A Raft Race and A Little Rock n Roll


The Great Trent River Raft Race

The Great Trent River Raft Race has a history in our town that dates back many decades ago. Like with many things in history, what was once old becomes new again. This year, the old race made a come back in the community and great fun was had by all. Our residents gathered on the land, as well as on the river to watch not just the Flotilla that kicked off the event just after 11 am, but also, the many races that took place throughout the day as well.  In total, there were four races on the day and four winners crowned.

The event took place at Union Point Park and boasted a great many local business vendors, food trucks, information center and several nonprofits including RCS who’s booth was being manned by the Peace Soldier himself, Bobby Hurff.

Besides food and fun vendors, there were raft races and awesome local music! The music got rocking at 11 am with the Pamlico rockers Saltwater Gold, who kicked things off while I was still compiling Saturday’s blog. For those looking for that popular band this weekend, you will find them rocking the Croaker Festival in Oriental, NC. They will be on the main stage at 7:30 pm tonight to close out the first night of that weekend-long festival.

For the full schedule of events be sure to check out the festival website by clicking on this link:

Croaker Festival Schedule of Events

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Wannabees Rock ‘Em in the Heat


Have you seen the classic rock act, The Wannabees lately?  These guys are really rocking to the core. On Saturday, during the high heat of the day, this quartet of rockers offered a fiery set of classic rock tunes to delight the crowd. They did this following a long night of a rocking downtown at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, the Friday night before.

The band is a staple on the New Bern music scene. They have been rocking it for years and just get better with time. Offering all of the classic rock songs you remember from the radio. If you like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and all the rockers from the 60 and 70’s, then this is the band to check out. They play around the region and are available for festivals, community events, private parties and rocking nights in your venue. They are professional and talented players, that love rocking their weekends away with fans and friends. To keep up with The Wannabees you can find them on Facebook at

The Wannabees on Facebook

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3 Day Weekend Kept the Rock Rolling and Photographers Busy

The rock n roll continued throughout the afternoon with 3 Day Weekend, the third act taking to the stage at 3 pm. They rocked the crowd with all the familiar classics that the people of this town love.

This classic rock cover band is another fun staple on our local scene. They only get together a few times each year, which helps keep the show fresh and fun. The five-piece band has been rocking for more than a decade.

The next show on tap for the band will be the Rockin on the Rivers Concert Series, brought to us by the New Bern Chamber of Commerce. They will open next month’s concert series that will take place on Friday, July 20, 2018.  Sharing the stage with local country crooner Bryan Mayer and local superstars, Parmalee.

The committee that organized this event did a good job of selecting local bands that represent this town. From start to finish they brought familiar bands that offer great rocking music for a feel-good event that inspires a community.


Bryan Mayer Closes Out with Great Country Set

Following the awards ceremony for the many races, the stage was turned over to “The Tallest Man in Country Music”, the Bryan Mayer Band offered a fun 90 minute set of great songs to close out the day. The band has been in high demand, as they’ve stayed local this music season for the many Summer community events found in our area, but they hit the road this week for a quick tour of the Northeast, that takes them to Pennsylvania and New York.

Tonight you can find the country singer live at The Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. He will perform an unplugged show in their lounge from 7-10 pm. To keep up with our local country superstar, check him out on Facebook by following this link:

Bryan Mayer Music on Facebook

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Hot Buttered Grits Served on the Patio

The Hot Buttered Grits is New Bern’s own, original jam band. The five-piece ensemble offers the fun grooves, that always make fans move to the beats. They offer a great mix of original music and jam band favorites like Phish and of course, The Grateful Dead. They always draw a great crowd and they know just what numbers to play to get them up dancing. Most of the band hails from our talented town, with the exception of singing guitarist Howard Longo who makes the journey from Raliegh to rock the crowd.

The band loves playing festivals, private parties and on occasion, they are known to turn the town on its ear, when they come together for their jams. They have no events listed on their band page at this time, but I know they will offer another show on the patio later in the year during the holiday season.

For those looking to groove this weekend, Grits front singer, guitarist, and mandolin player Seth Smith will be joining other music brothers tomorrow night at The Brown Pelican where he is throwing down. Here is what I learned:

“Hey friends, I’m throwing a funky dance party at the Pelican! Come to show off your Dap Dip, Shang A Lang, Kid N Play and the rest your favorite dance moves. I’ll be spinning all the funkiest Soul, R & B, Funk, and Hip Hop hits! Cold weather, hot weather, it doesn’t matter just shake that tail feather!” Music starts at 8 pm and the grooves go til 11 pm. This show is free so come out and dance!


MagicMan & The 4Rent Band Offer a Magic Filled Night of Music and Fun at The Dirty Bird

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One of the best parts of my job as a blogger is walking into a familiar room with an unknown band rocking the room. This never gets old. Last week it happened again when I walked into the Dirty Bird to meet Magic Man & The 4Rent Band. This is a fun and funky R&B band that comes complete with harmonies and backing vocals. The six-piece band rocked the room with the sounds of soul and funk, that inspire the fun in all that wish to move and groove!

The band plays around the state and is looking to book more gigs this Summer. So, if anyone is looking for a great band that will bring the funk, look no further than this band. They not only offer the great music that fans love, but they also include a mini magic act as part of the show. This not only sets them apart, but it helps them include their audience in ways most bands can’t.

Check out the band on Facebook by following this link:

Magic Man & The 4Rent Band on Facebook




Getting Down Around Town New Bern, NC


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Tonight the town of New Bern offers more than a handful of live music options, for those looking for a good time with live entertainment. Kicking things off just on the outskirts of town we find the debut of stringer and singer Brian Burke, rocking the tunes at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. This show is free with music being served from 7-10 pm.


Skipping over the bridge we find live music starting right out of the gate from the office to the deck. Alisa Mike is the hostess of the deck party presented tonight by Christoph’s on the Water tonight, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Music starts at 5 pm and Alisa offers the sounds you love til 9 pm. Offering a new menu to go with the return of live music, we hope you come out and dance tonight!


Tonight offers another fun family night in the park, at Union Point Park. The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Trent Cadillac to bring us Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series. 

Tonight’s event is free to the public. They have vendors on site to feed you. They have a vendor serving beer on site for the adults and there are icy treats for the kids too. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and don’t forget the bug spray.

The lawn is big and the band rocking the river park tonight is Jukebox Revolver. These fun rockers will bring it all for your enjoyment tonight. The five-piece band hail from Greensboro, NC and rock fans all over the state. Tonight New Bern is the lucky town, with music being offered from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. We hope you bring the family and dance!


Walking around downtown, you will find a live music venue on nearly every street. Starting things off on Broad St. we find Pete Pawsey and Patrick Edwards bringing the music to The Brown Pelican tonight. Located at 411 Broad St., they offer the grooves from 7-10 pm. This show is FREE and even though The Brown Pelican is a private club, you can become a member tonight. Just bring your ID, one dollar and staff will sign you up!


Walking around the corner, we head down Middle Street and stop in The Thirsty Bruin. That is where we can grab a fresh, cold brew and catch the sounds of Buck Loy, rocking the crowd with familiar sounds from 8-10:30 pm. Once again, this show is free, but feel free to show some love to the music makers that work hard for your good time. Tip them like you would any bartender, as they serve the sounds that move you!


Live on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St., New Bern, NC, it is the fun and funky sounds of The Joe Brown Band, offering the music you love to vibe too from 7-10 pm. Following their fun set of funky grooves, head inside and catch TrainWreck who brings the party from 10 pm until closing.


Rocking the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., will be the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. You are invited to come and dance your blues away tonight from 8-11 pm.


Cruising The Coast

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Atlantic Beach, NC

The Telluride Bluegrass Band brings the music to Fort Macon State Park for the summer concert series. Bring the family and lawn chairs. Don’t forget the bug spray and come groove to the music from 6:30 until 9:00 pm. This is the third concert of the series. This fun band will offer a fun mix of bluegrass, country classics and even some beach tunes that are sure to get you grooving.


Steel Shot brings the show to Idle Hour Biergarten, 121 Atlantic Blvd. Music is offered from 6-9 pm. The Pamlico County-based duo offers all kinds of music from the beach sounds you love to the country grooves that make you boot scoot, they rock the funk and bring the fun. They enjoy interacting with the crowd, so come ready to have fun and dance in the sand. This Biergarten offers tasty options for those that come hungry.


Solo singer and live entertainer, Davy Williamson serves the sounds tonight at Crystal Coast Brewing Company, 219 W Fort Macon Rd. This show is free and the music plays from 8-11 pm


Bottom of the Bottle will be rocking The Barnicle tonight. Located at 700 E Fort Macon Rd. The music plays tonight from 6-9 tonight and the music is FREE!

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Morehead City, NC

Tonight’s early show and dinner pick go to Hank Barbee & his Dusty Trio playing at Snapperz Grill & Steambar.  Located at 3710 Arendell St, they offer the fresh seafood you crave and the soothing sounds that accompany dinner delightfully.  Music plays from 6-9 pm in the Steam Bar.


The Spread will be rocking Promise Land Market, 909 B Arendell Ave tonight from 8-11 pm. This is a fun rocking band that offers lots of jams and great grooves for fans to move too. The show is free, the beer is fresh, the servers polite and friendly and the food is most delicious. Come nosh on a pizza and enjoy a beer this Friday night as you groove to the local sounds of The Spread.


Moving off the main drag and heading to the waterfront we find Tyler Davis rocking the song selections at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant located at 707 Evans St. Music plays from 8-11 pm on the deck as food is served throughout the night. Come early to enjoy the fresh catch of the day and stay late to dance the dessert calories away


Core Sound is the latest band featuring stinger and singer, Cecil Gilkin. Tonight the trio will be rocking the beach sounds and classic rock you love at Off The Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City. Check out the band as they rock the deck from 10 pm until 1:30 am. Gilken is well known on the scene and hails from the Crystal Coast region.

Emerald Isle, NC

Flipperz Family Bar & Grill, 311 Mangrove Rd. Emerald Isle offers the music of The Mad Fiddler tonight with the sounds being served up from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Come early for a great dinner and stay for the awesome, fun music.


Jim Quick & The Coastline Band will rock the stage with all the beach sounds you love tonight at SALT Bar, 325 Mangrove Rd., Emerald Isle. Music plays from 9 pm until the midnight hour.

Swansboro, NC

For those looking for a great pick for a romantic night of dining and dancing be sure to check out Justin Castellano who will be live at Boro Restaurant and Bar, located at 109 S Front St., Swansboro, NC. The entertainer offers classic songs with a classical style that is comparable to no one in our area. The skilled guitarist stays busy performing three to four shows each week throughout the year. Currently booking dates for the remaining months o the year, Castellano has some openings for shows this fall and winter season. To check out the singer/songwriter follow this link to his website:


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Rocking Around the Region

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Charlotte, NC

Kicking things off in Charlotte tonight, we find The Parks Brothers have a show tonight at Hickory Tavern Ballantyne. The music plays from 9 pm till midnight. Two brothers playing music. Brandon Parks on Drums and Vocals; Bradley Parks on Guitar and Vocals. They play a wide variety of music from the 60’s to today.  The band hails from Fayetteville, NC but is really making a name for themselves on the Charlotte scene.


Winston-Salem, NC

For any of my readers ending their day at the office in Winston-Salem, be sure to stop out at  Corpening Plaza tonight for the Downtown Jazz Series. Tonight’s event offers free music to the public from 6-7 pm.

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Goldsboro, NC

Ironclad will be rocking the grooves at The Flying Shamrock, 115 N John St., Goldsboro, NC. The trio gets to rocking about 9 pm and keep the grooves going to 1 am. Come out and support live music and grab a great meal too. The Flying Shamrock offers great Irish fare to delight your tastebud, plus plenty of beer selections and libation options.


Greenville, NC

Bryan Quintard will be pouring out his songs tonight at Pitt Street Brewing Company, 630 S Pitt St., Greenville, NC. Music is free and plays from 8:30-11:30 pm.


AJ McMurphy’s offer the live music of Drunken Dorado on stage from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am. The five-piece band from Goldsboro offer the sounds of Americana music that many love. Come out and eat, dance and welcome the weekend with live 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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Facebook Events Link

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

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the music news that I have to report today. Please go out and support live music!  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.

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

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