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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Getting Down Around Town ~ New Bern

Feral Cats Bring the Blues to the Bern


The rocking blues return to New Bern tonight with The Feral Cats giving up the grooves on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern. Musc plays from 8-11 pm! Come feed the kitties!

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News Flash on New Location for Monthly Open Mic


We wanted to give y’all a heads up and some lead time to get ready for this change of venue.

The open mic that was traditionally taking place at Trent River Coffee Company located at 208 Craven St., New Bern, NC will now take place at the Broad Street Christian Church located at 802 Broad Street New Bern, NC on April 28th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Please use the basement entrance on the right side of the building. Hope to see y’all there. We are changing our venue, and in the future our name, since our open mic will no longer be located at the Trent River Coffee Company.


James City Brings Soul to Triple Play


Joe Brown and the Band will be rocking the stage at Triple Play Sports Bar and Restaurant, 111 Williams Road, New Bern, NC. Music plays from 9:00 pm until it is time to go home and rest up for church!

Driven by the gospel-influenced keys and booming vocal presence of Joe Brown, The Band will be performing your favorite songs all evening! Let our positive vibrations stimulate you from the crown of your heads to the soles of your feet! Bring your family, friends, and lovers out for a fun-filled evening of relaxation and rejuvenation! DON’T forget your dancing shoes!


B & B Bring it to Br√útopia


Also, bringing the good vibes and fun music to the city known as James, found right here in New Bern, will be B&B Acoustic Duo featuring Bon and Bill rocking out of their six strings and singing all the songs you love. All of this and fresh beer too! BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 East New Bern, NC. Music is free but we hope you feel free to tip the bartenders and those that rock you too!


30740874_192148668233776_4790325961809723392_o.jpgSecret Secret! I’ve got a secret! There is a new band in town and they will be making their¬†debut tonight during a private community gathering. Bern It Down was put together by Tracey Brenneman who has been working things out on the formation and set lists,¬† players and all. Tonight that hard work comes together as the band rocks Fairfield Harbour Live in the Gated Community. This is a new concert series for the neighborhood and it is fitting that a member of the community set the good times in motion. Brennaman has been a member of the community for years and looks forward to ring them new flavors of music with a concert tonight at the community center. Though it is not open to the public, all community members are welcome. There is a suggested tip of $10 with music playing from 7-10 pm.


~Leaving Town to Get Down~



Once again we have been asked to help out and raise money for this very worthy cause. This year Nick‚Äôs Blacksheep Tavern has partnered with Rough Riders MC we will be sponsoring a Poker Run, raffles, auction, Benefit along with a fun filled day….culminating with a live performance by our friends Carolina Sky.¬†

Dukenfields Bar, VFW Jacksonville, VFW Crystal Coast, Armageddon Armory and Rough Riders Club House are the stops. Registration at Blacksheep 11 kickstands up noon last bike in 6pm Blacksheep Food after the run provided by Golden Corral.


Entertainment that evening will be provided by Carolina Sky.

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Ryan Cain brings his classic country sounds and boot-scooting grooves to Shortway Brewing Company 230 Chatham St, Newport, NC. The music is free but feel free to tip the player as well as your server. He will be serving up the sounds from 6:30 Р9:30 pm.


~All Day When the Music Plays~


Washington, NC: The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association continues their ‚ÄúDecade of Tradition‚ÄĚ with their 10th Annual BoCO Traditional Music Festival. This fantastic music festival is held in the historic Turnage Theater, and is free and runs 10:00 AM-10:00 PM, rain or shine. It features jams and performances by many of your favorite BCTMA members and regional musicians. The Martin County bluegrass band Dymond City Express is the headliner band and will perform on the Turnage main stage at 7:00.

This traditional music festival is an area favorite. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play along at the jams on Main Street beginning at 10:00. Folks who enjoy music delight at the old tunes and toe tapping rhythms the groups will be playing. Exciting performances inside the theatre begin at 11:00 and include: The Flatland Zingers; Jay Costello, Dave Reynolds and Reggie Workman; Rock Bottom Deal; Bob Daw; Lonesome Creek Band; Strung Together Band; Still Water; Young Musicians Showcase; and the headliners, Dymond City Express. Bring the whole family and have a fun time!

This family friendly festival is co-sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico. Marine Market festivities are also taking place on Stewart Parkway 9:00-5:00. For more information, visit http://www. or call Arts of the Pamlico at 252-946-2504.

The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association is a grass roots non-profit organization that promotes the performance and enjoyment of traditional music in Eastern NC. Thanks to the assistance and oversight of Arts of the Pamlico, the BCTMA has grown into an active group of musicians and supporters dedicated to the nurturing and sharing of their love of traditional music. The group holds open jams on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. For more information, please visit

New Bern’s own family band Strung Together will be taking the stage at this day-long family-friendly event at 4 pm. Come support local New Bern talent today!


Dogwood Festival for Family Fun


Join us during the longest running street festival in Alamance County. This is our 30th year and we are excited to welcome our guests as they enjoy all of the great food, fun and entertainment for all ages. This family fun event begins Friday, April 27th with our Golf Tournament earlier in the day, followed by our 5K race at 6:30 and our Main Stage headliner from 7pm until 10pm. Carnival rides and food vendors available for the entire family. On Saturday, April 28th, that’s when we are in full swing. With food, arts and craft vendors, multiple stages offering a variety of entertainment and let’s not forget our Annual Car Show. Saturday’s events begin at 10am and runs until 5pm!


Adam Hill Unplugs


You’re invited to come out and enjoy a great night of solo music courtesy of Adam Hill who will be giving up the grooves for fans and friends at¬†Crossroads Grill and Bar,¬†Highway 55 West, Seven Springs, NC. Come early, grab a bite from the grill and enjoy live music tonight from 10 pm until 2 am!



Dr. Bacon has a show tonight in Greenville. They will close out a fun night of music when they rock Crossbones Tavern, 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. They will be joined by West End Blends who will open the night of fun music making! If you have not enjoyed the sizzle of this funk inspired full sounding band, come check them out tonight. Doors open at 9 pm Music at 10 pm and you will groove until they send you home, tired and happy.



*THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT! Tickets will not be available at the door the night of the show.*

The Ritz is a general admission/standing room only venue!
– DOORS: 7:00PM | SHOW: 8:00PM
– This show is all ages!
– Support: Mass Gothic
– For premium seating options, please call Cherry at 919.424.1352 or email Please allow up to 48 hours for a response
– For ADA seating, please contact Savannah Core at



The favor of your presence is requested by the fun and funky Monterio Experience this evening when they record live at the Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There will be a $5.00 music charge to be a part of recording history. Music gets started at 10 pm and the party lasts until 2 am. Come make some noise and support live music tonight.



Freeway Band will bring it to Ducks Grille & Bar tonight. Located at 1207 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville, NC. The fine eating establishment opens the floor to music at 10 pm with the sounds that will have you boot scooting until closing.


Cruising The Coast and Rocking the Waterways


You are invited to a BBQ fundraiser for Sound Rivers and the Mighty Neuse River!
Did you know that our beloved Neuse River (named for the Neusiok Native American word for “peace”) is the widest river mouth in America? It is 6 miles at its widest point! It is also the longest river in North Carolina, stretching 248 miles from the Falls Lake Reservoir Dam in the Piedmont to its mouth at the Pamlico Sound.
The river runs through 11 counties in NC, and encompasses over 6,000 square miles of watershed.

The Neuse’s free-flowing nature from Raleigh to the Atlantic provides all of us a priceless recreational and economic resource. Of the 3.5 million acres that comprise the Neuse Basin, 48,000 acres are state parks; 110,000 acres are game lands held by the Wildlife Resources Commission; and 58,000 acres are National Forest.

But this river of peace is in jeopardy.
In 2017, American Rivers listed the mighty Neuse River as the 7th most endangered River in America, mostly due to pollution… The good news is you can help!¬†

In celebration of #NCBeerMonth and in the spirit of caring for our beloved Neuse River, Inland Waterway Provision Company and The New Village Brewery & Taproom are teaming up to host a backyard pig-picking BBQ. Our friend Jim Kellenberger will be preparing and serving up his famous eco-friendly NC BBQ, starting at 5pm. Craft beer from 4 breweries who rely on water from the Neuse River basin will be on tap #MotherEarthBrewery

Live music by Yacht Dawgs! All proceeds from food will be donated to Sound Rivers. The Inland Waterway Provision Co. and New Village Brewery will also donate for each pint sold.

Come out and enjoy some great BBQ, and help keep our Neuse clean now and for future generations!



The Mad Fiddler gives up the lunch grooves at Salty Air Open Market located at 307 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point NC. Music is dished out from 1 pm till 4 pm this afternoon! This is a public event for Bogue Air Field! See you out there!.



Beaufort Blues Band kicks in the good times at Backstreet Pub 124 Middle Ln., Beaufort, NC. There is a music charge payable at the door and the music is always worth it. Music plays from 9 pm until the midnight hour.



Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade give up their grooves to those that gather at Cru Bar and Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC.Music plays from 8-11 pm. Barbee always has great merch for the asking, so bring your wallet and get ready for a great night of music.



Limited Engagement¬†will bring their party to the Crystal Cast tonight when they get the fun fired up at Off the Hook 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. Come enjoy the talented grooves of James Ford, Billy Mobley and Freddie “Boom Boom” Scungio¬†as they play the deck from 10 pm until they close at 2 am.

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Answering the Call

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

April 23 at 8:29pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

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

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for the said gig.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your events invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!

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