NCMZ.LIVE~ NC’s Best Live Music Source ~ A Regional Rundown for Thursday, August 25, 2016

The boys are back. That means you can look for Steel Shot tonight live on the deck tonight at Persimmons Restaurant from 5:30-8 pm. Fresh in from their tour of  mid-west the duo will be rocking the dinner crowd on the deck. Persimmons is located at 100 Pollock St., New Bern, NC


They host an open mic night at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC; each and every Thursday. Sign up starts about 7 and they play until all of the player have played. Things usually wraps up between 10-11 pm. Lots of great talent found in the place. Come on down and show your support.



John Van Dyke host a weekly jazz jam at Christoff’s on the Water located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton located on South Front St., New Bern, NC. He gets the party started at 7 and plays until 10 pm. Van Dyke is always joined by an array of talented players and makes for a wonderful choice of live music and dinner in town.

Around the Region:

For fans of folk music living in the northwestern region of the state there is a how taking place tonight in Winston-Salem, NC that might interest you. Here is what I learned about this event from their Facebook Page:

Gillian Welch first appeared on the folk scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft, evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with rural Appalachia of the early 20th century. Her 1996 debut, Revival, and the 2001 release Time (The Revelator), received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Her 2003 album, Soul Journey, introduced electric guitar, drums and a more upbeat sound to her body of work. After a gap of eight years, she released her fifth studio album, The Harrow & The Harvest, in 2011, which was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Directions and General Information

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

This concert is on the front lawn of SECCA. Blankets and lawn chairs are allowed. No pets. No outside beverages or food (no coolers). SECCA is a gun-free zone. Children under 5 are welcome and will receive free admission.

Gate opens at 6pm. Purchase a beer from Foothills Brewing, grab a bite from one of the food trucks or vendors, and play games provided by our long-time sponsor Great Outdoor Provision Company. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings performance starts at 8 p.m. Performance is rain or shine.
Parking Information

On site parking in the SECCA lot is available for purchase prior to the event only. All other parking is off site and is free. Shuttles from parking areas will be provided. Designated Uber and cab drop off will be on site.


For fans of roots music in around the Raleigh area, you can head down to City Plaza after work this afternoon to check in with Christiane & The Strays and Special Guest; Fireside Collective. Music gets started at 5 and goes until 10 pm. There are food trucks and local brewers will be on site. Come on out and let the good times roll! Here are the facts you need to know:

Pickin’ In The Plaza is back for with another FREE concert at Raleigh City Plaza (400 Block Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC) on THURSDAY AUGUST 25TH – featuring Christiane & The Strays with special guest Fireside Collective.

Come downtown for a relaxed environment with roots music and enjoy local food options, wine, and beer. PineCone – Piedmont Council of Traditional Music partners with Deep South Entertainment to present these free concerts in Raleigh’s City Plaza. The events will run from 5-10 p.m. Food trucks and local brewers will be on-site, and if you’re still up for more fun after the show, head over to Deep South Bar for the official after-party!

Pickin’ in The Plaza is 100% sponsor driven and does not utilize any taxpayer money. Please support the sponsors who support the arts and the growth of downtown Raleigh.


They feature live music each Thursday evening at the Brown Derby Pub located at 1940 Wilmington Hwy., Jacksonville, NC. They host bike night each week through the riding season and offer complimentary food. Seems like a great night for a ride. Grab that motor scooter and girl and go dancing!


Bill Lyerly will be performing with special guest Monika Jaymes for a show being brought to us by The Nash County Arts Council located at 100 E Washington St., Nashville, NC. Here are the details they posted on the events page that you might care to know:

$13 Advance Tickets/$15 Door. Nash Arts membership discounts applied according to level of membership. To purchase general admission tickets online, visit

American roots rock rebel Bill Lyerly has a fascination with Europe that follows the tradition of two famous bluesmen with whom he has performed. Both John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley found a great echo in the Old World for their music, a scenario which has also led Lyerly to establish himself in the Basque Country. This veteran guitarist, singer/ songwriter and keyboard artist has had a magnificent response from the public who flock to his live performances. Like those shows, Lyerly’s  records showcase his own unique vision of American roots music. 

Lyerly began his musical career at age eleven after first hearing the blues/rock influenced music of the British Invasion. He played with bands throughout middle school, high school and college and in 1975 co-founded Super Grit Cowboy Band, called ¨the South´s hottest honky tonkers¨ by the The Village Voice.

In 1980 Lyerly signed with RCA Nashville and began writing and recording albums and CDs, which include: Prodigal Son, Higher Ground,From The Old School, Railroad Station Blues, Cobalt Blues, Motel Room Blues, Requiem Mess, The Twang Years and Too Hurt To Cry.

From 1999-2000 Lyerly was nominated for five CAMMYs, an East Coast rhythm and blues award, and won Best New Artist in 2000. Other greats Lyerly has performed with include: REM, Paul Rodgers, Gregg Allman, Eric Burdon, Levon Helm, John Mayall and many more.



For fans of the blues, you can check in with The Seven Deadly Bibs live tonight at The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. There is no charge for this show featuring special guest Dear June. Here is what I learned by visiting the Blue Note’s website:

The Seven Deadly Bibs are a Durham-based vocal group started on a lark in 2006. Since then they’ve gotten better. And a teensy-bit more serious about themselves. And they are excited to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a night of great music performed with just their voices (and the occasional kazoo). Come on out and party with us!


Joining the Bibs for the evening is Dear June, a rock and roll band hailing from Boston!

Founded as a duo with folk roots, the band has transformed into a 5-piece with a distinctly eclectic, Americana sound. Their blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics produces a well-rounded and soulful sound. Dear June pulls influences from a range of acts, from Tedeschi Trucks to Brazilian funk, showcasing the carious talents and interests of each band member.

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Along the Coast:

The Webb Brothers will be jamming dockside on the deck at The Dock House Restaurant located at 510 Front St, Beaufort, NC. They will get things started about 7 and jam until 10 or so. Come on out and enjoy good food, great grooves and a nice view.


The final show I have to tell you about this evening is 4EverAll who has a gig at Carolina Home & Garden located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. Head out and take in the scene, the sounds,the tastes and the experience of this wonderful night. Live music will make the night complete from 6:30 til 9:30 pm.

The final event that I want to give everyone the heads up on is taking place this Saturday evening in Fairfield Harbour Community Center. Fans of bluegrass can enjoy a fun night of bluegrass and barbecue this coming Saturday. This event is being presented by The Harbour Night Club. Dinner is a 6 PM and music will follow; featuring the music of The Harbour Sounds. The cost is $20 per person and you are welcome to BYOB and a glass.

If this sounds like something that interests you you can reserve your seat today by calling Charlie Rist at 252-633-4454 today.


Well kids that is the scoop on where you can get down and get groovy tonight. I will return in the morning with your options for Friday! Enjoy your Thursday.

If you are a band or a venue supporting live music please send me your schedule. Email me your itinerary and I will tell the people. My email is:


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