Back In Class Plus More Festival Fun and Music Events for Friday

This Music Business! Class is In!

Musicians spend a lot of time honing their skills, learning new techniques and mastering their instruments. Most times this investment of time yields the reward of performing your craft in front of an audience.

Make good use of that time investment after you meet the team members, that you will refer to as your band-mates, and develop a plan. Talk about it at rehearsal and write it down on paper. If you take the time to do this, it will help everyone stay on task of achieving goals that are set.

Developing a good business plan is a fine first step for any band ready to take the scene by storm. You will want to chart the course and write it out in plain detail, all of the specifics of this operation. You will want to list overhead and expenses and the means of meeting those expenses.

Detail The plan

A plan can start out as simple as; Johnny and The Rocketships are a southern rock band with four members, new on the scene and interested in playing six shows a month. For the first year, we are going to stay in a 50 mile radius of our location. We will book and accept jobs paying only $500.00 or more for a three-hour performance.

By this time next year, Johnny and The Rocketships will be blasting off on the festival circuit and developing a website for the band. Within the first year of hosting this site, we will build an online store offering hats, T-shirts, stickers and a new 5 song EP for sale online and at shows. The sale of merchandise will be recycled into the store and the profits aside for recording new material.

In this plan, you will name members and speak of their roles and personal achievement goals. This is where we look to know, who is responsible for what and their expectations for meeting those goals. Happy Planning! CLASS DISMISSED!

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 3

As mentioned last week, May and October are the busiest festival months in our beautiful state of North Carolina. Being a fan of fairs and festivals, I am going to uses a section of each weekend blog to highlight festivals around our state.

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

To compile this information I research many sites and would like to highlight those first. For a full annual list of Festivals check out

Another good resource came from

The final site for resourceful information around the state is

May 17-19, 2019:

Cruising The Coast

Beaufort Music Festival

The Beaufort Music Festival is celebrating 31 years of bringing awesome music to the Crystal Coast. This year will feature five acts on Friday evening and an additional ten acts on Saturday. The fun takes place at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort, NC.

Since this festival is all about the music, here is the awesome line up for this year:

Friday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 5:45 pm: Driskill
6 pm – 6:45 pm: Chatham Rabbits
7 pm – 8 pm: The Tan & Sober Gentlemen

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm: Stop Light Observations
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: No BS! Brass 

Saturday Performances:

12 pm – 12:45 pm: Qualian
1 pm – 1:45 pm: Strung Together 
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Hot Buttered Grits
3 pm – 3:45 pm: Durty Dub’s Tribute to Charley Pride
4 pm – 4:45 pm: Pie Face Girls

Saturday Evening Performances:

5 pm – 6 pm: The Artisanals
6:15 pm – 7 pm: Kamara Thomas
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Lilly Hiatt
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Hiss Golden Messenger

For more information on the event please visit

There is limited parking on site and shuttle service available.


2019 Atlantic Beach Music Festival

Calling all shaggers and cloggers, just over the bridge and across the causeway is the 2019 Atlantic Beach Music  Festival. This event is celebrating its 6th year of bringing the music, that makes you dance, to the circle in Atlantic Beach.

The fun gets started on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11 am and it continues until 6 pm. For full details and the band line up please visit


Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

This festival gets underway this coming Wednesday, a free kick-off party. The pre-party for this year’s annual event is hosted by the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. 107 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC.

On the bill for the pre-party celebration will be:

5:00 PM Iron Horse
6:30 PM Intermission
7:15 PM High Fidelity
9:00 PM Scythian

The festival is celebrating its 8th year and here is their story:

Music lovers from all over the world flock to the Outer Banks for this “New” tradition that adds a roster of acclaimed bands with one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year’s event is no exception, with a number of regionally and nationally famous bands set to take the stage. ​
The festival is held at the stunning Roanoke Island Festival Park, which overlooks miles of pristine sound waters. This unique 22 acre island becomes Bluegrass Island each year to host the event. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets and lodging well in advance and despite its off-season timing, this event tends to fill up fast year after year. If your dream vacation involves laying back in your most comfortable beach chair and taking in the best bluegrass acts the country has to offer, then you’ll definitely want to set this long weekend aside for the Outer Banks most popular festival!
Make your plans today for Blue Skies…Blue Water & Bluegrass at the 8th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival!

For the rest of the schedule and ticket information, the 2019 and 2020 Festivals visit the website:


Mustang Spring Jam

This is a two-day music event that promises amazing live music offered by eight nationally touring bands of various genres. That is what’s on the set-list for Mustang Spring Jam 8, which will be held the weekend of May 18-19 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

For event information, please visit

Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full-service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking, management and consulting.

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Around the State

 16th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival

The festival is a free, one-day music and arts festival in the historic Montford Neighborhood. Saturday, May 18. The 16th annual Montford Music and Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. rain or shine, with continuous musical performances until 7 pm on a centrally located stage.
Stroll the art and craft booths including a selection of juried artists and enjoy the eclectic variety of local food trucks and food vendors. There is something to entertain the whole family including the kids! Mark your calendar and plan to attend. More information is available at Visit


6th Annual Asheville Food Truck Showdown

According to this unique food festival’s Facebook Page we learn:

Asheville Food Truck Showdown, May 18, 2019, located at the WNC Ag. Center from 12 pm till 7 pm.
This year’s band lineup is epic. We have everything from Bluegrass, Classic Rock, Country and all those songs you love to sing in the shower! One of our bands named Soul Frequency has some members who played together for over 40 years. These guys will make you get out of your chairs to sing and dance to all those Classic Rock Songs. You now have only a few days left and the VIP Tasting Experiences are almost all gone for this year. There will not be any VIP Tasting Experiences for sale the day of the event. Head to


33rd annual Carolina Blues Festival

The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present the longest running Blues festival in the Southeast United States!

The 33rd Annual CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL has happened all over the Triad. This year they bring it back to LeBauer Park at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.

In recent years the society has been investing in Barber Park and supporting East Greensboro. But they have also held festivals in Jamestown and Winston-Salem as history tells.

This event is now being scripted in Downtown Greensboro for the second year in a row! NCMZ.LIVE was on hand last year for the final day of the fun festival. That is where I met my sweet blues friend Gary Redd.

It was the first time I met the singer, songwriter, former club owner and soulful stringer known as Appaloosa Redd He is a positive and vibrant talent from that area whose band closed out last year’s street fair and park festival. The blues-man stays busy around the Greensboro area with Big Ron Hunter and other talented friends.

Taking a look at this years lineup they have a fist full of fine talent on tap:

House of Dues
Melva Houston
Jon Shain
Clark Stern and The Musical Rewards
Dom Flemons

For more info and tickets visit the Piedmont Blues Society’s Website:


Durham Blues & Brews Festival

Speaking of the Blues and festivals; next Saturday also offers The Durham Blues & Brews Festival in Durham Central Park. This event gets started at 5 pm and offers amazing music until 10 pm. On the bill for this year’s event is

Born in Durham, Oxente opens the show and brings infectious rhythms of Brazil to the streets of our beloved city.

Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so they play many styles of blues. This band won The Triangle Blues Society, Road To Memphis Blues Challenge and had the opportunity to travel to Memphis to compete in the 2019 IBC  in January.

 The young and talented star on the rise in the blues world is now 20 years old and conquering souls. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records.

Closing things out this amazing night of great blues music will be the Mississippi Blues Child himself, Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp. This talented player has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B.B. King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.


Got to Be NC Festival

A festival highlighting all the great things from North Carolina. Enjoy carnival games and rides, live music, food, animal and agricultural displays, antique tractors and more. Most of the festival is free with the following exceptions: $3 admission charge for the Food and Wine Expo; and costs for rides, games and food. Free events include the concerts on the outdoor stage, antique tractors and parades, commercial exhibits in the Graham Building, racing pigs, grandstand shows and more. Expand your Festival visit at the Chatlee Boat Show in the Scott Bldg., the Flea Market or Horse Shows, all on the fairgrounds!

If you are looking for more information about the Got to Be NC Festival, please visit 


Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival

This two-day event in downtown Raleigh celebrates the creative talents found around our state and capital city. According to the Facebook event, the line up for music is set. Here are the details:

Visit for full festival details and information.

Join us on May 18 and 19 as Artsplosure celebrates 40 YEARS in Raleigh! Artsplosure 2019 will enliven Fayetteville Street with our juried Art Market featuring the work of over 170 artists, large-scale installations including What’s That by Australian artist Amanda Parer, music on the Main Stage, Kidsplosure, and more!

12:00 – India Ramey
1:15 – Rissi Palmer
2:45 – Scott Mulvahill
4:15 – Union Duke
6:00 – The Suffers

11:00 – DZ Carr Band
12:15 – The Old Ceremony
1:45 – The Artisanals
3:15 – The East Pointers
4:45 – Alejandro Escovedo

Amanda Parer’s Fantastic Planet sculpture What’s That

Activities and performances from some of Raleigh’s most talented young folks!

Stay tuned for more details, and visit for more festival information!


3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival


The Cheerwine Festival is back for another great weekend of fun for all ages.

Here is what fun things you can expect at our 3rd annual celebration:

Enjoy a performance from multi-platinum California rockers, Smash Mouth on the Hotwire Communication Stage from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Music from Carolina-based bands Live House (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)and Stella Rising (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and a performance from Nashville-based band, The Southern Gothic (5 to 6 p.m).

Enjoy a variety of street performers including Blazin’ Blues Bob, Lucas Beam, David Myers & Courtney Puckett, Kia Rice, Zoe, and Lisette Rodriguez.

Sample the flavors of the Carolina’s free of charge in our “Taste of the Carolina’s” booth sponsored by Food Lion.

Explore Salisbury by completing a scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes.

Discover Cheerwine’s history at the Rowan Museum. The free Cheerwine exhibit will take fans on a walk through the soft drink’s last 102 years of delighting taste buds.

Play in the F&M Bank Kids’ Zone. Available all day, The Kids’ Zone will feature tons of family-friendly games and activities.

Shop for Cheerwine merchandise at the official Cheerwine tent.

Enjoy food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.

We can’t wait to see y’all there!

Visit the festival website for more information:



The annual Pink Hill Rose Fest takes place next Saturday, May 18, 2019. There is still time to become a vendor if you are interested, check out This event will feature the music of The British Invaders, offering the classic rock of the bands that made us dance for decades, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and more. Pink Hill Rose Fest kicks off at 11 am and continues until 8 pm.


Sacred Connections Music Festival

For anyone that is a fan of jam band, listen up. Little Creek Vineyard & Music Venue hosts this event, as well as many others throughout the year. But this one is special and besides the great line up of music, the stage area will be open with the fire burning all night for players. The festival will also include food and merchandise vendors. Admission is limited to 400. Attendees must be ages 18 and older. For the full line up and all of the details check out the Facebook event:


Ayden BBQ Cook-off and festival

It is time for the Annual BBQ  Cook-off and Festival. This event is in Ayden, NC next week. There will be lots of vendors, cook-off competitions, a car show, a beer garden, rides, and live music. On stage, next Friday night will be the Raleigh based party band Hip Pocket and capping off the event on Saturday evening with fun country grooves will be The Bryan Mayer Band. Show times are 7 pm both nights!

For full details visit

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North Carolina Potato Festival

The festival will be held May 17, 18, and 19 in downtown Elizabeth City. This year’s theme is “Eat, Shop, and Play Downtown,” in recognition and celebration of all our downtown businesses and to celebrate the amazing growth and progress happening in downtown. There is a National Potato Peeling Contest, the Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, midway rides and games, the blocks-long Auto and Bike Show, free French fries (while they last), Cornhole Tournament, the CGEA 5K Run, lots of vendors. Interesting as well as traditional festival foods and an amazing lineup of local and nationally-known musicians throughout the three-day event as well. And so much more!

Visit for more information and click for the full line up of entertainment on the main stage.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

MAY 2019 ARTWALKCome to downtown New Bern to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses. Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!

Craven Arts Council will host receptions for the following exhibits:

-Main Gallery: Watercolor Society of North Carolina
-Director’s Gallery: Private Schools Exhibition


There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC

Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring the talented Jason Addams, aka The Mad Fiddler, offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs and wonderful originals by this local and regional songwriter. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, 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 TrainWreck, they will bring the music to life tomorrow night 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.


Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts


Plus some “NOT SO CLASSICAL” Interludes
J. S. BACH–Prelude in C Major (from The Well-Tempered Clavier)
Invention No. 1 in C Major
Invention No. 8 in F Major
Gigue (from Partita in B-flat Major)
BEETHOVEN–Sonata quasi una Fantasia, Op. 27#2
(“Moonlight” Sonata)
BARTOK–Romanian Folk Dances
GRIEG–Nocturne, Op. 54#4
Puck, Op. 71#3
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65#6
CHOPIN–Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40#1 (“Military”)
Scherzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
No charge but Donations Accepted


The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine


Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.


Bryan Mayer Band will be on stage tonight at City Stage New Bern. Doors open at 5 pm and music is offered at 8 pm.


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 good grooves of Justin Castellano live, who 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!


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016


Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company


Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Ryan Rubich and Jared Cain Duo grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden

Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Rick Huff in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from the Jasmine’s Tasty Thai Food Truck, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

 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. This Friday you can enjoy the music of Old  Smoke. Music plays at 8-11 pm.


Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB


JM’s Place PUB welcomes the rocking grooves of The Hatch Bros. Band. The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill wants everyone to be aware that there is amazing entertainment on tap each and every weekend. This Friday they welcome The Doug Prescott Band, offering the music from 9 pm – 12 am. The band is an eight-piece Roots Rock ensemble from Chapel Hill, NC that plays original songs.

The Doug Prescott Band has produced six studio albums and one live album over the last 15 years. Their latest studio endeavor, One World, was recorded in 8 studios on 3 continents to raise money to benefit the people of Kiribati, an island located in the South Pacific. This island nation is imperiled by rising sea levels, and it’s people face the prospect of becoming the world’s first climate change refugees.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s


It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Downward Dogs Piano and Drums to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!


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.


Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Sabin Sharpe are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and country sounds offered by this talented artist.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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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.

May 6 at 7:50 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Please be sure to call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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Thanks to the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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