This whole thing happened when I started to follow my heart. Things were slow at work and for a brief second, I thought about getting a part time job. Not really be one to work well with others, I figured I’d created my own part time position in the music industry, doing what I used to do many years ago, only this time, creating my own entity.
Here is the thing; if the music is in you, you should let it out. I don’t pretend to be a player, I can’t play a lick! But my appreciation for music came around not long after seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan, for the first of seven times in total, back in the Summer of 1984. By the Summer of ’86 I was working with my first band. I was 17 and enthusiastic to say the least. When I was 18, I met a life long friend who offered a second band that needed promotions and dates. At 21 I met a Rolling Stones Tribute Band that hired me for makeup and promotions. After a brief intermission, at 25 I met the most incredible guitar player and went full throttle back into the band business while I was a published writer. The only reason I left him and the music business for good in 2005 was to raise our son far removed from the merry-go-round of his band life!
Many years later, history is repeating itself as the guitar players are pulling me right back into the scene. Nothing inspires this girl more than a good guitar groove. I am fine tuned to rock and blues licks and I can get down with some honky tonk too! I am so grateful and amazed more everyday by all of these players!
You fill me with inspiration. This is why I am doing what I do! So in this season of reflection and giving thanks I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks to you for all your help in keeping this site filled with useful information for readers and music lovers! I appreciate all the musicians and venues alike that take the time to communicate and share their events with me. Together we are reaching readers, connecting people with live music. and making them dance!
Rick Huff will be performing live at The Brown Pelican tonight 7-10 pm with his band Paid Time Off. Located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. Stop out and enjoy some great familiar jams and a make memories with friends. The staff is awesome, the drinks keep flowing and the vibe is awesome inside and out!
Over the bridge in James City, East Brogues Band will be in town tonight to rock souls. They are scheduled to pull into town for a show tonight at BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 East New Bern, NC. Live music from the rockin’ trio kicks off at 7 pm and they play until 10 pm. There is no cover charge for this show and here is a little background and introduction of the band from the events page:
The East Brogues Band is a classic Rock-N-Roll band composed of three Musicians, whom have a musical background of over four decades of experience. This includes being warm up acts for major recording artists such as : Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Joan Jet and the Black Hearts, Nazareth, Grass Roots, Uriah Heap, Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Iron Butterfly. The group’s musicians have also experience as session musicians, writing, recording and playing their own original material, while also playing with some of the best musicians and bands around. Decades of combined experience and talent have come together to produce a group that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression on their audiences.
Individual resumes for these guys:
Gary Guitar Dudley – Opening act for Joan Jet and the Black Hearts, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, Nazareth. He played with several bands over the years including: Decayed Minds, Concrete Evidance, Strattus, Shilou, Mind, Body & Soul, Avalanche, Shadowfax, Nartanyan, Legacy, Excell, Equlipse, Simonbarsinister, Silver Spur, Renegade, Stonehendge, Runaway Train, Erik the Red, East Brogues.
Claude Donnie Brooks – Opening act for Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Iron Butterfly, Grass Roots, Uriaha Heap, Rare Earth, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Played with Huckelberry Mud Flap, Main Street, Warm, One After 909, East Brogues.
Paul Willis – Played with Silver Creek Band, Foot Loose, Hole in the Wall Gang, Buck Acre, West Wind, Renegade, Outrider, One After 909, Main Street, East Brogues.
4EverAll will be on hand to entertain the dinner crowd at Flipperz Family Bar & Grill located at 311 Mansgove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. They kick off the live show at 6:30 pm and jam for you until 9:30 pm. This show is free as the bar is happy to serve you food and good music after your hard work yesterday.
Once you get your fill of good grub and you are primed for live music you can walk down to the end and enjoy the rhythms of Jim Quick & Coastline. They will be on stage tonight at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located in the same strip mall at 325 Mansgrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. This event is scheduled from 9 pm til midnight which gives you three hours to shag off that extra dessert you ate yesterday! There is a music charge at the door and this band is worth the charge.
Will B will bring his rockin’ roots sound to The Boat Bar at Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC. Check him out from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Better know in the western region of this state, Will B is a seasoned player with a passion for music. Come on out for dinner and show tonight to see for yourself.
Just over the bridge you can catch the sounds of horn player David Robinson as the one man jazz band makes a splash at Cru Bar & Wine Store tonight just following their wine tasting at 6 pm. Live music is free too and it gets started at 8:30 pm and goes until 11:30 pm. For more on the artist check out his website at www.havehornswilltravel.com
For the fine folks enjoying holiday on the Outer Banks, here is one for you!
Will Overman Band will bring their show to Gaffer’s Sports Pub located at 1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke Island, NC. He will be performing from 9 pm til midnight. The band on the bill hails from Virginia and bring a fresh take on folk rock with them to every show.
Justin Castellano will also be giving up the goods for the dinner crowd at Boro Restaurant & Bar located at 109 N Front St, Swansboro, NC. He keeps the jams going from 7-10 pm tonight. His show follows the Flotilla Parade in town at 6 pm.
TrainWreck will be giving up some funky good grooves for the guests a Gibby’s Dock & Dine located at 315 Canal St., Carolina Beach, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and the band will move you until midnight!
The Royal Pains are a touring rock cover band out of Toronto Canada. The specialize in 90’s rock and offer a fun and energetic show to the crowd on hand at Bull’s Tavern located at 408 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC. Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10 pm and the rock rolls until 2 am.
The other fun event I found out that way is the return of Thanksgathering a two day event taking place at The Millenium Center located at 101 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC. This throw down will offer lots of funky jam music for your dancing pleasure. Here is the low down on this event, found on their FB event page:
Marvelous Funkshun and the Millennium Center are joining forces to bring back a Winston-Salem Thanksgiving staple, Thanksgathering!
Doors @ 5:00, Show @ 5:30 Friday
Doors @ 3:30, Show @ 4 Saturday
Empire Strikes Brass
Electric Soul Pandemic
Steph and the Principles
Ignite and Imagery +3
The Nitrogen Tone
Artist at Large: Daniel Seriff
Lights by Addictive Lighting
$25 for 2 day pass, $15 for single day
I could not have a look around the state after mentioning all the great axe players I have seen and not mention the king of fancy guitar works on the national circuit …Joe Bonamassa. He is out on tour these days and will perform live tonight at Durham Performing Arts Center. DPAC is located at 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC. The concert starts at 8 pm.
Coming back around our way, just to our west we find the band Dauntless will be live tonight at The Red Room. There is a music cover charge to enter and the band will rock you from 10 pm til 2 am while the staff provides excellent service. Come check out the Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St, Kinston, NC.
To our north we find the Heart of Soul Concert going on tonight at The Greenville Convention Center located at 303 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville. The Concert starts at 8 but the doors open at 6 pm. Here are more details from the FB event page:
Fireworks Entertainment presents
“Heart Of Soul Concert”
Live in Concert Kelly Price and Avant
Black Friday, November 25th
Greenville Convention Center
Doors open at 6pm
Purchase tickets online at: avantandkelly.eventbrite.com
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The last show I have for you tonight is that of my favorite original slingers out of Richlands, NC. Hank Barbee will be performing live and offering his merchandise to those in attendance for his show at Biagio’s Italian Coffee & Espresso Bar located at 622 Court St., Unit 100, Jacksonville, NC.
This show is free and the music will play from 6-9 pm.
Adam Hill will be coming to town this Saturday, November 26, 2016 to perform solo for the folks out and about at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and Hill will soothe your soul with his rockin’ chops until 11 pm. He is such a skilled player, they just don’t come this good too often. After you get your walk about town in for some holiday shopping stop in and treat yourself to some great live music.
Just over the bridge in Taberna, you can do a little dining and dancing with New Bern’s famed Oldies band, The Bears. They will be singing during your supper at the Taberna Country Club this Saturday Night. Here are some details I found on the Facebook event page:
THE BEARS, New Bern’s favorite oldies band, return to Taberna Country Club Saturday evening, November 26.
THE BEARS will play your favorite songs the way you remember them, in a high-energy show bursting with harmony, humor, nostalgia, and hot licks. You can sit back and enjoy the show, or work off that holiday feasting on the dance floor! You can jam along with the band as one of the “Air Bears”; try your hand at kazoo; or test your memory with “Professor Doo-Wop’s Pop Quiz”, featuring this week’s anniversaries in Rock & Roll History”!
Who are THE BEARS?
–“Mama Bear”: Janet Montero sings and plays bass.
–“Baby Bear”. Steve Latimer sings and plays guitar.
–“Yogi Bear”: Pat Engeman sings and plays the drums.
–“California Bear”: Simon Spalding plays bass, fiddle, and guitar.
The buffet starts at 6:00 pm.
The buffet-plus-music is $29.95 for non-members, with a $10 cover for non-members for the music alone. There will be drink specials at the bar.
Taberna Country Club is located at 401 Taberna Drive, south of New Bern in the Taberna Community. For reservations or information,, call Taberna Country Club at 252-634-1600 x.3; or call Kelly (the manager) at 231-679-4601.
To learn more about THE BEARS, check out the band’s website, www.thebears.band. To book THE BEARS, contact Pat Engeman at 678-205-7309.
THE BEARS will take you on a musical journey through the last sixty years. In the immortal words of the Go-Go-Gophers, “Whoopee, doopie, we have FUN!”
Tomorrow is opening night for Bambooz II located at 1100 Highway 70 W., New Bern, NC and of course owner Dale Overbee won’t be messing around. He welcomes four of the areas hottest bands to kick things off.
Things kick off at 8 pm with Cyn/Les Cuzins.
Also on stage that night will be The BiPolar Express, Zen Pirates and TrainWreck closing out the night.
Overbee has done great work in revitalizing the live music scene in New Bern and now he just stepped up his game. It is an exciting day when a music venue opens it’s doors for the community of music lovers.
This Saturday the fun gets started at 2 pm at The Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits for the “PRE & POST Thanksgiving Parade Partay”
This event offers live music by Steve Compton from 2-6 and then things over on the patio for more great groovin’ fun Hank Barbee will rock em from 6 til 9:30 pm.
TTPSF&S is located at 8302 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC and offers the perfect seat for parade watching.
Here is what was mentioned on their FB event page:
Join us this Saturday for our 1st Annual Pre & POST Parade Partay! At 2 pm the party starts in the parking lot with Steven Compton playing all kinds of tunes while you grab a cold drink and get settled into your premier parade viewing spot. After the parade, join us in the backyard where Steven will rock it out by the fire til 6 pm! Hank Barbee will be taking over the patio starting at 6:30 to jam the night away with y’all. Cold drinks. Warm fires. Local Steamed Oysters. Awesome entertainment. All just for you at The Post Parade Partay!
New Bern’s own country rocker Bryan Mayer will be heading to the coast tomorrow with his full band in tow so to give up the goods at SALT ULTRA LOUNGE located at 325 Mansgrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. The Nine North Recording Artist will take the stage at 9:30 pm and rocks the room til the midnight hour. There is a cover for live entertainment but that is because FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE.
Dick Knight returns to Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC where he will perform from 8:30-11:30 pm for his audience. For more on this player and the event itself, here is what I found on Facebook:
THE CAPTAIN IS SPEAKING!
Dick Knight is a well seasoned performer who will keep you entertained for hours! Be ready to dance with a warmed heart as Mr. Knight sings and plays multiple instruments all night.
His resume is especially impressive. He played with the James Brown Band for five years! Other big acts he accompanied are Otis Redding, Maceo Parker, Roberta Flack, and Gladys Knight, to name a few.
Please tip Mr. Knight! He travels to and from Kinston alone to put on his show and there is NO COVER CHARGE to come see him!
Please come early for best spots and appetizers!
Also going down in that town, at Blackbeard’s Grill & Steam Bar located at 1644 Live Oak St, Beaufort, NC you can get rocked with the young and talented groovers known as Phoenix on Fire during the dinner hour. Music starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 pm.
Over at Harrika’s Brew Haus located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point, NC you can get down with Barefoort Wade love in the Garage bar from 7-10 pm.
Justin Castellano will be live at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant located at 103 W Moore St., Swansboro, NC. You can find him in the bar playing his jams from 9 pm til midnight! Swansboro is also a great place to shop so if you end up down there be sure to grab a great meal and enjoy the lively entertainment of Castellano.
Out on the island it is another night of Will Overman Band live at Gaffer’s Sports Pub located at 1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC. The band is performing there throughout the holiday weekend, offer a pleasant take of folk rock music. Show time for Saturday is 9 pm til midnight.
It is the end of a rockin era in Raleigh this Saturday with Sidewinder finishing things out at Southland Ballroom located at 614 N West St., Raleigh, NC. Doors open at 9 pm music starts at 10 pm.
Join the Sidewinder Family as we say “Farewell to Southland” It has been a Blast!
“Ladies and gentlemen, The East Coast’s Premiere Rock and Roll Powerhouse – Sidewinder!”
Spoken by long-time band emcee Bono, this phrase marked the start of literally thousands of Sidewinder shows throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The band was formed in Wilmington, N.C. during the late ‘70s. Founding member Ronnie Brothers was the first guitarist, and later managed the band after leaving the stage. Sidewinder went through numerous personnel changes during the roughly 16- year run, but the direction was always the same – deliver a high quality rock and roll concert with state-of-the-art production, polished showmanship, and musical excellence.
The Roman Sam’s have a show this Saturday at Drifter’s located at 208 W Clay Street, Mebane, NC. This classic rock cover band is a hard hitting powerhouse that will rock you til you drop. Check them out tonight if you are in the area. They rock the room from 9:30 pm til 2:00 am.
You can enjoy the rocking country sounds of Mason Jar Bonfire this Saturday when they set up shop at The Red Room located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston NC. There is a music charge at the door and music starts at 10 pm and rock on until 2 am.
Looking around to the North you can find Steel County Express rocking The Grey Goose located at Highway 903 N in Ayden, NC. They will be giving up their brand of modern country selections from 9 pm til the midnight hour.
Ed Prophet will be giving up his great sounds at Winslow’s Deli this Saturday evening from 8:30 til 11:30 pm. Located 120 W 5th St. Greenville, NC, this makes for a great stop to grab a bite while being rock with great music.
Looking just to the south we wrap things up where I kicked things off this long weekend. Gene Gregory has a show this Saturday evening from 9 pm til 12 am at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Road, Jacksonville, NC. I had a great time when I was out the other night. Owner Nick Nichols opened the place this past February and looks forward to bringing in more live local music. Stop in and check it out this week if you are out shopping in Jacksonville on Saturday!
Well that is a wrap on where you can find the live music around the state in the days ahead. Whatever you pick, please take kindness with you. Free music is never free so please pay it forward during the holiday season and tip the players well. When you add up their time invested and subtract the money they are paid, there is a deficit and you can help bridge that gap and throw some inspiration back to them in the form of money by placing it in the tip jars.
I hope you get out there and get a chance to dance like no one is watching…I do it every weekend!
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