Keeping the Beats in Lil Washington We Rocked It!

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On Saturday night I grabbed a friend and headed up to Lil Washington to enjoy a fun night of music. We stopped at three locations, enjoyed libations and toasted the birthday boy Bill Lyerly, who was rocking the Market Street Pub.


Backwater Jack’s Welcomes Corey Stuart


Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is a great stop for good food and live entertainment, for anyone in the neighborhood on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. They kick start the live music offerings with an open mic which is offered 7-10 pm on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, they offer the coolest cats around. The menu offers tasty treasures from the land and sea and cooked to your liking.

While I was in town on Saturday night, I stopped here first and grabbed a bite to eat in the bar area, while enjoying the music of the Raliegh based player Corey Stuart, who offers many pop hits familiar to music fans of the ’80s era. When I walked into the red room, the newly enclosed bar area at Backwater Jacks, the vibe was fun and music filled the air. This marks the first winter season supporting live music.


During the warmer music season, BJX welcomed acts to their outside space created just for them, the Pebble Beach Stage. Please consider joining them for supper and help them support live music year ’round.

Tonight this player heads north to tickle the ivories in Virginia this weekend. He plays with dueling pianos, he offers a solo show that is on an acoustic scale, with a simple keyboard or a full-blown one-man band with all the bells and whistles.  Currently booking the 2019 calendar season, this player even has an opening for you this month. Reach out to book this artist by sending an email to

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The Wine Crate and William Seymour

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It was one surprise after another at our next stop. Over at The Wine Crate, we had the pleasure of enjoying the music of William Seymour, who was recently featured on our local news station WCTI during a local band spotlight feature.


I also learned that the bar at The Wine Crate is made of said crates, which not only has an extensive wine menu but also a good beer selection and they serve your favorite alcohol choices as well. They are a bistro that serves delicious food and features a Sunday Brunch with live music, as well as live music each Saturday evening.


Seymour is a lifer, playing music and writing songs for a good part of his existence, he is ready to release his first effort of original material. The disc is a collection of songs he has written over the last many years and recorded with his best music friends from around the state. Recently being sent off for the final mastering, the disc will soon be available for purchase.


Seymour will be in town next week, New Bern readers. If you have yet to catch this talented local star, be sure to stop into the Brown Pelican next Friday, March 8, 2019, to have a listen to the awesome player. He will be rocking the Dirty Bird then from 7-10 pm.


The Greenville based artist did a kick-starter to get this next effort out there and now we are in the final stages of the process. Having said that, tonight William Seymour Kickstarter Finale at The Loft. Come out here songs from the new release, preorder your copy and enjoy music by Seymour and special guests at The Loft by Still Life.

To keep up with Seymour like his music page on Facebook

William Seymour

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NC’s Roadhouse Rocker Celebrates 66


The final stop of the night brought us to the middle of town, where we hung out for the latter part of the night at The Market Street Pub. I have wanted to visit this pub for nearly as long as I have been writing this blog and finally, the time came last week. It’s a cool and fun hole in the wall, that supports live music and the bands that bring it.

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The reason I went to town was to be on hand for the celebration of this man, Bill Lyerly, who actually turned 66 just yesterday, but the celebration kicked off last Saturday. Bill’s longtime friend and music supporter, Jack Willard invited me to the party, which also included cake to mark the milestone!

Joining Lyerly on stage for the rocking night of roadhouse originals and familiar rock covers, was Wolf Cratch on drums and Shelby Wall on bass. The trio is a tight-knit bunch of professional players that pull off the unknown changes with style and ease.


Though the future is always uncertain, one thing is clear, Lyerly is looking forward to returning to Market Street Pub in April, when he unveils the newly mastered release of his disc, Case of the Jones. Mark your calendars for April 27, to be on hand for the release party.

IMG_8488Tomorrow night you can catch the trio at the Spring, in Willow Spring, NC, where they are the music hosts of this event: Pisces Party featuring Bill Lyerly. The music and fun start at 9 pm.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the soothing sounds of Ed Prophet, 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!


Getting Down Around Town

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


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of their own bar help Mike Watkins, who takes the night off from serving drinks from behind the bar so to offer live songs tonight from the carpet. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs courtesy of this singer and stringer offering country stylings. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play



Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Jupiter Jones tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. Playing a familiar mix of rock from the ’80s and ’90s and current, country hits new and old and a few other things thrown in for good measure, Jupiter Jones can entertain any audience. Named Best Local Band by Greenville’s Mixer Magazine three times. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern offers the music of Dueling Pianos tonight. With music starting at 8 pm and fun songs being offered all night long, this is a great pick for music tonight. Admission is $5.00 at the door.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

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Morehead City, NC

Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of Bryan Mayer this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this famed local artist, sharing songs with friends and fans alike! Stop in, sip on wine or enjoy a cold beer and eat some of their delicious food and dance!


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes Rubich and Cain, Fri., March 1,  8:30-11:30, no cover charge. Join us for live music by this talented and legendary horn player.



Cedar Point, NC

Treehouse Beer Company

Now and Then will be sharing songs tonight at the Treehouse tonight, always a good stop for fun song. Tonight the trio will be sharing songs with friends at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. This duo offers familiar songs from the ’70s and ’80s as well as blending in a few originals of their own. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.


Riptidez Bar & Grill

Live on stage at Riptidez Bar & Grill will be a local crooner Davy Williamson, offering songs from 9 pm until the midnight hour falls. This show is free, but you are invited to tip your servers and the entertainer as well.

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Rocking Around the Region


Winston-Salem, NC

Bull’s Tavern

It’s Friday Night Music Club at Bull’s Tavern. This month’s FNMC will be a return of one of our favorite formats: the “Year In Rock” show. We’ve chosen three captains to draft a pickup band, and each band will play a set of tunes from our chosen year – this time ’round, it’s 1971!

This will be a “Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs Happy Camper” fundraiser to provide summer camp scholarships for children of families in need. You can find out more about the program here: . Come support a great cause, won’t you?



Kinston, NC

The Red Room

Joe Brown and the Band brings the party to Kinston when they roll in from New Bern bringing the Music For The People! Happening tonight at The Red Room. This is a fun band that loves making the people move to the music. Come out and enjoy their grooves in the newly designed lounge. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

AJ McMurphy’s offers a double bill of entertainment tonight. August Is Ours / After April will be on the stage tonight offering the grooves. Music and fun start at 8:00 pm and they will groove you until midnight. After April is a five-piece Christian Rock band based in Greenville, while August Is Ours is a four piece folk-infused indie band also calling G’ville home. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!


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.


Market Street Pub

The Wannabees will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. This classic rock cover band based in New Bern, bring all of the fun songs that you love. Covering the Beatles, The Stones, Creedence and more… they make the music to move you. Music starts at 10 pm.


Havelock, NC


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Country crooner, David Lee Jones will be offering the music tonight to those that gather at Jean’s in Havelock. There is a cover charge to get in the door. Come ready to boot scoot the night away. Music starts at 10 pm and the grooves go until closing at about 2 am.


Jacksonville, NC

Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern


Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern welcomes the return of IIIAct. This duo features the husband and wife team of Daryl and Sarah Lucas. Live music Starts at 9 pm. This weekend marks Three Years of opening doors to locals at Nick’s Blacksheep and he starts the weekend-long celebration with local duo Third Act.

From the event on Facebook we find:

We are kicking off our THIRD ANNIVERSARY weekend party with ThirdAct,

HUGE Party this weekend…..

Friday Night….Kick off with
ThirdAct Daryl Lucas
Food Truck
And Extra special Pool tournament Friday Night for our pool players.

Pig Pickin at 5PM
The Flip’n Axe Axe Throwing 5-9PM
Freeway Capping off the Party at 9PM

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week.

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Thank You for Reading!

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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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