NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Live Music Source ~ A Regional Rundown for Saturday; August 20, 2016

Live Music Options for Saturday, August, 20 ~ 

Around the Region:


Starting out in the western part of the state in a bunch of small towns I have not yet  visited, I have some fun for all you rockers!

We find Thunderstruck sandwiched on the bill at Hawg In The Holler Music Festival. This charitable event is taking place at Vino Oasi, located at 3200 Bliss Trail, Stem, NC. Doors open at 11 am and the event is all day with the areas best AC /DC Tribute Act this side of the Mississippi appearing the the middle of the day.

At press time the schedule shaped up like this for the day’s events: McCuller’s Crossroad 12 pm; Thunderstruck, 1:30 pm; The Restless 3:15 pm; and closing out this Second Annual Community Benefit will be Tim Cifers, 5:30-6:45 pm.

As mentioned this is Charity Event  and the Second Annual Festival’s beneficiary is the Granville Education Foundation. Come out and rock for education!


There is another all day music festival going down featuring one of the funnest styles of rock on the block…The Rockabilly Resurrection featuring a car show and lots of live music  is FREE to attend!

Live ROCKABILLY bands playing thoughout the day/evening
10:00am VENDOR set-up
12:00pm CAR SHOW and VENDORS
1:00pm Throttle Kings BAND
2:00pm Instructors Denise Bach and Tom Bach from Charlotte Swing Dance DANCE LESSONS
3:00pm Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics BAND
4:00pm #MysteryHillbillies (Michelle Belanger music) BAND
5:00pm PIN-UP Pageant
5:30pm Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes BAND
6:30pm Car Show AWARDS
7:00pm The Belmont Playboys BAND
8:00pm The Tremors BAND
9:00pm Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics BAND

Vintage CAR SHOW Oddballz CAR CLUB, Junk Yard Saints Car Club,#TheMessengersCCFellowship, Hooligans Car Club NC (more tba).

Retro VENDORS Retro Lucy’s Boutique, Essentially Good Inside and Out,#OwlsCROSSING, Art by Hightower, #SteveHuneycuttAntiquesAndCollectables, VintageGypsy Lillyjacks Thrift & Antiques Beauty Bone Custom Skulls

PIN-UP Contest. ♥ KEEP IT CLASSY ♥ No bikinis, short shorts, or lingerie.#Rockabetty

#LowBrow Art Show #ChistopherLee #BrianKRaynor #CraigMorrow#MelissaWineman #BeautyBoneCustomSkulls

Great FOOD and Cold BEER from McCabes Smokehouse.

FREE to attend – DONATIONS accepted for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Salisbury NC.


There is a live Acoustic Jam taking place at The Wet Whistle Company, located at 101 Bonnie Pl., Suite E, Archdale, NC. On hand for the event will be Baconessence Food Truck will be here for the first time and we couldn’t be more excited! Come by between 2 – 5 and listen to some acoustic jam and enjoy some BACON!


The biggest MC Anniversary Party going down in the east today has already opened the gates at 9 am for this all day fun event.  Tuckahoe MC celebrates their  28th Anniversary with a huge party featuring live music by  Solid Ground at 3 and Rebel Sons rocking you into the night. Admission is $15.00 at the gate.Lots of prizes and games and fun all day long. A steak dinner and a chance to win $5,000.  Nothing beats a biker’s bash so head on down Highway 24 and look for the signs when you hit Purgutory, NC! Or Call BamBam, Phatbak or Grinch at the numbers on the very bottom of the flyer above!


Live at Grove Winery & Vineyards located at 7360 Brooks Bridge Rd., Gibsonville, NC you can catch Lawyers, Guns & Money live from 6-10 pm. Here is what I found on the Facebook event page:

Greensboro’s Lawyers Guns & Money return to the Grove Winery & Vineyards lake stage on Saturday 8/20/2016. Doors open at 6 pm and the music will kick-off around 7 pm.

By order of the NC-ALE no alcohol purchased off-premises can be consumed on site. Grove wines, craft beer and food from the Urban street grill food truck will be available. Admission only $10 (including tax & fees) at the door.


Stained Glass Canoe will be live tonight from 8-11 pm at The Green Heron Ale House located at 1110 Flinchum Rd., Danbury, NC. And here is what I learned about the band:

Stained Glass Canoe is from nearby Madison, NC and is known for strong lead vocals, vocal harmonies, and tight instrumentation. Their diverse repertoire features music and influences from multiple genres (Americana, rock, blues, funk, reggae & more) and eras (50’s to present). SGC performs in multiple configurations duo (acoustic guitar and vocals), three piece (acoustic guitar, bass and vocals), four piece (drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars and vocals) or five piece (drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and vocals). Their first studio CD “Dig In” is being released this year (2015).


Hard rockers Sok Monkee have a gig tonight at After Hours Tavern, located at 1614 North Main St., High Point, NC. Music starts at 9:30 pm with Shun The Raven kicking things off with a set of their brand of heavy rock. Then get ready rock with the Soc!


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For those looking to cure their blues fix, you can head out to the Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washington St.,, Durham, NC where you can catch Handsome Al & The Lookers featuring Emma Davis. The show starts at 8 m and there is an $8.00 cover. Come early and enjoy a great dinner before the show.

Each member of Handsome Al and the Lookers has been making music for lots of years. Dave and Alan most recently with the “Chicken Fried Blues Band,” Emma with “Big Mama E and the Cool,” Richard not so recently with “Nantucket” and “BJ Thomas,” Steve with Al and Dave in “Marie LeBleu & the Comitz.” Boils down to this: the guys can play and the girl can sing. Have a listen … it’s all in the music.

Emma Davis – vocals
Alan Heckle – guitar, vocals
Dave Youngman – keyboard, sax, guitar, vocals
Steve Boletchek – bass
Richard Gates – drums


There is a triple bill of hard rock lined up for tonight at the Maywood located at 658 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC, Tonight they bring you Hayvyn, sleaze rockers that recently were recently nominated for Rock Band of the Year, Last Call Messiahs, and Prohets of Addiction rocking the room from 9 til midnight. Here is what was listed under the details on the Facebook events age:


Saturday night Sunset Strip party at the new & improved Maywood!

Lovers of metal, mascara and musical mayhem, The Prophets of Addiction are so authentic and such masters at what they do that it’s like some mad scientist extracted the pure essence from their genre – Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, The Ramones, Hanoi Rocks, LA Guns, Lords of the New Church and all the best glam/punk bands – and gave rise to The Prophets of Addiction.

“It’ll have all the glam bangers jumping for joy with plenty of big choruses and the sleazy drawl of Lesli Sanders; this is possibly the best album of its genre for many a moon – if only Guns N’ Roses still made records like this the world would be a better place. It’s unashamedly down ‘n’ dirty and combines glammed up glimpses of the Ramones with some super sleazy riffage like the LA Guns used to peddle.” –

Last Call Messiahs – all original American hard rock band with plenty of sleazy swagger and bourbon soaked adrenaline to have you banging on the dashboard and screaming along!

Hayvyn – Raleigh’s own good time glam rockers!***


Tonight at Tony’s Oyster Bar located at 107 Edinburgh Dr.,  Suite 129, Cary, NC,  you can dance all night to the sounds of  Stone Age Romeo’s on stage from 10:30 pm til 1:30 am.


Southbound 85, a rocking country outfit out of Raleigh, NC  will be truck east on highway 70 as they roll into Kinston and bring their brand of country and familiar southern rock grooves to the crowd on hand at The Red Room located at 225 Heritage St, Kinston, NC. They take to rocking the room from 10 m til 2 am!


Live at The Tarheel Opry House you can catch a repeat performance of Closing Tyme. This rocking country outfit will take to the stage at 10 and rock you til the midnight hour. You can find this venue by mapping out 147 Blue Creek School Road, Jacksonville, NC.


Bill Lyerly Band  will be to the North of New Bern at JW’s VIP Club, located on Highway 17 in Chocwinity, NC. Show time is 9:30 -1:30 and this band will make you dance and groove all night long to their rocking set of classic rock, familiar country and gripping originals. Check em out tonight!


The last regional show that also brings us to the coast, we find Barefoot Wade stretching out his fan base from the Crystal Coast region and bring his grooves to the good folks in Oriental, He will be live tonight at Oriental MArina & Inn & Touscan Grill located at 103 Wall St, Oriental, NC. He will be rocking the crowd with all the familiar favorites from 7-10 pm tonight. Come on out and dance under the stars with you date!

Along the Coast:

It is sunset Saturday along the Crystal Coast with Scearce  & Ketner  live at Bake, Bottle & Brew,  located at  147 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. Come on out and groove with theses guys from 6:30-9:30  pm.


8 Track will be performing live at The Trading Post: Southern Food & Spirits located at 8302 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC. They will be rocking the room with their familiar sounds from 6:30 – 9:30 pm .


Having a look around Morehead City I found a few shows you might be interested in checking out. First up at Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar you can enjoy the soulful grooves of New Bern’s own Backseat Romeo, Ed Prohet. He will be on hand to entertain the dinner crowd from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.


Live on the patio at Floyds 1921 Restaurant located at 400 Bridges St. Morehead City, NC, you can enjoy the sounds of the acoustic duo 4EverAll live from 7-10 pm.


Trophy Husbands are live in the park tonight. They will be performing at Jaycee Park located at 807 Shepard St., Morehead City, NC. Show time is 5-8:30 pm. Bring your chair but leave the coolers at home. Beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Hope to see you there to rock with these boys out of Raleigh, NC.


Just over the bridge at The Cru Bar & Wine Store located at 120 Turner St, Beaufort, NC you can catch another New Bern Native, John Van Dyke with his Blue Moon ensemble performing Jazz Traditions and standards from 8:30 – 11:30 pm

Around New Bern:

James Ford will be appearing live at BruTopia located at 1201 US Highway 70, New Bern, NC. He will be jamming his many varieties of songs from funk to pop and hip hop to rock, this player knows all the great grooves. Check him out from 6-9 pm. Once he packs up his gear over there you can follow him over to Mesh Sports Lounge, located at 2500 Trent Rd., New Bern, NC. where he will do it again from 10:30 pm – 1:30 am.


It’s an all ages show tonight at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Music by The Dick Richards and Underground District. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the door.

 Underground District is a three piece rock band from Greenville, NC. They play catchy street rock that sounds similar to Social Distortion and early Green Day.

The Dick Richards is an original rock trio from New Bern. Jake Ross, Parker Millar and Justin Tinkler are a group of multi instrumentalists who play loud and quiet music for everyone from the hard of hearing, to the not so hard of hearing.

“We play music, so you don’t have to.”


Live tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC; it is the much anticipated reggae  grooves of the Carteret County act Monjah. This young four piece band out from the Crystal Coast is making their debut appearance tonight. Be on hand to get lost in their tropical grooves.

Well that is a wrap on all of the live music events that I found around North Carolina. I sure hope one is close to where you are located and you can get out and dance tonight. I will be back in the morning with a look at your options for Sunday.

Please remember to be kind to wait staff and bar tenders alike. They show up at work so to ensure you can have a good time. Even when things don’t turn out perfect, it is perfectly okay to tip the server just the same. They work hard to make you smile so please do something nice to make them smile too. And speaking of tips, please share some love with the music makers that make us dance. FREE music is never FREE so please donate generously.

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