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Big Jim Blues News

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Big Jim Kohler was bringing his band and his blues to the City Stage twice a month, since their opening in July, on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. However last week that ended. The live entertainment venue announced that going forth they will be hosting trivia and karaoke nights on Tuesday nights. They will be offering drink specials as well.

Though that sounds like the blues for music fans, here is the best part of the change. Big Jim Kohler and Band will now be the featured guest each Wednesday night from 7-9 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars going forth into the new year. The mid-week blues buster will surely be a welcome addition to the area.

Today the blues stringer and his bride will be helping out by providing the entertainment at the New Village Brewery in Oriental, NC. They will be doing their part to raise funds for the students that attend Pamlico Community College. There will be free music and free pizza too. Also, they will be pouring pints all day, to help the cause and they will also be holding a silent auction to contribute to the funds generated on this day!

Music plays from 4-7 featuring Kathy Kohler the first hour! Get there early as you don’t want to miss this blues belter!


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The Dusty Trio in a Treehouse

Last night I headed to the Crystal Coast to check out things at The Treehouse Beer CompanyLocated in Cedar Point on Highway 24, this is a fun place offering a good selection of beer and live entertainment each weekend. They have a nice backyard to accommodate many guests. There is cornhole set up as well as other games, including a game room indoors. Best of all they have a nice stage out back for the bands.

On the stage last night was the Dusty Trio featuring Hank Barbee on guitar and vocals, Jim Durham on sax and backing vocals, and Matt Henderson on bass. This is three-fourths of the Dust Parade. Tonight the full band will be rocking Cru Bar, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Free music kicks off at 8:30 pm. To keep up with the band check out on Facebook by clicking:

The Dust Parade

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Meet Dmitri Resnick from Chapel Hill Sharing his Blues in Newport

While visiting with Hank Barbee I ran into stinger Matt Miller, who mentioned the fact that there was someone he never heard before playing at Carolina Home & Garden. Loaded with that information, I split the scene and headed to the Garden to see what I could find out.

It was there that I made the acquaintance of  Dmitri Resnik, who calls Chapel Hill, NC home. What a wonderful music treat it was to meet Resnik. I thoroughly enjoyed his slide blues guitar offerings. I was glad to catch the final few songs of his show and it was enough for me to know that I will be checking him out again with his band in the future.

The singer-songwriter has made music a part of his life’s journey. Seasoned in the blues, he offers a refreshing take on the music I love most of all. I enjoyed hearing his original works during our short time together last night.


For those looking to catch some great slide work and old-fashioned blues music be sure to catch Dmitri each Thursday at The City Tap in Pittsboro, NC. Offering the sounds each week from 6-8 pm, this is a great way to wrap up a work day! You can also check out the stringer on ReverbNation by following this link:

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Back in the Bern, It’s Bliss At the Bruin

I made it back to town last night, in time to check out a couple more gigs going down right here in my hometown.  First stop brought me to The Thirsty Bruin, 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC, where I got to enjoy the last couple songs offered by Patrick Bliss. This stringer is an emotional player and offers many familiar songs throughout his set list.

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Holt Up Visits From Statesville, NC to Rock the Dirty Bird!


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The final show I caught last night was that of Holt Up, a band from the Statesville, NC region. Interestingly enough, they have family in New Bern, NC. When they were visiting this past Summer, they caught an open mic night at the Brown Pelican and not long after their jams, they were booking this date to bring us the good grooves. The trio of players features Ryan Lippard back behind the kit, Hailey Holt offer vocals, guitar, and ukelele. Joining her on guitar and vocals is her mentor and father Darren Holt. This band offered grooves from classic rockers to heavy metal. They are a unique trio with a great mix of music to keep things interesting. For those looking for a new band to check out, be sure to give this one your consideration. You can check them out on Facebook by following this link:



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Live Music Options ~ Saturday, Nov 10

Getting Down Around Town


On this, the Birthday of our great Marine Corps and just in time too for Veteran’s Day weekend, The Peace Soldier Nation will unite to bring us the Third Annual Rockin For Relief for the Homeless Veterans, today starting at noon in downtown New Bern, NC. This benefit concert features five local acts and one regional band offering the sounds to make a day complete.

Tickets will be available at the gate. Gates open at noon, and today’s music line up at press time was as follows:

 A Full day event with six Rocking Bands,

Tickets include lunch from Moores BBQ!! $20

Plus five New Bern Band to entertain you!

12:00 Strung Together
1:00 Gypsy Sunrise
2:00 Joe Baes
3:00 The BiPolar Express
4:00. Peace Soldier

Headlining this show is the regional touring AC/DC all-girl tribute act is Shoot To Thrill rocking the stage at 5pm.

Come celebrate our Veterans this Veterans Day Weekend and help out this worthy cause for a cause!

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First Stop James City!


Checking in with our friends at BrÜtopia,, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC: Tonight you can come out and enjoy the sounds of Third Act with Daryl Lucas. As always, the music is free, the beer is fresh and the weekend awaits, come out and celebrate! Music is served from 7-10 pm.



The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., opens it’s doors to local acts each week. Live music kicks off each Thursday with open mic. Sign up at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm… All are welcome. On Friday they welcome awesome acoustic acts in, to entertain the crowd. On Saturdays, the bar is always rocking with the areas hottest bands. Tonight it is local party groovers,  Third Degree Bern returning to rock you from 8-11 pm.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St, offers live music each Friday and Saturday night on the deck. Tonight you can rock the night away with Stairwell, who will be on stage and rocking you starting at 7:30 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage

Tonight you are invited to come out to enjoy fun and music of the talented Marron Chaplin, offering music from 8-10 pm. Following her show, you can be the star with Karaoke and a dance party that follows for weekend fun! 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

According to their Facebook Page, here is what is happening this weekend at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City:

~Saturday, November 10th~
OPEN at 12 noon
Enjoy our wood-fired pizza starting at 2 pm
Live music by Spare Change starts at 10 pm 🥁

~Sunday, November 11th~
OPEN at 12 noon for Sunday Funday ☀️
Brick oven pizza available starting at 2 pm

Friendly reminders: Everyone must be 21 and over. Starts at 9 pm and there is a $10 minimum on credit cards.



Tonight on the deck at Off the Hook, 105 S 7th St., Morehead City, NC; they will be grooving the reggae sounds of a popular act, Selah Dubb. The band will be offering the island sounds that make you sail away to an island in your mind. Live music is offered for free each Saturday from 10 pm until closing.


Beaufort, NC

The Cru Bar and Wine Store/ Beaufort Coffee Shop features the music of The Dust Parade. For those who missed Hank Barbee and the boys last night in Cedar Point, you can catch him tonight with the full Dust Parade, offering the sounds from 8:30 until 11:30 pm.


Swansboro, NC

This weekend marks the 64th Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival, a two-day weekend event, that will be held on November 10-11, 2018. The festivities begin with a parade down Highway 24 on Saturday morning at 9 am. Street vendors line the various streets throughout historic downtown Swansboro and are open for patrons at 10 a.m. Vendors are of a variety of types including arts and crafts, commercial, and food.

There is a kids’ area that also opens at 10 a.m., with a wide mix of activities geared towards children of all ages. Live music begins at 11 a.m. at the Pug Pavilion in the heart of downtown Swansboro and continues throughout the day, and into the evening on Saturday and Sunday.  At press time this was the schedule:

Entertainment Line Up;

Saturday, November 10
10 AM Anna Cole – National Anthem
10 AM Mystic Vibrations
1 PM Parade winners announced
2 PM The Attractions Band
6:30 PM Gene Pharr & Cindy Floyd Party Prophets Show

Sunday, November 11
10 AM Tee Fantastic Shakers
11 AM Bells of Peace with Swansboro Historical Association
1 PM Ryanhood provided by the Seaside Arts Council
3 PM – 6 PM – Liquid Pleasure Supershow

To accent the meaning behind the festival, the Swansboro Rotary serves fried Mullet throughout the event. Parking and shuttle services are offered from behind the Hampton Inn at Ward Farm.


Brunch Show at Church St. Deli


For those looking to take a break from the street fair scene while enjoying the 64th Annual Mullet Festival this weekend, you can enjoy a great brunch at Chuch Street Deli, located at 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Also being featured will be the music of Robert Gasperson. The talented pianist will be entertaining the crowd that gathers in the bar from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm.


Cedar Point, NC


The FAB Band will be rocking the Treehouse Beer Company this evening. Offering the live music from 7-10 pm. This is a local act, that offers all the fun party grooves to make the night fun. Offering all the hits from funk, soul, R&B, pop and beach grooves you love, this is a great time waiting!



Rocking Around The Region


Charlotte, NC


Thomas Street Tavern has been open for 20 years now! We are prepared to throw one hell of an anniversary party featuring the Hurricane Bob BandThe Jeff Sipe Trioand Travers Brothership.

The Jeff Sipe Trio:

Jeff began to play drums in the sixth grade. Then In 1975, Jeff’s first stepping stone was attending the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. — One of Jeff’s dreams finally came true when he was accepted to Berklee in 1977. While at Berklee, Jeff studied under Bob Kaufman and Bill Norine, he attended clinics given by Alan Dawson and was taken under by his mentor Lee Venters. J

Travers Brothership:

“This is a band that possesses a soulful magic and heart you don’t find in many young bands. This is real art.” – Danny Harlen Mote, Lucky Trend Music

Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they first began performing together at 13 years old.

In 2012 the twin brothers formed their latest project, Travers Brothership, an Alternative, Soul, and Funk ensemble based out of Asheville, NC.

It is safe to say The Brothership stands out amongst most acts climbing the charts in the U.S. today. Why do they stand out so boldly amongst the others? They wish to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience. Utilizing the band’s unmatched live energy and superior songwriting, they create a live atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community. A Travers Brothership concert is best described as a wild block party, and this is a party you don’t wanna miss.

Travers Brothership is currently touring the U.S. in support of “A Way To Survive” and writing songs for their highly anticipated sophomore release.

“There are hundreds of great bands aiming for the major leagues, but few of them bring such a complete package as Travers Brothership. In this horse race, I’ve found where I’m putting my money.” – Brian Swenk, Homegrown Music Network

For tonight’s  Anniversary Party there will be a $10 music charge. Doors open at 7 pm.


Raleigh, NC


Speaking of Anniversary Parties, local photographer and music promoter Michael Harris has much to celebrate! Here is what’s up with this talented promo man:
“Hey folks, Michael Harris here. It is hard to believe that it has been five years of promoting music, photography, and pushing events here in North Carolina with HF Music And Media Group!

What started out as a hobby photographing bands with a disposable camera has turned into a way to help musicians, models, and artists get seen, heard, and introduced to a whole new audience. This has truly been an amazing journey, one for which I can’t thank everyone enough. Without you, I couldn’t do what I do.

Headlining our five-year anniversary bash – good times rockers Station from NYC, with support from Raleigh trashy glam rockers Babylon Shakes and some friends of mine from way back Dirty Remnantz, plus The Adam Hill Band kicks the party off at 8:30 pm with a set of rockin’ electric blues.

This is going to be a special night! Thank you, everyone, for your support, this has meant the world to me.

Admission is just $10 and the show starts at 8 pm so let’s have a blast!!!”

The Maywood
Saturday, November 10, 2018
658 Maywood Avenue – Raleigh, NC

8p doors, 9p show
$10 | ages 21+
Advance tickets:

** Use venue front door for entry to this show **


LaGrange, NC



The Fall Ball is a fundraiser to benefit Edgewood Community School. The Fundraiser will kick off with the third annual wing and pig cook-off. The day will feature seven bands, including The Adam Hill Band, The Switch and Second Helping, a few of the named acts on this bill. This day will offer great food, awesome music and all fun one can have, while supporting a fine cause! This is a BYOB event so pack your coolers. Campers, RVs, and tents are welcome. All the fun goes down today from 11 am until 2 am. 750 Racetrack Rd, Lagrange, NC.


Kinston, NC


The Red Room welcomes The Mother Notes to the stage tonight. Doors open at 9 pm. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door. This is a young band based out of Lenoir County, making a new name for themselves with their unique talents. Music plays from 10 pm until closing. Please support live music, pay the cover charge and show your support for this band, fairly new to grooving fans on the NC music scene.


Thanks for Reading!

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