Last Weekend Music Was Made Near the River and Along the Coast

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Music Rocks MumFest 2018

Last weekend, New Bern took a giant leap toward reclaiming normalcy when the town welcomed MumFest 2018; presented by Swiss Bear. It was a wonderful weekend-long event that featured a lot of music that filled our streets.

For the second year in a row, there was a tent set up on the corner of Middle and Broad Streets which welcomed music throughout the weekend. This tent was hosted by Riverside Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Many of the acts that I caught were acoustic and solo. The first entertainer I walked up on was John Williams from Greenville, NC, who was offering sounds to friends and fans. Offering sounds of popular folk acts and classic country stars, he can be found tonight jamming at Trollingwood Taproom and Brewery. Music starts at 8 pm.


Some of the other acts I caught at that location included Now or Never. This trio is an original outfit hailing from Beaufort, NC blends the talents of Tiffany Elaine and her music brothers, Steve Mehan on lead guitar and Fernando Rivera offering songwriting collaboration, vocals, and guitar. The band came to be as a result of many open mics and sharing music. The trio can be found hanging out together hosting open mics with Tiffany Elaine.

To keep up with her and all her projects, follow her on Facebook. TiffanyElaineMusic909 and Now or Never. You can catch them all next week on Monday rocking Shortway Brewing Co., 230 Chatham Rd., Newport, NC. They will be hosting an open mic from 6-9 pm and collecting donations for hurricane relief. All jammers are welcome. Come have a taste of their freshly brewed beer and sing a little long. On Tuesday, they will do it again at Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Atlantic Beach. Music starts at 7 pm and all are welcome to jam!


Will Stovall was the youngest rocker I met throughout the weekend, offering his jams under the tent for the final two hours of the weekend-long event. This 17-year-old is a Greenville native also. He offered a wide variety of music that was popular before his time and he included songs of his own. That is always exciting, to hear new artists offering their own soul for listeners to keep! It never gets old. Be sure to keep an ear out for this up and coming stringer. To keep up with his news like his music page on Facebook: Will Stovall Music.


Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band Offers Two Performances

Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band offered two performances to the town on Sunday, October 14, 2018. They opened their 2 pm set with the big band and jazz selections to welcome the onlookers and fans. Their 3 pm set offered rock selections to keep the crowd rolling through the remainder of their afternoon. It was probably during that set when my favorite music moment of the weekend happened. It was the magic of the music and the moments that came together during the guitar solo during, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”


Miller Lite Tent Lines up Great Entertainment

On Saturday I was able to catch a couple of bands under the tent at the corner of Craven and S Front Streets. Inside the corner lot, there was food served, vendors and BEER!  Under the tent were many tables and chairs for all to enjoy the music. On stage in the afternoon, I had the chance to enjoy the music of Waterloo Revival. This country band hails from Nashville, TN and delivers a variety of catchy originals. The band kicked off the opening concert on Friday night and returned to rock the stage under the tent for another set on Saturday, October 13.  Before leaving town on Saturday night to find music along the coast, I also got to groove with Joe Brown and the Band. They offered a fun set of music for the people from 6-8 pm.

When we pick things up tomorrow we will head back under the tent to enjoy all of the music that closed out MumFest 2018. Come chill out with local favorites, Bryan Mayer, Joe Baes Project, and Strung Together.


Justin Castellano Serves Up the Sounds at Church St. Deli

On Saturday night I headed out of town to see what I could find for music along the coast. It was at my first stop that I found the crazy cool guitar extraordinaire, Justin Castellano offering his grooves to fans and friends at Church St Deli and Pub located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Tonight the singer-songwriter will be jamming on the beach in Atlantic Beach when he gives his grooves to the folks at Idle Hour Biergarten. Music is offered in the sand from 6-9 pm. On Saturday the elegant stringer will offer music at Harrika’s Brew Haus in Cedar Point, NC offering tunes from 7-10 pm. He closes out his weekend at Trading Post in Emerald Isle, NC; this Sunday, at 2:30 pm. For more info on this player be sure to visit his website at


Big Drink Trades Big Sounds at Trading Post

Popping over the bridges and checking things out in Emerald Isle, I ran into the fun grooves of Big Drink Music Company who were rocking the crowd at The Trading Post Southern Food and Spirits. On Saturday night it was a fun trio of rockers that hail from the Crystal Coast and enjoy cutting chords and banging out the beats. Will Baker offers vocals and guitar work, Jon Wood plays bass and offers vocals and Tony Johnston offers the backbeat on drums and sings! The band plays all of the fan favorites to make people dance while offering a great variety of music in every show! They also jam with guitarist Davis Lott who also sings.

Checking out their music page on Facebook the band bio reads, “Big Drink Music Co formed in 2007 and as with many great bands, there have been several changes made since then. Currently, the addition of Will Baker & Tony Johnston has taken the sound of the band to a new level, bringing more rock & Blues flavor to the already wide variety of musical genre we have to offer. We also now have the ability to write original songs on the spot and offer a more entertaining experience. If you are looking for a band that can provide you with lots of great music, fun, and original entertainment then Big Drink Music Co. is the band you are looking for!

Currently managed by their rhythm man, Wood, Big Drink Music Co. is dedicated to providing the best in music & entertainment. We are a community-oriented organization and want to support as many local charities and events as possible.”

To keep up with this trio of music brothers visit their Facebook page today: Big Drink Music Co.


Come on back tomorrow and hear all about how The BiPolar Express rocked the E Club on Saturday, October 14, 2018. Plus news on the longest running Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band Touring the scene. I checked in with Second Helping a few weeks ago and will catch you up to speed with them as they get ready to rock a BBQ event in Kinston tomorrow night! For now, let’s have a look at who is rocking where and what other fun events are in store for the weekend!


Live Music Options

Getting Down Around Town

Downtown New Bern, NC

Tonight at BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. it is William Seymour is a singer-songwriter based out of Greenville, North Carolina. William’s sound can be described as a mix of Blues, Soul, and Americana. His influences come from artists such as Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, and Ray Lamontagne and he has played in bands such as ‘The Broadcast’ as well as ‘Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey’. The most current development will be the release of his debut solo album in 2019.

Along with great music being served from 7-10 pm, Nest Café will be dishing out the goods. Food is served from 5 until 10 pm.



Matt Livingston

Checking things out around town, The Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store224 Middle St., New Bern, NC offers the live music of local artists each Friday night from 8 pm until 10:30 pm. Tonight enjoy free music from Matt Livingston.


The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Every Thursday the stage is set with an open mic hosted by Brian Mac. Sign up starts at 7 pm. Music is played from 8-11 pm with all jammers welcome. On Friday you can enjoy the music of local acoustic acts including tonight’s act, Sometimes Lions, being hosted by Folk Journal offering the sounds from 7-10 pm. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. This week will be no exception with Adam Hill in the house with his hard-hitting rock trio The Adam Hill Band. Come to get rocked right 8-11 pm.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can enjoy the country and rock grooves of the popular Greenville based band, Rural Route Romance live from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow enjoy the beach vibes and rock grooves of Ravens Bru live from 7-10 pm


New Bern’s newest venue City Stage offers music fans a night of great music. If you missed the closing act of MumFest last Saturday night, be sure to join The Dueling Pianos on stage tonight offering all of your favorite songs as per your tipped request. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Tomorrow night it is a full night of entertainment with Madame Z’s Hot Cauldron. Tickets are $8.00 and this event sells out often, so arrive early! Music and fun start at 8 pm. The City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St, New Bern, NC. They are a private club. Sign up and become a member for $1.00.

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Cruising The Coast


Atlantic Beach, NC

Justin Castellano will make music tonight on the sand at Idle Hour Biergarten. Dress warm and come to enjoy his grooves from 6-9 pm. Be sure to arrive hungry and ready nosh on the tasty food while enjoying some live music tonight!


Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has a great music line up this weekend.

Tonight it is music sensation Emily Musolino Band, Fri Oct 19th, 9PM-1 AM, $3 Cover
Emily Musolino is a Durham, NC native who mixes soulful vocals with shredding blues-rock guitar riffs. The depth of emotion in her voice is stunning and her songs have a classic sound and lyrics that tell compelling stories.
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Emily has opened for and collaborated with artists like Ani Difranco, Nikki Hill, Vinx, Shana Tucker, Anna Wise (SonnyMoon, Kendrick Lamar) and Eric Hirsh (The Beast, Orquesta GarDel). She is also the owner and head engineer at Blue Moose Recording Studio in Durham and Co-founder of the women’s music and arts collective Mama May I.
Emily released her newest album “The Vault” in April 2018.
Emily has been featured several times on NPR’s the State of Things with Frank Stasio and written up in the News and Observer. She currently fronts the Emily Musolino Band and plays 200+ shows a year, both bandleader and soloist around the world.

Tumbleweed, Sat Oct 20th, 8 PM- 12 AM, $3 Cover
Tumbleweed is a folk band from Wilmington, NC fronted by three songwriters (Jordan Sutherland, Amanda King, and McKay Glasgow), multi-instrumentalists with a knack for musical composition and vocal harmony. The band recently acquired the multi-talented Ross “Raws” Page (percussion), Peter Boscaljon (bass) and Sam Bowman (electric guitar/piano). After over a year working in the studio to develop their sound, Tumbleweed put out their first album, ‘Little Yellow House’, on Bandcamp in August of 2018. The 11-track release explores relationships, loss, and self-discovery through the eyes of each songwriter. Tumbleweed was formed in March 2016 and has been featured in Wilmington’s Bourgie Nights Concert Series, Carolina Pine Music Festival and the Brooklyn Arts Center Singer-Songwriter Showcases.

 Check all of this out this weekend at Cru Bar, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Need more info, call (252) 728-3066.


Swansboro, NC

Ed Prophet is the strummer from New Bern with a sultry voice. Enjoy his sets of sounds tonight at Boro Restaurant and Bar. Music plays from 8-11 pm. Tomorrow night come out and enjoy the sounds of 4EverAll offering the sounds that make you fall in love from 8-11pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

FAB Band will be performing Saturday, October 20, at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music is served from 6:30 – 10 pm. Come out and enjoy your favorite classic rock and blues covers with this fun band


Rocking Around The Region


Havelock Chili Festival

Besides all of the great food, the 2018 Havelock Chili Festival will offer live entertainment. Friday night you will be entertained by the  MCAS Cherry Point Show Band, performing 6-8 pm.  Saturday you can see the Havelock Community Band start things off at 10 am. The youth from the  Center of Performing Arts will offer the mid-day entertainment at 1 pm. Tomorrow night you can hear The Jaywalkers, a band out of New Bern, NC, closing out the event 6-8 pm.


 Fall Festival

October 20th
12-5 PM

Fall themed fun for the whole family – games, crafts, kids activities, and more!

New exciting news: The NC Aquarium from Pine Knoll Shores will be here!!! Also, the Croatan High School Marching Band will be having a bake sale. We are hoping you all can come out and join us this Saturday from 12-5 PM.

All of the action takes place at

Cape Carteret Community Park 104 Dolphin Street Cape Carteret, NC 28584

Kids Fun:

Touch-a-Truck–Western Carteret Fire Department
& the U.S. Coast Guard
Bouncy House and Slide
Face Painting
Glitter Tattoos
Kids Crafts


231 Mad Designs
You Wood If You Could
The Petite Wood Worker
Creations by Judi
Rodan and Fields
Clute Creations
Ryerson Unlimited
Cheryl’s Creations
Mysi Fortenbery Studios
Perfectly Posh
Patricia’s Practicals
Sweet Magnolia Reign
C’s Little Enterprise
Independent Financial Solutions Group
Matt Dressel
Carteret County Health Department

Food Vendors:

Wiki Wiki Dawgs

Sheryl’s Candy Apple Creations

Chocolate Creations

Live Music:

Mad Fiddler 12-2

Ed Prophet 3-5


ENC Food, Brew ‘n Que features the best of Eastern North Carolina Food, Craft Beer, Wine, and classic ENC BBQ! All this fun takes place tomorrow at Pearsons Park in Downtown Kinston, NC.

Enjoy local food trucks, vendors, live music, cold craft brews, tempting wines, fun, fellowship, BBQ tasting with some of the best people you’ll ever meet.

We’re known far and wide for our rich country fares and hospitality. Come put the rumors to the test, and see why ENC is the very BEST!!

This event kicks off at 11 am with live music by TrainWreck. Also on the bill performing throughout the day will be The Bryan Mayer Band, Second Helping and The Wicked Shimmies.


Hey NC There is Live Music Everywhere

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

October 15 at 6:16 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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