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~ Live Music Options for Thursday, January 26, 2017 ~

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~ Crusin’ Along the Coast ~


Hank Barbee was to appear live in studio tonight for the recording of Soup To Nuts with George Scheibner. Due to illness this show will be rescheduled for a later date. When details come in I will be sure to share them with you first.

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This event was sold out, but due to Barbee fighting an illness the show has to be rescheduled. Nonetheless, I figured I would share details on how these events work for future reference:

Doors @ 6:30pm
Show @ 7:30pm
Cash bar w/beer & wine available for guest
Reservation Phone: 910-343-1640
Reservation Email:
Location: MC Erny Gallery / WHQR 91.3fm
254 N. Front St. Suite 300
Wilmington NC 28401
The Soup to Nuts Live! Concert Series, presented by the Great Outdoor Provision Co. of Wilmington, features performers from a wide variety of musical styles: Folk to Blues, Jazz to Rock, Bluegrass, Latin, Roots, Americana, Country and much more. Just like its namesake program, Soup to Nuts (broadcast Saturday nights at 9pm on WHQR 91.3fm), this concert series is both energetic and eclectic.
Soup to Nuts on-air host George Scheibner will interview the performers during breaks in the show. You’ll hear the music and find out about the artists who create it, while the performance is recorded live for future broadcast on 91.3fm. The atmosphere is charged with excitement and the ambience is simply unmatched – there’s no other venue like it in the Port City.

Keep in mind folks, this show series is a regular occurence and another great way to help support live music. To attend these kinds of events you make a reservation and a $10 donation at the door and that helps public radio. Public radio does a lot to help local talents so it is important to support their efforts when we can.



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The Phantom Playboys have a show tonight at Ted’s Fun on the River located at 2 Castle St.,  Wilmington, NC. This swinging band gets the place jumping at 6:30 pm for this family fun event and they will rock you til 8:30 pm. Here are more details about the show and the band that I found on the Facebook event page:

Come see The PHANTOM PLAYBOYS rock the house like you’ve never seen them before!
On Thursday, January 26th, The PHANTOM PLAYBOYS will be stripping down their sound to give you the raw, unfiltered rockabilly sound that you’ve always dreamed of!
Known for blowing the top off of venues with their unique blend of rockabilly, surf, and swing music, The PHANTOM PLAYBOYS have accepted the challenge of doing it with acoustic instruments!
This event is Family Friendly.
The Phantom Playboys bring the sounds of Rock-a-billy and 50’s Rock-n-Roll with a splash of surf and flying jump-kick of raw energy! Imagine a Zombified Elvis Presley joined The Squirrel Nut Zippers and Recruited Vampire Carl Perkins to play guitar. Get out your dancin’ shoes, because when this five-piece brass and steel freight train comes barreling down the tracks from Wilmington, NC, there won’t be a still foot in the house!



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Random Drink featuring the sounds of Veronica Welch and Arlin Tart will off their acoustic variety show to the folks on hand at Saltwater Grill, located at 99 Church St. Swansboro, NC. Music starts at 6:30 pm and lasts until 9:30 pm.


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The fun and charismatic duo, 4EverAll have a show tonight at Carolina Home  & Garden located at  4778 Highway 24 W, Newport, NC. Music starts at 6:30 pm and lasts until 9:30  pm. and here is what the events page noted:

One of our favorites, 4EverAll will be playing this Thursday Night in the Garden from 6:30 until 9:30!
As usual, we will have a great selection of beer & wine available for purchase, appetizers spread out, late night shopping, and of course lots of seating inside and out for relaxing!



~ Rockin’ Around the Region ~


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Have a look a things around the state, we start things off tonight in Asheville, where you can groove to the sounds of Nappy Roots, plus the enjoy the music of Professor Toon and Natural Born Leaders. That’s the bill on stage tonight at The Orange Peel, located at 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC.

Here are more details about the show and the artists:

Nappy Roots
plus Professor Toon & Natural Born Leaders
Show: 9pm
Doors: 8pm
$16 advance
$18 day of show
Ages 18+
Tickets & Info:
Nappy Roots entered the music scene in 1998 and they have remained real, humble, talented guys with inherent, undeniable southern swagger. After the international success of their album Watermelon, Chicken, & Grits, selling over 3 million albums, the members of Nappy Roots were flying high while still acutely aware of how far it could be to the bottom should they fall. It is that practical and genuine presence of mind that helped them sustain touring as a group these last ten years. Building a vastly loyal fan-base nationwide, fans and friends can be used interchangeably when referring to their army of followers.
In an economically recessed climate, Nappy Roots has joined the rest of the nation in trying to understand and work through financial and emotional struggles. No stranger to challenges, this four-man collective from Kentucky tackled their obstacles and, in the process, their self-honest work emerged in form of 5 studio albums and 10 mix-tapes. As usual, Nappy Roots examine our inalienable rights, reason, and truth through lyrical originality and voyage.


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Live tonight at The Lazy Diamond located at 98 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC it’s a country music  night featuring the sounds of Bryan Marshall & His Payday Knights who will offer all the popular sounds of classic country music and western honky-tonk grooves, so where your best dancing boots and get ready for a good time tonight. Music starts at 10 pm and they will have you two-steppin’ until 1 am.


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Those in need of some gospel music are in for a great treat tonight with the return of Flossie Boyd Johnson & Favor live tonight at The Double Crown located at 375 Haywood Ave., Asheville, NC. Tickets for this night of gospel and inspiration are just $10 and music will start at 10 pm.


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Live at The Blind Tiger located at 1819 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC,  InVogue Records presents the unplugged tour with James Thomas Woodruff offering an evening of songs and stories and positive vibes. Doors open at 6 pm and music starts at 7 pm, tickets are $15 and to get your tickets for this show visit this link:


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Live tonight at Common Grounds, located at 602 S Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC it is a the music of Rhiannon Giddens, Molly McGinn, and Laurelyn Dossett on display for your enjoyment. Tickets for this event have sold out. For those who do have tickets, music starts this evening at 7:30.


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The Alley Rabbits have a show tonight at Scuppermong Books located at 304 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC.  this will be fun for the whole family. Here is what I found on the event page for this show:

The ALLEY RABBITS will perform at Scuppernong Books at 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, January 26, 7:00-8:30pm. They perform a fun mix of 60s, 70s, and 80s music as well as bluegrass standards. Always FUN! See ya there!


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Live tonight at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro located at 617 N Elm St. Greensboro, NC. there is a fantastic night in store for those who appreciate well-arranged jazz music. Here again is also a great opportunity to bring the family out for a fun night of music appreciation. This event is free. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tonight is a kick off of a great series and here is what I learned on the Facebook event page:

Our opening concert on January 26, 7:30 will include:
A Vivaldi cantata
The North Carolina Central University Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Emerging Artist soprano Elena Flores
Charles Ives’ “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven”
A duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano by Dr. Hulme
And several delectable surprises
Performers include:
Clara O’Brien, mezzo-soprano
Elena Flores, soprano
Wendy Rawls, Rebekah Blanton, violins
Scott Rawls, viola
Timothy Holley, cello
Susan Bates, harpsichord
James Douglass, piano
More information can be found on the À la carte website:


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Coming ’round to the RDU area I found a great night of informative music and education for those who love Jazz music and history. Tonight the spotlight will shine on the  Duke Ellington Era at the Duke University John Hope Franklin Center you can enjoy the music of Candice Hoyes, a classically trained jazz vocalist who will be joined by professor Mark Anthony Neal. Here are the details from the Facebook event page:

Candice Hoyes, a classically trained Jazz vocalist will be in conversation with Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal about the legacy of Duke Ellington’s music and its continued relevancy in the Black Lives Matter era. Hoyes’ latest recording, On a Turquoise Cloud, is a collection of Ellington manuscripts combed from the national Archives


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It’s auditions in Durham! Those seeking opportunity, here is your calling. The Uptown Bar & Lounge located at 5504 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC they will be holding auditions for the new house band this evening. Come out ready to impress and get the gig. The details are listed in the ad above. Good luck players and for those who just wish to be on hand for the sights and sounds; music starts at 10 pm and the auditions last til midnight!


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Rubberband has a show tonight at The Pointe, located at 1626 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh NC. If you are looking to get funky with soul and a little hip hop before rocking your blues away, this is the place to be tonight from 10:30 pm til 1:30 am! For more on the band check out on social media by searching @rubberbandentertainment.


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Cat O ‘Nine Tails with The North Carolina Symphony will be happening tonight at Kings, located at 14 W Martin St. Raleigh, NC. Here is what I found out about this wonderful evening of music on the Facebook events page:

North Carolina Symphony musicians David Kilbride, violin; Karen Strittmatter Galvin, violin; Nathaniel Yaffe, cello; and Samuel Gold, viola, perform at Kings in Raleigh. GA tickets just $8.
John Zorn: Cat O’Nine Tails
Ravel: String Quartet

The cost is $8.00 and for tickets you can follow this link:


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Once again it is time for local beer and local bands at Pour House Music Hall, located at  224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Tonight you can dig the grooves of  Youma, Arson Daily and NewAger. It is going to be a fun and affordable night of great local talent. Tickets are $5.00 at the door and $3.00 with student ID. This night gets underway at 8:30 pm with the music rocking you til 1 am.

Just as a side note to my New Bern readers,  Arson Daily has some roots around New Bern and they will be in town this weekend at The Brown Pelican. More on that in a couple of days, but wanted you to plan appropriately in case you did not know about that show!


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Having a look around other regions, Eric Scherffler will be giving up his best show for the folks at Eat Roadkill Taphouse and Grill, located at 1804 N  Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro, NC. He gets the music started at 7 pm and rocks you til 10 pm.


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Pamlico County duo known as Steel Shot will perform live tonight at North Street Pub & Eatery, located at 115 W North Street, Kinston, NC. The duo play rock, pop, country and blues classics that keep the night fun and interesting for the crowd. They get the music started at 8 pm and rock you til 11 pm.



Denver Dixon is on the menu for entertainment tonight at the Westridge Grill, located at 3639 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, NC. He will be serving up an acoustic set of live music from 7 pm-11 pm. You are encouraged to bring the family and meet some friends for a fun night of good food and fun music. Sounds like a great idea for me!


~ Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern ~

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It is Vintage Thursday at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. That is where you can enjoy the sounds of singer Alisa Mike, who is a professionally trained and very talented singer. She gets the music started at 6:30 pm and plays all your favorites until 8:30 pm. This show is free and it happens twice monthly.


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Tonight at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC, you can join the fun during their weekly Open Mic Night, taking place tonight and every Thursday evening from 7-10 pm. Pack up the gig bag and throw your talent in the trunk and bring it all down to the Dirty Bird tonight, to present to the folks out in support of new music.

Well kids, that is what I found for music options for you tonight. 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!  Thanks for keeping me informed!

Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance.

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Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook and you will end up in the list of options 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, how much are tickets, pictures are also helpful. I share links and band websites 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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