Music Memories Made Last Week Plus What’s Left Ahead This Week


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We Rocked Our Midweek Blues Away at City Stage



Starting things off with a look at last week, we begin at the mid-week point whereupon at City Stage we find  Big Jim Kohler and his band sharing some blues with good friends and talented players. Those that joined the fun last week included the regular rock riffs of Jayke Steel who is not pictured above but, who is, the leader of his own modern country band and as it turns out he is available to play in your bar and every Monday and Wednesday as best I can tell. Feel free to find him on Facebook and hire him today!

Making the night fun and most enjoyable was the incredible voice of Kathy Kohler and helping fill in the sounds was Jonathon Peck with his six-string and Phillip Alcock who joined in on bass. Adding a new and talented blues twists to the night was Derrick Moore for a nice change. Moore keeps busy with Caffeinated Soul Boogie, an Americana pop band based here in New Bern.

For those looking to check them out, they will be rocking their grooves at one of my favorite places in Oriental next Friday night, at The New Village Brewery & Taproom. Music for that starts at 6:30 pm. On Sunday the 30th of June Frank and Lili Bacon will host and celebrate their Second Anniversary with Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. Music for that event kicks off at 2 pm.

 If you are interested in breaking up your mid-week blues, be sure to join us at The City Stage. The fun happens every Wednesday from 7-9 pm.


On Thursday We Rode To Durham to Jam Some More

Last Thursday Big Jim and I rode to Durham and along the way, we picked up Phillip Alcock to join us on the journey. We stopped by the House in Durham to join in the weekly fun they have at Woolly’s Big Blues Jam. This fun event takes place every Thursday and it kicks off at 6:30 pm and rocks in rotation until 10 pm.

We will do this again soon as we are planning a show in the triangle area happening next month at Raleigh’s prime music venue The Pour House Music Hall. On the bill for Sunday, July 21, 2019, will be Woolly & The Wingnutz Blues Revue, Big Ron Hunter with Appaloosa Redd and Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. For tickets to this show in advance,  check out the event on Facebook by clicking this link:

Tickets for Big Jim at The Pour House

Getting back to The House, last week, there is always a strong showing of talent at the jam. Last week was no exception. It was top notch talent throughout the night. All blues players are welcome to be a part of the fun, just come out and sign up to be included in the rotation of jammers. Besides serving up the cool blues music, The House also serves up great food too. Come hungry and stay late to dance your blues away!


Friday Came Courtesy of Mary Shine On The Scene


Mary Shine offered the assist and covered the scene last Friday night for NCMZ.LIVE.

Jan Michael Field Band Rocked New Bern

Mary Shine headed to Blackbeards Triple Play to check in with the Jan Michael Fields Band. They were rocking the deck and keeping the crowd happy with their wide variety of popular hits. This band offers everything from Motown to popular rock classics. Some of the highlights include Journey and even the fun sounds of KC and The Sunshine Band.

The South Carolina based band will be heading back to NC to rock Heroes Sports, Oyster Bar and Grill in Goldsboro, NC this Saturday night. Music rocks from 10 pm until closing. If you have yet to see them, be sure to wear your dancing shoes and party hats, because you are about to have you some rock and roll fun!


Saturday Night Delights

Nicholas William Bailey at Sara’s Big Apple


It is always a pleasure to check in with our next spotlight artist. Nicholas Bailey is a talented stringer who has explored some depths of songwriting that few from New Bern have done. He has written movie scores, he has lent his talents to television shows and also stays busy with his own band.

I met Bailey a few months ago at Captain Ratty’s here in New Bern and was inspired to ask him to come to Sara’s Big Apple soon after hearing his beautiful playing. He plays the most soothing sounds with six strings and it is a mastery he offers song into song for full sets. It is awesome and offered with pure grace. I absolutely love the beauty and uniqueness of his dinner show offerings. Someday soon I hope to hear his band Nick & The Babes

To learn more check out his biography on Wikipedia by clicking here:

Nicholas William Bailey


Ryan Cain Plays BrÛtopia

Ryan Cain is the country crooner that keeps busy playing shows from the coastal resort towns to New Bern and beyond. He has a strong voice for country music and shares lots of popular and familiar songs. Sometimes you can catch him jamming with sweet and talented friends other times he flies solo. Last week I caught his at BrÜtopia on his own and grooving for his crowd.

If you love country music be sure to catch this man soon. He will be rocking Atlantic Beach this Thursday at Idle Hour Biergarten with music playing 6:30-9 pm and on Friday you can catch him at The Barnacle live at 6 pm. To keep up to speed with this up and coming talent like his Facebook music page by clicking this link:

Ryan Cain Music 


Carolina Ale House Celebrates 20 Years Serving Jacksonville with Music by Dean Daughety and the Troublemakers

When it was time for leaving town, Mary Shine and I made our way to Jacksonville Saturday night to check out Dean Daughety and The Troublemakers. This band is based in Lenoir County and they were busy rocking the crowd that gathered at the Jacksonville location for Carolina Ale House, who was celebrating 20 years in business there.

These Troublemakers are a fun band that took some time in selecting their great set list. They are all talented players in their own right and together they sure make beautiful music. From country grooves to pop rock and funk, they offer a great variety of songs and enjoy interacting with their audience. Anthony Dean Daughety is the front man in this effort and causing all of the trouble behind him are guitarists Matthew Hart and Scott Carlisle. On bass is Greg Howard and sitting behind the kit on drums is James Stroud.

To check out the band on Facebook, find them at Dean Daughety and the Troublemakers. Give their page a like and check out a show soon. Next week the boys will be closer to home and rocking The Red Room on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge payable at the door.


Meanwhile, over In Swansboro, It Was The Will and Tony Show

From Jacksonville, we hit the highway and headed for the coast. Along the way, we stopped in Swansboro where we found The Will and Tony show offering the fans that gathered at The Boro Restaurant & Bar. That was a fun show to find on a Saturday night. They offer a fun show of popular song offerings.

This duo never disappoints and they play in a couple of different rotations. The full band project is Big Drink Music Company and the duo is as mentioned, The Will and Tony Show. They lean toward fun and popular hits of many genres from the ’60s and ’70s. Will Baker offers lead vocals and guitar works while Tony Johnston offers the percussion and backbeats.

For New Bern residents, the popular duo will be performing on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Sara’s Big Apple. Music plays from 6-8 pm and the dinner is always delicious! Fans and friends of the band looking for them along the coast, you can catch them this Saturday at The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits. Music starts at 8 pm.


Morehead City Brings Big Rock, and Rock n Roll

Mike Edwards and The One Reunite at Southern Salt

As you might expect, I love finding new bands to talk about and that finally came at our next to last stop, last Saturday night. After leaving Swansboro, we rolled down 24 East and made our way into Morehead City where Big Rock was underway and the rock n roll was to be had.

My first stop there was Southern Salt Seafood Company, where I got to enjoy the rocking sounds of some Mike Edwards Music. He reunited with a couple of cool cats he used to play with back in the day. Billed as Mike Edwards and The One a trio of the five players reunited on Saturday night, after a 30-year hiatus. And these guys rocked the waterfront town straight into the next day! Edwards is a legendary player to our local NC scene and has swapped chops with a lot of bands over the years.

Should there be the talk of more gigs with The One, I will be sure to keep you posted here but for anyone looking to check in with Edwards, he had a music page on Facebook that you can find at

Mike Edwards Music 


We Closed Out Saturday Night Ridin’ The BiPolar Express

After we arrived in Morehead City, Mary Shine, headed straight for the crazy train and hopped on board with The BiPolar Express who was picking up new passengers at Off The Hook last Saturday evening. This rocking trio out of New Bern offers all of the classic hair bands beats from the ’80s and ’90s era of rock classics. They play everything from the AC/ DC to the Beasty Boys, Poison Bon Jovi, Motley Cru and so much more.

This trio of rockers offers a fun show of quality rock songs played right. They have a great production set up complete with a sound man. For anyone out there looking to book a fun rock band for a party or for a good time in your venue, reach out them on Facebook. For friends and fans of the band looking to get rocked right mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22 when they bring it to the E-Club Emerald Isle. Music and fun start at 10 pm.

Be sure to like their page and follow them on Facebook today by clicking this link:

The BiPolar Express


Live Music Options In the Days Ahead


Tuesday TemptationS

It is Honky Tonk Tuesday at The Brown Pelican each week. Country pickers and players are welcome to come jam between 7 pm and closing. All are welcome to participate or just relax and listen!


For music fans in James City, please note that Tommy Duzan Sr is hosting a weekly open mic session at The Garage each Tuesday evening, Players are welcome to be a part of the grooves from 7-10 pm.


North Carolina Symphony Performance at Tryon Palace

Tonight the North Carolina Symphony will perform an annual free concert on the lawn of The Tryon Palace. All are welcome to attend. Bring a snack but leave the alcohol at home. Music starts at 7:30 pm


Crystal Coast Option


Each Tuesday Tiffany Elaine is hosting an open mic event near the beach. Tonight she will be hosting the weekly offering at the KBar which is at Brandywine Bay Golf Club located in Morehead City. This venue is open to the public and is offering live entertainment every other Tuesday and on some Saturday nights. They serve beer and wine and offer a full menu of great food.  Pack up the gear and stop out tonight. All are welcome from 7-10 pm



Salt Bar in Emerald Isle offers Dueling Pianos on Tonight starting at 8 pm. Featuring the mad playing skills of Mike Huffman and Dave Haywood, this duo of ivy ticklers stand ready for your requests.


Wednesday’s Weakness

Blues Is Back at City Stage

We get back to the blues on Wednesday when Big Jim Kohler hosts another fun night of swapping blues chops with other players. Live music starts at 7 pm on stage at City Stage New Bern and the fun goes to 9 pm. All are welcome to jam with the blues master or just come to listen and dance along!


Open Mic at Carolina Wine Mixer

Open Mic Night at The Carolina Wine Mixer with Tiffany Elaine starts this week and will take place each Wednesday night. The fun starts at 7 pm, all are welcome to come out and join the fun with family and friends.


Those Mischevious Girls are on tap this Wednesday at Kings in Raleigh. Music starts at 8 pm. It is requested that you offer a $5.00 donation for the band

Beer & Banjos

This Wednesday for Beer and Banjos it is Sugar On Fire for your entertainment. Sugar On Fire started in February 2018 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The band members came together through their involvement in the Carolina Bluegrass Band, the ensemble under the university’s Bluegrass Initiative, and their love of acoustic music led them to form their own group. Drawing on their bluegrass and old-time influences, as well as their interests in other musical styles, the band has created their own unique sound, full of energy and passion.

Live music is offered at 7:30-10 pm tonight. Click the link above the picture for directions


Thursday Thrillers

Captain Ratty’s Seafood & Steakhouse will offer live music upstairs in the piano bar. This week the offer Chuck Phillips. Music is offered 6-9 pm and dinner is always delicious.


Alisa Mike hosts a night of music each Thursday evening at City Stage New Bern. She will wow you with standard jazz offerings and groove you with fun show tunes. The City Stage offers a pub-style menu and entertainment most night of the week. They are located at 901 B Pollock St., Doors open at 5 pm.


Persimmons Restaurant welcomes the music of the talented duo Lewis n Clark this Thursday evening from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Come out and enjoy the sounds and delicious supper on the deck.


Brian Mac of Third Degree Bern will host his final open mic night at The Brown Pelican this week. Please come out and say thanks as he passes the torch to the stringer, Charlie Duzan. Open mic at The Brown Pelican happens each Thursday Night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm and lasts until all of the jammers have jammed. This is the longest running open mic night in New Bern and it is always new and exciting! And next week we welcome a new host



Hank Barbee will be sharing songs in the garden at Carolina Home and Garden this Thursday evening. This incredible guitarist will share original offering throughout most of the night. Little Johnn’s Crab Shack will serve the tasty treats.

Music plays from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Closing out the week is Robert McDuffy and Sub Tropics Food Truck are scheduled to be in the Garden on Friday night. There is a $5.00 music charge.



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