Wrapping Up MumFest and Rocking with Local Talents Around the Region

MumFest 2018

MumFest 2018 Wrap Up with Local Favorites

Bryan Mayer Warms ‘Em Up at Noon

Opening up the show under the Miller Lite Beer Tent located on Craven and South Front Sts. for day two of MumFest 2018 was New Bern’s beloved singer-songwriter, once known to the local area as Stretch. He climbed the country charts and became better known to everyone as Bryan Mayer.

This hometown artist is a class act with grace and talent when on stage. Besides offering any number of classic and modern-day country songs, he offers tales of his time on stage with many of the artist’s he covers. Beyond all country favorites, the tall New Bern native has some blues in his soul and he can rock you some too!

Bryan Mayer stays busy offering his music to the people locally and on the road throughout the year. In fact, today he has two shows. This afternoon he will be rocking a stage in Downtown Kinston, NC for the ENC Brew n QUE Festival at Pearsons Park. Be on hand to rock with Mayer at 1:30 pm. If you can’t make that show, catch him tonight in Emerald Isle when here rolls out all your favorites from 10 pm till 1 am at SALT325 Mangrove Dr, Emerald Isle, NC.  To keep up with this artist check out his Facebook page:

Bryan Mayer Music


Joe Baes Project Rocks ‘Em Through the Afternoon

For those that love a good mix of rock and original music, a familiar favorite for fun alternative rock n good times is the New Bern based,  Joe Baes Project. The trio rocked under the tent in the middle of the afternoon. Offering rock, grunge, and familiar pop hits to the crowd of festival gatherers, fans and friends.

This past year, the trio has changed dynamics with the bass player and founding member and songwriter Mike Galloway, moving away. Coming on board to fill the position of rhythm maker is Danny Taylor. Still offering the lead on vocals and guitar is Joe Baes and rocking the kit is Jonathan Toler on drums and vocals.

To keep up to speed with this rocking trio be sure to visit their website:


The band has a local gig here in town next week! Be sure to dress up and join Joe Baes Project for the 2nd Annual Halloween Bash at BrÛtopia, one week from tonight on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Music and fun start at 7 pm.


Strung Together Makes For A #NewBernStrong MumFest Finish

Closing out the weekend-long festival on the Miller-Lite Stage was New Bern’s own Family Band, Strung Together, featuring the Oliver Family. This was the perfect end to a healing weekend for our beloved little town that was so fractured by Florence. Not only did it devastated the downtown waterfront area, but it also took out businesses and historic homes alike. One of the homes she tried to wash away is Oliver’s home on E Front Street.

I found it to be mindful and moving to see this band closing out a great weekend of solid repair, following so many weeks of despair for everyone.

This family band is unique in they are mostly related and offer a great mix of genres by way of a host of instruments. They offer everything from pop, jazz standards, folk songs, country and bluegrass selections mixed in with their own songs. As the family rebuilds their home, they will keep busy with music and let the healing happen as they play for the fun of making music and memories.

Coming up next month they have a couple of great community shows. On Saturday, November 3, 2018, they will be AMPED UP at Jaycee Park in Morehead City and rocking the stage from 2-3 pm On Sunday, November 4, 2018; they will be back in town and taking part in Merci On Middle St. That performance is scheduled for 5:30 pm.

To learn more about this family band be sure to like their Facebook page

Strung Together Band


The BiPolar Express Rolls to the Beach to Rock

The New Bern born 80-90’s hair band, rock cover kings, The BiPolar Express took flight last weekend to rock fans at the Crystal Coast. They offered several solid sets of rock favorites to the crowd which gathered at The E-Club, located at 8102 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC.

A few days following the show, it was announced that the good times would continue for The BiPolar Express and their loyal passengers. 2019 is officially open for booking. Though the band considered winding down on dates and regrouping and revamping the set list, things changed after Florence flooded the rehearsal space where they once gathered. I would think more rock is just what the doctor would prescribe, so mark these dates on your calendar and make plans to climb aboard this rockin’ express!

On Saturday, October 27 they will be rocking Blackbeard’s Triple Play, 415 S Front St., New Bern, on November 10, taking part in rocking Homeless Veterans Benefit @ Farmer’s Market in New Bern NC and on Dec 21 they will return to The E Club in Emerald Isle, NC.

To keep up to date on all of the news like them on Facebook by following this link:

The BiPolar Express


Second Helping Rocks Kinston, NC

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At the start of the month, I was invited to The Red Room to check out the longest running Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Act on the scene, Second Helping. Though the band is locally based with most of the members being Lenoir County residents, they spend most of their time touring the country offering the songs made famous by one of the best-known bands in Southern Rock history.

This ten piece band is quite an act for any sound company to manage. With Three guitars, three harmony vocals, a bass guitar, drums, keyboard/piano, and one lead vocalist, this band is no small operation. Most impressive, once everything is plugged into the right channel of the board, they always provide an awesome tribute to the band with a great legacy in music history, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

To get to know the band better, visit their website at

Second Helping

For those interested in rocking with the band, you are invited to join them this afternoon at Pearsons Park, when they close out the ENC Brews n QUE event in Downtown Kinston, NC. They take the stage at 5:30 pm to deliver the closing set of the event which opens today at 11 am with Train Wreck opening up the day. Bryan Mayer offers the second set at 1 pm and the Wicked Shimmies hit at 3 pm to offer the third performance on the day.


Live Music Options

Getting Down Around Town

Downtown New Bern, NC

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The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. 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 beach vibe 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. Tonight 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


Morehead City, NC


Live reggae will be featured on the deck courtesy of Selah Dubb offering the grooves from 10 pm until they shut the doors! Off The Hook offers a great menu with unique flavors to accompany the freshest foods.


Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop has more great music in store for you tonight:

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 SeriesCarolina 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

 Enjoy a few sets of sultry sounds tonight at Boro Restaurant and Bar. Music plays from 8-11 pm.  4EverAll will be 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. 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


Sunday Funday


6 Bands, 5 Breweries, 4 The Community!

Florence took a lot from our community. Let’s give some back! Grab the entire family and join us for an afternoon of live music and beer tasting to raise money for the Carteret County Public School Foundation.

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Gates open at noon, music starts at 1!

Chupacabras (de la rosa) – 12:30 to 1:15
Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones – 1:30 to 2:15
Remedy (Tim Rowe) – 2:30 to 3:15
Beaufort Blues Project – 3;30 to 4:15
The Spread – 4:30 to 5:15
Free Poor – 5:30 to 6:30
With sound by Tristan Berrini DJ & Pro Audio Services

LOCAL BREWERIES: Crystal Coast Brewing Company, Fishtowne Brew House, Mill Whistle Brewing, Shortway Brewing Co. and Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co.

FOOD TRUCKS: Beaufort Grocery Company To-Go, ECHS Marching Band Food Trailer, and Island Grille Catering


Tickets are $40 for music and beer tasting, and $25 for music only, available at the gate. Kids under 13 are FREE!

Flo Nation 252 T-shirts will also be for sale – $20 each youth and adult sizes.

Bucky and Wendy Oliver of Front Street Village will have two shuttles running from Beaufort Elementary School parking lot from 1pm to finish.

Thanks to the donations of time and talent from all 6 bands, logo (and tattoo) artist Chrissy Suralik of Inkspiration Studio Tattoo , Wendy & Charles Park of Beaufort Grocery, Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum and Carlos & Hope Sanderson of 110% Screen Printing for giving us the opportunity to give as much as we can!

All funds raised will go to the Carteret County Public School Foundation, which will directly help the 620 students and 64 teachers who were displaced by the hurricane.

Gallant’s Channel is obviously not the actual channel but the grassy area with the dock next to the new Beaufort Bridge. Turn at the Bonehenge sign.


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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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