There were lots of characters out and about town this weekend. I stopped by three venues and enjoyed the audience as much as the bands. Way to show your spirit #NewBernStrong
First Brew Stop!
Joe Baes Project Rock BrÜtopia for 2nd Annual Halloween Bash!
The Joe Baes Projectbrought the good times and fun music, for the Second Annual Halloween Bash at BrUtopia last Saturday, October 27, 2018. Offering cover songs from grunge to straight up rock originals, they always sound good serving up the sounds.
2018 offered the main trio of the project, see some transition with original bass brotherMike Galloway moving away.Baesreached out to a good friend on the scene from years beforeDan Taylor, to join his project. Since the spring of this year, the trio has been working hard combing through songs and making lists that feature rock, pop country, as well as the original music. The band is now fronted by namesakeJoe Baes on guitar and vocals, andJonathon Tolerback behind the kit on drums and vocals. Sometimes the project includes guest players on percussion and keys too.
To get to know them better visit their website by clicking here:
The BiPolar Express Arrives at Blackbeard’s Station on Saturday
Next up it was over the bridge in search of trolls and ghouls, we stop atBlackbeard’s Triple Playand rock withThe BiPolar Express. The trio was dressed, like 80’s tennis players. Doing warmups between sets, it was the first chilly night of the season for music under the tent, and they were all sporting shorts. Rocking the packed crowd until 11:30 pm, they offered so many favorites, including a couple ACDC selections, Bon Jovi offering, Motley Crue and even Ratt to get the crowd moving. If you like 80’s hair bands you should make it a point to enjoy this band at a venue near you.
It is rare but the band is offthis weekend, but you can keep up to speed with their events by liking their band page on Facebook:
While on the subject of these two local trios, I will take a minute to mention that their next gigs will be on the same stage. Both trios will be rocking for the relief of our homeless veterans. In time for Veteran’s Day Weekend, this is the Third Annual Concert put on ByRobert HurffofRCSandPeace Soldier. Helping area veterans has been his mission for years and a few years back he organized this concert to amp up his contributions.
On the bill, this year are four local bands and one regional act that willShoot to Thrillyou. You can buy your tickets in town atMitchell’s Hardwareon Craven St. or atFullers Musicon Trent Rd. or buy your ticket at the gate. Come out and jam with local family bandStrung Together,rockersJoe Baes Project, theBiPolar Express,Peace Soldierand regional rockers,Shoot To Thrill,the all-female ACDC tribute act. That is a fine ticket of entertainment for a great cause. For more information on the show check out the Peace Soldier Website today:
Rounding out the rest of my stops last Saturday, I also stopped in at theBrown Pelicanon Middle Street,to catchRavenz Brurocking the crowd. Ghosts and witches were dancing, pirates made an appearance and the band played on. This local trio offers rock and pop classics and is known for offering a good selection of beach music in each set. Be sure to find them on Facebook by clicking here:
The Wannabees were scheduled to bring the party to the deck atBlackbeard’s Triple Playon Friday, October 26, 2018, but their show was canceled due to the bad weather. It was, however, rescheduled for Sunday night, when they rocked the crowd from 6-9 pm. The classic rock group is New Bern based and fine examples of the talent this town boasts. Joining in the fun for a few songs was harmonica playerSteve Burkett. The players had great fun playing to the Sunday evening crowd. To keep up with the band please like and follow their page on Facebook by clicking
Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC:
Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds ofB&B,featuringBonandBillofCuz’n Kirk Experience.They bring their rock and blues to town tonight. Tomorrow you can enjoy the blues ofBig Jim Kohler. Your favorite beer will be on tap and the music will be offered from 7-10 pm.
The Brown Pelican
The Brown Pelican,411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in to entertain the crowd. Tonight come out to enjoy the music ofTan Sanders. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tomorrow night it is thePete Pawsey Trioreturning to rock you. Live music is offered each Saturday from 8-11 pm.
The Thirsty Bruin
Rick Huffwill be offering the tunes to welcome the weekend this evening atThe Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Live music plays from 8-10:30 pm. The Bruin offers live music each Friday from 8-10:30 pm. All music is free. Come usher in the weekend in town with a fresh beer and great live music.
Blackbeard’s Triple Play
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 rock grooves of The Roman Sams, offering the rock favorites to groove you from 7:30-11:00 pm.
Tonight you are invited to enjoy the fun grooves requested by you!The Dueling Pianoswill be taking your requests and offering the grooves you love from 8-11 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door. Tomorrow night come out and be the star with Karaoke being offered to start at 7 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
Morehead City, NC
A Jazzy fine time is in store for folks atThe Morehead City Country Clubtonight. Here are the details for this dinner and a show:
Friday, November 2nd
Dinner & a show $25 (includes tax & gratuity)
Entertainment provided byBlue Moon Jazz
featuringPhil Routszong&Jill Williamson
Serving appetizers from 6:30-7:00
Buffet from 7 to 8
Fried flounder & shrimp
scallops & grits
bacon wrapped scallops
If seafood isn’t what you’re
looking for, no problem!
The regular bar menu will be
available until 8:00
Get Amped Up with Music
Tomorrow it is a full day of great music whenThe North Carolina Seafood FestivalandBig Rock Tournamentteam up to bringAmped Up for Youtilies.
There are nine bands on this bill and all are familiar local acts.
Opening the day will beMike Coradoat 11 am. Following his setSpare Changerocks you from 12 pm-1:30 pm. New Bern’s Family band,Strung Togetherfollows up with a set of great music at 2 pm.The Spreadfrom Morehead City will take the stage at 3 pm.Beaufort Blues Projectrocks you at 4 pm followed by the blues of Jacksonville’s own,Carolina Swamp Dogs. Offering the evening shows will beMikele Buck Bandat 6 pm followed by theBand of Ozat 7 pm. Closing out the night will be the popularBryan Mayer Bandrocking from 9-10 pm.
Come out and show your support and make a donation for those affected by Florence! This event is free to attend so pack up the kids and meet us down at the waterfront for a rocking great time.
The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has more great fun in store for you tonight with Caroline TannerandSara Rosellen fromCarolina Sky,as well as special guests offering a great night of free bluegrass music. You can enjoy the sounds from 8:30 -11:30 pm.
Gary Dudley & The Maxxtones will offer the classic rock you love tonight at The Royal James Cafe,117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Music rocks from 9 pm until the midnight hour.
For those looking for dinner and music accompaniment please come out to Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub tonight to enjoy the wonderful food and the soothing sounds of Kevin Siebolfrom 6-9 pm.
Rocking Around The Region
Justin Castellanowill be providing the entertainment at for the folks that come out for dinner tonight atCaptain Bob’s Marina Cafe,located 110 S Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. Music is served from 7-10 pm. Come early with your date for dinner and stay late for the music.
Nick’s Blacksheep Tavernwelcomes Brittany Davis to the stage, to offer her songs tonight from 9 pm until 1 am. Come to celebrate owner,Nick NicholsBirthday and enjoy the sounds of Davis tonight! Here is what I learned via the Facebook event”
Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Plate Pre-Sales for Saturday
Clayton Harvest Festival T-Shirts On Sale Clayton Chamber of Commerce Tent
Food Truck Rodeo
Deep River Brewing Company / Chatham Winery Sponsored by Clayton Flooring
Saturday, November 3
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina
Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
Music & Movement with Childcare Network
Athletic Performances by Nick’s Flippin Kids
11:30am-12:15pm Clayton Idol Winners Concert
12:15pm-1:00pm Echelon BrassConcert
1:15pm-2:00pm Wade HillConcert
2:30pm-5:00pm Wildflower and The WeedsConcert
6:00pm-7:00pm Hamptown Music Institute Performance
First Federal Bank Parking Lot (442 E Main St)
Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Contest Judging by NC Pork Council Presented by Carolina Packers, Home of the Bright Leaf Hot Dog
Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Contest Plates and Bright Leaf Hot Dogs on Sale Presented by Carolina Packers, Home of the Bright Leaf Hot Dog
Deep River Brewing Company / Adams Farm Winery Sponsored by Clayton Flooring
Squealin’ on the Square People’s Choice BBQ Contest Voting Sponsored by iHeartMedia
Squealin’ on the Square Awards Presentation Sponsored by Hog Slat
Along Main Street
Southland Car Club Classic Car Show Sponsored by Matthews Motors
Clayton’s Largest Vendor Fair Presented by Caterpillar
Clayton Farmer’s Market
Main Street at N. Lombard Street
Kid’s Village Sponsored by Childcare Network, Clayton Pediatric Dentistry, and Huebner Family McDonald’s (Diaper changing area, nursing station, arts, crafts, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and more)
Free Photos with Your Favorite Characters A special thanks to Daydream Events
12:00pm-9:00pm The Shindig Music Festival,Music for Your Beers
Free admission! The line up includes:
SCYTHIAN • YARN • JOHN STICKLEY TRIO • DANGERMUFFIN • FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE • FORLORN STRANGERS • TAN AND SOBER GENTLEMEN • TWISTED PINE • NICK DRIVER
Food trucks and market vendor row. Thank you so much toThe Shindigfor collaborating with theClayton Harvest Festivaldue to Hurricane Florence. We are looking forward to partying with you this year!
Sunday, November 4
Horne Square Stage Behind HTR Presented by McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, LLC
2nd Annual Latin American Festival Presented by Compare Foods of Clayton
Midway Carnival Presented by ElectriCities of North Carolina
Last day special unlimited ride wristbands, $25ea ~ $5 coupons available at Sheetz in the local area or download using the link above or below. Coupon must be printed and can not be shown on phone.
Food, Entertainment, and Music Celebrating the Latin American Culture Latin American FestivalVendor Fair on Main Street and Entertainment at Horne Square
1:00pm-2:00pm Farandula ShowConcierto
2:00pm-3:00pm Grupo EvolucionConcierto
3:00pm-4:00pm Nublado NortenoConcierto
MechaBull– Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
(Raleigh, NC) DethCadence– Power Rock, Metal
(Fuquay-Varina, NC) Swampwater Swill– Southern Rock / Metal
Mechabull & DethCadence, each a five-man blend of a different kind of heavy. On the bill together again with Swampwater Swill!
Doors open @ 7
Show starts @ 8
MechaBullcomes at you hard with influences ranging from IronMaiden, Megadeth, Pantera, System of a Down, The Offspring, NOFX, and several others, they damn sure pride themselves in making every show a memorable experience with their unforgettable music and performance. The custom light show provided by MechaBullis sure to pull your audience into the moment. The band continues to grow in popularity propelled by the release of their first album“MechaBull Rises”(2017) and their recent performance with internationally famous bandsHammerFall(Sweden) andFloatsam & Jetsam(USA)(2018).
DethCadencewith their unforgettable Power Metal and Progressive Rock is bound to leave a stain in your underwear when you hear the ball dropping bass and “Adam-Bomb” kicks!
Formed originally in Durham, NC, this band has started releasing songs from their second album only one year after their debut album, HellaCreative. Hard driving power, unforgettable melodies and poetic writing with the purest guitar harmonies and radiant vocal cadences as their influences;Megadeth, Anthrax, Queensryche, Dio, Van Halen & Alice In Chains.
Oh yeah, it rocks!
Tonight atThe Herritageyou are invited to jam. They will host an open mic event starting at 7 pm. Bring your friends for a jam session or go solo! Who knows, you might get discovered and start a new career or have fun and share your talents while enjoying some tasty craft beer and wine! Either way, it makes for a fun night out for everyone!
Wicked Shimmies Rock Mother Earth
Mother Earth Brewery offers the beer you love and tonight they are pairing it with the rock you enjoy. Come out to enjoy the local sensation theWicked Shimmiesas they roll you into the weekend with live music being offered from 7-9 pm.
JLane offers the music mix tonight atNorth Street LIVE. Music plays from 9 pm until 12 am. This show is free. Stop out and enjoy a bite to eat then rock the night away with the local stringer.
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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