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~ Live Music Options for Friday, March 3, 2017 ~

~ Gettin’ Down, Around Town, New Bern ~

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Local talent and skilled player, James Ford will be dish up the saucy music to accompany dinner this evening at Mama Callie’s Louisiana Seafood Restaurant located on Highway 70 E, just as you come into James City on the right or from Havelock way, it is  passed Bojangles on the left. Tonight they are serving up music and great food from  5:30 -8:30 pm. Bring the family and enjoy the fun of making memories with music.


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Just down the way at BrÜtopia 1201 Highway 70 E., New Bern you can check in with the fun and familiar sounds of Buck Loy who will be on hand to rock you from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy some great new beer and awesome local talent. This show is free and food will be available on site.

Interestingly enough, at least to me; I attended class with both of the above local business owners. We all attended the free entrepreneur academy series offered by Craven County College. That series is a great offering for anyone inspired to run their own operation. I support both establishments and enjoy watching their successes unfold. Please visit Mama Callies and BrUtopia to enjoy their individually unique offerings to this community.


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Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival is hosting Wilson White will be performing live tonight Bear Town Market located at 402 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music for this events starts at 10 pm and this local player will keep you rocking til 1 am. This show is free, but free music is never free, so please tip the players.


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Over on Broad Street you can catch the sounds of Jon Durham live from 7-10 pm at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Get ready for a good blend of an original mix of Americana, Folk and Alt-Country straight from the gut! This show is free, but again feel free to tip any of the players working hard for you tonight.


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It’s round two of Mardi Gras at The City Laundry 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC featuring the sounds of Unknown Tongues, Wild Honey and Madame Z and her Drag Divas. Tickets for the show are $10.00 each and will be available at the door. Here are more details which were found on the Facebook event page:

New Bern’s Premiere Mardi Gras Party!
You don’t want to miss this wild celebration of creativity, eccentricity, good food, neighbors and friends! We’ll have beads and party favors on hand and will be featuring performances by Wild Honey, Unknown Tongues and Madame Z and her Drag Divas! Pull out your Mardi Gras costumes and Join us for a night of partying for the adults! Then bring the whole family and meet us at the parade on Saturday! New Bern’s Ghent neighborhood Mardi Gras Parade happens Saturday the 4th at 2pm on Spencer Avenue.
7 pm thru midnight – Tickets $10.00

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~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~

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Live tonight at Test Pattern located at 701 Trade St., NW. Winston-Salem, NC you can check out the sounds of Clay Howard and the Silver Alerts with special guests GSO and Vel Indica. Doors open at 8 pm and music starts at 9 pm. Admission is free, so come get rocked as we roll into the weekend!


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It’s an amazing  night of fiddles and bows at Muddy Creek Music Hall located at 5455 Bethania Rd,. Winston-Salem, NC . Featuring the sounds and music of John Gorka.

Here are the details:

Cover: $20 General Admission
John Gorka is one of the most highly respected and popular songwriters on the contemporary folk scene. We’ve told his story before of the early years working with and learning from some of the top artists on the folk scene while working at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA in the late ‘70’s and then striking out on his own to quickly become one of the top artists himself. He released his first album in 1987 on the prestigious Red House Records label and since he has released 11 critically acclaimed albums and in 2010 he joined fellow songwriters Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky to record an album under the name Red Horse. Originally from New Jersey, John now lives in Minnesota with his wife and children.


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Brothers Pearl are live tonight at The Deck at River Twist located at 118 E Main St., Jamestown, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and you don’t want to miss this fun night of music!


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Jukebox Revolver will be live tonight at McPherson’s Bar and Grill located at 5710 W Gate St., Greensboro, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and plays til 2 am. They offer all the familiar favorites you love for dancing, so get the weekend party started with these crazy cats!


Image may contain: 1 person, guitarImprovibes are live tonight at Grounds Cafe located on Vintage Point Ln., Wendell, NC. Music to swing to jazz to delight you starts at 6:30 and the notes flow til 9:30 pm. Come enjoy some great coffee and cool jazz tonight!


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For those around Chapel Hill area you can Swing The Night Away at Kenan Music Building in the Rehearsal Hall located at S. Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC. This swing dance lesson event kicks off at 8 pm and keeps you moving til 10:30 pm. Grab your partner and have some fun tonight. Tickets for this fun night of dance are $7.00 at the door.


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For anyone in need of a great guitar fix, be sure to check out Steve Earle tonight at Carolina Performing Arts located at 114 E Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC. Tickets for this show range in price but here is a link you can check out:

I have been a fan of this player since covering the blues circuit in the mid 90’s. He gives up an amazing guitar show for auiences that enjoy Americana based music stylings. Here is what else I learned about him on the Facebook event page:

Multiple Grammy-winning renegade Steve Earle, one of the great American singer-songwriters, effortlessly blends folk, rock and country in superbly crafted songs that meander between personal confession, outspoken political comment and keen character studies. With a career born in late ’70s Nashville, he changed the course of country music and gained a cult following intoxicated by his restless energy and rabble-rousing creative bent. His 2015 Texas blues album Terraplane is an homage to the likes of Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, ZZ Top and Freddy King. Steve Earle has also appeared as
an actor on the HBO series The Wire and Treme.


Image may contain: 2 people, people playing musical instruments and guitarThe Fustics will be rocking tonight at Double Barley Brewing located at 3174 Highway 70 W., Smithfield, NC. They get the music started at 7 pm and they keep the grooves flowing til 10 pm.


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Marshall Tucker will be live at Ritz Raleigh this evening. Scooter Brown Band will be opening things up. Doors open at 7 pm and the music starts at 8 pm. Tickets are about $35 with taxes and fees. This is an all ages show and The Ritz is a general admission, standing room only venue and it is located at 2820 Industrial Dr., Raleigh, NC.


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Clayton Beverage Taproom & Bottle Shop located at 11679 US 70 Business Hwy W, Clayton, NC offers the music of Proton Jones live from 7:30 -10:30 pm. He will be on hand to offer the rock you crave while the serves serve up the freshest beer on tap!


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Michael’s Showside Grill offers the sounds of Mark & John Bunn live from 8-11 pm in the lounge. They are located at 102 N Pine St., Spring Hope, NC. You are encouraged to come early and enjoy a great meal and stay late to burn calories as you dance the night away to songs you love.


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Goldsboro Brew Works offers the sounds of Nathan Kornegay live this evening from 8-11 pm. This show is free and the music will go great with the freshest beer on tap in the area. Come check out this new place and this Raleigh based singer/songwriter who will be entertaining you tonight!


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Pulling into Kinston tonight it is TrainWreck live at The Red Room. This fun party band gives up all the fun and funk you can stand starting tonight at 10 pm. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door and the music plays til 2 am. Come out and dance to the great grooves of this Greenville, NC based outfit.


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For the folks on the hunt for dinner and a show, come check out Bill Powell live tonight at The Mad Boar Restaurant located at 111 River Village Pl., Wallace, NC. Dinner is served all night long and the music is dished out from 8-11 pm.


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Russ Varnell and Too Country return to Fountain General Store for a concert of classic honky tonk country music Friday night.

Varnell, from the Wilson County community of Black Creek, has released three CDs, including the double live set from 2015.

He and his band were featured at last year’s NC State Fair in Raleigh and have made numerous appearances at some of the best country music venues in Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee.

“Russ always has an excellent band with him,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “And he’s got a terrific collection of classic country suits. He seems to come back with a new one every time he goes to Nashville.”

Among his embroidered and studded outfits are suits and jackets previously worn by Buck Owens, Mel Tillis, Porter Wagoner, and Bill Anderson. He also sports a jacket made especially for him by the renowned designer-to-the-stars Manuel.

Joining Varnell in his Too Country band are Ricky Hagan on steel guitar, Roger Gilmore on drums, Dave Evans on bass, and Wesley Dew on guitar.

Russ Varnell and Too Country’s March 3 concert begins at 7:30. General admission is $8.50; reserved seats, $11.

After Friday, Fountain General Store’s next show will feature Cumberland County Line performing original and traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel on Saturday, March 18.

Fountain General Store is located in historic downtown Fountain, at the intersection of US 258 and NC 222. Its family atmosphere is alcohol- and smoke-free.

For more information, visit or call 252-749-3228.

$8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included


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There is an open mic event taking place this evening at Cindirene’s located at 559 3 St Ayden, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and lasts til 11 pm or later. All are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.


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Gang og Theives make their stop in Washington tonight where they will perform along with Psylo Joe at The Turnage Theater; 150 West Main St., Washington, NC; doors open at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm.

Gang of Thieves will make you believe in Rock n’ Roll again.

High energy and an unforgettable live performance is the hallmark of these Vermont funk rockers, who fuse a new breed of rock and roll with a vibrant instrumentation to create a powerful sound palatable to audiences of all ages. The key to the Gang’’s universal appeal is their infectious sense of fun and showmanship, delivered with a message that inspires and encourages positivity. Featuring an electric violin and one man horn section, the Gang blends a variety of genres into catchy tunes anyone can sing or dance along to.

The band’s new record, titled “Born to Be Loud” was released in September 2016 and immediately charted on Relix/’s top 30, recently moving all the way up to #4. The album received a rave review from Vermont’s premiere publication Seven Days. The Gang also released a super hero themed music video for their song ‘Work Together’ exclusively through Relix Magazine.

Currently on the road for their “Work Together Tour”, the Gang will visit 40 cities across the nation, as far south as Florida and as far west as Colorado. Along the way, they are volunteering their time at local food shelters, animal hospitals, and community oriented projects, with a goal of making a positive impact on the neighborhoods they visit.

“Infectious grooves…These hard working, Burlington-based musicians entranced the audience with their high-energy onslaught of funk/rock tunes…an amazing show” – Cider Mag

“a funky flair to a driving rock sound” – Relix

“(Born to be Loud) is a funk-and-roll b*tch-slap” – Seven Days

“Rush meets Blood Sweat & Tears…..Gang of Thieves put on quite a show” – AXS

Psylo Joe
Coming from Greenville,NC the psychedelic textures of Psylo Joe began back in Spring of 2014. Meeting at a local music venue called Peasant’s Pub during open mic sessions, the band formed a relationship and started playing music together. Bryan and Matt formed the idea back in college playing with friends and had a barn that was called the “Silo” in the backyard of Bryan’s college house where they held many parties. The first part of the name “Psylo” comes from the barn they started in, but spell it with a “P-s-y” to relate to the Psyches of the mind (Music moves our mind). “Joe” resembles that each person is just like you and I, average Joe’s.

Psylo Joe is an improvisational band who explores divergent areas of music such as funk, rock, acid jazz, blues, and traditional. The band consists of Bryan (guitar, vox), Matt (Bass) George (guitar, vox), Hunter (saxophone), and Tom (drums). The band has taken their artistry all across North Carolina, and have developed a loyal and congenial following. Psylo Joe provides an elevation of the mind and soul, and is surely one of the most welcoming bands around
– Charlie (“Mr. Charlie”) Powers

All Ages

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~ Cruising Along The Coast ~


Justin Castellano will be giving up the grooves for the folks dining at Clawson’s located at 425 Front St, Beaufort, NC. He gets the music started at 6 pm and he plays til 9 pm. You are encouraged to come enjoy the fine food as well as the skilled talents of this fine player.



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Barry Charleton will be live at Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He offers the amazng music from 8-11 pm. This show is free but come early for the wine tasting and great seat and enjoy so appetizers and drinks.


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Delbert McClinton is scheduled to perform this evening at the Carteret Community Theater located at 1311 Arendell Ave., Morehead City, NC. Doors for this show open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm and here is what I found on the event page:

Tickets on sale NOW! Delbert McClinton is an American blues rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist.

Active as a side-man since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major record labels; albums, and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking single was “Tell Me About It”, a 1992 duet withTanya Tucker; which reached No. 4 on the Country chart. He has also had four albums that made it to No. 1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another that reached No. 2.

He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame,[3] in March 2011

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Looking along the outer banks region I found that Bill Beard and the Dome Topps are live tonight at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar  located at 2000 Sailfish Dr., Manteo, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and rocks til 10 pm.


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Leaving things along the southern shores we find one of my favorite singer song writers live tonight at Jerry Allens 38 N Lumina Dr., Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Hank Barbee will be live from 10 pm til 2 am offering up the good from his new disc that will be featured here next week.

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That is what I found for music options for your dancing pleasure for this evening. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish. I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Thanks for keeping me informed!

Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance.


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