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Mojo Collins Brings the Blues to New Village Brewery and Taproom

The ever so talented Mojo Collins made his way to Oriental a couple of weeks ago, to share his blues with fans and friends. He performed in the backyard garden at New Village Brewery and Taproom, located on Broad St in Oriental. This blues artist has a long history of sharing songs that date back to the mid-’60s. He has written over 300 songs, and shares stories and songs with his audience. Here is a song I captured at his show in Oriental.

You can find Mojo Collins on Facebook to read his extensive and interesting story. His story has as much character as his music and that can’t be by mistake. Tonight the singer and stringer will be celebrating Manteo First Friday.

First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held the first Friday of each month, April through November from 6 pm to 8 pm in Historic Downtown Manteo along the Waterfront. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans and much more.

Below is the 2019 Music Lineup for the courthouse steps at Dare County Arts Council:

 August 2: Mojo Collins
 September 6: Seagrass
 October 4: Gorillas and the Miss
November 1: The Wilder Brothers
 December 6: Manteo Christmas Show

Each First Friday, Dare County Arts Council also has a new art exhibition opening reception which is free and open to the public.

Many shops and restaurants do individual celebrations inside their establishments, offering their own live music, unique merchandise, special sales and light refreshments.

First Friday is a great time to explore downtown Manteo. See you there!

First Friday on Roanoke Island is a monthly event sponsored by the Town of Manteo. First Friday 2019 is also sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, Manteo Rotary Club, Holiday House Weddings and Events – Florals, lighting and decor., Atlantic Elevators, Outer Banks Ace Hardware, White Doe Inn, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

This project is supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the department of natural and cultural resources.

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Now Or Never Visits New Bern Before First Single Release

Now or Never offered the dinner music for diners, that came out on Saturday, July 27 to Sara’s Big Apple Pizza. The duo has been keeping busy on the stage and in the studio these days. On Sunday, July 28 they released their first single “Waves”, which they recorded in Morehead City at Ternote Studios under the production of Doug Gould. They hosted a single release party at Cru Bar, where they introduced their new member, guitarist Delancy Loftus. The band offered six new original songs and gave away prizes. You can find their music wherever you buy music and download it today. 

For anyone looking to catch the grooves, they are in Wrightsville Beach tonight, Swansboro tomorrow night and in Beaufort this Saturday!


Mommicked Comes to Town and Rocks Blackbeards


We got to rock with a new band on Saturday night when the owner of Blackbeard’s Triple Play Dale Overbee brought Mommicked, a fun rock and pop band from the Crystal Coast. This band has been rocking the scene for 8 years,but this was the first time I had the pleasure of hearing them. I have to admit they are a lot of fun and the band offers several talented players. For venues looking for a fun and solid band choice be sure to consider Mommicked.

Making the music for this band are Josh Honaker offering the lead on vocals and plays guitar.
Craig Paylor plays lead and acoustic guitar, keys and offers background vocals. Harvey Avery on bass and background vocals, Ray Waggoner behind the kit on drums and Jason Ketchum guitar, and helping make them sound good is sound tech Vic Banks. 


The Wannabees Rock City Stage New Bern

The Wannabees are the New Bern based classic rock band, that has been sharing fun music for since they got together years ago. Making the sweet sounds sound sweeter is Larry Swinson on guitar and vocals and Tod Stilley on guitar and vocals.
Mike Bass plays the bass guitar, works the vocals and behind the kit is the busy and talented Jason Patterson who also lends an assist on vocals. 

The next time the band returns to New Bern they will be rocking Blackbeard’s Triple Play on Sunday, September 1, 2019 for an End of Summer Bash. Mark your calendars now.


~ Live Music Options ~

Friday, August 2, 2019


Our Local Clubs and Pubs

The Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of great music featuring William Seymour offering songs from 7:30-11 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 Ravenz Bru, 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.


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.


On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage


The Garage welcomes the music of Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. 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 Gene Gregory 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 Pure T Mommicked, grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rocking grooves of this popular local band.


Newport, NC

Carolina Home and Garden


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


Norris Tavern

Live tonight at Norris Tavern in Newport is the rockin’ Pamlico County duo Steel Shot. They will be rocking the tunes from 7-10 pm.


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. Tonight it is Naked Knees out on the stage by the streetMusic plays at 8-11 pm.


Morehead City, NC

Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering


Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering welcomes Justin Castellano for your dining entertainment this evening. Tomorrow it is the Brian McCroury. Music plays from 7-10 pm. You are welcome to come early for a delicious dinner and stay late for fun music.



Off The Hook

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Off The Hook welcomes the fun grooves of DJ Chainsaw tonight. Tomorrow night they welcome DuckMusic starts at 10 pm and the fun jams last until it’s time to head home. Come out and dance the night away under the stars!


Jack’s Waterfront Bar


There is a good time every time you visit Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

~Friday August 2nd~ Open @ 4pm Fun Friday Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm hosted by Mary Kay-Debbie Fisher, Color Street Lips-LaVonda Daniels and Fairy Hair-Macie Chambers Live music by Stone Age Romeos begins @ 9:30pm Wood Fired, Brick Oven Pizza available.
~Saturday August 3rd~ Open @ Noon Live music by The Dickens Band begins @ 9:30pm Wood Fired, Brick Oven Pizza available
~Sunday Funday August 4th~ Open @ Noon Live music by Bryan Mayer aka Stretch from 4pm – 8pm Bar Olympics start @ 6pm Wood Fired, Brick Oven Pizza available. See you at Jack’s!

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop Presents


Into The Fog is a genre-jumping string band located in Raleigh, North Carolina. With various backgrounds ranging from bluegrass, country, rock, to funk, Into The Fog creates a musical melting pot of sounds in an acoustic/newgrass setting. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. Originally formed in Wilmington, NC late in 2017, around an opportunity to play in the band competition for the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Into The Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and beyond. In November 2018 the band went up to a cabin outside of Waynesville, NC and spent a week recording their debut album Wishin It Would Rain, which was released on February 22, 2019.“

Into The Fog:





At JM’s Place PUB tonight, they welcome the fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am with Strange Rootz. Tomorrow at JM’s Place come out for a dose of good blues music with Big Jim Kohler Band. And this week for Sunday Funday it is Tim Biggs. 


Southport, NC

Fishy Fishy Cafe


 Boosum Buddies, Doug McFarland and Jim Ellis 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

Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger

Live tonight at The Blind Tiger, Tuesday’s Gone The Ultimate Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd will rock the crowd with special guest Jack of Diamonds. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. Tickets are $15.00 and you can get yours here…


Garner, NC

Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill


Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill opens the stage to Siren, who will be rocking the fun tunes tonight. They will be offering the pop and rock grooves we all know and love. Music is free and kicks off at 10 pm and lasts until 2 am.


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

Offering two bands tonight is The Blue Note Grill located in Durham. Kicking things off at 6 pm almost every Friday, since TBNG opened its doors, is The Duke Street Dogs. Then rocking the stage from 9 pm-midnight it is another fun regular The Wiley Fosters. They make an appearance monthly on the stage at TBNG. Both shows are free of charge and the food is always delicious.


Raleigh, NC

The Pour House Music Hall


We have Truly on draft (AHH!) and we made a bunch of DELICIOUS house made flavors to add to your Spiked & Sparkling Truly!

The Sunday Special
We like Funk, and Funk in all her infinite wisdom and glory has decided to like us back. So enjoy all of our precious Song Babies, Groove Children and Musical Offspring Fertilizing your mind with profound tunes and infectious ideas. Listen here.


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 Boyd and Morgan 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. That happens from 6 pm – 9 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind. Tonight on the Pebble Stage is Four Asses and A Mule. Tomorrow they open the stage with For The Love of Music w/John William! The BEST in Music Jams!  Music plays at 7-10 pm.


Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Adrian & Co are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and fun and funky sounds offered by Adrian Watts & Friends. Music starts at 10 pm.


Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

K. Reeves brings the old school country to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Music plays from 9 pm until midnight.

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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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Tonight’s blog is made possible thanks to the donation and kindness of Ken Byrd. 

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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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Have a great weekend and enjoy the dance! Come back tomorrow and we will go country and sing the blues some too! Until then, cheers!

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