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On Saturday afternoon the small harbor town of Oriental, NC hosted their Annual Christmas Parade and following that event, one of the new businesses in town, New Village Brewery, located at 702 Broad St. Oriental, NC, offered an after party that raised money for Pamlico Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). 

Opening the entertainment at the after party was New Bern’s own Dan Jam Phillips, who offered a full two hours of classic rock to the crowd, as they filled their plates and bellies full with the BBQ and sides that were most delicious. The venue poured beer throughout the day and night, and offer $1.00 on every pint poured for PAWS.

Following Dan Jam, folks were served some Hot Buttered Grits that helped to warm souls as toes started tapping and hips started shaking. The Grits are another New Bern based outfit, that offers many jams for music lovers that like to groove. They are a fun five piece band with lots of strings and groove things. There was a good sized crowd that braved the cold last Saturday, to enjoy The Grits as they offered the music to warm souls and delight music fans.


After filling up on some Grits, I got back on the music bus and came to town to check in with a familiar favorite coming back on the scene. The band known as Peace Soldier was live at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. These guys offer the best in classic rock. The songs you love from the 60’s and 70’s, but that is not all. They are creative forces who enjoy music so expect some original music from the boy in the year ahead. They will be ringing in the new year with fans and good friends at The Harvey Mansion, with a full band set from 8-11 pm and acoustic celebration to carry us into the New Year on the patio with LIVE MUSIC. I hope you come to be a part of that celebration all year next year! To keep up with the band and all their news and dates check them out at:

Peace Soldier Band


It was country music weekend at the Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St. New Bern, NC, where they welcomed the cold weather and hot country sounds with Caliber .45 on Saturday night, a stripped down acoustic version of Steel County Express, who played inside the bar on Sunday evening. Though I missed that show, I was able to meet the players from Caliber .45, who brought some serious music fans, bundled in blankets and braving the cold to hear their favorite sounds…that was truly heartwarming. This four piece outfit has roots around NC with the home base of Farmville, NC. They are a rocking country band that offers a professional show. They have been working steady for folks all around NC for nearly three years and they enjoy every minute of the show. Check them out on Reverbnation by following this link:

Caliber .45

If you are looking forward to boot scooting with them into the New Year, make a date to be at The Moose Lodge, 521 Hwy 91 North Snow Hill, NC. The fun starts at 9 pm and carries you out of the old and into the new.


After meeting some new friends in New Bern, I got back on the bus with an old friend and rolled west to get on board The BiPolar Express. The popular 80’s and 90’s rock cover band brought their show to K-town on Saturday night.

It was the rock trio’s debut at The Red Room, 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Much like all other places they roll, there was a New Bern presence in the room any direction you looked. It is always nice to see so many familiar faces so far from home.

Currently the band is booking 2018 and they are interested in traveling to new areas. They are available for festivals and community events, special occasions where all things rock works. They offer a great show with good sound and lights. This trio is a close group of friends from New Bern, who are students of music that teach many around town. If you wish to keep up with them, please find them on Facebook and give their page a like today. Just follow them here:

The BiPolar Express on Facebook



Live Music Options for

Friday, December 15, 2017

Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern, NC





BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, offers the taste of great beer and the Take Kindlies tonight live, offering the sounds from 7 – 10 pm. This show is offered for free, but feel free to tip the servers and the players, for the help they offer in ushering you into the weekend.

Just to get an idea of what to expect, here is a brief description I found about this energetic and fun duo: “A two man-face melting-local NC band performing refreshingly original music for the enjoyment of ears everywhere. No species discriminated.”



Zen Pirates are the fun pop and rock band out of New Bern that is quite often found throwing down at the coast, but tonight the band stays home and delivers their bounty for Christmas, with a show at Triple Play Restaurant, 111 Williams Rd., New Bern, NC. Music plays from 9:30-12:30 pm.



Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. New Bern, NC, is offering a Holiday Concert Series and tonight it is going to be a fun time that offers  three generations of harmonies on stage for one night. Come meet and enjoy the local family band Strung Together, who will offer the music from 6:30 til 7:30 pm. Enjoy holiday songs and greet friends with great cheer. Dare Oliver’s mother, Cathey Blackburn will be joining the Olivers on stage for this special holiday offering. They hope you can join them.


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Since we are in the swing of Holiday fun, I will remind you that this marks the final weekend for A Christmas Carol, A New Musical taking place at Rivertowne Players Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St., New Bern. The final two performances will be tonight and tomorrow with shows beginning at 8 pm on both nights.


24312566_1558308260924058_1794218485156194079_nArson Daily is the indie band out of the Boone area with ties to the Downeast and New Bern in particular, with player Zach Durham once calling Beartown home. The trio of original artists will return to town this evening with good will in their hearts, as they come together with local talents all with the hope of rocking  for relief! Here are the details:

Arson Daily bring their explosive indie rock back to The City Laundry 901 Pollock St, New Bern for a Hurricane Relief Fundraiser for Puerto Rico.

They will be accompanied by several acoustic acts including:

Aaron Davenport 
Mandy Mears
Morgan Miller and James Ford

Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8.

$7 cover with proceeds going to help victims of Hurricane Irma. $5 cover if you bring a canned food donation!

Take a pause for the cause and help our neighbors in need, while getting rocked right here in your hometown tonight.



Paid Time Off is the Father/ Daughter duo of Rick and Jenna Huff and tonight the pair will be offering their sounds for fans and friends at the Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They will play this free show for all from 7-10 pm.




The entertaining and talented stinger, Justin 24291461_10155551250425073_4818254826369677172_oCastellano is live tonight on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music is offered each Friday and Saturday from 8-11 pm and on Sunday from 5-8 pm on the patio and under the tent. Where the music warms your soul and the heaters keep you toasty. Blankets are welcome and add to the coziness of music and holiday magic.


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Cruising Along the Coast



Nick Driver will offer the music tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Company and Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Music is played for the dining audience from 8-11 pm. Come enjoy the freshest catch and enjoy the local sounds of live music each weekend.


23722464_1733475003356530_4033654288363940808_n4EverAll has a new CD out, so if you find yourself along the coast, consider checking out this hard-working and loving band. The will perform live at Promise’ Land Market, 909B Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC. Music is offered from 8-11 pm and admission is free.




Barefoot Wade has a show tonight a Cru Bar & Wine Store Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He offers the tropical sounds that evoke happiness and calm from 8-11 pm. This show is free and Wade will keep you entertained with all his many instruments and fun stories that walk with the songs he sings.







Spare Change will perform tonight at the E Club, 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. This show is free for ladies all night long. So bring your date and don’t be late. It is time to party with the area’s top party band. Music is offered from 10 pm til 2 am.





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Friday Night Blues is the special at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 111 Grace St., Wilmington, NC . Tonight it is the sounds of David Russell & The Port City Blues, featuring Derek Lane on drums, Julian Denton on bass and Jesse Phillips at the organ. Downbeat 9:30pm. The Real Port City Blues.

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Rockin Around The Region


The incredible Adam Hill will be unplugged and untamed tonight at Tippetts Mill, 15528 Taylors Mill Rd, Zebulon, NC. He offers the music from 7-10 pm tonight. This show is free and the music is worth millions, so be sure to tip this hard-working music maker.





Johnny Orr will be giving up his guitar grooves at 
Kickback Jack’s,
1405 Garner Station Blvd, Garner, North Carolina. Music play 9 pm til 1 am.





Roy & Jason will be providing the music this evening at Crossroads Grill & Bar, 8136 NC Highway 55 W, Seven Springs, NC. They offer the music from 9 pm and close it down at 2 am. Come enjoy this duo that does it all.



Blue English will start the Christmas season celebration tonight at The Flying Shamrock Irish Pub & Restaurant, 115 N John St., Goldsboro, NC. This show is free with music starting at 8 pm. Here is more from the Facebook event page:

Share the holiday joy with a live Christmas Concert, hosted by your favorite pub and drink experts!
Blue English is excited to rock with tons of holiday cheer, don’t worry we supply the holiday beer!
Come downtown to have fun and party- Santa gave us a pass to be naughty



Tarheel Opry House is getting into the season of giving with the offering of a Toy for Tots Christmas Concer, featuring many hot area acts. This event is being held tonight from 8 pm til midnight and here are the details:

The Tarheel‘s 2017 Toys for Tots Drive
this is the last day to donate and we have worked it out with TOYS FOR TOTS for them to COME COLLECT at MIDNIGHT!

Jonathan Parker Music
Justin West
CC Martin
Steel Shot
Carolina Sky

MIDNIGHT – ROUND TABLE – ALL 6 acts return for
amazing covers and Christmas songs!
and a special tribute to our US MILITARY!



Signal Fire is live tonight at Pitt Street Brewing Company, 630 S Pitt St., Greenville, NC.

“Wilmington, North Carolina’s Signal Fire has taken a giant step forward with the release of a brilliant album, Lift Up. True to its title, this LP offers 13 well-crafted songs to soothe souls, with serenity, encouragement, and hope. Marked by top-notch production from Grammy winning producer Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Lift Up boosts great songwriting, beautiful singing, and tight instrumentation.” -Dave Shiffman, Rootfire Intl.

As an independent release, their second album Lift Up debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts and #8 on the Billboard reggae charts. Through years of grass-roots approach, Signal Fire has built a loyal following with their uplifting music and message. Come check it out for yourself tonight from 8-11 pm.



The New Bern based rock outfit Stairwell, will bring their show to Buck Wild Tavern, 4052 S Memorial Dr. Winterville, NC. Once you finish the hustle and bustle of shopping about for the holidays, stop in to enjoy the rock grooves of this fun band. They rock the crowd tonight from 10 pm til 2 am. Admission is free but feel free to tip the music makers.

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Answering The Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region. I ask my Facebook followers where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

December 12 at 7:15pm

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Live Music Events Around the State

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:


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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for said gig.

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! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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