)

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/02/2019 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Goldsboro, NC



There is a Thursday night concert series that is happening in Downtown Goldsboro. These events take place every other week with music being offered from 6-9 pm. The Center St Jam takes place at 130 North St in downtown Goldsboro. Coming up in the weeks ahead are Spare Change, June 13; The Lilly Brothers, June 27; Liquid Pleasure, July 11; Suicide Blonde, July 25; Hip Pocket, August 8 and lastly Chairmen of the Board, August 22 wraps up the series.


Downtown Sundown Concert Series


Free concert each Friday evening, May 26 to Sept 1, from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm in downtown Wilmington. Food, beer, and wine are available for sale. This event is free to attend. Wristbands are sold for $1 per person to those who wish to drink alcohol. Half of the proceeds from wristband sales benefit a different charitable organization each night. Beer and wine tickets are sold for $5 each. No pets or outside beverages allowed. For the full line up of acts, please visit their Facebook Page for Downtown Sundown.


FREE Summer Concerts at Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area


There is a fun concert series scheduled for Pleasure Island this year. That series starts on Friday, June 14 with Rose Lucas and Free Movement. Music starts at 6:30 pm She will offer a blistering blues set that will rock your soul. In Friday, June 28, Handome Al & The Lookers offer a set of rock, blues, and R&B music. In July they welcome the rock grooves of the British Invaders Band on Friday, July 12, brings the heat of blistering blues with Sam Frazier and the Side Effects Band. Offering a good variety of music on Friday, August 9 will be Rivermist and closing out the series with a heaping helping of bluegrass with Harris Creek Review. The series takes place at Ft. Fisher Military Recreation Area and brought to you by the Town of Kure Beach and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce


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Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series offers free concerts on Thursdays from June to August, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, at Village Green at Blakeney. These free family-friendly concerts will be at the Fountain between Brixx and Encore.

The June schedule welcomes Old Man Mafia on June 6th; Instigators perform on June 13,  SOULWATT delivers the sounds on June 20 and Sound Barrier rocks it on June 27.

As for the rest of the Summer here is the line up as per the website:

4th: The Flying Saucers
11th: The HC Oaks Band
18th: Inlaws Band
25th: The Shana Blake Band

1st: Matt Stratford
8th: Borderlyn
15th: The Russell’n Woods Band
22nd: Curbside Prophet
29th: Tim Cook Band


Footloose on the Neuse

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Last but not least for this week, it is our very own Concert Series here in New Bern, NC. Footloose on the Neuse is offered by the City of New Bern’s Parks and Recreation Department and is sponsored by Trent Cadillac GMC and Riverside Camping Center

Next up for this series will be The BackBeat Band who will be rocking Union Point Park on Friday, June 14, 2019. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the fun lingers until about 9:30 pm.


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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican



The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of music with Neville’s Quarter, offering the music from 8-11 pm. Free music is never free, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The BiPolar Express, they will bring the music to life tonight on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.



On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Ryan Cain. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the grooves of Davy Williamson live. He will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Wild Honey, they will be grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the folk, rock, blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.




 The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. Tonight you can enjoy the music of True BlueMusic plays at 8-11 pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits



New Bern’s own Joe Baes Project will be heading to the coast to offer songs to the fans and friends that gather for good eats and great beer tonight at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 6 pm and they rock you until 9 pm.


E-Club Emerald Isle


E-Club Emerald Isle is ready to welcome the Summer season and have a weekend of entertainment lined up for all. Here is what Monday’s post offered: 

Sat- Dj Yspin 9pm.

Sun- Rick Lamb and the Phin Addicts at 2pm. Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Free food!




Charlotte Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Inductees!
Nantucket has enjoyed a phenomenal live career as a headline act, as well as an opening act for many notable names in rock n’ roll. Tonight they are live on stage at SALT BAR and ready to rock you. Doors open at 8 pm and showtime is 9:30 pm.

Let’s get this summer rolling!!!


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Werewolves for your dining entertainment this evening. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.


Southern Salt Seafood Company


Island Time Band is on the music menu at Southern Salt Seafood Company on the waterfront in Morehead City tonight. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch and stay late to dance the night away. Music starts at 10 pm on the deck and rocks until 1 am!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Checking things out for the Holiday weekend we find: 

~Saturday June 1st~
Open at 12noon
Wood fired Pizza available 🍕
Live music by Trainwreck 🎶 
Late night with DJ Jerm

~Sunday June 2ndh~
Open at 12noon 
Cirila Cothran Real Estate presents Sunday Funday with Bryan Mayer 😎 starting at 4pm
Made to order brick oven pizza available 
Adams Beverage will be here to kick off our Bar Olympics for the summer season 🏅sign up starting at 4 and games begin at 5

See you at Jack’s!! 👀


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents


Big Jim Kohler Blues Band, Sat June 1st, 8:30-11:30 pm, No Cover

Big Jim Kohler has been north and south, east and west playing his music his way. From Rockland Maine to Seattle Washington leaving his mark wherever he goes. Kohler spent five years as guitarist/road manager/band leader for blues hall of famer Son Seals, spending time with Byther Smith, Lindsay Alexander and others. The JKB is Tom Parker on drums. Formerly with blues legend Carey Bell. On bass, Chris Buttitta Of Hot Buttered Grits renown. The secret weapon is ENCs Queen of The Blues Kathy Kohler. From barrooms to theaters Kathy has graced many,many stages and never disappoints.
Jim Kohler Band music is available on iTunes, google play and many other online outlets.





JM’s Place PUB welcomes the blues grooves of T-Bone Blue Butchers. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


Tonight the Dusty Trio will offer the dinner grooves and will be serving the sounds at Fishy Fishy Cafe tonight. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the food is always delicious. 

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Rocking Around the Region

Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Doubt No More offering their rocking best tonight. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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The 9th Annual Will Fest is the best way we know to celebrate another trip around the sun by our old friend Will McFarlane, all while putting a big old exclamation mark on our 4th year on Washington Street.PLUS, it’s three music filled nights!

Sat, June 1, 2019 @ 8pm $20 Seated / $15 Standing

Big Shoes. Big Shoes is a Nashville Tennessee based “blues and rhythm” band that incorporates traditional blues influences, like B.B King and Ray Charles along with tastes of The Allman Brothers’ Band, Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers into their original and cover song format. Big Shoes was originally formed to recreate the blues/rock music of the 1970’s band Little Feat.

Sun, June 2, 2019, 5-8pm NO Cover

The 9th Annual WillFest AllStar Birthday Jam and the TBS 1st Sunday Open Jam, twice the music!
We love that Will McFarlane has chosen to spend his birthday with us every year AND that it coincides with our anniversary! The WillFest Birthday Jam runs from 5 to 8pm with Will & guest performers rotating onstage (musicians are invited to bring their instruments). WillFest is legendary around these parts, so be part of history.



Seven Springs, NC

Crossroads Grill & Bar

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Adam Hill will be sharing songs tonight with friends and fans that gather at Crossroads Grill & Bar tonight. Music starts at 10 pm. Grab a burger, enjoy a cold beer and groove to the music tonight.


Kinston, NC

The Red Room


The Red Room will be grooving tonight with the fun sounds of Freeway Band. They take the stage to groove with you at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and enjoy the grooves.


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players with a Low Key Open Mic Night hosted by Brian Burke.

On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight it is For The Love Of Music Jam Night with John Williams. All are welcome to join in the fun. Good times start at 6:30 pm. Music rocks till 10 pm.


The Wine Crate


Music is on tap at The Wine Crate tonight with Tony Lefavi sharing the songs you know and enjoy. Come early to enjoy the taste from the bistro and stay late for the good music. Songs are shared from 7-10 pm this evening!


Market Street Pub


Market Street Pub welcomes My Medicine to the stage to rock you this evening. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a small cover charge at the door to support the music. 

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Answering the Call

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

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