NC Symphony comes to New Bern, The Blues, Festival Fun For All and Live Music Holiday Options Included! Let’s Music Together

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North Carolina Symphony Comes To New Bern

The North Carolina Symphony visited New Bern on Tuesday bringing an inspiring program offered under the direction of the conductor, Wesley Schulz. The event was scheduled to take place on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace but due to weather, the concert was held indoors at the Riverfront Convention Center.

The symphony tours our state offer shows 180 concerts as well as 120 community engagement and small ensemble educational events which are enjoyed by adults and children in more than 90 of our 100 counties. Based in Raleigh, the North Carolina Symphony calls Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This professional group of music makers travels 18,500 miles per year for performances around the state.

Tuesday night’s program was put together with the hopes that we’d be sitting under the stars by the end of the night, listening to the beautiful music that would set the mood. Throughout the program, the conductor, who was appointed NCS Associate Conductor in the 2017/18 season, brought the audience through his vision from the podium under the roofed structure with unnatural lighting.

Opening the concert with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Overture to The Magic Flute.” Following that selection came “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65, No. 6”  the composition of Edvard Grieg and Ed. Clark McAlister. My son enjoyed the medley that came with the English Folk Song Suite. My favorite classic offering was Mozart’s “Allegro from “Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K 525.” They closed the night with Franz Von Suppé‘s “Overture to Light Cavalry.”

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Schulz is the newly appointed director of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. Previously Schulz served as Music Director of Bainbridge Symphony and Seattle Festival Orchestra. I personally enjoyed watching this man make sounds come to life with the wave of his stick. Like magic, the room filled with amazing sounds, some very intense when he insisted on it with great intensity. I could feel him feeling the movements of the music. What a wonderful night of music that I enjoyed in the company of my son.

For anyone who is interested in supporting the art of live music, I invite you to make a donation to our North Carolina Symphony. They accept one time donations or you can join their monthly giving program. All donations to this organization make a big difference and count towards the State Challenge Grant. Visit

As mentioned above the Symphony tours and performs in most counties around the state. They have five performances scheduled in New Bern for the 2018/19 Season. You can mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 7:30 pm for Beethoven’s 5th. On Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm it’s the Halloween Spooktacular, offering Mystery of the Symphony. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7 pm it is the Holiday Pops Concert. Next year you can enjoy Evening Favorites on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 7:30 pm or  Classical to Broadway on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm.

For the full performance, schedule be sure to visit their website today

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NC Weather and the Blues

By the time I made it to town last night, the clouds rolled in just minutes before I arrived and the sky cried briefly as bands rocked our town, on decks and stages outside everywhere.

Alisa Mike was drying off her equipment as I walked into The DoubleTree by Hilton. The singer was giving the crowd her best before the weather gave way and altered plans for her and fans that gathered. Over at Blackbeard’s Joe Brown and the Band had to stop in the middle of their first set to break down and save equipment.

Over at Union Point Park, families gathered for the fun sounds of Jukebox Revolver last night for Footloose on the Neuse Concert Series and before the night played out, people were seeking shelter from the weather.

The only outdoor event that I found after I arrived was that of The Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. The band arrived early to Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion to set up for their show at 8 pm. By 7:45 they were breaking down to save equipment and as the gig time approached, the band roadies were a band at it, setting up shop and getting ready to rock. With lightning strikes off in the distance, the blues show went on without further delay. Creating the fun sounds for the night was Big Jim Kohler on guitar and vocals, his lovely wife Kathy Kohler joining the stage from time to time so to sing like no other angel around, James Ford on bass, Mark Heffington on harmonica and Tom Parker on drums.

Besides belting out the blues and dancing under the nearly full moon after the weather moved out, was hugging the many music makers that stopped in to listen to the music. I got to hug a Wannabee, some Zen Pirates, and a few others players as well. Nothing warms my heart more than to be in the company of positive people enjoying the great vibe of the blues. Next month the band will be performing a live concert in Fairfield Harbour as part of a Picnic in the Park Concert Series for local residents of the community. These events take place on the third Sunday of the month with music being offered from 4-6 pm and residents invited to pack a picnic and meet for music in the park! These events are free but we do ask for band donations so to pay for their time and talent.

July’s concert will be the third in the series and will bring us the blues of the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band at Red Sail Park on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 4-6 pm.

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Festival Fun For All

NC Sunflower Festival Shines on Chocowinity, NC


There are three bands on the schedule today and the fun continues tomorrow with more events and music.


38th Annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival June 29- July 2, 2018


For a list of events happing for the rest of the weekend, click on the link below:


2nd Annual Crystal Coast Summer Festival


Soul music on the MHC waterfront? 4th of July weekend?

Don’t miss The Chairmen Of The Board at the Crystal Coast Summer Festival! for all the info!


Live Music Options

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern, NC

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Like most weekends, there are lots of live music choices around town tonight. Starting things off over in James City, we find local stringer and singer Bruce Lynch on tap for music offerings tonight at BrUtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern. The show is free and the music plays from 7-10 pm.


Triple Play Restaurant and Sports Bar turns country tonight with Steel County Express delivering the sounds from 9 pm til closing. TPR&SB is located at 111 Williams Road, New Bern, NC.


Coming over the bridge, tonight is the monthly open mic event that was once held at Trent River Coffee Company, but has since moved to Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad St. The sign up starts at 6 pm and music plays from 6:30-9 pm All jammers are welcome to participate. Pack up the gig bag and come jam tonight.


Since we are already hanging out on Broad Street, let’s drop into The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., where Hot Buttered Grits jammer,  Seth Smith presents: Barry Lavon’s Super Soul Discotheque. This free event takes place from 8-11 pm.


Live on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar and Restaurant, 221 S Front St., New Bern, offers the solid rock sounds of Peace Soldier offering music from 8-11 pm. Circa 1810 is under new management and making many changes. Please keep it here for the latest news and their updated music schedule.


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FAB the Band will be offering the sounds in the backyard of The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. They offer the fun and familiar live music you love dancing to from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Come hungry and thirsty and stay late to dance!


The band Y Knott will be rocking at Sharky’s Bar & Grill, located at Cedar Island Resort 3557 Cedar Island Rd, Cedar Island, NC. Music starts tonight at 8 pm and will rock through the midnight hour.


Cruising up the coast and checking things out in Atlantic Beach, we stop at Idle Hour Biergarten, 121 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC. That is where they will offer the live music of Carolina Sky during the diner hours. Music plays outside from 6-9 pm.


Heading over the causeway, we stop in Morehead City where there is always good music in the neighborhood.

Tonight’s picks include New Bern jammer, James Ford live at Promise’ Land Market, 909 B Arendell Ave., with music playing from 8-11 pm. This show is free, the beer is cold and the food is fresh. Come dance the night away.


Monika Jaymes & The Broke Downs Band are on the deck to entertain diners and fans out at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant. Located on the waterfront at 707 Evans St., they offer live music each weekend for patrons ready to eat good and rock the night away.  Music plays from 8-11 pm.


Rocking the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, we find the awesome Adam Hill Band on tap and ready to rock from 10 pm until 1:30 am. If you have missed this band all year, tonight is a great night to dance. You are invited to come early for some great food often cooked up by owner and chef Charlie Weatherby.


Rockin’ Around the Region

Chris Nash will bring his band to Pitcher’s Bar, 485 SURLES RD, Benson, NC. Offering a great mix of fun music the band will rock you tonight from 8 pm till midnight.


Johnny Orr will be rocking fans and friends that come out to Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill,  305 McCormick St, Garner, NC. Music starts at 9:30 pm and the music plays until 1:30 am. Come out and enjoy the music of this fine rocker tonight!


Rural Route Romance will be rocking the classic country sounds and southern rock tunes you love tonight at Buccaneer Music Hall, 2120 E Fire Tower Rd, Greenville, NC. They rock the room from 10 pm and keep your boots scooting until 2 am.


New Bern rockers The BiPolar Express will be rocking the stage at Market Street Pub 145 N Market St., Washington, NC this evening. Music starts at 10 pm and the jams last until 2 am. Come get rocked tonight!

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Music Fun for the 4th of July



July 4th Festival Park concert featuring Rural Route Romance (R3X)

This event kicks off at noon and is taking place in the town of Washington, NC. Rural Route Romance will be rocking Festival Park for the 4th from noon until 3 pm. Bring the family and come dance.


Celebrate The 4th with The Bears!

New Bern’s favorite oldies band, The Bears, will be rocking around the clock in River Bend, Nc for the 4th of July. The music plays early from 11:15 am until 1:30 pm.


Joe Brown & The Band Bring Music to Maysville

Joe Brown & The Band bring the fun music to Maysville, NC where they will perform at William Frost Park from 5-7 pm. The family fun event will start at 4 and offer fireworks at 9 pm with fun music for all in-between.


Limited Engagement brings music to Circa 1810 for Holiday Fun

Live music will be offered on the patio courtesy of the fun party band, Limited Engagement. Music plays from 7-10 pm outside on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC


Beach Music On the Deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play

Each and every Wednesday night offers beach music on the deck at Blackbeard’s Triple Play 415 S Front St., with tunes cranking from 5-9 pm. So if you can’t get to the beach this holiday but want to dance like you are there come out and enjoy dinner and music.

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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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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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