Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

This Music Business. Class is In! Establishing relationships in the music business is no different from any other life or business situation. Trust and loyalty are earned, as is respect. Let’s say you live in Oriental or Havelock, and take note that there is more going on in New Bern these days. Don’t make itContinue reading Music Festival Season is in Full Swing Let’s Dance

This Music Business. Class is In!

Establishing relationships in the music business is no different from any other life or business situation. Trust and loyalty are earned, as is respect. Let’s say you live in Oriental or Havelock, and take note that there is more going on in New Bern these days. Don’t make it your ambition to play every room around. Even in the friendliest places on earth, businesses do vie for patrons and their revenue. Having said that, if you walk into an establishment and the owner or management hires you and you play the club with some success, don’t do the club owner wrong by talking to the competition.

You have to establish, develop and nurture the relationships you cultivate in this life. If the club owners you meet in the towns you are playing, are treating you well and offering you a fair pay, please do not get greedy by going next door and asking for a gig. That will in some cases give you a one-way ticket out of some towns.

Be Considerate of Your Contacts!

Besides club owners, you will also have interactions with others. Let’s say for example you meet a publicity agent who is offered opportunities to book bands. This is a reflection of my own experiences. If I walk a band into a room and they play there, by all accounts that room is mine and the commission paid to me should continue. For some reason, bands don’t seem to remember that part of the equation. This will lead to burning bridges and hurt feelings.

The first rule of business is to gather as many sources as you can, that will help you meet your bottom line. Take those relationships seriously and nurture them if you wish for them to continue. This is a difficult enough business. The stronger the team you build, the longer you will endure! CLASS DISMISSED!

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NCMZ.LIVE May 2019 Festival Guide Pt. 2

North Carolina Fairs And Festivals

May 10-12, 2019

Mayfest in Pilot Mountain


Mayfest is a three-day festival, hosted by the Pilot Mountain Civic Club in the beautiful Town of Pilot Mountain, NC. 150+ vendors, Amazing Food and Carnival Rides!! They also have a full line up of music to enjoy:


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Epicenter Fest 2019


This action-packed music festival is for any rockers delight. It includes a fun weekend of camping and rock music.

Epicenter Festival
May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 | Rockingham Festival Grounds
Tickets on sale NOW!
The Inaugural Epicenter Festival features Korn, Tool, Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Crystal Method, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Circa Survive, Killswitch Engage, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Wilson, Amigo The Devil, Arrested Youth, Vein, Black Coffee, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Issues, High On Fire, Wage War, Crobot, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde, Architects, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, HO99O9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick & The Dirty Nil

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Nashville Blooming Festival


Next weekend brings the 23rd Annual Nashville Blooming Festival to downtown Nashville, NC. This weekend-long event starts at 6 pm on Friday with Soul Psychedelic offering the live music grooves from 7-11 pm. The fun continues with more live music and fun in store for Saturday. The event opens at 9 am on Saturday with vendors offering foods and crafts. On tap for the tunes on Saturday are August Road offering the first set at 12:30 pm. Silk Groove follows at 3 pm. Next up will be East Coast Rhythm & Blues at 5:30 pm.  At 7:30 pm Meredith Davis and Jamie Pridgen will warm up the stage for headliners, the popular local act, Parmalee who close out the event at 8:30 pm.

To check out the full schedule of events click here:

 Blooming Fest Events

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Cleveland Co Strawberry Festival


The Cleveland County Strawberry Festival takes place in Shelby, NC next weekend, and will offer all of the fair and festival goodies, from food, rides, games, and music for all to enjoy. The festival starts at 5 pm on Friday and continues through Saturday evening.

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According to my source, NC the Carthage Buggy Festival is a long-running tradition:

Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, that from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. The Annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. It promises to be the biggest and best yet. With an annual attendance of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.

The entertainment for this event includes a full line up of fun for all.

2019 Carthage Buggy Festival Entertainment

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31st Annual Down Home Festival


This year marks the 31st Annual Down Home Festival in Bessemer City. This event is family friendly with activities for all ages. As far as music is concerned, Jim Quick & The Coastline will be kicking things off at 7 pm on Friday evening. On Saturday the festivities continue with opening ceremonies commencing at noon and live music resumes on the main stage at 4 pm with Back Stage Pass Band. 5:30 welcomes Carolina and closing out the night will be Tim Clark Band closing out the show with music starting at 7 pm. There will also be performers on the Center St Stage from 1-5 pm. Be sure to stop by and check out  Trish England, Bengi Neal, and Carolina.

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For families looking for fun in the Mooresville area, be sure to check out this fun-filled event. There was not much information on the music acts, but here is what the offered:

The Race City Festival is “A Celebration of Lake Norman Area Arts & Culture” and is held outdoors along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville, NC . The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event for the community. In addition to our local merchants, the outdoor street fair will feature the arts & culture of our community, local businesses, NASCAR displays/souvenirs, live music & other entertainment, FOOD TRUCKS & beer garden. There is no admission charge. Open to ALL ages. Bring your chairs, stay for the day.
The Race City Festival is a true celebration of our diversified community and brings more than 20,000 show go-ers every year. Rain or Shine. Make a day of it, bring the family, friends and neighbors!! There is something for all ages and plenty of eats and things to see, do. Enjoy the sounds and tastes of a true festival atmosphere.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Early Shows

Union Point Park


Festival of Fun! will be held at Union Point Park today. The event started at 10 am and runs throughout the day until 4 pm. Here are the details from the Facebook event:

New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the 19th annual Festival of Fun on Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 4pm. This annual event will be held at Union Point Park, located at 210 E. Front Street in beautiful downtown New Bern!

Enjoy a day full of arts & crafts, educational information, fun, games, great food, inflatables, kid-friendly vendors and so much more! The festival will also include entertainment provided by local performers, magicians and dance groups. This event promises fun for the entire family!

For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation (252) 639-2901. This event is presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation.


Harley-Davidson of New Bern


Spring Open House is happening today at Harley-Davidson of New Bern. There will be demo rides, great sales on gear and riding apparel. They will also have free food, beverages and live music by Core Sound Band from the Crystal Coast. The fun started at 10 am and continues until 4 pm.


Riverside United Methodist Church – RUMC


Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental is a group of music loving friends that just having fun playing the ukulele in Calypso-Style island songs, traditional folk music, and contemporary music. UHOO for short will be in town to perform today at Riverside Methodist Church. This free show starts at 3 pm.


Orringer Auditorium


A Musical Journey Through America presented by The Craven Community Chorus. Today’s event starts at 3 pm Tickets $5, available at Bank of the Arts, Fullers Music, Kitchen on the Trent, Harris Teeter and at the door (if available).


The Late Shows

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge

The Garage



It is an open jam session tonight at The Garage this evening. All musicians are welcome. The fun starts at 7 pm and the jams rock till 10 pm. Come check out the new backyard space, plus all the beer on tap and fun games to be played.



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of classic rock stringer Rick Huff, will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Rocking Around Town Tonight


Centenary United Methodist Church


There is a special memorial concert being held at Centenary Church on New St, New Bern.  This event will feature a performance by Paul Saik and Megan Johnson. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to The RCS BEE Renovation Campaign.


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts Ravenz Bru tonight with music being offered from 8-11 pm.  Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there… please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. It will be a Kentucky Derby Party in town tonight. With live music and more.  Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC

Brandywine Bay Golf Club


Brandywine Bay Golf Club welcomes the public in for an offering of live music tonight, courtesy of the original band Now or Never. Music plays from 7-10 pm. There is a full-service bar and great food offered as well. This will also be a new site for an open mic night which Tiffany Elaine will host every other Tuesday evening from 7-10 pm. The first session will be this coming Tuesday. All players are welcome to come out and share songs!

Now Or Never is an up and coming band out of Beaufort, NC. In the few short months of being a band, they have opened for the Cast of One Tree Hill who played MumFest, The Dogwood Fest and much more.

This band is one to watch, for they have a sound like no other. They are currently in the studio finishing their first album, set to release in fall of 2019, featuring their popular song “Waves”. Catch them locally while you can. Come out tonight and meet the band with vocalist Tiffany Elaine,  guitar and vocals Fernando Rivera and Lead Guitarist Steve Mehan.


Off The Hook


Rocking the deck tonight at Off The Hook with the grooves that will move you will be The Adam Hill Band. They bring the party from 10 pm until closing. This band will be playing all of the popular fun songs, that will make you get up and dance to their beats. Music plays from 10 pm until 2 am.


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar

Offering the live sounds tonight at The Boro Restaurant & Bar will be Davy Williamson, who will be making the music this evening. Music is served from 8-11 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music.


Emerald Isle, NC

E-Club Emerald Isle


Big Drink Music Company will bring the early party tonight to the stage out back, to rock the E-Club Emerald Isle. They get the fun underway at 8 pm and inside on stage, you can jam to the grooves of Freeway Band offering the fun tunes at 10 pm.


The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits


The Naked Knees will offer the entertainment at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music is offered in the back garden from 7-10 pm, Come early for the good eats and stay late to enjoy the music.




SALT BAR welcomes Space Coast Ghosts w/ Kayas Embrace to the stage this evening with music starting at 9:30 pm.

SPACE COAST GHOSTS are just your Intergalactic Reggae, Hip Hop and Punk Rock crossover Band from another world…
100% Original Music. You don’t want to miss these very talented, high energy performers!

With support From East Coast Reggae hitters Kayas Embrace from Atlanta, Georgia

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Rocking Around the Region


Durham, NC

The Blue Note Grill

The Blue Note Grill

MAY 4, 2019 · SATURDAY * 8PM * $20 SEATED/$15 STANDING

New Spin on an Old Sound – Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level “A” musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism and Sowers commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musical feature on the hit BBC show later with Jools Holland.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago.  Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Built For Comfort for a night of fun rockin’ blues music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!


Washington, NC

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight. There is a new room to welcome the bands during the winter months at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill. And that is where music is served from 7-10 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursdays, they welcome all players, with a Low Key Open Mic night hosted by Brian Burke. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the finest local acts on the list to entertain you, while you dine and drink and unwind.


Market Street Pub

Friends and fans of Corey Stuart are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Playing all of the popular songs from the ’80s and ’90s, you should wear your dancing shoes.  Music starts at 10 pm.


The Rebel Tavern


Tonight at The Rebel Tavern you can enjoy all of the popular and fun grooves of AFreyed Knot, with the music and fun at 9 and rocking til midnight!

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Thank You for Reading!

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When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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