In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned accepting a new position as Marketing Director for NC Life Media. What I did not mention is that as part of this job, I get to hang out with so many great people that enjoy putting the focus on the happenings in and around New Bern.
Every other week a fun group of local citizens and town officials come together, to spread the word of fun events that are happening in and around New Bern.
This week I was in the studio for the 108th Episode of New Bern and Beyond. On Thursday we gathered at The Charles Tendell Studios and joining the fun was Wendy Card not pictured, Kathy Morrison from the New Bern Historical Society, George Oliver of Oliver & Cheek and family band fame, Strung Together, City of New Bern, Public Information Officer, Colleen Roberts, Recording engineer and production man about town, Charles Tendell and former director of the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp Susan Moffat-Thomas, who all sat at the table with me to talk about the many things going on around town.
Our 108th Podcast will air this Monday, January 7, 2019. Listen for community segments being aired on New Bern’s News Talk Radio, WNOS 107.5FM, and 1450AM. Tune in at 8 am and 5 pm on Wednesday! Each podcast is aired twice weekly and shared four times on the radio. It is also available wherever you sign up for your favorite podcast. To follow us on YouTube visit and subscribe to the NewBernNow page at https://www.youtube.com/user/NewBernNow
I got to enjoy the music of three popular stringers while running amuck the Crystal Coast.
My first stop brought us to Swansboro, NC, where we got to hear a sample of the popular New Bern based singer and stringer Ed Prophet. I caught up with the brilliant talent at Boro Restaurant, where he serenaded the dinner crowd.
For the second stop, I found the incredible Adam Hill on stage on Hill St. at
Opening the second set of Hill’s show was his friend Stephen Poole offering four songs. Poole certainly had an exciting holiday season. His family banded together to sign the singer up for an audition on the Voice. Poole and his family head to Miami at the end of the month for his shot at being heard. I will share the results as the story unfolds.
Before he heads south for the big competition, Poole will be practicing his craft next Friday on stage at
For friends and fans of Adam Hill, the stringer will be offering his music at Crossroads Grill and Bar,
BrÜtopia offers the fresh beer and fun sounds of stinger and singer Mykel Barbee. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm. On-site serving the Latin tastes you love will be La Cocina Del Coqui . They will be on site from 5-9 pm. Be sure to stop out and support three local businesses in one stop.
The Brown Pelican hosts the fun bluegrass and folks sounds of Carolina Sky. Live music plays from 8-11 pm. 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 Restaurant, 415 S Front St. Tonight on the deck you can rock with Smokehouse. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. Inside they host 30 Seconds Rocks Music Bingo and offer a DJ. Something for everyone on S Front St. tonight! For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
It’s the Will & Tony Show, appearing live all weekend at Treehouse Beer Company. Catch the fun duo offering live music from 7-10 pm tonight or tomorrow night. They play the classic rock and blues favorites you love.
Emily Musolino is a Durham, NC native who mixes soulful vocals with shredding blues-rock guitar riffs. The depth of emotion in her voice is stunning and her songs have a classic sound and lyrics that tell compelling stories.
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Emily has opened for and collaborated with artists like Ani Difranco, Nikki Hill, Vinx, Shana Tucker, Anna Wise (SonnyMoon, Kendrick Lamar) and Eric Hirsh (The Beast, Orquesta GarDel). She is also the owner and head engineer at Blue Moose Recording Studio in Durham and Co-founder of the women’s music and arts collective Mama May I.
Emily released her newest album “The Vault” in April 2018.
She has been featured several times on NPR’s the State of Things with Frank Stasio and written up in the News and Observer. She currently fronts the Emily Musolino Band and plays 200+ shows a year, both bandleader and soloist around the world.
SALT BAR welcomes the Mikele Buck Band to the stage tonight. There is a music charge payable at the door. Music will start at 10 pm. For more information call the club at (252) 241-7603.
Turning our attention to the Turnage Theater in Washington NC, the site of Don Skinner’s 6th Annual GuitarFest, it will be a fun event raising money for those affected by Hurricane Florence.
Interestingly enough, each of the band’s on this bill are from New Bern, NC and can tell you of their significant losses and share their story of the flood that tried to defeat us. Headliners, Strung Together are the family band that lost their home on E Front Street to the named storm. They are excited to be moving back into the dwelling to continue renovations later this month.
Lead singer and founding member of Peace Soldier, Robert Hurff, was rescued from his dwelling as the water entered his living space. Two of the players in The Hot Buttered Grits saw the river rush through their homes as well. And opening the show tomorrow at the Turnage Theater is The Neuse River Ramblers, a band featuring banjo player Danny Batten, who suffered severe damage to his store Surf Wind & Fire, located on Middle St in Downtown New Bern.
All will gather on one ticket for the 6th Annual GuitarFest, a free show for any who wish to attend. Please consider bringing a sizable donation, as this is a fundraising event. And this year the money raised will be filtered back into New Bern for Hurricane Relief. Your help is still very much much needed!
Music starts at 4 pm! Hope to see you there.
While we are up around the Washington way, let me alert you to tonight’s open mic event taking place on the Peeble Stage. Join the fun happening at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. This fun time kicks off at 7 pm and all are welcome to participate.
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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