Big Week for Big Jim and a Fun Weekend For Music Fans

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was a big week for Big Jim Kohler Band as they opened a show for Joanne Shaw Taylor at The State Theatre on Friday evening! Above I pose with the secret weapon after she slayed it!

Memorial Day Remembrance and The Blues

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Blues at The Brown Always A Blast!

It never gets old, this Monday Night Blues Jam at The Brown Pelican, hosted by Bear City’s King of The Blues, Big Jim Kohler and the boys. Always helping him on the killing floor are rhythm makers, Tom Parker on the drums and bass player Chris Buttitta.

Among the many jammers, we got to enjoy was Gordon Graham on harmonica, Phillip Alcock on the bass, Jonathan Peck and John R. Williams worked on their six-string skills.

It’s always fun to watch the people dance to the music and let their hair down. Come on out tonight and have a natural ball! Make a plan to join us this or some other Monday night. We promise to rock your blues away! Music plays from 7-9 pm.

The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They are a private club. If you are not a member, stop by, fill out the membership form and pay your annual fee of $1.00. It might just be the best dollar you spend all year!

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Mid-Week Music at City Stage, New Bern

The mid-week blues break was a little bit different this week at The City Stage New Bern. The band used the opening hour of last Wednesday evening as a dress rehearsal for their opening set at The State Theatre in Greenville, last Friday night.

Once they ran through the set-list that they were to unleash on the crowd that gathered for Joanne Shaw Taylor, a British blues babe with some serious guitar riffs, they opened the stage to jammers.

Joining  BJK on stage for the mid-week blues jam last week was, David Sawyer on the harmonica, Phillip Alcock on bass, Jonathan Peck on guitar, Simon Spalding on the electric fiddle, and last but not least, rocker Gary Dudley came up and shared the stage and used the Big man’s guitar! All in all, it was another great night of fun logged in the books at City Stage. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC and is also a private club. This event is free but the state rules require you to sing up and pay a $1.00 annual fee for membership.

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Big Jim Gets A Break and Time on the Big Stage

It’s always exciting when a sound check is a part of the plan.

As an agent and an advocate for many music makers, it is always good to get a call for an opening act opportunity. Word came our way about two weeks ago that Big Jim Kohler would open the show of Joanne Shaw Taylor. 

Believe it or not, our friend Big Jim is already accustomed to big stages. He spent many years on the road touring with blues royalty. First as the backup band for his mentor, Son Seals and then with legendary Byther Smith. He has swapped chops with other mighty men and calls well-known slingers good friends till the end!

After raging a war against his addiction to alcohol, Kohler has combated the illness with sobriety and the blues. He has also worked hard in losing weight to head off the diagnosis of diabetes and works on gaining strength every day still. Since coming out of his medically induced coma nearly two years ago, the blues-man has been working hard to get back in the game and these days he is sounding and looking better than ever.

On Friday night Kohler stepped out on stage and wowed the crowd with a clean and searing set of Chicago style blues. Before the night was over Kohler invited his wife to the stage to offer one song. “I’d Rather Go Blind” was the tune that Kathy Kohler slew the crowd with.

To check out that offering straight from the stage to our souls…visit this link:

I’d Rather Go Blind feat Kathy Kohler

 

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Joanne Shaw Taylor on Tour and Sharing her Reckless Heart

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British based guitar player deep in American Blues traditions. Inspired by many American blues stringers, she has an affection for Texas stylings and is out on tour in support of her six release, “Reckless Heart.”

According to her bio on Wikipedia the 33-year-old is influenced by some of my favorites, she lists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix, she was discovered by Eurythmics guitarist, Dave Stewart and has been chasing her music dreams since joining his super group in 2002.  Her first release, “White Sugar,” was released on Ruff Records and her latest release is with Sony Music.

She made her way across the pond in 2017 headling her first US Tour and this year she’s doing it again. The band has a lot of stateside gigs and some are major music festivals, including Peach Festival in Scranton, PA this August. To check out all of the bands’ dates and enjoy Taylor’s music, visit:

Joanne Shaw Taylor Tour Dates

 

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4 Of A Kind Line the Stage at AJ’s Last Friday

Following the show at The State Theatre, I ventured around other parts of the city to see who else was playing. Stopping at AJ McMurphy’s I found a fairly new band lining the stage. 4 of a Kind was offering familiar sounds to the crowd when I entered the bar and restaurant.

Offering a folk-infused set of mostly country and pop songs, they have great harmonies and enjoy making music together. The quartet is working on putting together more shows and when those are announced I will share them with you right here.

 

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R.T. Johnson Band at The Buc Closes Out Friday Music Fun

 

My last stop in Greenville, NC brought me to Buccaneer Music Hall to check out R.T Johnson Band. They are a country band offering their own songs as well as many pop, rock, and country favorites. Working things out with a new rhythm section the new band line up features Shawn Mitchell on bass and backing vocals and Jeremy Lowery on drums.

Currently working in the top tier of the state, the band is based in Askewville, NC and is planning on making more appearances in our area. In fact, they have some dates in August that bring them to New Bern, Havelock, and the Crystal Coast. In the meantime, for those looking to check out this band on the scene, you can find them this week offering the grooves at The Sage Festival in Windsor on Friday, June 7th at 6 pm.

Before that big event, RT and Braxton will be swapping chops this Wednesday evening at Tavern 125Music will be offered from 7-10 pm. To learn more about the band you can find them on Facebook and give them a Like!

R.T. Johnson Band

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Saturday Sends Us Beach Bound for the Blues

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After such a wonderful start to the weekend, I had to stop in to check in with my blues crew. Big Jim Kohler Blues Band had an engagement at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop.  When I got there they were turning things up on Turner St. and giving the people a good reason to get up and dance.

Coming up this weekend the band will be rocking two new juke joints for their events schedule. First, the head to Surf City to give it up at  J.M.’s Place Pub on Friday, June 7, 2019, with music starting at 9. On Saturday they head to Jacksonville, NC for their debut at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC they offer music from 9 pm until the midnight hour.

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 Rock Sounds Start with Nantucket

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As we all know by now, this next band is pretty much NC’s rock n roll royalty band. Nantucket is out on the road sharing songs for the Summer season. On Saturday night the band offered a solid show of rocking tunes to fans and friends that gathered at Salt Bar in Emerald Isle last Saturday evening. Offering all of their hits and a few fine cover songs, this band is a staple on our local music scene.

Following the show, they stayed busy selling merchandise to eager fans. This band formed in Jacksonville back in 1969, making them a staple on our scene for my entire life. Nowadays the band offers on average two shows a month and always delivers an exemplary set of great rocking grooves.

The award-winning band features the talents of frontman Larry Uzzell, vocals, harmonica, Tommy Redd, songwriter, guitarist, vocals, Eddie Blair, keyboard player, Jason Patterson, drums and harmonies and Walt Garland, lead guitar. To keep up with the band on Facebook click here: Nantucket on Facebook. Or to keep up with the band on the internet check out their website:

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Things Got Funky In Morehead City

I love walking into familiar places and finding new sounds to enjoy. That is exactly what happened on Saturday evening when I stopped by my friend Charlie Weatherby’s restaurant and bar Off The Hook in Morehead City. Located at 105 S 7th St, they are in a good location to offer you the freshest catch and the best bands each weekend.

The new band I got to enjoy on Saturday night was a funky foursome known as Al G and Friends. Seems they are more than just friends, judging by the names, they are family too. Check it out, the namesake of the band is Alvin Gist. This is the boss man of the band and the backbeat. He is the lead singer of the band and keeps the boys grooving on the upbeats!  Joe Gist is the man on lead guitar and vocals.

Offering a funky bottom beat, Romero (DC) works the bass guitar and backing vocals. Then there is Darnell. Now Darnell, he is just the keyboard player. Well, at least that is what he told me when I walked on the scene and asked how long before they play. I show up on break often!  Timing is everything and my stinks! This is why I am not in the band, I just chase them!

When I did walk in, my buddy Charlie Weatherby gave me a hug and asked if I ever saw the band. I was excited to say NO! This band is a lot of fun and offer some great grooves to keep the crowd moving and happy!

Al G & Friends Band is on Facebook, so be sure to give the band a Like today and keep it here to find out when they will be around again.

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Bryan Mayer at Jean’s on Saturday was Our Night Cap on the Week

On my way back from the beach, I stopped at Jean’s in Havelock to check in with one of the latest 52 Faces of Community. Bryan Mayer was on stage and rocking the crowd at Jeans with his new band. Along with playing many popular hits, Mayer has a song catalog of his own. I happen to like it best when he shares his music. Here is a song he released a few years ago that enjoyed some radio after it’s release. This is his song “Leaving Town”:

For friends and fans of the band, be sure to check them out at an event next Saturday in Jacksonville, NC. The band will be rocking at New River Harley-Davidson for their 15th Anniversary Party. Music at 2:30 pm. The fun starts at 10 am and goes throughout the day.

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Live Music for the Week Ahead

Monday with Music

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New Bern, NC friends, and visitors, you can find live music tonight in two locations. Sara’s Big Apple will host Simon Spalding for an acoustic dinner offering from 6-8 pm.

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For those over in town,  you can enjoy the blues jam I talk about so much because I started it all! Big Jim Kohler live at The Brown Pelican for a two-hour music offering.

The first hour features Jim Kohler Band and the second hour is always a guess on who is coming up to the killing floor! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and get ready to have a natural ball. Music is offered from 7-9 pm!

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Greenville, NC Play The Stage! Open Mic at AJ McMurphy’s

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Raleigh, NC Champions Bars – NC State, also offers an open mic event Champions Bar Open Mic Mondays,

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Tuesday Temptation

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This Tuesday features a monthly offering of  Irish Music Session at City Stage New Bern! It takes place this Tuesday. Music fun starts at 7 pm and lasts until 9 pm.

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It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the KBar at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. This venue is open to the public and Elaine hosts open mic on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7-10 pm. All are welcome to come to display their talents! Enjoy some food, a cold beer, and live music!

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds of Chuck Phillips this week, upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening 7-9 pm at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

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Strung Together will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 7:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!

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Ryan Rubich & Friends will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm and the food truck Seaside Sensations will be on site serving. There is a $5.00 music charge. They serve cold beer, good wine and free snacks.

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Thank You for Reading!

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Recapping The Music Fun and A Look Ahead

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

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It was a busy and productive weekend for these two rocker chicks.  Mary Shine took the lead on Friday night as we roamed around New Bern and cruised to the coast before heading back and closing out the night in Havelock. I took the wheel for our Saturday adventures when we roamed to BBQ fest in Kinston, Washington for dinner and a nightcap with a couple of bands in Greenville.

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Friday Night Features

Motherload Debuts at BrÜtopia

Motherload is a Newport based rock band that made their way to  New Bern on Friday evening, to rock those that gathered at BrÜtopia in the New Bern. This band features the lead guitar talent of Tim Rowe rhythm guitarist, singer Bobby Hunter, bass guitarist and singer Chris Dibella and, drummer Nathan Simmons. Newest to the rotation is singer Justin Bowen.

This band formed in 2012 and offer familiar rock favorites from the ’80s and ’90s. To check them out on Facebook follow this link:

Motherload on Facebook

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Mark McKenzie Makes A Come Back with A Little Help with His Friend

It was a great pleasure to walk in and see Mark McKenzie rocking the scene again. He was sharing familiar rock and pop songs with the fans and friends that gathered at The Garage on Friday night.

McKenzie is a familiar face to the New Bern music scene. He took a recent break to focus on his health. Nothing makes me smile bigger than to report his come back. On hand to help the local stringer with a couple of songs was the amazing Alisa Mike, who joined him for the Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” while I was in the house. Talk about captivating moments, that was a wonderful one!

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Meanwhile Out In Back At The Garage

Friday night also marked the opening of the back yard space of the Garage. This is the newest establishment to open on the James City side of New Bern. They offer a family friendly environment where parents can relax and enjoy a beer while their kids play games. They have it all from pinball machines to classic arcade and even the more modern, they have a virtual game area.

To help them celebrate the new patio space they created, it was the glass shaping artist Shepp Herd (@catch42glas on Instagram). If you ever have the chance to watch his mastery at work, take advantage of the moments. It is amazing to watch this glass bender work his magic with heat and hot air.

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Country Comes Calling With Cain and Kennedy

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Upon leaving New Bern, we decided to leave the area and head to the coast. Along the way, Mary reminded me that there was an early gig in Havelock that we could catch on our way through.

We stopped in at Val’s Pub just in time to catch the final five songs of Ryan Cain’s show. He was sharing the stage with six-stringer, Jimmy Kennedy when we walked in. They closed out with a variety of classic country, some more modern country and a little blues with Tracy Chapman’s, “Give Me One Reason.”

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Back Pocket Buddah Spotted In Beaufort, NC

Carrying on to the coast we stopped in Beaufort next because it was burger time! Having said that, we stopped at the Royal James Café, where they serve the best burgers around. It was there that we found the Back Pocket Buddah, Brian Burke.

Here again, we made it in time to catch the final few songs of his night. The talented player is a skilled one-man band, with plenty of petals and pretty sounds to make the night pass with ease. Burke is staying busy playing around the region on weekends and you can catch him each Thursday at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar in Washington, where he hots open mic from 6-9 pm. You are invited to come out and share the stage and meet the man himself. This is another great option for good food and friendly service.

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Adam Hill Band Offers A Night Cap of Rock Grooves at Jean’s

 

On our way back to home base we stopped at Jean’s to check in with the always awesome Adam Hill Band. Just after our arrival Hill offered a rocking rendition of “Honky Tonk Women” for this footloose journalist. He sure knows how to say hey to fans and friends!

Hill hand another busy week which started with a solo show on Thursday evening at Riptidez bar & grill MHC, and yesterday the band played an early show at BBQ on the Neuse Fest in Kinston from noon until 4 pm. Following that appearance, the band packed up and headed to the Crystal Coast to for their late night show at Off The Hook in Morehead City.

May Dates

Looking ahead at Hill’s schedule, here is how it shakes out this May: Hill will be solo and jamming in Jacksonville, NC at Country Time Bar on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Music starts at 8 pm. On Thursday, May 16, 2019;  he will be serving the supper music solo at Village Steakhouse and Pub, Goldsboro, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm in the bar. Friday, May 17, he is back with the band and heading for JM’s Place PUB in Surf City. Music is offered from 9 pm until midnight. Saturday, May 18, 2019, you can catch them at Bourbon Street Wilmington, sharing songs from 9 pm – 12 am.

For Memorial Day Weekend you can check him out solo at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, where he offers a solo show on Friday and a full band show on Saturday. Be sure to come out and enjoy the unofficial kickoff of the Summer season! Hill closes out his month with a solo shot at Crossroads Grill & Bar. Music is served from 10 pm until 2 am.

To keep up with Adam Hill be sure to find him on Facebook by following this link:

The Adam Hill Band

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Saturday Street Fair Fun at BBQ Fest on the Neuse in Kinston

As we established in Friday’s and Saturday’s blogs ’tis the season for Festival and Fairs. After reporting on all of the fun options to consider, we decided to start things off in Kinston for the 2019 BBQ On the Neuse Fest.

 

Dean Daughtry and The Trouble Makers Make Debut at Festival Gig

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The rhythm section of this next band reached out to inform me, that Dean Daughtry and the Trouble Makers would be making their band debut at The 2019 BBQ on the Neuse Fest. I caught the end of the band’s first set and their second set in its entirety. Though the band is new, they are a group of seasoned players ready to rock and groove new audiences.

Making up the roster for this project are Dean Daughtry on vocals and trouble maker, Matthew Hart offers backing vocals and rhythm guitar and Scott Carlisle lead guitar, Greg Howard on bass and James Stroud behind the kit. The band plays a good variety of popular songs from the ’60s through current days. They mix it up well and keep it fun.

They were the closing band on the back yard stage at The Red Room. It was an impressive debut gig. The band is still working out set lists but they are also booking dates today. So if you are looking for a new band to put on your schedule, here is one to consider. To inquire about availability and rates, reach out via email to anthonydaughety@gmail.com. 

For those looking to get to know this band better, be sure to like their Facebook page by following the link below:

Dean Daughety and the Troublemakers

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Exile Band Closes out 2019 BBQ Fest on the Neuse

The headlining act for the 2019 BBQ on the Neuse Fest was the Exile Band. They offered lots of fun dance music to those that gathered at the Main Herritage Stage.

This band originally formed in 1963 and they are still sharing stage space and making people dance. Calling Nashville, TN  home these days, this band formed in their home base of Kentucky. They are a well-seasoned band that keeps busy touring the festival circuit for a good part of their year.

Throughout the years they did know some success with releases including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory”, “Give Me One More Chance”, “She’s A Miracle”, “Crazy For Your Love”, “Hang On To Your Heart”, “I Could Get Used To You”, “It’ll Be Me”, “She’s Too Good To Be True” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough,” 

To learn more about the band or to keep up with their schedule or enjoy their music, be sure to check them out at https://www.exile.biz/.

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Several Saturday Night Specials in Washington, NC

After all of that fun at the Festival, Mary Shine and I hopped back in the music bus and headed to Washington to see what kind of music was being served around town.

Jamming With John at Backwater Jacks for Dinner

 

Our first stop brought us to Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, where we parked it on the bench on the outskirts of the Pebble Beach Stage to enjoy a few jams with John Williams. Once a table became available we moved in and ordered supper and enjoyed the jams that were offered.

Much to my surprise, Williams came over to the table to present a gift certificate which paid for the delicious shrimp dinners that we feasted on. We appreciate the love and kindness.

BJT&G has a great menu and they are big supporters of live music. In fact, restaurant owner Laura Scoble is seeking the required permits, to open another place in the area that will serve more live sounds.

Before we left the scene for the next stop, my mind was blown away a bit when 12-year-old Keane took to the stage to offer a set of Beatles classics. The young man with an old soul nailed several well-known songs offered by the Fab Four. Backing him up on vocals was Nanette Garrett, who I have been hoping to catch for a couple of months now.

For those looking for a fun night in a relaxed atmosphere with live music, be sure to put this on your list of options.

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Dessert With Afreyed Knot at The Rebel Tavern

 

Before leaving town, I noted that it was nearing show time for the band AFreyed Knot to get things started, at their gig at The Rebel Tavern. This fun rock and pop cover band have a good time performing for friends and fans.

Afreyed Knot Band is fronted with family traditions and found on the fun of friendship. Creating the sounds for this band are The Bright family and friends. At the helm of this outfit is lead singer, wife, and mom Lynette Bright, bass playing husband and dad Taylor Bright and lead guitar and son Peter Bright. Backing vocals come courtesy of Dee Smith and back behind the kit is the busy James Stroud, who was on the scene in Kinston with the Trouble Makers. Also on stage with them last night was a new six-string slayer that helped fill in the sound of the party band.

To check them out in the days ahead, be sure to mark your calendars and meet them at AJ McMurphy’s in Greenville, NC next Saturday night. The party starts at 8:30 pm and music play until 11:30 pm. Be sure to like the band on Facebook by following this link: Afreyed Knot Band

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Over In Greenville…

Built For Comfort Bring The Blues to AJ’s

 

Speaking of AJ McMurphy’s in Greenville, that was our next stop where we caught up with the Greenville based blues of Built For Comfort. They were in the process of serving up their second set when we walked in. This band is always a fun one to catch. Making up the roster here are the talents of Landy Spain on guitar and vocals, Joe Tronto on drums, Bill Hunneke offers harmonica and vocals and Al Carroll offers bass and vocals.

One of the best things about this band and their blues is the way they change up the standards to make them their own. Whether it be Wilson Pickett’s, “Mustang Sally,” or Jimmy Reed’s. “Big Boss Man,” they keep with tradition while adding a twist that makes it their own.  To learn more about the band check them out on Facebook:

Built For Comfort

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Stairwell Closes Out a Great Weekend in Full Throttle Fashion

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Closing out a great weekend of fun shows was the Greenville based rock act Stairwell. They split the night with Hollow Intent who opened the night.  The thing I enjoyed most about this split bill situation is the fact that Stairwell offered more original music than cover songs. That is always a refreshing change to this blogger. I love the original music of artists.

The band has two discs of music currently available at the show and online where you buy music. They are also working on more material and getting set to put together another effort for fans and friends. Stairwell is on Facebook and they encourage you to like their page when you visit.

The band is off next week but they will return the following week with a show at Pitchers Bar on Friday, May 17, 2019, and on Saturday, May 18, 2019, they head to Kinston to rock The Red Room.

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Music Options In the Days Ahead

Monday Mania

Blues Night at The Brown Pelican

All are welcome to come out and join the fun each Monday at The Brown Pelican. Live music is offered from 7-9 with Big Jim Kohler at the helm and blues on his mind!

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Tuesday Temptation

Irish Music Offerings

Simon Spalding hosts an Irish Music Session with friends at City Stage New Bern on Tuesday evening. Live music is offered from 7-9 pm and this is free.

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It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!

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Tiffany Elaine will host an open mic night at the KCLUB @ Brandywine Bay Golf Club in Morehead City on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month. The fun starts at  7 PM and it is open to the public. All are welcome to come out and jam. The first open mic will be this week.

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Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler host another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master, or just come to listen and dance along!

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Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.

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Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will be serving the sounds of Chuck Phillips this week in the piano bar upstairs. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Lewis & Clark will provide the entertainment on the deck this Thursday evening at Persimmons Restaurant. Music is offered from 6:30-9:30 pm. Come enjoy a great night with fine dining on the water and enjoy the show!

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Alisa Mike host a night of music each Thursday evening at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.

Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern hosts the open mic night at The Brown Pelican each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting!

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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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Mid-Week Jams and Music Around New Bern

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On the Scene with the blues band Big Jim Kohler

Irish Music Jam Makes for a Fun Tuesday

The first Tuesday of the month offered Irish Music Sessions with Simon Spalding and Friends. This jam played from 7-9 pm at The City Stage.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Irish music seemed like a good way to go, and it was! The jams are always fun and joyful. This group has been gathering on Tuesdays, onece monthly for years and years.

If you have not taken in the Irish Music Sessions yet, please make a plan to enjoy it next month on stage at The City Stage. Look for it on the first Tuesday of the month!

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Big Jim Jams The Blues at City Stage

It’s a mid-week blues jam at The City Stage on Wednesday, with Big Jim! This week the blues great got dolled up like many blues greats before him in his overalls and offered a blistering set of Chicago style blues to open the night!

Taking note of everyone’s attire, we stepped out on break for a quick photo shoot. We all like it best when the whole band is pimping! Never wishing to miss an opportunity, I followed close behind with camera in hand.

Backing up Big Jim and Mrs. Big Jim are Tom Parker, tapping the beats on drums and Chris Buttitta keeping the groove on bass.

Following their opening set, Big Jim welcomes friends to come to share his love for the blues and the jams take us out for the night. This week they were joined by Simon Spalding, who brought his electric fiddle and Dave Sawyer on harmonica.

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Thursday Offered Three Stops

After a decade long hiatus from sharing sounds between the walls at Captain Ratty’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 202 Middle St., New Bern, NC; the management opened their doors this week to welcome music once again.

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, New Bern’s family band, Strung Together brought the initiation of this new weekly music offering. Music will now be found on the second floor in the piano bar. Come back again this month, on February 21 and again on the 28th, for a night of fine food and live music!

Sharing popular songs we all know, as well as fun originals, the band played to a full house of hungry music appreciators with an appetite for the tunes they shared.

Always an enjoyable time when we get to spend time with one of New’s Bern’s most talented families! They share their story with us as they live out life on stage with acting and music, while making memories as a family in the town they love.

I will leave you with an original they offered that night at the piano bar. This is a song that Abigail Oliver and her dad George Oliver wrote, but somehow it took a long twisted road when it made it to the stage and George got hold of the microphone. “Sweatin’ In the Shade.” is a fun reflection ofthis families life at banjo/guitar camp in height of the Summer season, in the North Carolina’s mountains.

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The next time Strung Together will unite for our entertainment will be next month, when they take the floor at Bank of the Arts for the Craven Arts Council’sAt The Gallery Series. They will present the music of Carter & Cash on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tickets can be obtained here: https://www.cravenarts.org

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Alisa Mike on Stage at City Stage

Alisa Mike returned to her safe space on stage Thursday evenin when she offered songs to fans and friends again at The City Stage. The sultry and soulful singer offers a weekly show on the stage to adoring fans. 7-9 pm every Thursday.

She keeps her fans smiling and dancing throughout the night, as she serenades them with all of their favorites from The American Song Book, Jazz Standards and classic pop tunes that keep them coming back for more.

Mike performs each Thursday at the popular New Bern venue, please note she has CDs for sale at her shows. The singer went into the studio last year and released her debut disc in the late Summer. She includes all of her fans favorite selections on the disc, which can be yours for an affordable cost. If you don’t have one, treat yourself soon.

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Open Mic at The Pelican

The Brown Pelican hosts the longest running open mic in New Bern, NC. And this past week, there was no shortage of talent. They lined up with everything from a dulcimer to keyboards, to play to the packed room of music makers and appreciators on Thursday night at The Brown Pelican.

When I walked in I was greeted by the grabbing vocals of Trevor Patterson. Each player is allowed three songs to share with the room. Patterson offered his takes on popular rock tunes.

Taking note of the stringers Facebook page, he hails from Hendersonville, NC. Hopefully soon, we will be lucky enough to catch him around here again.

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Next to make his mark on the carpet came Kelsey Lee from the Crystal Coast. Interestingly enough I have met Kelsey at past jams closer to his neck of the woods, where he rocked the acoustic guitar with his serious riffs. When he took to the carpet on Thursday, I can assure you this was not what I was expecting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnrOiFXow-g

You can search for artist Kelsey Lee and find more of his masterful music. I found him on Spotify myself and you can to by following this link:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6DM6yf0DaRoe6kxS8PVqdl

Kelsey is currently working on an acoustic project that he hopes to have available for listeners this year. Keep an eye on this cat, he is going to soar as quick as his fingers move once the right person gets wind of his skills.

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Next up to the stage came another out of town stringer. Deemed “the Reba of the Crystal Coast,” by Open Mic Host, Tiffany Elaine. Sabra Mason softened things up some with her offering of country songs.

The singer-songwriter hails from the Down East area and has been making her way up the coast while making music along the way. She is a talented singer eager to share her songs with your crowd. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SabraMasonmusician/

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Ed graces the carpet at The Brown Pelican on Thursday evenings, whenever he docks his boat in New Bern. Offering classic rock songs that we all know and love, it has been about a year since I last heard Ed offer us some songs! The stringer docks his boat and finds open jams up and down the coast. Sailing down from New England, we should hear more from him.

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Third Degree Bern is a fun classic rock and blues cover band, that offers many popular hits you know and love. Featuring stringers Tom Davis and Open mic host Brian Mac, this band plays often for the residents in Taberna and sometimes around town.

Davis is a surgeon who splits his time between New Bern and Charleston, SC. But whenever he makes his way to either town, he finds time to unwind with music.

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Laura Jenn returned and wowed them. The young stringer seems shy and timid at a glance, but don’t be fooled; she is a talented soul still finding her most powerful voice.

Closing out her three selections with the help of three back up singers, and no instrumentation, she offered a grand performance this week. You can find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69/videos/991373691073812/?__xts__[0]=68.ARClEaFGZpAniwAL6cxPHTtQtgh6mbnre2OEJP8cKrvDcftVFBgemDLuH2gMBCv8zXwp9G3o0nmxq22D46WiNijfGGKa4AnIT2aadSxwQvWqf7PSYXfmnUOHy7FAK9lLJHXdTXNVFHK17_liZ_wamjYvAGEZOw0daSiebjmyaLy2w4jz8S18Lh6BXMuV5vR9Lq5lQHMSfpc8bGPYVQaysDmQSUkD6VNihqJanXeTH5h24N6KLncOB070Kg3XPmkAXvm-Pf14MGXA4zrqiiK5WdXId2HHRQdDtkPldlL8EJEGYtmh&__tn__=H-R

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Next up came a couple local players to graced the carpet. Mike Watkins, the Pelican‘s bartender asked local stringer Charlie Duzan to join him on the carpet, where they each shared songs for the packed house.

Duzan spent many months writing to me on Facebook, telling me about days gone by when he once roamed the streets and played back in the day. He told of days when music wasn’t always welcome on the streets, after I wrote about his son Tommy playing downtown in Bear Square.

He tuned onto this blog after finding it on Facebook and reached out to me to tell me that he was enjoying all of the work we were doing in supporting music. He often promised me for months that I’d see him out playing again. Nothing makes me happier than seeing him back on the scene, that has not forgotten this talented stringer and songwriter.

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With people traveling in from all over the state to share their riffs and beats on the carpet of the Dirty Bird, it’s hard to say who drove the furthest to get their shot at sharing their talent last week. But I know our last featured artist this week hails from Fayetteville, NC, and rode 2.5 hours to bring it to the people at the Brown Pelican on Thursday.

Casey T Cotton, tore right into it and within seconds he had the crowd enjoying his manifestation of popular grooves. He even had Joe Brown smiling and paying attention to his meaningful mastery of the keyboard.

For anyone in search of some professional entertainment, be sure to consider Blazin’ Keys Entertainment as a viable option. Booking the 2019 and 2020 calendars, make arrangements to get them on your schedule soon.

Before pulling out of town, Cotton became the last in the line of many appreciated contributors that support this blog. Dropping a $50 in my palm of my hand as a means to help me on my next adventure, I am grateful for the support. Thank you for the generous and much needed tip and for taking the time to entertain us in the middle of a busy week!

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Many Miles Logged Chasing Music

On my way home from the jam this week we rolled over a lot of 9’s, as my Yukon XL logged 400,000 miles while traveling on Broad Creek Road! More than a quarter of a million of those miles were logged chasing music 🎶! Many fun times and trips in this old girl!

She wants you to know it’s important to change the oil and keep good tires going ’round! Stay safe and happy travels!

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Black History Month and The Blues

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When I was getting into music and more specifically the blues, there was only one Queen of the Blues, and that was the incredible, Koko Taylor.

Born in 1928 in Memphis, TN; Taylor made her way to Chicago in 1952 and by the end of the decade she was singing in blues clubs around the city. Once Willie Dixon caught wind of Taylor’s throaty blues, things opened up for the powerful singer, who would rise to the top over the course of her forty years in music. I caught her act several times while covering the blues scene during the 90’s but I met the Queen of the Blues when she played The Pocono Blues Festival. She was kind and full of grace until she hit the stage, then she transformed into marvel at the mic, always thrilling to watch.

We lost Taylor in 2009 following complications following surgery. Her last performance was for Blues Music Awards, formerly know as the WC Handy Awards show on May 7, 2009. Taylor did a lot to influence the rise of women in blues, including her successor, the new queen of the blues Shemika Copeland.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good ol’ country grooves of Ryan Cain. If ya missed him last night in town, come groove tonight. He will be jamming from 7-10 pm, share songs you know and ones he wrote. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!

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Getting Down Around Town

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

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Core Sound this evening. This rock’n blues band from the Crystal Coast will grove you tonight! Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of TrainWreck tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

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Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Now or Never this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this original trio of music making friends from across the bridge in Beaufort, sharing songs for your listening pleasure. Stop in, sip on wine and enjoy a cold beer, or eat some of their delicious food.

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Live music by Saltwater Gold will be on the menu tonight at Off the Hook this evening with music being served from 10 pm until close. Tomorrow come out for a delicious brunch and soothe sounds courtesy of New Bern’s own Ed Prophet

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Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop 

Into the Fog, Sat Feb 9th, 8:30 PM- 12, $3 cover charge
https://intothefogmusic.com/

,Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. 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. After competing in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. With two lead singers and a lot of instrumentation, the band has a way of grabbing people’s attention no matter what their musical preference.

Competitors …”in Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 21-24 (past winners include the Dixie Chicks and Greensky Bluegrass). –http://www.encorepub.com/bluegrass-ramblers-into-the-fog-play-lawn-chair-bluegrass-blowout-talk-telluride-doc-and-ep-fundraiser/

https://www.facebook.com/Intothefogmusichttps://www.reverbnation.com/intothefoghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeCo_uATxfU

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Cedar Point, NC

New Bern based Caffeinated Soul Boogiewill be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Winston Salem, NC

WFU Porter Byrum Welcome Center presents The Unbroken Circle, who will offer this weekends performance. They will perform tonight at 7 pm.

The band is back together once again for the 8th annual concerts for Shalom! Join us either night for toe-tapping, hand clapping and some singing along, to a full set of old time and bluegrass classics. These concerts are free and open to the public, friends of The Shalom Project and all who want to enjoy good music and make a difference in Winston-Salem.

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Greensboro, NC

Get ready for Valentine’s day with 4 of the best Rock&Roll party bands in NC!
Automag

Victim of the Cause (Adam Hill)

Reckless Abandon

DIGIT-Band


Shiner’s 435 Dolley Madison Dr, Greensboro, NC

Doors 8 pm
Show 9 pm
THERE’S A STYLE AND SOUND FOR EVERYONE! #supportlivemusic
Rock/classic/southern/country rock/original/tribute/hard rock/heavy metal
$5 21+
$5 surcharge 18-20
ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY

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Kinston, NC

Bill Lyerly Band rocks The Red Room tonight. Come enjoy this rocking trio turning up the boot scooting rock and boogie that you love. Lyerly splits his time between here and Europe rocking both continents. Tonight he pulls into Kinston. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Mike Corrado Band for some rocking country fun. Music starts at 8 pm and they groove you until 11 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!

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Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. David Cox rox the Red Room! Serving up the sounds in the new room tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

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Built For Comfort will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. Music starts at 10 pm. This fun band has been grooving the blues around the region for years. If you have not seen them yet, you are in for a treat tonight!

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Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Offering the good times in Jacksonville, come rock the country grooves of JP Guhns and The Boys returning to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern tonight. FREE Music is served from 9 pm until 1 am.

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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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Thank You for Reading!

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

I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find live music. 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! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

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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Feel free to invite me to your events.

If you have a budget for advertising, please consider promoting your next event here!

Do you need music for an event you are planning? Consider the services of: 

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