Another Fun Week Logged In The Books with Music Memories

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It was another fun week that got logged in the books, with music made memories, complete with good friends. Above from left to right, music appreciators Mary Spruill, Tracey Stones, and April Sunshine enjoy Blues Night at The Brown Pelican.

Rolling Thru the Week We Jam The Blues A Time Or Two

Blues at The Brown

Have you noticed that the week starts out better when you get to greet your Monday night with a serious dose of blues? My disposition on the week ahead has improved significantly since Heather Haiss, owner of The Brown Pelican took my recommendation to open the week with a blues jam.

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band hosts the night of music that kicks off at 7 pm and offers two hours of glorious, non-stop guitar action. Opening the first hour is the house band featuring the not so Big Jim on guitar and vocals, Chris Buttitta on the bass and Tom Parker sitting behind the kit. Following a fine set of Chicago style blues the floor opens to jammers.

Last week we were witness to the young marine guitar slinger John R Williams, showing off his moves and Phillip Alcock joined in on bass, with regular jammer Jonathan Peck gracing the stage as well. Closing out the night on vocals was Charlie Duzan, who took us out of the Bern and brought us to “Kansas City!” I can’t wait to see where we go this week.

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Wednesday Is Worse, UnTil the Music Plays

If Stormy Monday Blues don’t do a thing for you, then make it a happy hump day by bringing your butt to the City Stage New Bern for another round a jamming blues music with Big Jim Kohler and Friends. This free blues jam is also offered from 7-9 pm and welcomes another fun bunch of players to the stage.

Last week while I was in the house I enjoyed the delightful sounds of Mrs. Big Jim, who sings beautifully to the backing band. Simon Spalding quite often offers the electric fiddle, David Sawyer joined in on harmonica and Jonathan Peck offered some guitar parts.  The fun happens again this week and this is your open invitation for you to join us.

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Thursday is Seamlessly Thrilling

Nicholas William Bailey Returns to Ratty’s

The first time I met Nicholas Bailey I was quite taken by his unique offerings of seamless streaming of guitar phrases. It was early in March and not long after Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse started hosting live music upstairs in their piano bar. That night I only stayed for a snippet of sounds, but this week I returned for the full course set, to fill up on his mastery.

I have to tell you that throughout my time in his company, with all the setting up, ordering my meal, eating and paying my tab, it was one beautiful guitar verse leading into the other, with only one stop to answer a quick question from a tipping admirer and another quick stop to ask me what I would like to hear. I was thrilled to hear him offer “Gimme Shelter” again, in my honor.

To get a better understanding of this graceful guitar players essence and skill, come enjoy a great meal at Sara’s Big Apple on Saturday, June 15 to get a taste of his talent. He will be sharing sounds from 6-8 pm.

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Strung Together on Deck at Persimmons

Our local family band has had me on my toes and tapping to their beats from New Bern to Beaufort this week. It all started on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant, when the full band was together to play to the dinner crowd that gathered.

I wanted to stop in to see this fun, festive, folk-infused pop band, to have an updated picture to promote them for their appearance on Saturday’s bill at The Beaufort Music Festival. More on that show below.

Getting back to the musical family that our town has adopted, you can find them together again on stage and on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant twice next month before the family breaks for camp and gets set for college life this Summer.

Those dates are on the books for Thursdays, June 6 and 13. They offer live music to accompany dinner from 7:30-9:30 pm under the stars, beside the water. Be sure to save the dates and come out and dance!

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Friday Features A Festival In Beaufort

Tan & Sober Delights

It was my goal to get to Beaufort in time to check out The Tan and Sober Gentlemen. I met my goal of getting there in time, however, I did not plan for locking my keys in the car at the start of my work night. Nonetheless, I managed to do just that, which kept me busy bopping to their new grass beats near the perimeter of my car.

But as luck would have It, I mentioned my dismay to a tan and sober gentleman who returned moments later with a long enough wire to unlock the vehicle. When he approached me originally, I was trying desperately to unlock the truck with my antenna which was not nearly long enough. Two minutes after the debacle I was stage side and remembering why I loved this band so much.

They are the epitome of a fun festival band. They never fail to get the crowd up on their feet and moving to the grooves of their Newgrass roots music. When I first met the band they were rocking a festival in New Bern a few years back, this year they brought their best blazing bluegrass to Beaufort.

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Stop Light Observations Rock The Grooves

Following a festive set of awakened bluegrass came the revival of young rockers, a band from South Carolina known as Stop Light Observations. My first observation of this band was the young energy on stage and a spirit that threatens to keep indie rock alive and well. Very original and completely rocking this band has great appeal and presence on stage.

Stop Light Observations is a popular band from the Charleston region of the Southern Carolina state! They are made up of the combination of talents courtesy of Will Blackburn on lead vocalsCubby who is the master songwriter, piano player, synth sounder, vocalist, Louis Duffie bouncing on the bass and Luke Withers on drums.

No BS Brass Headlines Friday Beaufort Music Festival

Nothing like a 13 piece brass band fronted by one mighty vocalist to leave the soul soothed! That is how the organizers left it with festival goers on Friday night when they welcomed the Richmond Va based outfit NO BS! Brass Band to close things out.

They really are a fun and funky band that can cover the classic rockers as good as the pop artists we loved in the ’80s. Before closing things out on Friday night, they had everyone on their feet and moving to their groove. Be sure to visit them on Facebook and follow their website: http://www.nobsbrass.com

Saturday’s Sweet Treats

 Back In Beaufort… Qualian Opens the Day

The Raleigh based Qualian is a five-piece, indie/alternative band formed by students and friends that have played together since childhood. In their last five years together they have released two EP’s. The energetic rockers opened day two of the 31st Annual Beaufort Music Festival.

At the helm of this project, we met Walker Renfrow the lead vocalist. Supporting his vocals are Aidan Kelly on bass and guitar, Lee Sullivan offering guitar,  keys, and saxophone. Baylor Wordsworth plays guitar and bass and Gray Renfrow sits behind the kit.

I found it refreshing to see so many talented youths take to the stage over the weekend. It rejoices my spirit every time I get to hear new blood make fun music

 

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New Bern Treasures Found @ Coastal Music Festival

Strung Together and Their Adopted Son Danny

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Then next came New Bern’s first offering with the family band Strung Together. They started things off with George Oliver opening things up with the public adoption of their good friend Danny Batten, who filled in on guitar for their middle child Abigail Oliver. Following the quick and informal adoption, the band got busy sharing popular songs done with their unique twist of talent and style!

Included in there set were many familiar and popular tunes as well as some classics made famous by the amazing team of Carter and Cash. The band actually offered a show for the At The Gallery Series this winter, featuring the music of Carter Cash. The event was so successful the Oliver’s have decided to offer it our town again.

This time it will serve as a fundraiser for The New Bern Civic Theater. The event will take place on stage at the theater it will help support on Saturday, June 7, 2019, and for more info follow this link:  The Cash & Carter Tribute Show. Before that, the band will return to Beaufort for a show next Saturday at The Beaufort Farmer’s Market. Music plays from 10 am – 12 pm.

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Followed by a Serving of Hot Buttered Grits

The next serving of New Bern based talent came courtesy of our friendly Jam Band The Hot Buttered Grits. This band has been a music staple to the delight of fans for nearly 15 years. They have a great time coming together for the sake of sharing music and that is evident in the sounds they share.

In the heat of the day, this five-piece groove group gave the crowd blistering original beats to keep them grooving in the sunshine of their love! It was a fun and awesome display of New Bern grooves for the Crystal Coast to enjoy!

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Bringing It Back to the Bern ~ And Bridge To Breakdown

DeadHeadz MC Host Anniversary Party

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The Dead Headz MC hosted their Anniversary Party last evening and on the bill for entertainment was one of NC’s best rock bands in the Downeast region, Bridge to Breakdown. The MC has a clubhouse located in New Bern and yesterday all were welcome to rock!

The rock quartet comes together on the combined energies of Talyn Detmers fronting the effort with a Morrison flavor, swapping leads with
Malcolm Matthews. Both players offer crushing guitar leads and searing vocals, Taylor Cefalo keeps it tight behind the kit on drums and newest to the line-up on bass is Ethan Goecke.

They are badass rockers who get the job done right every time. This was about my sixth time seeing them and I am sure they get better with each live show. Here is an original snippet offered last night under the tent!

Before leaving, I learned from my editor the band was to be hired by a few other bike clubs that attended the function. If you are in need of an original, fun and rocking band for your next party be sure to consider Bridge to Breakdown. They will not disappoint!

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Roaming Around Town for the Final Four

Caffeinated Soul Boogie at BrÜtopia

I was looking forward to hearing Caffeinated Soul Boogie last night, as I knew they were swapping chops with a new bass player. The band recently welcomed Daniel Baker to the line-up and last night was his debut with the band.

The band came together as a result of the father, Derrick Moore on guitar and his daughter Daria Yeager vocals, showing up at coffee houses and open mic nights. The duo grew into a full-fledged band with time and now they are a force to be reckoned with. They just get better with each performance and Yeager’s vocals more captivating and blissful. Filling out the sound on drums is rhythm man Tanner Bright, who has been keeping time here for more than a year.

Last night the band offered an impressive performance for fans and friends that gathered at BrÜtopia in James City.

Anyone interested in keeping the beats with this fun and talented band should check out their website. That is where you can find all of the latest news and their show schedule.

https://caffsoulboogie.com/home

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Joe Baes Project Rocks The Garage

Another local band that never disappoints is The Joe Baes Project. They were rocking the crowd that gathered last night in the back of The Garage. This new venue has been making improvements to the establishment since opening its doors a few months ago. Last week they started the work of building a stage and this week the mission was complete… Joe Baes and the boys rocked it!

Last night it was the common core trio on stage and entertaining their lively and enthusiastic crowd. Besides offering great music the band is also known for keeping the crowd involved with games and other good times.

Before long the boys will be heading to the Crystal Coast. Their next show is slated for June 1, 2019, when they take things to The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. That will be an early show, with music being offered from 6-9 pm. To keep up to date with this band find them on Facebook: The Joe Baes Project.

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Chuck Phillips Brings His Ba…

It was rumored the solo acoustic slinger Chuck Phillips was coming to town with his full band, but when I got town I found Phillips banging out riffs on his six-string to the back-beat of the bass offered by Sonny Fields.

It seems things went astray for the drummer that was expected to make the show. Something about too much weekend. Not letting small details like a drummer derail the plan of entertaining the crowd, Phillips made the best of things and offered a great show in a duo formation.

The singer-songwriter hails from Washington NC and keeps busy playing the entire Downeast region. Anyone interested in learning more about this talented stringer, be sure to find him on Facebook:

Chuck Phillips Music

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Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones Take Us Out

Closing things out with a serious shot of classic rock n roll, I ran into Gary Dudley and The Maxxtones, who was rocking the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant last night. Dudley is a gifted guitar player that learned his craft decades ago and still finds a way to attract new fans. Last night he grabbed the attention of a few young college fellows that could not get over the magnitude of his talent.

Always fun and rocking, this band is based along the Crystal Coast and rocks throughout the region. In fact, next week Dudley and Co will headline the Silo Palooza at The Silos Restaurant in Oriental. This one-day music festival is an Oriental tradition, featuring the hottest bands in our area. The event will go down next weekend, on Saturday, May 25th. Mark the calendar for Saturday and make plans to be there for a full day of rocking fun from Peace Soldier to The Maxxtones the day is full of rockin’ good fun and music.

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

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 Bonnie Shirk this week, upstairs in the piano bar. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.

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Shannon Grace 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 hosts 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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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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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 http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/.

Another good resource came from WRAL.com https://www.wral.com/2019-north-carolina-festival-guide/

The final site for resourceful information around the state is https://www.ncarts.org/comehearnc/whats-playing/2019-music-festivals

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  https://beaufortmusicfestival.com/.

There is limited parking on site and shuttle service available.

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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  http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/abbmf/

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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: https://www.bluegrassisland.com

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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 MustangMusicFestival.com.

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 www.montfordfestival.org. Visit www.montfordfestival.org

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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 www.ashevillefoodtruckshowdown.com.

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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: https://carolinabluesfestival.com/artist-lineup

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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.

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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 http://gottobencfestival.com/. 

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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 RaleighArtsFestival.com 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!

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

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

CITY PLAZA:
Amanda Parer’s Fantastic Planet sculpture What’s That

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

Stay tuned for more details, and visit raleighartsfestival.com for more festival information!

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3rd Annual Cheerwine Festival

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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: http://cheerwinefest.com/

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RoseFest

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 http://www.rosefest.org/. 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.

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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2212084618823306/

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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 http://www.aydenbbq.org

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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 https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/ for more information and click https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/main-stage-schedule for the full line up of entertainment on the main stage.

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~ Live Music Options ~

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

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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.

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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, 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.

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Craven Arts Council / Bank of the Arts

DAYTON VESPER Piano Concert

A PROGRAM OF “TEACHING PIECES and WARHORSES”
Plus some “NOT SO CLASSICAL” Interludes
PROGRAM:
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

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The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine

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

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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.

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On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

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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!

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BrÜtopia

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!

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

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Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Surf City, NC

JM’s Place PUB

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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.

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

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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!

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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.

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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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Searching for more events around the region:

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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Follow me on Facebook:
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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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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance.

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

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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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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

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Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and you have a few dollars to spare, you can always tip the grateful blogger. There are several tip buckets found here on this site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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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

@ Val’s Pub

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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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.

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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Keeping up with the Blogger

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Sign up and subscribe to the blog and you will get an email notification each time NCMZ.LIVE publishes a new post! Thank you for reading

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I read emails daily. You can send those to:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance.

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and you have a few dollars to spare, you can always tip the grateful blogger. There are several tip buckets found here on this site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

This Music Business. Class is In!

Establishing relationships in the music business is no different from any other life or business situation. Trust and loyalty are earned, as is respect. Let’s say you live in Oriental or Havelock, and take note that there is more going on in New Bern these days. Don’t make it your ambition to play every room around. Even in the friendliest places on earth, businesses do vie for patrons and their revenue. Having said that, if you walk into an establishment and the owner or management hires you and you play the club with some success, don’t do the club owner wrong by talking to the competition.

You have to establish, develop and nurture the relationships you cultivate in this life. If the club owners you meet in the towns you are playing, are treating you well and offering you a fair pay, please do not get greedy by going next door and asking for a gig. That will in some cases give you a one-way ticket out of some towns.

Be Considerate of Your Contacts!

Besides club owners, you will also have interactions with others. Let’s say for example you meet a publicity agent who is offered opportunities to book bands. This is a reflection of my own experiences. If I walk a band into a room and they play there, by all accounts that room is mine and the commission paid to me should continue. For some reason, bands don’t seem to remember that part of the equation. This will lead to burning bridges and hurt feelings.

The first rule of business is to gather as many sources as you can, that will help you meet your bottom line. Take those relationships seriously and nurture them if you wish for them to continue. This is a difficult enough business. The stronger the team you build, the longer you will endure! CLASS DISMISSED!

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 2

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

May 10-12, 2019

Mayfest in Pilot Mountain

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Mayfest is a three-day festival, hosted by the Pilot Mountain Civic Club in the beautiful Town of Pilot Mountain, NC. 150+ vendors, Amazing Food and Carnival Rides!! They also have a full line up of music to enjoy:

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Epicenter Fest 2019

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This action-packed music festival is for any rockers delight. It includes a fun weekend of camping and rock music.

Epicenter Festival
May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 | Rockingham Festival Grounds
Tickets on sale NOW!
The Inaugural Epicenter Festival features Korn, Tool, Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Crystal Method, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Circa Survive, Killswitch Engage, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Wilson, Amigo The Devil, Arrested Youth, Vein, Black Coffee, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Issues, High On Fire, Wage War, Crobot, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde, Architects, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, HO99O9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick & The Dirty Nil

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Nashville Blooming Festival

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Next weekend brings the 23rd Annual Nashville Blooming Festival to downtown Nashville, NC. This weekend-long event starts at 6 pm on Friday with Soul Psychedelic offering the live music grooves from 7-11 pm. The fun continues with more live music and fun in store for Saturday. The event opens at 9 am on Saturday with vendors offering foods and crafts. On tap for the tunes on Saturday are August Road offering the first set at 12:30 pm. Silk Groove follows at 3 pm. Next up will be East Coast Rhythm & Blues at 5:30 pm.  At 7:30 pm Meredith Davis and Jamie Pridgen will warm up the stage for headliners, the popular local act, Parmalee who close out the event at 8:30 pm.

To check out the full schedule of events click here:

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Cleveland Co Strawberry Festival

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The Cleveland County Strawberry Festival takes place in Shelby, NC next weekend, and will offer all of the fair and festival goodies, from food, rides, games, and music for all to enjoy. The festival starts at 5 pm on Friday and continues through Saturday evening.

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According to my source, NC Festivals.com the Carthage Buggy Festival is a long-running tradition:

Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, that from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. The Annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. It promises to be the biggest and best yet. With an annual attendance of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.
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The entertainment for this event includes a full line up of fun for all.

2019 Carthage Buggy Festival Entertainment

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31st Annual Down Home Festival

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This year marks the 31st Annual Down Home Festival in Bessemer City. This event is family friendly with activities for all ages. As far as music is concerned, Jim Quick & The Coastline will be kicking things off at 7 pm on Friday evening. On Saturday the festivities continue with opening ceremonies commencing at noon and live music resumes on the main stage at 4 pm with Back Stage Pass Band. 5:30 welcomes Carolina and closing out the night will be Tim Clark Band closing out the show with music starting at 7 pm. There will also be performers on the Center St Stage from 1-5 pm. Be sure to stop by and check out  Trish England, Bengi Neal, and Carolina.

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For families looking for fun in the Mooresville area, be sure to check out this fun-filled event. There was not much information on the music acts, but here is what the NCFestival.com offered:

The Race City Festival is “A Celebration of Lake Norman Area Arts & Culture” and is held outdoors along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville, NC . The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event for the community. In addition to our local merchants, the outdoor street fair will feature the arts & culture of our community, local businesses, NASCAR displays/souvenirs, live music & other entertainment, FOOD TRUCKS & beer garden. There is no admission charge. Open to ALL ages. Bring your chairs, stay for the day.
The Race City Festival is a true celebration of our diversified community and brings more than 20,000 show go-ers every year. Rain or Shine. Make a day of it, bring the family, friends and neighbors!! There is something for all ages and plenty of eats and things to see, do. Enjoy the sounds and tastes of a true festival atmosphere.
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~ Live Music Options ~

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Early Shows

Union Point Park

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Festival of Fun! will be held at Union Point Park today. The event started at 10 am and runs throughout the day until 4 pm. Here are the details from the Facebook event:

New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the 19th annual Festival of Fun on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 4pm. This annual event will be held at Union Point Park, located at 210 E. Front Street in beautiful downtown New Bern!

Enjoy a day full of arts & crafts, educational information, fun, games, great food, inflatables, kid-friendly vendors and so much more! The festival will also include entertainment provided by local performers, magicians and dance groups. This event promises fun for the entire family!

For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation (252) 639-2901. This event is presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation.

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Harley-Davidson of New Bern

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Spring Open House is happening today at Harley-Davidson of New Bern. There will be demo rides, great sales on gear and riding apparel. They will also have free food, beverages and live music by Core Sound Band from the Crystal Coast. The fun started at 10 am and continues until 4 pm.

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Riverside United Methodist Church – RUMC

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Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental is a group of music loving friends that just having fun playing the ukulele in Calypso-Style island songs, traditional folk music, and contemporary music. UHOO for short will be in town to perform today at Riverside Methodist Church. This free show starts at 3 pm.

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Orringer Auditorium

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A Musical Journey Through America presented by The Craven Community Chorus. Today’s event starts at 3 pm Tickets $5, available at Bank of the Arts, Fullers Music, Kitchen on the Trent, Harris Teeter and at the door (if available).

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The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage

 

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It is an open jam session tonight at The Garage this evening. All musicians are welcome. The fun starts at 7 pm and the jams rock till 10 pm. Come check out the new backyard space, plus all the beer on tap and fun games to be played.

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BrÜtopia

BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of classic rock stringer Rick Huff, 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!

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Rocking Around Town Tonight

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Centenary United Methodist Church

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There is a special memorial concert being held at Centenary Church on New St, New Bern.  This event will feature a performance by Paul Saik and Megan Johnson. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to The RCS BEE Renovation Campaign.

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The Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican hosts Ravenz Bru tonight with music being offered 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.

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play

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Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. It will be a Kentucky Derby Party in town tonight. With live music and more.  Music plays at 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

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

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Brandywine Bay Golf Club welcomes the public in for an offering of live music tonight, courtesy of the original band Now or Never. Music plays from 7-10 pm. There is a full-service bar and great food offered as well. This will also be a new site for an open mic night which Tiffany Elaine will host every other Tuesday evening from 7-10 pm. The first session will be this coming Tuesday. All players are welcome to come out and share songs!

Now Or Never is an up and coming band out of Beaufort, NC. In the few short months of being a band, they have opened for the Cast of One Tree Hill who played MumFest, The Dogwood Fest and much more.

This band is one to watch, for they have a sound like no other. They are currently in the studio finishing their first album, set to release in fall of 2019, featuring their popular song “Waves”. Catch them locally while you can. Come out tonight and meet the band with vocalist Tiffany Elaine,  guitar and vocals Fernando Rivera and Lead Guitarist Steve Mehan.

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Off The Hook

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Rocking the deck tonight at Off The Hook with the grooves that will move you will be The Adam Hill Band. They bring the party from 10 pm until closing. This band will be playing all of the popular fun songs, that will make you get up and dance to their beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.

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Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Davy Williamson, who will be making the music this evening. Music is served from 8-11 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.

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Emerald Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle

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Big Drink Music Company will bring the early party tonight to the stage out back, to rock the E-Club Emerald Isle. They get the fun underway at 8 pm and inside on stage, you can jam to the grooves of Freeway Band offering the fun tunes at 10 pm.

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The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

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The Naked Knees will offer the entertainment at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music is offered in the back garden from 7-10 pm, Come early for the good eats and stay late to enjoy the music.

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SALT BAR

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SALT BAR welcomes Space Coast Ghosts w/ Kayas Embrace to the stage this evening with music starting at 9:30 pm.

SPACE COAST GHOSTS are just your Intergalactic Reggae, Hip Hop and Punk Rock crossover Band from another world…
100% Original Music. You don’t want to miss these very talented, high energy performers!

With support From East Coast Reggae hitters Kayas Embrace from Atlanta, Georgia

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Rocking Around the Region

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Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

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MAY 4, 2019 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $20 SEATED/$15 STANDING

New Spin on an Old Sound – Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level “A” musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and Sowers commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musical feature on the hit BBC show later with Jools Holland.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago.  Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

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Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Built For Comfort for a night of fun rockin’ blues music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 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

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.

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Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Corey Stuart are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Playing all of the popular songs from the ’80s and ’90s, you should wear your dancing shoes.  Music starts at 10 pm.

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The Rebel Tavern

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Tonight at The Rebel Tavern you can enjoy all of the popular and fun grooves of AFreyed Knot, with the music and fun at 9 and rocking til midnight!

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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.

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!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Keeping up with the Blogger

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Sign up and subscribe to the blog and you will get an email notification each time NCMZ.LIVE publishes a new post! Thank you for reading

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:

Tracey Stones Productions

I read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance.

Be sure to mention what time doors open and the price of tickets.

Pictures are helpful. You may send links to band websites so I can post those as well.

Thanks so much for helping me reach the people!

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Back The Blogger

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The girl behind the banner has big dreams and major ambitions of healing the world with music. If you wish to help along on this journey of connecting people to music please consider one of the following options! There are so many ways for people to be a part of this build.

Affordable Partnerships For All

Corporate Unions

I am an advertising vehicle in need of a vehicle to take the dream farther. Let’s work together. If your corporate dollars help to build these well-contemplated plans, that will support the dreams of many local music makers, let’s talk about community commitment. I am very invested in this build and can’t imagine what life looks like without working on this business plan, which is going to need a lot of money to make it fire on all cylinders. Corporate Sponsorship packages start at $5,000.

Community Co-Hosts

 
Are you the leader in your niche? Consider partnering with me by being a stage sponsor! Proudly display your banner across the stages we set up to let locals know that you are supporting local, live music. Sponsorship dollars help to build fair pay stages for acts to offer their music. In exchange, you will be recognized as the co-host of keeping these music dreams alive! Stage sponsorships start at $1,000. 

Post Hosts Are Welcome Here

 
If you are a small business and want to back the mission, consider being a POST HOST! As a post host, you will be featured in an article that will highlight your love of music. A post host will also be given one month of advertising in the sidebar of the blog, seen on all pages. The price to be a Post Host is $250 for one Post or $400 to be The Weekend Warrior POST HOST are just two options to consider.

Advertisers and Donors Appreciated

Are you a band or a small business with an ability to contribute $50.00 each month, consider advertising here!
Donations from readers and live music supporters have always been appreciated also. 
Fact is this is going to be something that takes flight with the help of the community! In fact, it can’t happen without you because it is all happening for you!

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TIPS! DONATIONS! CONTRIBUTIONS!

If you are a reader, who likes the content of this blog and you have a few dollars to spare, you can always tip the grateful blogger. There are several tip buckets found here on this site.  All donations and tips are filtered back into the growth of this live music blog.

This site is a free service to support live music. Most often it is published twice weekly as a gentle reminder for people to get out and support live music. Support the mission of promoting live music. Your donations will help fuel the growth of this informative live music blog. All contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your support!

~Tracey Stones, Writer~

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Weekends are Meant for Rocking Good Fun and Fundraising

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

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Friday Night Fun

Sam Lewis Serves the Sounds at BrUtopia

Let’s start things out with the local singer Sam Lewis. I have been wanting to hear Sam share songs for nearly three years. On Friday night the moment finally arrived and I enjoyed quite a few fine selections that he offered to friends and fans at BrUtopia. It was a great way to kick off the weekend. Lewis is a New Bern based act, that enjoys offering sounds for the sole purpose of providing pleasure to those around him. I will be sure to share his new dates as they become available.

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Big Jim Blues Parked at The Garage

Big Jim Kohler Blues Band stayed very busy this week, sharing the blues all about New Bern. They snuck off to share songs in an Easter Jam last Sunday and returned to town to play Monday at the Brown Pelican, Wednesday at The City Stage, Thursday on stage at the Fairgrounds to welcome Fairgoers, on Friday they rocked the blues for The Garage in James City and when we get around to tomorrow you will hear more about the fundraiser they took part in.

The Garage is the fun new joint in James City that is offering fun for all families. They have a fun arcade, a virtual game field, fine fresh beer on tap, food trucks in the lot and live music on the menu each weekend. If you have never been there be sure to stop out soon. This coming Friday Mark McKenzie will be sharing songs, Shepp Herd will be blowing glass and Ben will be pouring the beer.

The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band has a standing engagement, as he plays the last Friday of each month. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.

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Jan Michael Fields Band Brought the Party to Blackbeards

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Jan Fields is a busy and talented singer that gained popularity in the ’80s and ’90s with the well known touring act that rocked the scene as SideWinder. Besides fronting his own project, The Jan Michael Fields Band pictured above, he also rekindled the SideWinder effort and recently stepped into the lead singer position for the reincarnated Jesse Bolt, another famed NC band that gained popularity in the ’70s and ’80s.

Based in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Fields and Co. offer a fun show with a great variety of material to keep things interesting throughout the night. Full running production of lights and sound, these players are all professional and enjoy bringing a show to fans and meeting new friends along the way. This was their second appearance at Blackbeard’s in recent months. I will gladly share the news of when they return. While we await news on their return, get to know them better by checking out their website.

Jan Michael Fields Band

For friends and fans of Sidewinder, that band will come together in June on the 15th for a rocking reunion at The State Theatre in Greenville. To get your tickets early check out this link:  Sidewinder Tickets. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.

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Friday Ends on A Rocking Note in Kinston with Brad Benson

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It’s been about a year an a half since I last saw this next act. Brad Benson was in Kinston with his Rebel Armada Band and they are an intense rock trio with great energy. The talented singer has two projects that keep him busy. Dead Man’s Mail is the other band that features his strong vocals and stealth guitar.

When not sharing the stage with band-mates the singer performs solo as well. He has a solo performance on Tuesday at Tonic Bar & Social Club. Music will be offered from 7-9 pm. On Saturday the 4th he reunites with Rebel Armada to unload on Locked & Loaded Grill in Garner, NC. Music starts at 10 pm.  The following Saturday the guys come to Winterville and rock Tie Breakers. That will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10 pm.

To get to know this awesome artist, intense with talent, find his website by clicking on his name:

Brad Benson

 

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Saturday Night Delights

Sara’s Big Apple Serving Sounds for Supper

I started Saturday night in the back room of Sara’s Big Apple, where dinner was being served to my friends and neighbors and Charlie Duzan was shredding the notes for those in earshot of his fun music. Duzan spent a good couple of decades thinking about playing out and today he is enjoying more time sharing songs in the town he knows and loves.  Sometimes the crooner teams up with his young son Tommy, and other times the duo keeps busy on the solo sides of life.

You can find Duzan sharing songs most nights at The Brown Pelican, he is also known to jam on the street and accepts any obligation which is offered. To find him, seek him out on Facebook today. Charlie Duzan

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Big Jim Blues Band Offers Blues for Hurrican Relief at the Bruin

 

All Hands and All Heart- Smart Response hosted a Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine Store on Middle Street last night. The team of volunteers gathered to auction off goods and accept donations from the community to help the community from 5-9 pm. In the midst of that good deed, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band offered the blues for listeners and gatherers with big hearts! The money raised by this organization stays local and gets filtered back into Craven and Pamlico Counties.

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Marron Chaplin Set a Date to Set Sail!

 

The acoustic rocker that we all fell in love with, in the time she called New Bern home, Marron Chaplin was out on the scene last night and sharing songs with friends and fans at The Garage. During the show, she announced that she would be leaving the area in June and taking flight for a career in Nashville, TN. With management already in place in the music city for this beautiful girl, it is only a matter of time before we read more about her successes. She will have several shows around the area between now and the time she leaves, and we will bid her a fond farewell together!

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Monterio Experience Offers Plenty of Soothing Sounds for the Soul

 

Next up we find another band that I have been trying to catch for nearly two years or better. The Monterio Experience was in town last night, featuring the powerful voice of Eric Monterio. The skilled singer has a range that is second to none. He is the only singer in the area to pull off the song “Picture,” by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow while nailing both leads of the duet. The band offers all of the fun party songs that the crowd likes to hear. They offer a little bit of country, a twist of rock n roll, then turn up the funk and the get groovy with soul. You can find the band on Facebook by following this link:

The Monterio Experience

Hearing the band live is always the best, so for those in the Greenville area be sure to look for them on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Christy’s Euro Pub. They will be on hand and offering a trio formation for that show. The full band will be back in action the following week on Saturday, May 11, 2019, when they play Buck Wild Tavern. Showtime starts at 9 pm.

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Carolina Swamp Dogs Offer A Private Show to Attendees at City Stage

 

The Carolina Swamp Dogs returned to town last night to offer a full night of raw blues music to the few that gathered at The City Stage. This trio of retired Marines have a unique set up and a rare sound to match. I love them. I met them about a year an a half ago at The Seafood Festival in Morehead City and now work with them in bringing them to the area whenever the opportunity serves.

The blues union prefers not to play bars and watering holes but loves the opportunity to serve on benefits and they love restaurants and outdoor community events as well! If you missed them last night, I am sorry for you. The band will return to our area in August to play an afternoon show for me in Fairfield Harbour on August 11, with music being offered 2-4:30 pm and on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The duo that played for the Earthday event will return to the Brown Pelican to play from 8-11 pm. Be sure to put both gigs on your calendar and come celebrate the blues!

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Final Stop Offers A Pause for the Cause With Paul Picard Rocking for Cats and Kittens

My final stop for the night last night was The Brown Pelican, where they were hosting a fundraiser for an organization that goes into populated cat areas and captures the cats for the sake of spaying and neutering the animals. While I was there, I spoke with one of the volunteers about the work they are doing and she explained that the group of volunteers work in areas where cat populations are out of control. They keep busy capturing the creatures so to ensure they can’t breed.

The benefit was a Feline Fundraiser for K2C2, non-profit assisting animals. The night offered a silent auction, a donation box was made available for cat donations, and entertainment was offered by Paul Picard. It has been a minute since I last caught Picard, who sounded great as he ended the night with a great many classic rock selections.

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Live Music In the Week Ahead

New Bern NC

 

Monday offers the Blues with Big Jim Kohler at the Brown Pelican. Live music is shared from 7-9 pm. The first set is the full band the second set all jammers are welcome. On Wednesday we do it again with Big Jim and his Bride, Kathy Kohler, at The City Stage. Once again live music is shared from 7-9 pm. All gigs are free to attend and tips for the house band are encouraged! Also on Wednesday, there is an open mic night at Bern Bar, located on Glenbernie Ave.

Thrilling Thursday

Thursdays are becoming just as busy as any weekend offering. This week there will be live music and fine dining at two hot spots in town. The first stop is Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse, where they offer live music in the piano bar from 6-9 pm. Patrick Reid will be in the house to entertain this week. Then starting at 7:30 pm on the deck at Persimmons Restaurant there is live music being offered by Strung Together.

Just on the outskirts of town we have another dining and music option with Alisa Mike live at City Stage New Bern, with music served from 7-9 pm. Bouncing back into town, it is the longest running open mic in town over at The Brown Pelican. Sign up at 7, music starts at 8 pm and all are welcome to jam! The Performance Arts Series Presents: NC Raga Revival at Tryon Palace will also be an option this Thursday, May 2, 2019, at The History Center on S Front St. The last option for those looking for something fun and music infused, there is “A Musical Journey thru America” taking place at the Community College’s Orringer Auditorium. There are three performances for this show in all!

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Last Call For Big Jim

We All Love Him!

Have you met my blues brother, Big Jim? This guy is the real deal when it comes to Chicago style blues and he has a long list of songs ready to share with his fans and friends. It has been quite a ride sitting shotgun on this blues journey, with this talented slinger who not only plays the blues but lives them out like a true champion. Jim Kohler moved to ENC in 2011 and just six weeks after settling in with his family, they were greeted by the rise of Irene, a Hurrican that washed through their house and washed away most of their possessions. It took them five years to recover and along the way they worked out their sorrows by sharing music with their community. They are the first band to show up at any cause and they are often there donating their time.

We Nearly Lost Him

Before Florence was ever a consideration in our community’s story, there was another story that was penned about our cities blues father! In August 2017, Big Jim fell ill with pneumonia and nearly lost his life. In an effort to save his life and help him recover and heal, the skilled and professional team at Carolina East Medical Center placed Kohler in a coma so that he could combat his addiction to alcohol. For anyone that remembers Big Jim near the end of that long relationship he openly had with beer and whiskey, it was not always pretty.

Let’s All Support Him For the Joy He Brings

Many things have changed since then and throughout it all, Big Jim has been sober and is now in better health than he has ever been in all the years he has called NC home. In fact, it was just Wednesday night that I overheard his bride talk about him being here for all of the many positive changes he has made. I will point out that behind it all, it is his family and music that keep this man going.

Having said that, I will also mention that music is how he makes his living. If he had a better product, it would not take long to send him back out on the road, where he is destined to be. He cannot do that without your help. In February Big Jim fired up a Kickstarter campaign to get this new product recorded and manufactured. On Tuesday, this campaign will be shut down unless we come up with the still needed $1980 to press the play button on a new Big Jim disc!

For the last time, please reconsider and donate to the cause of keeping the blues alive. BIG JIM STYLE!

Visit the link below and donate! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigjimkohler/big-jim-kohler

Thank You!

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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.

April 22 at 5:20 PM

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Sorrowful Saturday Blues Takes Us Out

 

I Loved Being On The Scene with Rock Stars

 

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My Dear John Letter to Music

My Sweet Music Community,

It is you. It has always been you! I have loved you my whole life! And for the past four years, I fell deeply in love with you, again! And I did so on a level I was expecting the first time I heard Big Jim Kohler’s guitar. It was Saturday, March 23, 2013. And I know it was God who opened the door for me, to walk into the lounge at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant. I was with my two girl pals Madonna and Sherri!

Dammit, Music! You remember it as much as I do! The day we met again!! You know as well as I do, that someone from above put three of the most hurting souls together in one room that night. I am grateful every day for the bond it created. We all walked on together and trudged through a lot of sludge in each of our personal lives. Each of us used you to work through our sorrows. And we did it too! And now we are at a point of rejoicing in your honor more often than ever before! Even right here in our town!

Don’t you remember the long sleepless nights of wondering? I do! I remember consciously choosing you over the urge of hormones and humanness! It was you that I picked for my relationship! I did so with intention. For the hopes of finding my soul again and healing my heart. We did that, which makes this even more painful!

As it turns out love is blind. I did a lot of dumb stuff, like work for free and let people tread on me. I wish I was wiser and it all worked out. Sorry that I failed in my attempts

Signed, a Broken Hearted Blogger!

 

Setting the Stage

I have had a love affair with music for as long as I have had a heartbeat. As a kid I played my records, sat on my bed and wrote in a pad anytime I was grounded.  Sometimes it was songs and sometimes short stories. By the time I was 9, I was falling hard for a band that was popular long before my time.

My pen name was given to me by a childhood friend. It pays tribute to The Rolling Stones each time I write about music. I happened to fall in love with a band that gave me a long history to catch up on and I have been trying to do that for 40 years of my life. In getting to know their music, they brought me to the blues. That has been an educational trip that I am still happy to take any day! That is our country’s music history, with such awesome stories, offerings, and characters.

From the days of being grounded, I grew to be a paid intern and published writer who covered the local club scene in NJ. It was my dream job and I was living it as a paid intern at age 25. But even back in’94  it was not very lucrative. Local music and arts of any kind are sadly nonprofitable for most artists that don’t advance out of the local market. Nonetheless, we stick with it out of passion and love. I recognize how it is not always about money. However, real life and living require money! The reality behind this blog site is that so many people think is my hobby when it is not nor ever was that to me.

Business Woman, Boss, and Blessed Blogger

I signed up for WordPress in 2014 after I walked out of an unhealthy marriage. It was an intentional decision to invest in the cheap blog package after I got familiar with Blogger, a free blogging site.

I was ready to take it to a new level and use it to write a cathartic book about my divorce. And once I got some of the pain out in a few short stories, I basically signed off for a year but still paid the service fee to keep the site.

I read in a blog article, that if you made the commitment, the rest would come and in this case, I have to say, the tip proved true! Throughout 2014 and 2015, I was doing a lot more hanging out and chilling out around music again. After figuring out my first smartphone with the live app on Facebook, it was suddenly a brand new day! I have been recording raw live music footage of our local scene with pure passion and dedication for five years.

In 2015, I did a lot of personal soul-searching and found my heart was still most interested in music and music makers. I did a couple of stories about legendary local players, that captivated the music scene here in NC in the ’70s and ’80s. Before any of that, remember, I was well on my way back to the blues thanks and courtesy of Big Jim, who played and Dale Overbee who opened the doors of Bambooz.

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