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Live Music Options for Thursday February 2, 2017

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Crusin’ Along The Coast

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Classically trained guitarist Justin Castellano has a show this evening at Saltwater Grill, located at 99 Church St, Swansboro, NC. He will provide the music accompaniment with dinner tonight from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.



Hank Barbee is on the musical menu for folks at Carolina Home & Garden, located at 4778 Highway 24, Newport, NC. He will start dishing out the tunes at 6 pm. There is a $5.00 cover for this show.


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Justin Dukes and Daniel E Johnson are both known around the Nashville scene and will be stopping tonight at Burnt Mill Creek, located at 2101 Market St., Wilmington, NC. They will be jamming in honor of the ground-hog and your invited to be a witness. The music starts at 7 pm and they wrap up about 10 pm.


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Today marks the start of the NC Jazz Festival. This event will conclude on Saturday, February 4th. For a full look at the events ahead please visit this site. They have it all nicely laid out on the informative website. Here is the link:


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It’s a winter warm up in Wilmington tonight, with the warm island sounds of Monjah and special guest JAHlistic. They will be jamming tonight from 10 pm til 2 am at The Whiskey, located at 1 S Front St., Wilmington, NC


~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~


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We are going to start things off out west and work our way home tonight! Looking around Asheville, I found several fun attractions, the first is taking place at the Altamont Theatre and here are all of the details for the FB event page:

WHERE: The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St, Asheville
WHEN: Thursday February 2, 2017
DOORS: 7pm | SHOW: 8pm
GENRE: indie-folk/pop
AGES: all ages
SEATS: seated general admission
TICKETS: $15 adv. / $18 d.o.s. / $25 VIP (guaranteed seat in 1st 3 rows!)

Peter Bradley Adams:


“Adams is fast developing as a songwriter who both inspires and questions”
– Nic Harcourt / Los Angeles Times Magazine – Jan 2010

“…one of the 21st-century writers whose songs are worth exploring.”
– Wall Street Journal – 2009

“…one of the most consistently eloquent and pleasing singer / songwriters on the scene. Indeed, his brand of musical melancholy is so specific and evocative that, sometimes, listening through his catalog is the only way to survive a moment or a day.”
– No Depression – 2014

“…Adams fuses intimate, emotionally powerful lyrics with graceful, low-key roots-based indie folk on his fifth solo effort, The Mighty Storm … both soothing and challenging”
– All Music Guide – 2014

“…an organic record, executed with precision and feeling… possessed of a coherent musical vision and emotional resonance that stands above the crowd. T Bone Burnett would be likely to give this one a nod.”
– Minor 7th – 2014

“…The Mighty Storm, his fifth album, recorded in Nashville, is a wondrous, poetic collection of enchanting songs”
– Entertainment Realm Blog – 2014

Molly Parden:


Georgia may lay claim to Molly Parden, but her music carries us somewhere farther away – and closer to ourselves. Her 2011 release, “Time Is Medicine”, reveals beautifully crafted melodies and angelic refrains, enough to ensure the admiration of her Nashville peers and collaborators. Performing alongside her fellow crooners and fans, Matthew Perryman Jones, Sam Outlaw, Erin Rae, Caleb Groh and Peter Bradley Adams. Her songwriting illuminates the intimacy and honesty of an artist who is beginning to define her stars and follow them even further than the reins of the Cumberland Plateau.


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Also in town tonight at The Mothlight, located at 701 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, NC, you are in for a treat with the sounds of Lonnie Holley. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. Tickets are $14 and here is more about the talented Holley.

Lonnie Holley’s live shows are of THE most uplifting experiences you can be a part of… don’t miss this one!

We usually don’t post long bios here, but this is a special case…

Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes. His early life was chaotic and Holley was never afforded the pleasure of a real childhood.

Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley’s sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African-American sculpture. Objects already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. In January of 2014, Holley completed a one-month artist-in-residence with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida, site of the acclaimed artist’s studio.

Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley’s original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley’s music likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.

Holley’s music caught the attention of Matt Arnett, whose father has been collecting Holley’s art since the 1980s. In 2006, Matt organized the first professional recordings of Holley’s music. In 2010, Arnett set up a performance by Holley at his home. One of the people in attendance was Lance Ledbetter, founder and owner of the record label Dust-to-Digital. Deeply moved by Holley’s keyboard playing and singing, Ledbetter signed Holley to his record label. Soon after, Holley found himself in the studio again, and in 2010 and 2011, a number of studio sessions ensued. The result was the album Just Before Music. More recordings are continuing to be made to celebrate and to document one of America’s most compelling musicians. In early 2014, Holley recorded again with Richard Swift, acclaimed musician and producer at his studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

In addition to the studio sessions, Holley began touring as a musician. In August and September of 2013, Holley toured the West Coast with Deerhunter. That tour was followed by a tour of the East Coast with Bill Callahan, and in November and December of 2013, Holley had his first tour through Western Europe (Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, and France). Holley has been joined on stage or in the studio by a variety of musicians, including members of Deerhunter, Black Lips, The War on Drugs, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Julia Holter, Megafaun, as well as Ben Sollee, Steve Gunn, Jenny Hval, Marshall Ruffin, Daniel Lanois, Laraaji, Brian Blade, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Bill Callahan, Dave Eggar, Kelly Pratt (Beirut/Arcade Fire/The Antlers), Sam Amidon, Aaron Embry (Elliot Smith/Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and others. In 2013, Holley’s first records were named to a number of Top Records of the Year lists, including The Washington Post (#4) and The Chicago Sun Times (#2).

In 2014, Holley continued to tour, completing another tour of Europe (Belgium, Norway, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and France) and a USA/Canada tour with Daniel Lanois. Also in 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that they had acquired three sculptures by the acclaimed artist and musician, through the generosity of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.
Holley played a number of shows in 2015, touring Europe again to audiences in England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. That tour kicked off with a show at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival. In addition to his European tour, Holley played shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Hammer Museum in LA, The American Folk Art Museum, St. James Hall in Vancouver, The Charleston Music Hall, among many others, but the majority of the year was not spent performing live. In 2015 Holley recorded music for the film Five Nights in Maine, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and saw theatrical release in the summer of 2016. An exhibition of his visual art opened in the summer of 2015, titled Something To Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley, at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, accompanied by a monograph of the same name. In the winter of 2015/16, Supported By the Power: Lonnie Holley, an exhibition of Holley’s sculptures opened at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center.

Lonnie Holley continues to make art, record music, and tour occasionally, either alone or with collaborators. The songs and the shows are never the same, as Holley never performs the same song twice. In the summer of 2016, he embarked on a tour throughout the Southeastern United States, this time with a full band of frequent collaborators that included Ben Sollee, Stevie Nistor, Kelly Pratt, and Marshall Ruffin.

In late September, 2016, Holley’s music was sampled on the acclaimed third album (22, A Million) from Bon Iver. That same month, Holley was a featured visual artist at AfroPunk/Atlanta, where his found object sculptures were on display.

In November of 2016, Holley embarked on his fourth European tour, playing a number of festivals and music venues, culminating in a sold-out, two-night residency at the acclaimed Café Oto in London. He returned to the States in time for the premiere of the short documentary about Holley, The Man is the Music, at Doc NYC in New York.

Holley closes out 2016 with his final show of the year at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, sharing the stage with Bon Iver.

2017 promises to be a busy year for the artist. In January, an exhibition of his art will be shown at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. In May, an exhibition entitled Thumbs Up for the Mothership (a two-artist show with Dawn DeDeaux) will premiere at MASS MoCA. In the summer he will be collaborating with Lee “Scratch” Perry on a project that will include visual art and performance. This summer, the exhibition of his art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His next album will also be released in 2017.


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Alien Music Club have a show tonight at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, located at 42 Biltmore St, Asheville, NC. Music starts at 9:00 pm and they play til 11:30 pm. Here is more on the band, their influences and where you can learn more.

Alien Music Club is essentially an ongoing studio project conceived and produced by Jonathan Pearlman (JP) of Asheville, NC.

JP grew up hearing light jazz and pop music. His first musical icons were Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin. He was performing for audiences at age seven. He began playing guitar at age nine. JP’s influences are far-reaching, absorbing Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, Clapton, and Motown, during the 60’s. Jazz-fusion bands of the early 70’s were also influential, like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Frank Zappa. These became JP’s earliest jazz-rock influences. Other influences include Tom waits, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Donald Fagan, Ian Hunter, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Paul Simon, Todd Rungren and Joe Walsh.
JP was continually writing, singing and playing in bands throughout his college years. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcasting in 1978. Fast forward the next 20 years or so, and he had become a successful videographer and producer, all the while pursuing his music. During the 1990’s, JP adopted the pseudonym “Alien Music Club”. The idea of a club came from the desire to incorporate the talents of other musicians and friends in the creative process. The “Alien” concept comes from the wildly eclectic nature of JP’s music, which defies categorization. “It’s really a musical melting pot,” says JP.

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Jay Brown will be teaming up with Joe McMurrian, together the duo will deliver their blues to the lucky folks out and about at Isis Music Hall, located at 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC. Doors open at 5 pm for dinner and music starts at 6 pm and they play til 8 pm. Come join them for some supper!


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Over at The Garage, located at 110 W 7th St., Winston-Salem, NC, there is a triple dose of metal being dished out to fans tonight. Mortimer, Lords of Mace and Royal Thunder will be showcasing their sounds from 9 pm til 2 am. Tickets are $12 at the door and here is what I found on the Facebook event page about the bands:

ROYAL THUNDER – ROYAL THUNDER are a four-piece rock band based out of Atlanta, Georgia that seamlessly blend the elements of heavy classic rock, 90’s grunge, and forward-thinking progressive rock. Propelled by the powerfully emotional voice of frontwoman Mlny Parsonz, the guitar heroics of Josh Weaver, and the dynamic drums of Evan Diprima, ROYAL THUNDER have been described by NPR as “a revved-up Southern hard-rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn” and as “magnificently compelling rock music” by Decibel Magazine. Formed in 2004 by Weaver, his brother, and his best friend, the band went through several lineup changes over the years before settling on their current lineup, which also incorporated second guitarist Will Fiore as of 2015.

Instagram @royalthunder
Twitter @RoyalThunderAtl

Lords of Mace – Southern Doom Metal from Winston-Salem. You know’em.

Mortimer is a heavy, melodic post metal band from Winston-Salem featuring members of Uzzard and Echo Crush.


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Moving over to Winston-Salem, the fist thing I found was an open mic being hosted by Country Dan Collins, happening tonight at The Muddy Creek Tavern. All musicians are welcome. This is an acoustic, plug-in and play gig. No drums. Come early to secure a slot. Sign up sheet is on the counter. MCT is located at 5455 Bethania Rd. Winston-Salem, NC.


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There is a book signing and music show with several acts being showcased at Somewhere Else Tavern. Located at 5713 Friendly Rd., Greensboro, NC. Here are more details for the event page:

Jonathan Brown holds a BA in Communication from the College of Charleston, an MA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California, and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. In 2013, he earned the John Woods Scholarship to study in Prague. His poems have been published in the Worcester Review, Wordplaysound, The Nashville Review, and Indiefeed: Performance Poetry. He won the 2010 and 2012 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Poetry Slam in New Orleans. He’s a nine-time finalist at the LEAF Poetry Slam and the 2006 Bay Area Slam Champion. He has been a member of five National Poetry Slam Teams.

A few years ago, he switched his focus from spoken word to hip hop. He’s shared the stage with Milo, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, Sole, Sadistik, Weerd Science, Bluebird, and Blueprint. On the stage, Jonathan is a rhinoceros, trouncing around; on the page, he’s an alchemist, transmuting vulnerability into a source of peace. He’s a prism splitting light in all directions. Jonathan was a high school English teacher for eight years. Last May, he quit his real job in order chase his big dream of making a living as an artist. Last year he played over ninety shows on the road. So far so good.


TVM Killa (( experimental hip-hop artist, quite tall ))

Balus ((atmospheric milky beats and fancy blonde hair))

TMI (( predator style hometown slam hero ))

Jonathan Brown (( love in a squeegee ))


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Pulling into Petra’s, located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC, we have a triple bill of mixed sounds. Here are all the details and how to find each  on Facebook.

Thursday, February 2nd
Doors: 8pm | Show: 9pm
Tickets: $6

El Malpais
classically influenced instrumental avant-punk / prog-rock compositions for guitar, flute & drums

Modern Primitives
Rock & Roll

Chócala (Ex-PATABAMBA)
Latin Fusion


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Making our way around the RDU area we find St. Olaf Choir, live tonight at Baldwin Auditorium 1336 Campus Dr., Durham, NC. To get your tickets for tonight’s engagement click this link:

Here is more about the renowned choir:

The world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, is coming to Durham, North Carolina! Repertoire will feature J.S. Bach’s “Singet dem Herrn” with chamber orchestra, as well as other choral works by Ēriks Ešenvalds, György Ligeti, and St. Olaf College composers Robert Scholz and F. Melius Christiansen. They will close the concert with a set of traditional American folksongs, including a work by Moses Hogan.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. A discount for groups of 10 or more is available.


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It is Thursday, which means local beer and local bands at Pour House Music Hall, located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Tonight you can hear the sounds of Fireside Collective, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen and Eric Scholz. To learn more about the bands follow the links I found on the FB event page.

Join us for a great Local Band-Local Beer
Fireside Collective
The Tan and Sober Gentlemen
Eric Scholz

$5 cover ($3 with College ID): presented by Younger Brother Productions, The Pour House Music Hall, WKNC 88.1 FM, and weekly local breweries.


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Four bands for six bucks tonight at Deep South The Bar, located at 430 S Dawson St., Raleigh, NC.  In case the picture above does not spell it out explicitly enough, on the bill tonight you can find Matt Charles, Born Again Heathens, Nevernauts, and Raw Dog. Music starts at 8 pm.


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Casey Cotton who hails from Fayetteville will be making his debut tonight at North Street Pub and Eatery, located at 115 West North St. Kinston, NC. He will be dishing out the music from 7 pm-10 pm. Call your friends and bring your family, this is a fun night for everyone to enjoy!


 ~Getting Down Around Town New Bern ~


Open mic takes place at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St, New Bern, NC. All players are welcome to join the fun. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the jams continue until the players go home. Things often wind down between 10 pm-11 pm. Come on out and display your talents tonight!

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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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