It’s Time to Rock with Some Familiar Faces and Roll A Few New Bands Too

Catching Up with Ryan Rubich

I remember the day that Ryan Rubich signed up and made a commitment to his life in music. We were chatting in a Jacksonville restaurant when he made the declaration of his road ahead. I simply sat there and encouraged the young lad. I helped him write a bio and booked a couple of community gigs for his duo to get polished. It was an exciting time in his life, there was definitely a fire ablaze in his soul and it was radiating out from his fingertips.

I met Rubich at an open mic night at Crystal Coast Brewery in Atlantic Beach that was hosted by Tiffany Elaine. After hearing him jam a couple of times, at a few open mics hosted by Elaine, I invited the slinger to come to Fairfield Harbour for a show which would mark the first time I saw Rubich live his original beat keeper, Jared Cain. I had met Cain years before jamming in a couple of different projects with Irish Robinson. The duo played two shows for me. Once during the winter months, the duo jammed at The Community Center (above) and the second time they returned in the Summer for a show at Red Sail Park (below).

It wasn’t long after those days that Rubich got serious about his career and turned his full attention to his career. This focus has paid off and paved a way for the singer-songwriter to stay busy with music. Even during the down days of Covid-19, the stringer and singer compiled, recorded and released his debut EP. After catching Rubich at a couple recent shows, I touched base with him on messenger and asked about the new release.

I started with the basics. “Tell me about the new release,” I said, “When did it come out?”

Rubich replied, “Released November 20th, 2020. ‘Find Your Way‘.” Who produced and recorded the disc? “Mike Corrado produced/recorded it at his studio Grunt Tunes it was mixed by Tommy Brothers at Shoreline Studios in Wilmington. We sent it out to the west coast to be mastered at moontreemastering.” Now the songs are available on all platforms for fans to enjoy.

After listening to his new EP, I asked the artist about songwriting, I was curious if the music came first or the lyrics. Rubich said, “Personally I write a lot of music pretty easily but have to dig for a concept or idea about lyrics. Sometimes I see where the vibe of the music takes the lyrics or for it to inspire an idea. It’s something I’m still a novice at, but learning more day by day.”

I heard a rumor that he was working on a side project lately and the best I can say about that is the rumors are true. Rubich has teamed up with a new band. He will be the lead guitar player for a New Bern-based band with some popular players. The new five-piece rocking beach band will be rolling out in the weeks ahead. I have another interview in the works with the frontman for that band project. So be sure to keep it here to catch the waves to the beach.

Besides working things out with the new project, in rehearsal each week, Rubich says, “I’ll still be playing full-time solo, and I am lining up gigs with my band RUBICH’S CUBE. In fact, he wanted me to tell everyone, “We have a gig April 29th @ Dukenfields, Jacksonville, NC 10 pm – 1 am. That gig will feature Mike Sandvig on bass and Jacob Yepez on drums. Stay tuned for more band dates with things opening up!”

To keep up with the Jacksonville based guitar player Like his page Ryan Rubich Music Facebook. For those interested in checking out his music start here and pick your favorite platform: Find Your Way

Big News From Bryan Mayer

I caught up with Bryan Mayer a couple of weeks ago when he was performing live at Tap That Craft and Wine Bar. The local country crooner has been keeping busy with solo shows during the pandemic days of Covid-19. In fact he has a few shows coming up along the Crystal Coast in the days ahead. You can catch him at The Saltwater Grill in Swansboro, next Friday, April 9, 2021. On Sunday he will be rocking fans at Gaffer’s in Emerald Isle from 2-5 pm.

Earlier this week Mayer made a big announcement regarding a solo show coming up next month. Bryan Mayer will open for country music super star Tracy Lawrence when his tour stops in New Bern to perform at the new Maola Events Center. To get your tickets in advance of the May 8th performance follow this link: Tracy Lawrence Tickets.

I will be taking to Mayer next week about this amazing opportunity as well as find out what else is happening in the singer’s life these days. He really is chock full of good news with lots happening on the horizon.

Big Sam At Harbour Pointe For Supper Sounds

Sam Lewis was our guest performer for the dinner crowd last Thursday evening at Harbour Pointe Bar and Grille. Lewis was a big hit with the residents that enjoy live music as they dine.

Sam Lewis is a very busy bee on our local music scene. When he is not offering a solo show, he plays with a band, and sometimes he jams as a duo. But that’s not where it ends. In fact, his band excursions keep him busy most weekends but during the week, he hosts open mic nights and encourages others to sing while hosting karaoke.

Starting next week Big Sam takes his big Karaoke Act to Sara’s Big Apple. All are encouraged to come out and sing. It is good therapy to express yourself through music so, come hungry, dine in, and sing out loud! Sounds like a great weekly option for the Broad Creek Road neighborhoods.

Here is the itinerary for Lewis in the weeks ahead:

•Thurs 4/1• Sweet Edventures Dessert Bar Swansboro KARAOKE 7-10p

•Sat 4/3• The Growler Bar Emerald Isle FULL BAND 7-10p

•Sun 4/4• New Covenant Church EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:30a

•Weds 4/7•Ducks Grille & Bar SOLO 6:30-9:30p

•Thurs 4/8•Sara’s Big Apple Pizza KARAOKE 6-8p

•Friday 4/9• BrÜtopia DUO/w Pretty Ricky 7-10p

•Sat 4/10• Bogue Sound Distillery DUO/w Pretty Ricky 7-10p

•Sun 4/11•Bake, Bottle & Brew-Willy Nilly Warehouse Solo 4-7p

•Weds 4/14• Ducks Grille & Bar SOLO 6:30-9:30p

•Thurs 4/15• Sara’s Big Apple Pizza KARAOKE 6-8p

•Fri 4/16• Salty Air Open Market DUO 6-9pm

•Sat 4/17• Rookies Sports Bar FULL BAND 7-10p

•Weds 4/21• Ducks Grille & Bar-SOLO- 6:30-9:30 pm

•Thurs 4/22• Sara’s Big Apple Pizza -KARAOKE- 6-8 pm

•Sun 4/25• Carolina Home and Garden DUO 1-3p

•Weds 4/28• Ducks Grille & Bar 6:30-9:30 SOLO

•Thurs 4/29• Sara’s Big Apple Pizza 6-8p -KARAOKE-

•Fri 4/30• The Office, Kinston DUO 7-10p

Before leaving his last gig I asked same to offer up an original song. He obliged with this:

The Little Things by Sam Lewis

Matt Riddle Live At The Brown Pelican

Matt Riddle is a Marine currently serving and living in New Bern. Just before press time, I reached out to Riddle on Facebook to learn more about him. I asked how long he has been playing? “I’ve been playing and singing roughly 27 years off and on. My mother introduced me to all kinds of music, I believe that in order to play good music you have to appreciate all types.” He definitely spreads out, offering everything from country to rock and more. When I walked in he was offering a rare cover of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer.

I asked the stringer if he is from here, though I guess otherwise, he kindly replied, “I’m a transplant from Texas, I’m currently still in the Marine Corps, but my family and I have had a house here in New Bern since 2011 and we plan on staying in the area after I retire.”

“I do write my own music, I just haven’t performed it live too many times.” I can’t wait to see him again and request some original material for us.

As for gigging and looking for work playing, this entertainer says, “I’m always looking for more gigs that can fit into my busy schedule, if it works then I will play.” Riddle adds, “I love the way that music makes people feel, it is the outward expression of the soul.” As for reaching out and securing a date he says, “If anyone wants to book me they can reach me on here or by email at

Amazing Lounge Lizards Groove Us Into the Weekend

I caught a sample of The Amazing Lounge Lizards while they were in town last Friday. This fun five piece party band hails from Raleigh and keeps busy around the Triangle area. I learned that have been rocking the scene with this current line up for just about a year.

One thing for sure they are full of energy and offer a great variety of popular party songs that span the decades from the ‘70s through today.

This weekend the band will bring the fun and funk to The Real McCoy’s tomorrow night. Music starts at 6 pm. To follow the band and keep up on all their dates like them on Facebook here: The Amazing Lounge Lizards.

Joe Brown & The Band Take Tap That

Our own local groove master, Joe Brown brought his band to Tap That last Friday to usher us into the weekend.

This would make for the second time I enjoyed Joe Brown, frontman and entertainer extraordinaire. For nearly five years I have been shooting pics and filing Brown behind the keyboard.

The first time I caught him front and center without a row of ivories at his fingertips, it was New Year’s Eve, on the very same stage. For that gig, he was backed by two keyboard players and the band. Last Friday he was backed by only one keyboard player. The popular Brandon Shamar kept the keys 🎹 grooving in time to the beats. Offering the backbeats for the night was the incredible Jasmine Best on drums. Also sitting in that night was guitar player Chris Campbell, who shared some pretty blues grooves and turned up the funk too when it was time.

We were all there to celebrate the front man himself, as Joe Brown finally turned 21 on March 22! Repetition is an important part of being a music maker and turn 21 over and over again keeps you young! Keep celebrating! Cheers!

Currently the band as no upcoming events to share, but keep it here as I am sure that is about to change with so many things returning to normal.

Adam Hill Music Monthly Rewind

I don’t know if I can really explain it, but when I tell you that music is powerful and impatctual upon the soul, I think of the movement my own soul when exposed to some Adam Hill music.

I can say this, I have had a love affair with music for as long as Adam Hill has existed. And for as long as I have been paying attention, one thing is true…Sometimes you come upon an artist that stops you dead in your tracks and makes you pay attention to music on a whole new level. That is exactly what Hill did to me.

I stopped out to check out the band Solid Ground and that is when Hill became a focal point of my music affections, not long after he offered this awesome version of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile on stage at Jean’s in Havelock.

Was he the first? No! I have been at this longer than Adam has been making music. Being a decade older than the slinger is my only advantage to that equation. But I met Hill in the summer of 2016 and have been making my way to his shows on the regular because my soul always feels better after such a music experience.

Moving On By Adam Hill

My favorite music is Adam Hill. To be quite honest, I love original music. If I want to hear popular well-known songs, I can turn on the radio. But when I meet new players, it intrigues me to listen to their souls. Music is their portrait. They paint their canvas with music notes and phrasings from the depths of their spirit in the hopes of touching beating hearts and inspiring minds.

Over the years I have watched Hill offer many of his own songs and that is always the highlight of his shows for me. I am moved by the music as much as the lyrical messages. It’s clear to me that Hill survives the pains of living through shredding six strings and expressing his hurts through song. Many of his songs offer insight to the afflictions and struggles of life. He deals with life on his own terms and helps many others do the same with his music.

If you want to get your full of some Adam Hill Music, you have plenty of chances this weekend. The busy slinger has four shows booked over the next couple days. His first show is tomorrow morning, when he provides the music for the Annual Beauty and The Beast Car Show taking place in the Walmart parking lot on Yopp Road in Jacksonville, NC . The car show kicks off at 10 am and music is offered 11 am- 2 pm. Tomorrow evening the stringer will be singing at Crossroads Bar and Grill in Seven Springs, NC with music being served 10 pm til closing. Hill also has two shows on Sunday mentioned below in the weekly rundown. Keep reading to find out where you can catch him this Easter Sunday.

Carolina Swamp Dogs Bring Their Blues To Town

It was a Sunday Funday with The Carolina Swamp Dogs last week at the Brown Pelican. The Blues Duo from the Jacksonville area brought their unique blues offerings to the Dirty Bird for a few hours of afternoon fun.

I met this band at Annual Seafood Festival in Morehead City back in 2017. At the time they were the featured blues trio on the bill that year.

Carolina Swamp Dogs, when we met in 2017, was a trio of retired Marines with 85 years of service to our country now playing the blues.

Since those days, the band has slimmed down to a fully function duo featuring Gary Oles and Tommy Langlois.

Carolina Swamp Dogs Rock Red Sail Park

Over the years these Dogs have been my go-to when I need to fill a bill with the blues. They are good friends and talented blues musicians. I love how they bring education of the blues to the forefront of their show. The blues is our legacy, a part of our National history nobody better try to erase.

Both players retired from the Marine Corps and have kept in touch through the magic of music. They try to jam a few times a month but don’t keep a crazy schedule. For those looking to catch some authentic blues offered in a unique way, be sure to catch their show while you can. Our beloved, Gary has been bitten by the love bug and is changing things up in the hopes of settling down in Florida later this year. He and his fiancé Kathy Knowles are relocating to Orlando later this Summer, which means you only have a few more opportunities to catch this duo in the weeks ahead.

Next week they will be grooving in the beer garden at Wrightsville Beach Brewery in Wilmington, on Saturday, April 10 with tunes being poured out from 3-6 pm. The following week you can catch them back at The Brown Pelican when they bring their jams on Saturday, April 17, 7-10 pm. Also on the radar is Huffman Vineyards on Saturday, May 22, 7-10 pm and In June they have a gig on the books at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Music plays 9 pm- 12 am.

Back To The Program @ The Brown Pelican

More signs of normalcy appear to be on the horizon for our friends at the Brown Pelican as they adapt to being back in action and open for business after 50 weeks of suffering from the shut down.

Starting this week they will resuming their regular routine of hosting a Monday evening blues jam with your host Big Jim Kohler and Friends. Music is offered 7-10 pm and all are welcome to join the fun.

Each Tuesday night Doc Paul will host a songwriter’s night where two acts will be highlighted each week. Music plays 7-10 pm. Come hear the latest and greatest players on the scene.

Singer Songwriter Doc Paul

Thursday’s welcome the return of Open Mic Night hosted by local slinger Charlie Duzan. This open mic welcomes all that wish to join the fun with music being shared 7-11 pm.

Open Mic host Charlie Duzan

Of course, The Brown Pelican is always your local music stop on weekends with awesome acts on the floor, front and center each weekend. Catch a show any Friday 7-10 pm or Saturday 7-10 pm. Looking ahead, Owner of the Dirty Bird Heather Haiss is interested in using Sundays to help those in need. For the year that her business was closed Big Jim hosted blues events each Sunday to keep the lights bill paid. With Haiss having survived her darkest days she hopes to continue helping others in need as she rebounds from her difficult year of closures. Keep it here to find out who she

At A Glance Music

by Susan Bugham

At a glance music for this week, disclaimer below.

Friday 4/2
Afreyed Knot 8-11 at Blackbeards, New Bern

Chuck Phillips Band 6:30-9:30pm at Backwater Jack’s, Washington

Eli Craig Band 8-11pm at The Doghouse Tavern, Ayden

Monterio Experience Trio 8:30pm-12 at Market St Pub, Washington

Tim Bivans 8-11 at AJ McMurphy’s, Greenville

Jamie Pridgen Band 10pm-1am at The Office, Kinston

Roy and DC Linton 7-10 at Ribeyes, Washington

2Digh4 10pm-1 at The Buccaneer Music Hall, Greenville

Singer showcase 7:30 pm, Erin Lewis, Sam Weatherly, and Joe Shingera at Molly’s Café, Uptown Greenville

Sat 4/3
Side Trac Band 8-11 at AJ McMurphy’s, Greenville

Eli Craig Band 8:30-12 at Market St Pub, Washington

Psylo Joe 7-10 pm at Local Oak Brewing Co., Winterville

John Williams 6:30-9:30 at Backwater Jack’s, Washington

Chris Hagan Band 10pm-1am at The Office, Kinston

Roy Stewart 7-10 at The Plank Steakhouse, Farmville

Mikele Buck Band 8-11 at Blackbeards, New Bern

Open Jam 6:30 hosted by John Williams at Backwater Jacks, Washington

Justin Anderson 10pm-1 at Buccaneer Music Hall, Greenville

Cooper Greer 7-10 pm at Ribeyes, Washington

Sun 4/4
John Benson 2-5 pm at Backwater Jack’s, Washington

Tues 4/6
Brian Burke 7-9 at AJ McMurphy’s, Greenville

Every Mon
Rhythm & Grooves open mic with John Williams 7:30 AJ McMurphy’s, Greenville

Open mic 8:30pm with Jared Gonzalez at The Buccaneer Music Hall , Greenville

Every Wed
Open Mic with JT at Molly’s Community Cafe, Uptown Greenville

3rd Wed of month
Open mic with Chuck Phillips 6pm at Parleys Sip and Steam , Washington

Every other Wed
Open mic with Joe Shiranga 7-10 at Nauti Dog Brewing Co., Winterville

Every other Thurs. Brian Burke hosts open mic 6:30-9:30 pm at Backwater Jack’s starting April 8, 2021.

Disclaimer: Please note that musicians and times are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance for confirmation. While I don’t know or support all of these musicians I do recommend these venues.

Thank you for supporting live music.

More Live Music Options

Cruisin’ County by County

In the hopes of always keeping things fresh and new, here is a new rundown of live music for the days ahead, county by county.

Beaufort County


Friday, April 2, 2021

The Chuck Phillips Band will be offering the grooves this Friday at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar and Grill in Washington from 7-10 pm.

Roy Stewart & DC Linton team up to bring the music to the Angus Room at Ribeyes of Washington. Music is served 8-11 pm.


The Market Street Pub welcomes the Monterio Experience Trio. 7:30 pm. $7 cover


Saturday, April 3, 2021


Cooper Greer will be on hand in the Angus Room, to provide Saturday evening entertainment at Ribeyes of Washington. Music is on the menu from 7-10 pm.


Pamela Cox and J. B. Mayes will be the featured live music at Captain Cooks this Saturday night! Everyone is invited to come early for a good dinner and stay late for the music Music is offered 7-11 pm.


Eli Craig Band will provide the music this Saturday, from the stage at Market Street Pub in downtown Washington, NC. Music plays 8:30pm – midnight. Make sure you have your dancing shoes on!


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Come enjoy live music this Sunday with John Benson serving sounds, 2-5 PM at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar and Grill


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Brian Burke will host Open Mic at Backwater Jack’s in Washington 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Brunswick County

Friday, April 2, 2021

Scott Riley will perform tomorrow evening at The Joyce. At press time the event said that the music plays from 6-9 pm.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Duke of Uke David Pray will perform live this Saturday at The Joyce from 6-9 pm.

Carteret County

Friday, April 2, 2021

Barefoot Wade is on the schedule for Friday night fun at Bogue Sound Distillery. Check them out offering the sounds from 7-10 pm. Outside, enjoy some tasty creations for dinner at McGrady Grill Food Truck.


Bryan Mayer

Johnny Williams will perform live at Promise’ Land Market this Friday, with music being offered 8-11 pm.


Liquid Pleasure will be rocking the coast this Friday at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Music starts at 8 pm.


Ed Prophet will serve up the sounds at Boro Bar & Restaurant this weekend from 7-10 pm.


Hank Barbee will be at Carolina Home & Garden sharing music 6:30-9:30 pm.


Gabe Stillman is performing at Gaffer’s two nights this weekend. First show this Friday with tunes being shared 7-10 pm.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Mystic Brewing Cedar Point will host The Mad Fiddler, Jason Addams, sharing tunes from 7-10 pm.


Justin Castellano has two shows this coming Saturday. First he will perform live at Carolina Home and Garden Saturday afternoon 1-4 pm

Later that night the stringer and singer will be on site with LaCocina Del Coqui Food Truck
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

at Bogue Sound Distillery.


Dos Eddies will provide the music at Boro Restaurant 7-10 pm.


Gabe Stillman is back for his final show at Gaffer’s this Saturday with tunes being shared 7-10 pm.


Paul Brion will provide the songs for this Saturday at Promise Land Market, with tunes being shared from 8-11 pm.


Party song players, Push Play out of Raleigh will be rolling to the coast, to deliver the fun to the party-goers at Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Music plays 8-11:30 pm.

Craven County


Friday, April 2, 2021

Paul Piccard sings his songs this Friday 7-10 pm at The Brown Pelican.


Tan Sanders

Tan Sanders ushers us into the weekend with a performance this Friday at BrÜtopia 7-10 pm.


Afreyed Knot  will make their New Bern debut on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play. This party band out of is popular on the Greenville scene. Come groove with them from 7:30-11 pm.


Third Degree Bern bring the music to usher us into the weekend 8-11 pm at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Signature Blend will be rocking The Garage this Saturday. Come enjoy music and your favorite beer from 7-10 pm.


Bridge Atlantic  will bring the full band to Tap That Craft Beer & Wine Bar this Saturday 8 pm.


Ashton Ward will provide the songs this Saturday on the floor at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm.


Mikele Buck Band comes to town with their long list of country tunes to groove you this Saturday night, on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant. Music is offered 7:30-11 pm.

Johnston County

Donnie Howard (above). Music will be on tap this Friday at Deep River Brewing Company, 700 W Main St, Ste 102 Clayton, NC. Live music this Saturday by Ashlar Sargent Music (below), will be the featured entertainment. All music is offered from 6-9 pm.

Lenoir County

Jamie Pridgen Band will provide the live music offerings at The Office Kinston this Friday night. This Saturday you can catch the Chris Hagen Band. The bands will take the stage from 10 PM – 1 AM to bring the rock and country favorites to light and life. $5.00 cover charge at the door.

Mecklenburg County

Friday, April 2, 2021

7 PM
Live Music by
Piedmont Social House
Join us for Live Music on the Patio
Live music is rain or shine. No cover charge!

New Hanover County

Friday, April 2, 2021

Stefan Edward will provide the tunes tonight at Flytrap Brewing. Music will be served from 6-9 pm.


Brett and Nimara provide the live music at Edward Teach Brewing with songs being shared 7-10 pm.


The Rip Chord Band will be on stage at Bourbon St Wilmington, NC with music playing 9 pm until midnight.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Cary Benjamin will be sharing sounds this Saturday afternoon 2-5 PM, for the early show at Bourbon St. Wilmington. Later that evening you can enjoy the music of 80s Unleashed Band sharing tunes from 9 pm until midnight.


L Shape Lot

Alex and Eric pick and pluck under the big old oaks on Saturday, April 3 from 3-6 pm!
Wrightsville Beach Brewery.


Come out and enjoy a cold beer and the cool grooves of Medicated Sunfish this Saturday at Edward Teach Brewing 7-10 pm.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

This Sunday at Bourbon St., Wilmington Chris Pearson & Jim will offer the music from 1-4 pm and Tyrek will be live later in the day serving Easter dinner sounds from 6:30-9:30 pm.


Enjoy the sounds of Emily Roth this Easter Sunday 4-7 pm at Edward Teach Brewing

Pender County

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Russ Linsey will perform tonight 6-9 pm at UnWINEd.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Live music by The Graes at UnWINEd will walk us into the weekend this Friday 6-9 pm.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

There are two shows scheduled each Saturday. This week you can catch Hayden Laeknir  from 1-4 pm. Later that afternoon you can catch Mike McManus from 6-9 pm on the patio. UnWINEd is a great place to sip coffee or wine, grab a sweet treat or just relax with friends and enjoy music on the deck. They support live music seven days a week, featuring at least eight shows each week.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Ryan Rubich will perform this Sunday, at Salty Turtle Beer Company, offering tunes from 4-7 PM.


Cayle Fall will provide the entertainment on the deck at UnWINEd with tunes being offered 1-4 pm. In the early evening, you can enjoy the sounds of Will Roberts from 6-9 pm

Pitt County

Friday, April 2, 2021

Eric Sommer serves the sounds at Christy’s Euro Pub

Friday nights offer an acoustic showcase of entertainment. Three acoustic artists from Eastern North Carolina playing LIVE at Molly’s Community Café tonight!
Come enjoy good food and music from Erin Lewis, Sam Weatherly, and Joe Shingera this Friday evening in Uptown Greenville. Music is shared from 7-10 pm. All ages are welcome.


Tim Bivans will provide the music fun at AJ McMurphy’s, with sounds being served from 8-12 pm.


Phil McLean will pour out the tunes this Friday at Uptown Brewing Co. Music plays from 8-11 pm.

2Digi4 will debut on stage at Buccaneer Music Hall, sharing songs 8-11 pm.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Jamal Cody will be performing at Molly’s Community Café, Upton Greenville. Music starts at 7 pm.


AJ McMurphy’s, Greenville, NC

Side Trac Band will be rocking AJ McMurphy’s for your Saturday night fun. Music plays 8-12 pm.


Live music at Buccaneer Music Hall this Saturday will feature Justin Anderson. The music starts at 8 PM.


Wake County

Friday, April 2, 2021

Belly Dancing Night with JiJi at Sophie’s Bar and Grill . Live dancing 8-11 pm.


Major Vice is on the music menu tonight at Saints and Scholars Pub. Live tunes will be shared from 7-11 pm.


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Travis Conn will bring the fun times to Tippetts Mill this Saturday with tunes rocking 7-10 pm.


Major Vice provides the music at Sophie’s Bar and Grill. Music is serve 8-11 pm.


Scooters Grill and Bar hosts Bump on stage providing music from 7-11 pm.


Tyson Brothers will be performing Saints and Scholars Pubwith music being offered 7-11 pm.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

G.W. Pierce will bring the live music to Saint’s & Scholars Pub for Sunday Funday with songs being shared 3-6 pm.

Wayne County


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Nothing But Barbecue at Seven Springs Farms and Vineyard with The Stanley Baird Band offering the jazz music to accompany dinner. This afternoon’s event kicks off at 2 pm. For tickets visit Events at the Vineyard.


Adam Hill will serve the sounds this Saturday night at Crossroads Bar & Grill 10 pm.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Adam Hill provides the delicious bunch sounds this Sunday at The Flying Shamrock from 11 am – 3 pm.

Hill also has an early evening show this Sunday. Catch him live at Crossroads Bar & Grill rocking his final show for the busy weekend from 6-9 pm.

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Another Fun Week Rocking To The Beats

Open Mic Night @ AJ McMurphy’s Offers Generations of Talent

Each Monday night’s Rhythm & Grooves in Greenville is brought to us by host John Williams at AJ McMurphy’s 1914 Turnbury Dr. which welcomes a slue of talent each week.

Though we did not make the trip this week, we did enjoy the fun last Monday. That’s when I got to hear Daniel Clark offers some beats on his beatbox, followed by a few songs on guitar. This player hails from Ayden and is known by many on the local scene.

The Stovall’s made an appearance last week as they do each week. First up Bill and Will Stovall offered some selections by Elvis. Following that three-song set, Taylor Rouse took a seat on stage with Will Stovall. This young couple came to be as a result of music. Rouse first appeared at the jam with a ukulele and now takes lessons from Stoval and plays a pretty guitar.

Before leaving the stage Stovall also joined Frank Jones. This allowed for two generations of guitar teachers to share the stage and make music together.

For those looking to take up the guitar in the Greenville area, you have plenty of great teachers in the area. Both Stovall and Jones are actively teaching new players each week.

New Year Offers Live Music Each Week at Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille

Harbour Pointe Bar and Grille is located in Fairfield Harbour and is open to the public. Owner and general manager, Dan Argentieri and restaurant manager Morgan Goddard have opted to bring music to the newly established bar and grille. Stop by for live music each Thursday with music being served from 6-9 pm.

Construction on the new clubhouse, pro shop, and grille started after Florence washed through the neighborhood and finished early last year. Since then the management has been making plans to offer fine dining and music to the mix in the Golf Club’s bar & restaurant.

In the kitchen is one of this town’s famed chef’s with Tank Wetherington at the helm of the Harbour Pointe Grille. On the floor is another familiar face from town, Amanda Walker who was the popular server on the patio at the Harvey Mansion, back in the day, circa 2017.

Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. They are closed Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast is served Friday-Sunday, 8-10:30 AM. Lunch is offered on Wednesday-Sunday, 10:30 AM- 4 PM. Dinner is served each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night 5-9 PM

Along with new hours and new weekly dinner specials, they are featuring live music with dinner each Thursday.

Besides live music every Thursday, you can catch Karaoke on Friday, January 22, 2021. If you are ready to enjoy a great meal and share a song or two, plan a date night out in Fairfield Harbour. Don’t let the gate stop you. Just turn left, stop at the gate and tell them you are here to visit Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille.

Dinner is offered Thursday-Saturdays 5-9 PM and music is played from 6-9 each Thursday evening. This week come out and enjoy the great food and fun sounds offered by a community member and talented guitarist, Brian McDowell.

Last week, local stringer Charlie Duzan offered the sounds served with dinner last week. Duzan has been making and writing music for most of his life. I would meet the elder Duzan via Facebook messenger after I wrote a story about a younger Duzan, his son, Tommy Duzan.

It was through many long chats, that Duzan would make his way back to the scene to offer songs he has stored inside his soul, in the years he was held captive by his life and health deficiencies. This stringer and I have more than a love for music in common. Sadly, we both have suffered with blood clots in our lungs. Duzan’s illness would lead him to an extended break that would linger two decades. Music and inspiration would prove to be healing methods as Duzan tuned into my works and got back to writing and playing.

NCMZ.LIVE File Photo: Duzan’s first performance after a long break from the scene found him paired up with son Tommy Duzan Sr. The duo helped me raise the spirits of volunteers that helped clean up in Fairfield Harbour after Hurricane Florence circa Nov 2018.

Nothing delights me more than to call this man to come to perform. He waited a long time to gain the strength and fortitude to make it back to the scene. He offers a lot of great music, sharing both popular hits and his original compositions.

Boogie Nights at Tap That with New Bern’s Caffeinated Soul Boogie

Caffeinated Soul Boogie is a New Bern based, family oriented, a local homegrown rhythm section with loads of creative talents to lend to the music scene.

The roots of this operation are father and guitarist Derrick Moore his daughter Darria Yeager who fronts the band on vocals. I met them as a duo offering tunes in Bear Plaza for ArtWalk back in the summer 2017

NCMZ.LIVE file photo of a Half- Caf, Caffeinated Soul Boogie, with the roots of the operation Darria and Derrick offering an original groove to ArtWalk In Bear Plaza. Circa 2017

Since meeting them, I have watched them perform as a duo, trio and quartet, at coffee shops, bars, and community outings. They are currently hosting Milan Jarman on drums and supporting vocals and bass man Phillip Alcock offering harmonies while filling up the bottom of the backbeats.

After the show I visited the bands website and sent them an email. I asked how this current band formation came about and a few other questions about the road ahead and Moore graciously responded.

“ I asked Phillip about filling in some with us last fall. I had met Phillip a while back at one of Big Jim’s jam sessions at the City Stage. Our regular bass player, Ryan Alligood, had just begun a long treatment process for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had many uncertainties for the year ahead.

Phillip quickly jumped in and instantly found a niche in the group. His method of playing both the electric and upright bass seems to fit in pretty good, not to mention his experience with bands and live music was a huge plus. Since then, with all the credit given to God, Ryan has made a full recovery and is nearly complete with his treatment process. As for his place in the band, it turns out that Ryan’s main talent is on the piano/keys/organ. So…”

In response to my question about the bands future, Moore said, “Our current plan for the band is a little uncertain, but will more than likely include some additional time off as the ongoing pandemic hopefully winds down. We want to be very respectful of our followers, but also respectful to the venues we love and to our musician friends who have been impacted much worse than we have. We want to do what we can to help everyone get back up to speed.
In the meantime our focus will likely shift towards our original music. We have a good compilation of original songs that we just haven’t allocated the time yet to. Our desire from the very beginning was to be largely an original music band.”

Moore also said, “As for the cover music we like to do, we’ve always wanted to put our own spin on everything. We can sound like ourselves better than we can sound like somebody else and the last thing we want to be is a karaoke machine. We’re just not good at that. I think we’ve also strayed away from somewhat from our roots and Americana music sounds. We need to recapture those and bring them back into the mix. Long story short, some inward investment time would probably be in order. We sound pretty good now, but I believe we’re capable of so much more. “

When I asked Moore about taking the band into the studio, he replied, “We’ve had some brief discussion with various studios/engineers about how to capture our music. Music production technology is amazing these days and allows for so many avenues of creativity. We’re excited to possibly “refresh” our music, create something new, and share what we have. That’s what makes it fun for us.”

To keep in tune with this band check them out on Facebook here; Caffeinated Soul Boogie. For those jumping ship on social media but still have internet service, you can visit their website here: Caffeinated Soul Boogie

Tony Soldati Tears it Up at AJ McMurphy’s Tuesday Evening

On Tuesday evening the talented Tony Soldati warmed things up outside by offering tunes on the patio at AJ MCMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC.

I first met Soldati about six weeks ago when I first stopped by to check out John Williams’ weekly Rhythm & Grooves open mic. He was the first guest to join Williams on stage and he caught my attention in just a few short notes.

This talented young player hails from Lenoir County and calls Greenville his home as he gets schooled. One thing no one taught him was how to be so fluid in his delivery. He is a naturally gifted guitarist that is passionate about his craft. There is definitely a bright future for this local stringer who is available to perform on stages from the coast of Carolina to the mountains.

Live music video captured by Susan Baugham

He plays shows with other talented players in the area and is also a part of the band The Hooligans. The thing I noted about Soldati’s manipulation of notes and phrases, is every song he touches he makes it his own. That is always a refreshing feature to find in any individual.

I did reach out to Soldati on messenger to ask a few questions to get the host of his story but at press time, there was no reply to my inquiries about his life story, so stay tuned. I am sure we will see this player again soon.

Wednesday’s Open Mic Night in Winterville, NC

Thanks to my music guru to the North, Susan Baugham, Jaymi Mitchell and I rolled out to Winterville on Wednesday evening to check out the open mic night at Nauti Dogs Brewing Co.

Joe Shingara offering sounds for open mic at Nauti Dogs Brewing Co., Greenville, NC

This open mic night came about during the pandemic and is a weekly reprieve for the local music makers. Hosted by local stringer and singer Joe Shingara, this event is open to all talents, novice and veteran music makers.

Nauti Dogs is dog friendly!

The Nauti Dog Brewing Co., 210 Main St. is a cool brewery located in downtown Winterville. They have two rooms, one with a bar and the other for gathering with friends. Also, they have a nice outside patio area. On tap they have a dozen local beers on tap and also offer wine. Each Wednesday, owner Jon Tart opens the floor to local talent.

I noticed the care Shingara took to ensure that the music makers stayed safe while sharing stage space and equipment during these challenging Covid-19 days. He swapped out microphone covers and had sanitizer close at hand.

Following Shingara’s warm up to ensure all the equipment was dialed in, he started welcoming players to the mic. The first player he welcomed was novice guitar man Mark Oliver. When he took his seat at the microphone, Oliver explained that he has owned a guitar most of his life, or at least since his dad gifted him one when he was 8 years old. However, the player got serious about learning how to play last year when he signed up for lessons with local legend, noted above, Frank Jones. Jones has been working with Oliver since January of last year.

Mark & Kotoe Oliver are using music to grow closer in the pandemic.

After offering a couple of solo efforts, Oliver invited his wife Kotoe to join him. Kotoe Oliver was the cutest thing I have seen since meeting Tiffany Elaine at an open mic in New Bern nearly five years ago. It was her awkward shyness that invoked the memory of meeting Elaine years ago.

I assured the duo to relax, I am not here to be a critic of anyone on the scene. My reasons for being here is simply to encourage and tell the stories of the players that I meet.

Tiffany Elaine at The Brown Pelican

I remember it wasn’t long after meeting Tiffany Elaine that her story started to take root on the scene. In fact, in a few short years she became the mother hen of the music scene in Carteret County. After all, it was Elaine who would carry on to host as many as four open mic nights a week throughout the regions. She used these opportunities to make friends, while knitting a community of players together.

Tiffany E, Fernando, Jesse, Rubin, and more joined he jam at Nick’s Blacksheep

Since the pandemic, Elaine has changed her focus more to family, returning to school for business management, something she will use to enhance her music career. As for her bandmate and best friend Fernando Rivera the duo are expecting their daughter, Bella, to make an appearance into the world tomorrow. Congratulations to the talented couple. As for their band, Now or Never, they will return to the scene after things are safe and sound.

As for the Kotoe, she opted to try the guitar as a result of Covid. Her husband had already been signed up for lessons and was really enjoying it, so when Covid came around, she decided that the guitar might prove to be a healthy outlet, so she tried it too.

After several months of lessons, Kotoe would be gifted her first six string last year on Mother’s Day. She is enjoying the journey of music and who knows; maybe she and her husband will be the hosts of local jams in the months ahead. Stay tuned!

Music Options for the Days Ahead

Each week I spend time searching for live music events on Facebook. Here is what my search turned up this week, in the hopes of keeping you entertained.

Getting Down Around Town~ New Bern, NC


Brian Mac

Starting with tonight, you can find live music at Harbour Pointe Bar & Grille, located at 1105 Barkentine Dr. New Bern, NC. They offer amazing food and now live music each Thursday! Tonight Brian McDowell performs 6-9 pm.


Big Jim and Kathy Kolher perform live at Prohibition Drinks & Desserts, 243 Craven St., New Bern. Music plays 6-9 pm.


Sam Lewis is on tap and pouring the tunes at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E., in James City. Music will be served this Friday from 6-9 pm


There is live music on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play located at 415 S Front St. This Friday groove to the sounds of New Bern based Smokehouse live from 5:30-9:30 pm.


Acoustic Nick Jarman & Dean Daughtry

While in town you can catch the talented Lenoir County Acoustic Duo Nick & Dean live on stage at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar from 6:30-9:30 pm.


On Wednesday afternoon our friend Heather Haiss made a special announcement. She will be serving up the live tunes in the parking lot of the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern. Music is served from 2-4:30 pm. All are welcome to bring a chair, blankets, food to share, tips for the music makers, and most importantly, donations for the bar.

Our little dirty bird has been a have for music since they opened their doors. Since March 15, 2020, Haiss’s doors have been closed due to covid. These parking lot music sessions are keeping the unique dive bar afloat in these times of crisis for small businesses and bands throughout the world due to the pandemic.

On Saturday you can catch a new band on the scene, The Hand Cramps, sharing the tunes. Check them out 2-4:30 pm.

This weekend the Brown Pelican is taking advantage of the nice weather and offering two days of music sessions. Their staff member Daniel, who helped clean the bar when it was open, suffered a house fire earlier this week. He has lost everything. Since Tuesday Haiss has been actively raising awareness, money and collecting donations to help get Daniel back on his feet.

If you can help Daniel in his time of need, come out and show your love any day that moves you.