Learning the business is essential to making or breaking your career in music. I am a big proponent of the promotions angle, as that has always defined best ambitions. Besides the music itself, the next important step is promoting it. If you don’t promote your music why even bother playing it?
Music journalists, photojournalists, videographers all capture a story that can bring your band project to the next level. The radio disc jockeys that can play your song to the masses is your best friend when you are breaking into the business. Cultivate a list and form relationships with these people who can help you broadcast your message.
Whatever you do, don’t rely on social media, as your only branding tool. Case in point, I chose to publish my content on a WordPress site so that it can be shared independently. When I first started out, wrote the content on Facebook and tagged the people who were playing. That was through a good portion of 2015, in 2016 I got more serious about the blog and committed to publishing content here twice weekly. Since 2017, the music promotions in New Bern has caught a lot of attention. That’s when I learned more about how to tag an article so that it is found in common word searches.
The more outside sources your name appears in the easier it is for people to find your music. For those looking for more tips, I found a great site and good writer too!
Shaun Letang offered great insight into the importance of promotions in his article Master Music Marketing in 2019, The Art of Getting People To Listen to Your Music. And the Hot To site where it is published is a Music Industry How To that offers great insight on many topics, from promotions to song writing. The site even has a tool to generate your rapper name or new band branding.
Now go out there and make a name for yourself. CLASS DISMISSED!
May and October are the busiest festival months in our beautiful state of North Carolina. Being a fan of fairs and festivals, I am going to use this section to highlight festivals around our state.
To compile this information I research many sites and would like to highlight those first. For a full annual list of Festivals check out http://www.carolinamusicfests.com/.
Another good resource came from WRAL.com https://www.wral.com/2019-north-carolina-festival-guide/
The final site for resourceful information around the state is https://www.ncarts.org/comehearnc/whats-playing/2019-music-festivals
This is a three-day music festival that happens each year is Snow Camp, NC and it accommodates campers and offers a full line up of acts. It all kicks off on with a Jam next Wednesday and following that welcoming event the line up as per the website looks like this
MAY 22 – WEDNESDAY Sideline open Jam & covered dish dinner 6 pm
MAY 23 – THURSDAY
12:00 – 1:00 3 rd Place Band Contest Winner
1:00 – 2:00 Passin’ Thru
2:00 – 3:00 Lawson Creek
3:00 – 4:00 Hammertowne
4:00 – 5:00 Cuttin’ Grass
5:00 – 6:00 Supper Break
6:00 – 7:00 Lawson Creek
7:00 – 8:30 Johnson Mountain Boys Tribute Band (Dudley Connell, Steve Dilling, Bailey Coe, Michael Cleveland, Jason Moore, Dave McLaughlin)
8:30 – 9:30 Hammertowne
9:30 – Until Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
MAY 24 – FRIDAY
12:00 – 1:00 2nd Place Band Contest Winner
1:00 – 2:00 Diamond Creek
2:00 – 3:00 Buttermilk Creek
3:00 – 4:00 Darin & Brooke Aldridge
4:00 – 5:00 Sideline
5:00 – 6:30 Russell Moore & III Tyme Out
6:30 – 7:30 Supper Break
7:30 – 8:30 Buttermilk Creek
8:30 – 9:30 Diamond Creek
9:30 – 10:30 Darin & Brooke Aldridge
10:30 – Until Sideline
MAY 25 – SATURDAY
9:00 AM Skip Cherryholmes Cornhole Tournament
1:00 – 2:00 1 st Place Band Contest Winner
2:00 – 3:30 Constant Change
3:30 – 5:00 Dave Adkins Band
5:00 – 6:30 Sideline
6:30 – 7:30 Supperbreak
7:30 – 9:00 Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
9:00 – Until Balsam Range
~ SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~
2019 Gears and Guitars Fest This is a four-day festival that takes place in Winston-Salem featuring lots of awesome music
Pre and Post Game Music at The Winston-Salem Dash
Trampled by Turtles
The Infamous Stringdusters
Songs From The Road Band
North Mississippi Allstars
Stone Temple Pilots
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones
Tickets can be purchased in person at The “B” String please refer to their page for hours
Next weekend also marks the 16th Annual White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard, NC. This is another weekend-long festival with lots of music on the bill.
According to the Facebook event at press time, this was the line-up
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Brother Oliver 5:30-6:30
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys 7:00-8:00
Travers Brothership 8:30-10:00
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Davidson River Taiko 12:00-12:30
Cody Siniard 1:00-2:00
Zoe & Cloyd 2:30-3:30
Unspoken Tradition 4:00-5:00
Lovers Leap 5:30-6:30
Clint Roberts & the Wonder Drug 7:00-8:00
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds 8:30-10:00
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Spalding McIntosh 12:00-1:00
Chatham Rabbits 1:30-2:30
Jamie Laval 3:00-4:00
Fireside Collective 4:30-6:00
Listed among one of 23 most intimate music festivals in North America this Annual event takes place 1819 W. Memorial Highway
Union Grove, NC for more information you can email the event at email@example.com. Full day passes cost $25.00 and kids under 12 are welcome for free.
“What started as the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention in 1924 has become an exciting 95-year old annual tradition for fiddler fanatics, families, and friends. This festival brings together 2,000 guests for an entertainment-filled Memorial Day weekend, and it is dedicated to preserving traditional old-time and bluegrass music. This is a three-day event kicking off Friday, May 24th.
There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC
The Brown Pelican hosts an evening of classic rock treats courtesy of Third Degree Bern offering songs from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy a fun night of familiar songs by this local group. 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 Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of Ravenz Bru, they will bring the music to life tomorrow night on the deck with all the grooves you will love. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.
Live music will be offered is at The Bruin Craft Beer and Wine each Friday from 8-10:30 pm.
The Garage welcomes the music of Tommy Duzan Sr. Live music is offered from 7-10 pm for FREE! But I suggest, you feel free to tip the servers and musicians you meet along the way!
BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good blues grooves of Big Jim Kohler live, who 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!
Atlantic Beach 2016
Treehouse Beer Company welcomes the music of Old Smoke grooving in the garden from 7-10 pm. Sip on a cold beer and groove to the rock blues and country grooves of this popular local duo.
Carolina Home and Garden welcomes the weekend with Joey & Mason jamming in the garden, offering songs and sharing the grooves we all know and love. Come grab a bite to eat from the Sub Tropics Food Truck, a cold beer and relax as you settle into the weekend.
The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers live music each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You are invited to bring the whole family and enjoy a great night of fine dining with awesome music. This weekend you can enjoy the music of Justin Castellano. Music plays at 8-11 pm.
JM’s Place PUB welcomes the rocking grooves of The Adam Hill Band The fun grooves play from 9 pm until 12 am.
Tony Holiday Band / Jason Damico & the New Blue
MAY 17, 2019 · FRIDAY * 9PM * $10
Tony Holiday is a vocalist and harp player who is rapidly emerging as a star on the international blues scene. He has been recognized by blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite and James Harman as one of the finest up-and-comers in the game right now and is steadily building his own legend one gig at a time. Speaking of gigs, he plays up to 200 of them a year across the us and has brilliantly recorded his latest album Porch Sessions in between them on the actual porches of some of the blue’s best-known musicians.
Hitting the streets January 25th, 2019 on the vizztone label group, Porch Sessions is reminiscent of Alan Lomax’s landmark field recordings and the live recordings that have surfaced from chicago’s famed Maxwell Street era over the years. It is all about the real blues captured live as it happens.
Tony, along with his partner Landon Stone, have crisscrossed America in pursuit of this project and have ended up on some pretty significant front porches. Live sessions were tracked featuring some of the blue’s biggest names, including Charlie Musselwhite, John Primer, Kid Ramos, John Nemeth, Kid Andersen, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, and more. The down-and-dirty format is a genius move, as it connects listeners directly to the live blues experience. Studio slickness is replaced by in-the-moment performances and off-the-cuff deliveries. It’s like sitting in on a rehearsal or impromptu jam where the musicians are playing for the simple joy of doing so.
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High octane, rockin’, blues artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, actor, and producer, Jason Damico, is no stranger to the Blue Note Grill Stage. Damico’s sound is often credited as a mixture between Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Doors, John Mayer and Zakk Wylde. At a young age this artist has already racked up awards in music – 2014 Triangle Blues Society Solo Blues Challenge Winner, 2015 Carolina Music Awards Rock Male Artist of the Year and the youngest member of the Duke University Jazz Ensemble at 15. Damico is honored to have performed two pre-shows, for the late, great B.B. King at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as well as opening for Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson, Slam Allan, Trae Pierce, John Arthur Greene and more. On the acting side, Damico appears in Investigation Discovery’s Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda Settle the Score Episode and numerous other films, TV shows, musical theatre productions, and commercials. A proud member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Soon after graduation, Damico plans to get back in the studio to record his 3rd album, shoot and produce more music videos and work a full-time career in both music and acting. Jason is represented by Innovative Artists (NY), Talent One (NC), and Jazz Entertainment (NC).
It is going to be a night not to be missed by southern rock n blues fans, as AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Duane Haddock to the stage! Come grab yourself some good food and a cold drink at one of the coolest places in Greenville. Music plays from 8:30-11:30 pm. This show is free!
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. This weekend it is Damn Yankees on Friday and this Saturday it is For The Love Of Music Jam with John Williams
Friends and fans of TrainWreck are invited to come out to Market Street Pub this evening. Come out and enjoy a cold beer and country sounds offered by this talented artist. Music starts at 10 pm.
The Beaufort Music Festival is celebrating 31 years of bringing awesome music to the Crystal Coast. This year will feature five acts on Friday evening and an additional ten acts on Saturday. The fun takes place at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort, NC.
Since this festival is all about the music, here is the awesome line up for this year:
Friday Evening Performances:
5 pm – 5:45 pm: Driskill
6 pm – 6:45 pm: Chatham Rabbits
7 pm – 8 pm: The Tan & Sober Gentlemen
8:15 pm – 9:15 pm: Stop Light Observations
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: No BS! Brass
12 pm – 12:45 pm: Qualian
1 pm – 1:45 pm: Strung Together
2 pm – 2:45 pm: Hot Buttered Grits
3 pm – 3:45 pm: Durty Dub’s Tribute to Charley Pride
4 pm – 4:45 pm: Pie Face Girls
Saturday Evening Performances:
5 pm – 6 pm: The Artisanals
6:15 pm – 7 pm: Kamara Thomas
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Lilly Hiatt
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Hiss Golden Messenger
For more information on the event please visit https://beaufortmusicfestival.com/.
There is limited parking on site and shuttle service available.
Calling all shaggers and cloggers, just over the bridge and across the causeway is the 2019 Atlantic Beach Music Festival. This event is celebrating its 6th year of bringing the music, that makes you dance, to the circle in Atlantic Beach.
The fun gets started on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11 am and it continues until 6 pm. For full details and the band line up please visit http://atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/abbmf/
This festival gets underway this coming Wednesday, a free kick-off party. The pre-party for this year’s annual event is hosted by the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. 107 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC.
On the bill for the pre-party celebration will be:
5:00 PM Iron Horse
6:30 PM Intermission
7:15 PM High Fidelity
9:00 PM Scythian
The festival is celebrating its 8th year and here is their story:
Music lovers from all over the world flock to the Outer Banks for this “New” tradition that adds a roster of acclaimed bands with one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year’s event is no exception, with a number of regionally and nationally famous bands set to take the stage.The festival is held at the stunning Roanoke Island Festival Park, which overlooks miles of pristine sound waters. This unique 22 acre island becomes Bluegrass Island each year to host the event. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets and lodging well in advance and despite its off-season timing, this event tends to fill up fast year after year. If your dream vacation involves laying back in your most comfortable beach chair and taking in the best bluegrass acts the country has to offer, then you’ll definitely want to set this long weekend aside for the Outer Banks most popular festival!Make your plans today for Blue Skies…Blue Water & Bluegrass at the 8th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival!
For the rest of the schedule and ticket information, the 2019 and 2020 Festivals visit the website: https://www.bluegrassisland.com
This is a two-day music event that promises amazing live music offered by eight nationally touring bands of various genres. That is what’s on the set-list for Mustang Spring Jam 8, which will be held the weekend of May 18-19 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.
For event information, please visit MustangMusicFestival.com.
Founded in 2011, Bearded Face Productions is a full-service promotion and production company serving the Outer Banks and beyond in concert, festival and event booking, management and consulting.
The festival is a free, one-day music and arts festival in the historic Montford Neighborhood. Saturday, May 18. The 16th annual Montford Music and Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. rain or shine, with continuous musical performances until 7 pm on a centrally located stage.Stroll the art and craft booths including a selection of juried artists and enjoy the eclectic variety of local food trucks and food vendors. There is something to entertain the whole family including the kids! Mark your calendar and plan to attend. More information is available at www.montfordfestival.org. Visit www.montfordfestival.org
According to this unique food festival’s Facebook Page we learn:
Asheville Food Truck Showdown, May 18, 2019, located at the WNC Ag. Center from 12 pm till 7 pm.
This year’s band lineup is epic. We have everything from Bluegrass, Classic Rock, Country and all those songs you love to sing in the shower! One of our bands named Soul Frequency has some members who played together for over 40 years. These guys will make you get out of your chairs to sing and dance to all those Classic Rock Songs. You now have only a few days left and the VIP Tasting Experiences are almost all gone for this year. There will not be any VIP Tasting Experiences for sale the day of the event. Head to www.ashevillefoodtruckshowdown.com.
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present the longest running Blues festival in the Southeast United States!
The 33rd Annual CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL has happened all over the Triad. This year they bring it back to LeBauer Park at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.
In recent years the society has been investing in Barber Park and supporting East Greensboro. But they have also held festivals in Jamestown and Winston-Salem as history tells.
This event is now being scripted in Downtown Greensboro for the second year in a row! NCMZ.LIVE was on hand last year for the final day of the fun festival. That is where I met my sweet blues friend Gary Redd.
It was the first time I met the singer, songwriter, former club owner and soulful stringer known as Appaloosa Redd. He is a positive and vibrant talent from that area whose band closed out last year’s street fair and park festival. The blues-man stays busy around the Greensboro area with Big Ron Hunter and other talented friends.
Taking a look at this years lineup they have a fist full of fine talent on tap:
House of Dues
Clark Stern and The Musical Rewards
For more info and tickets visit the Piedmont Blues Society’s Website: https://carolinabluesfestival.com/artist-lineup
Speaking of the Blues and festivals; next Saturday also offers The Durham Blues & Brews Festival in Durham Central Park. This event gets started at 5 pm and offers amazing music until 10 pm. On the bill for this year’s event is
Born in Durham, Oxente opens the show and brings infectious rhythms of Brazil to the streets of our beloved city.
Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so they play many styles of blues. This band won The Triangle Blues Society, Road To Memphis Blues Challenge and had the opportunity to travel to Memphis to compete in the 2019 IBC in January.
The young and talented star on the rise in the blues world is now 20 years old and conquering souls. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records.
Closing things out this amazing night of great blues music will be the Mississippi Blues Child himself, Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp. This talented player has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B.B. King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.
A festival highlighting all the great things from North Carolina. Enjoy carnival games and rides, live music, food, animal and agricultural displays, antique tractors and more. Most of the festival is free with the following exceptions: $3 admission charge for the Food and Wine Expo; and costs for rides, games and food. Free events include the concerts on the outdoor stage, antique tractors and parades, commercial exhibits in the Graham Building, racing pigs, grandstand shows and more. Expand your Festival visit at the Chatlee Boat Show in the Scott Bldg., the Flea Market or Horse Shows, all on the fairgrounds!
If you are looking for more information about the Got to Be NC Festival, please visit http://gottobencfestival.com/.
This two-day event in downtown Raleigh celebrates the creative talents found around our state and capital city. According to the Facebook event, the line up for music is set. Here are the details:
Visit RaleighArtsFestival.com for full festival details and information.
Join us on May 18 and 19 as Artsplosure celebrates 40 YEARS in Raleigh! Artsplosure 2019 will enliven Fayetteville Street with our juried Art Market featuring the work of over 170 artists, large-scale installations including What’s That by Australian artist Amanda Parer, music on the Main Stage, Kidsplosure, and more!
MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:
12:00 – India Ramey
1:15 – Rissi Palmer
2:45 – Scott Mulvahill
4:15 – Union Duke
6:00 – The Suffers
MAIN STAGE SATURDAY:
11:00 – DZ Carr Band
12:15 – The Old Ceremony
1:45 – The Artisanals
3:15 – The East Pointers
4:45 – Alejandro Escovedo
Amanda Parer’s Fantastic Planet sculpture What’s That
Activities and performances from some of Raleigh’s most talented young folks!
Stay tuned for more details, and visit raleighartsfestival.com for more festival information!
The Cheerwine Festival is back for another great weekend of fun for all ages.
Here is what fun things you can expect at our 3rd annual celebration:
Enjoy a performance from multi-platinum California rockers, Smash Mouth on the Hotwire Communication Stage from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Music from Carolina-based bands Live House (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)and Stella Rising (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and a performance from Nashville-based band, The Southern Gothic (5 to 6 p.m).
Enjoy a variety of street performers including Blazin’ Blues Bob, Lucas Beam, David Myers & Courtney Puckett, Kia Rice, Zoe, and Lisette Rodriguez.
Sample the flavors of the Carolina’s free of charge in our “Taste of the Carolina’s” booth sponsored by Food Lion.
Explore Salisbury by completing a scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes.
Discover Cheerwine’s history at the Rowan Museum. The free Cheerwine exhibit will take fans on a walk through the soft drink’s last 102 years of delighting taste buds.
Play in the F&M Bank Kids’ Zone. Available all day, The Kids’ Zone will feature tons of family-friendly games and activities.
Shop for Cheerwine merchandise at the official Cheerwine tent.
Enjoy food, drinks, and crafts from local vendors.
We can’t wait to see y’all there!
Visit the festival website for more information: http://cheerwinefest.com/
The annual Pink Hill Rose Fest takes place next Saturday, May 18, 2019. There is still time to become a vendor if you are interested, check out http://www.rosefest.org/. This event will feature the music of The British Invaders, offering the classic rock of the bands that made us dance for decades, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and more. Pink Hill Rose Fest kicks off at 11 am and continues until 8 pm.
For anyone that is a fan of jam band, listen up. Little Creek Vineyard & Music Venue hosts this event, as well as many others throughout the year. But this one is special and besides the great line up of music, the stage area will be open with the fire burning all night for players. The festival will also include food and merchandise vendors. Admission is limited to 400. Attendees must be ages 18 and older. For the full line up and all of the details check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2212084618823306/
It is time for the Annual BBQ Cook-off and Festival. This event is in Ayden, NC next week. There will be lots of vendors, cook-off competitions, a car show, a beer garden, rides, and live music. On stage, next Friday night will be the Raleigh based party band Hip Pocket and capping off the event on Saturday evening with fun country grooves will be The Bryan Mayer Band. Show times are 7 pm both nights!
For full details visit http://www.aydenbbq.org
The festival will be held May 17, 18, and 19 in downtown Elizabeth City. This year’s theme is “Eat, Shop, and Play Downtown,” in recognition and celebration of all our downtown businesses and to celebrate the amazing growth and progress happening in downtown. There is a National Potato Peeling Contest, the Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, midway rides and games, the blocks-long Auto and Bike Show, free French fries (while they last), Cornhole Tournament, the CGEA 5K Run, lots of vendors. Interesting as well as traditional festival foods and an amazing lineup of local and nationally-known musicians throughout the three-day event as well. And so much more!
Visit https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/ for more information and click https://www.ncpotatofestival.com/main-stage-schedule for the full line up of entertainment on the main stage.
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