NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Band News ~ Friday, November 4, 2016

Live Music Options for Friday, November 4, 2016~

Around the Region~



The rocking computer geek that fixes phones when not jamming to the music, James Ford is live tonight at Marina Cafe located on Marine Blvd in Jacksonville, this is a great pick for dinner and some live music. James is an awesome talent that offers great takes on familar modern music from 80’s rock to current day funk, this man jams! Be sure to check him out tonight from 7-10 pm if you are in the area.



Heading towards the coast you can stop at TJ’s Cave located at 925 Main Street, Havelock, NC. They are offering some sweet jazz rhythms with The Raynor Brothers in the house to entertain you. Doors open at 6 pm with live music at 7 pm. There is no cover charge and you are welcome to bring some food to eat!


Heading further to the East you can find Steel County Express  live tonight at Off The Hook. Located at 105 S 7th Street in Morehead City, NC, rocking the room with their fun and modern country sounds. Check them out for free from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. Oh and bring them boots for some boot scootin’ why don’t ya?!


Down along the Southern Coast The Carolina Pine Music Festival is happening at Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern  tonight located at 1415 S 42nd St., Wilmington. This is an event that goes all weekend but here is what I got from the FB events page for you:

The Carolina Pine Music Fest is coming to Reggie’s on Friday, November 4th!

Valient Thorr



wolves & wolves & wolves & wolves



6pm doors / 7pm show

Check out the event for the whole weekend of music all across Wilmington, NC!


Looking to the north you can find Cuzin Kirk’s Blues Band rocking tonight on The Pebble Beach Stage outside at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill located at 1052 E Main Street, Washington, NC. This show is free, the food is fabulous, the service rocks and the band is awesome. They offer a mix a great roots rock and standard blues covers…they even offer some Rolling Stones! Be sure to check them out from 7-10 pm!


While we are up to the North let’s pop over to Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery located at 707 Dickson St, Greenville, NC. That is where they are offering a talented double bill of fine live music. Here is what I found on this event tonight:

Spazz Presents;
Barefoot Wade opens at 7pm
Paleface hits the stage by 9:30pm

Prolific, influential, cult-­hero & indie -folk icon, PALEFACE, is now a high-energy & charismatic duo featuring his girlfriend Monica “Mo” Samalot, on drum-kit & charming candied vocal harmonies. PALEFACE, was schooled musically by friend Daniel Johnston and soon discovered at an NYC open mic by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5). He’s released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and has been called a major influence & inspiration by a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient BECK, and The Avett Brothers. Paleface has collaborated on three albums by The Avett Brothers. Paleface is also visual artist who’s been selling hundreds of his original music inspired paintings at concerts, art shows, festivals and via his website:

Barefoot Wade
Barefoot Wade employs the use of Acoustic and Electric guitars, Bass guitars, Steel Drum, lots of various Percussion, Keyboards, and Kazoos and with the help of a loop sample set-up becomes a “One-Man-Caribbean-Jam-Band” combining elements of Reggae, Rock, Americana and Comedic Country blended into his own original sound. A Greenville live music favorite for over a decade!

*BROUGHT TO YOU WITH � BY Spazz Presents:


Motoring to the West we find five bands on the bill at Amos’ Southend located at 1423 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC. This is definitely one for all you rockers. On this bill are Deep Sky, Kelen Heller, Skinn Jakkit, Soapbox Arson  and English! Doors open at 7:30 pm.


Coming back around the RDU area we find Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps  will be live tonight at The Blue Note Grill located at 709 Washington St., Durham. Here is the scoop on this event from their FB event page:

Admission: $15
Here’s what Teresa said about The Blue Note Grill:

“We played here last year (2015) before the Tater Jam and had a wonderful time – the food was great, the sound was excellent and the people there are wonderful. It was a great night and a perfect way to start the weekend… hope you can join us!” … Teresa James

“Teresa James is a true original. When she sings you can feel it in your bones.” … Levon Helm, The Band

Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.

She has released 8 CDs – her most recent, COME ON HOME, was released in August, 2012 and has been getting regular airplay on stations around the world and charting for weeks at a time on the Roots Radio Charts (topping off at the #3 spot). It has been listed on many ‘best of’ lists for 2012 and has been receiving raves reviews from writers and DJs everywhere.

Her 2008 release, THE BOTTOM LINE, garnered her a nomination by the Blues Foundation for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and her 2010 CD, YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT, was a finalist for an Independent Music Award (IMA).

She has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Big Al Anderson, Kirk Whalum, and many others. Her voice is featured on albums by Randy Newman, Eric Burdon, Tommy Castro, Bill Medley, and Walter Trout, among others. She has also sung for television and movie soundtracks; She and her band were featured in the Disney movie and soundtrack for “HOLES”.

Teresa’s band is an eclectic mix of Los Angeles based musicians who have worked with a wide range of artists including: Jimmy Reed, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Was Not Was, Johnny Nash and many, many others.

Head out early for some great bbq and stay for a great soul warming blues show. Music will start at 9:30 tonight!


One of my favorite straight ahead blues bands from the region is playing in one of the best room’s Kinston has to offer. BUILT FOR OMFORT  will be rocking it live on stage at The Red Room with their unique takes on great blues standards. The Red Room is located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston NC. They get the party started at 10 pm and rock you til the morning hours. There is a music charge at the door but this band is worth every dime and a tip!

Getting Down Around Town New Bern~


The local, six string music maker, Bruce Lynch will be performing live tonight from 7-10 pm at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern. There is no cover for this show and the music is familiar and fun. Lynch does a great job delivering songs that make you want to dance!


Roots rocking original slinger and music artist, Hank Barbee will be live tonight at The City Laundry. Located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC; they offer a great new menue, awesome coffee and some beer and wine selections as well. Show time for this Richlands raised performer is 8-11 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge at the door. This artist will work hard for you though and he offers some merchandise for sale at all of his shows. If you have not seen this talented player and you are around the New Bern way, please stop out tonight.


Tony Johnson reached out to me this week to let me know his rocking folk and acoustic duo Aqoostix will be live at The Thirsty Bruin from 8-10:30 pm tonight. They have a great time banging on a box and strumming some strings and they will probably make you dance some too. The Bruin is located at 224 Middle Street, New Bern


The Kohlers

Big Jim and Kathleen Kohler offer their blues early at Triple play this evening. Jamming their dinner set from 6-9 pm The duo is the perfect accomaniment for dinner at Triple Play located at 111 Williams Ave, New Bern, right over the bridge in James City. Following their blues set, get ready to ROCK as 3 Day Weekend delivers their best set of classic rock favorites. It has been a while since we saw these local kids. There is a music charge of $5.00 at the door for this show.

Well kids, did you hear that? It is 5 o’clock somewhere…and even right here! That means enough of the grind…time to clean up and get ready for some fun and great dancing. Whatever you choose to do be sure to take kindness with you. Bar tenders and waitresses make a little more than $2 bucks an hour. They need you to be kind even on their bad days. Oh and please remember too FREE music is never FREE, so please tip the players that make you dance!

Please party responsibly and enjoy your night. If you would like to get in my zone, just send me your NC gig info to this email:

Thanks for reading. I hope you share with your friends so that they can dance too. Peace and love and rock n roll!




Author: Tracey Stones

I am a writer and a dreamer; a mover and a shaker. I am self motivated to work and write my way through life. I am a mother and a business owner. I have been a music journalist and a band manager as well over the years. No matter what I do, life stays interesting and writing about it keeps me sane. My favorite subject is music! Support live music is the theme! Appreciation for the artists will be in focus! This is the North Carolina Music Zone! Welcome and thank you for supporting live music! Please share this site with your friends so we can all enjoy the dance. Thank you.

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