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I started things out last night by enjoying another ArtWalk experience with my friend and local artist Laura Gammons. This monthly event takes place in downtown New Bern on the second Friday of each month.

Gammons has her works on the wall through the end of this month for the “Critters” collection on display at Bank of the Arts, located at 317 Middle St., New Bern. For this month’s instalment, the Craven County Arts Council and Gallery presented Pianist Dayton Vesper, an active solo recitalist playing in Coastal Carolina and living here in New Bern.

Last evening’s program opened with Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Rhapsodie in G Minor, Op. 79, No. 2. and closed out with a not so classical encore full of festive and holiday overtones. The performance was well attended, not leaving a seat in the house unoccupied.

While I was there I had the chance to speak with Jonathan Burger, Marketing & Gallery Director. He was looking for a solo artist for today between the hours of 2-3 pm. After a couple of phone calls I had performer, Tracey Brenneman set for the show. We agreed to meet in the coming days to talk about more music and art events in the year ahead.


Patrick Bliss another New Bernian, making his name with a combination of  six strings and vocal chords was live last night at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. It was there he offered a mix of classic favorites, including a rarely heard cover of “Stairway to Heaven.” You can find Bliss playing about town, he performs monthly at Live at The City Laundry. He has also played at BrÛtopia as well. To catch him later this month mark the date for Thursday December 21, 2017 and come nosh at Live at the City Laundry while enjoying his coffeehouse show.


Adam Hill Band returned to Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. They offered a solid two set show with many special guests coming to the stage, including Vinny Farro who offered and Allman Brothers “One Way Out” and Fairlight Moriah, who sang several selections with the group. When the band took a break, they turned the stage over to Farro and Fairlight who offered a new song written last week by Farro. I have included that offering from last night for your enjoyment:

For friends and fans of Adam Hill, you can catch the sensational guitarist tonight at Crossroads Grill & Bar, on Highway 55 W, Seven Springs, NC. He will bring his acoustic show which is also electrifying. Music plays from 9 pm til midnight.

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Live Music Options for

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Rockin’ Around the Region



Jamie Pridgen is what’s happens when Big Time Country comes to a small, rockin’ music venue. He’ll take you back on a tour through time with his favorite classics, rock you with modern country and blow you away with his own incredible originals. Come check him out tonight live at Ace’s Ale House, 3710 B Peppermill Drive, Wilson, North Carolina. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. Admission is free.



B & B Acoustic duo offers the talents of Bon and Bob who give up the grooves tonight at Michael’s Showside Grill, located at 102 N Pine St, Spring Hope, NC. Come early for the good food and stay late for this talented duo, known for their work in Cuz’n Kirk Experience. The trio will be live on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion on Friday, December 29, 2017. If you have not heard these players make it a point soon. Tonight the duo offers the music you know and love from 8-11 pm





Travis Moss offers the acoustic grooves at Koi Pond Brewing Company, located at 1107 Falls Rd. in Rocky Mount, NC. He will offer the sounds from 7-10 pm, as you unwind with a fresh beer in hand.





Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC, offers the music of Third Act, the husband and wife duo out of Sneads Ferry. Come enjoy the songs you know from 9 pm til the midnight hour. Admission is free and supporting live music is fun.




Mostley Crue returns to Locked and Loaded, 305 McCormick St, Garner, North Carolina, for a night of 80’s rock from the Kings of Sleaze Motley Crue. Music to rock you from 9 pm til 1 am.



Bi Polar Express is the 80’s and 90’s rock act out of New Bern, featuring a trio of heavy talents that include Josh Overby on guitar and vocals, Wick Wickline on bass and vocals, and Mike Lancaster behind the kit offering support vocals. Tonight the crazy rock train heads to K-town to make their debut at The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Music is offered from 10 pm til closing about 2 am.



Dan Jam opens the music offering at a benefit happening today in Oriental at New Village Brewery, located at 702 Broad St., Oriental. He brings the sounds from 5-7 pm as the opener for the featured Hot Buttered Grits. Here are all of the details:

“If you’re planning to be in Oriental for Spirit of Christmas on Saturday Dec. 9th, be sure to include a visit to the The New Village Brewery & Taproom. Following the Spirit of Christmas parade (which starts at 1pm along Broad St. & Hodges), The New Village Brewery & Taproom is holding a BBQ fundraiser for PAMLICO ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (PAWS) and its New Leash on Life Program.

A portion of the proceeds from beer sales over the course of the day will be donated to PAWS ($1 for every pint sold on Dec. 9th). The event will include:
3 to 5 pm: Meet & Greet with adoptable dogs
5 to 7 pm: Eastern NC BBQ & Potluck and Dan Jam Phillips
7 to 9 pm: Live music by Hot Buttered Grits

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Patrons can donate to PAWS directly during the event in addition to applying for adoption!

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Cruisin’ Along the Coast



Tonight you can catch the pretty guitar works of Justin Castellano live at Church St Deli Pub  & Inn, located at 105 W Church St. Swansboro, NC. He offers the music from 7-10 pm.



The Corey Stuart Experience is taking it to the E Club located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. He is the one man show out of Raleigh and he is excited to bring his dance grooves to the coast tonight. Music is offered from 10 pm til 2 am. Come dance.





Tiffany Elaine and Jimmy Kennedy will provide the live music this evening at Cru Bar & Wine Store, Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. This show is free and music is offered from 8-11 pm.


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The Phantom Playboys are offering an early show tonight, but if you are reading this and are down around Wilmington, quit reading and get grooving with this fun band, who will offer the sounds from 4-7 pm at Watermans Brewing Co, 1610 Pavillion Pl., Wilmington, NC

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Limited Engagement will be live tonight at BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. Music will be offered from 7-10 pm and Nest Café Food Truck will offer the tastes tonight. Come sip on some of the finest brew and support live music too.



Peace Soldier is the New Bern based Classic Rock act that offers all of the sounds you love. Fronted by original member Bobby Hurff, this band is playing a new rotation of players and have emerged from the rehearsal studio and made it to many local stages in recent months. Tonight you can catch the guys at The Brown Pelican, rocking the grooves from 8-11 pm. This show is free. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC.

Speaking of Peace Soldier Nation, the band will be on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, to help rock you into the New Year on Sunday December 31, 2017. Music will be offered from 9pm til midnight. Mark your calendar and come celebrate.




Caliber .45 makes their debut this evening on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Come enjoy the boot scootin’ sounds of this country act out of Farmville, NC. Make them feel welcome and show your support by wearing them dancing shoes. Music plays from 8-11 pm


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Holiday Happenings

Keeping things in New Bern, here are the first couple of Christmas and Holiday themed events:

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A Christmas Carol is being performed in town at Rivertowne Players Theater, located at 514 Hancock St, New Bern, NC. This show will offer performances tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The matinée has been sold out. The show will return next week for the final run on Friday and again on Saturday, with no word of a matinee performance next week.



Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St, New Bern, is offering a holiday mystery for a couple of nights for family enjoyment. Here are the details:

“A “miscreant” is a trouble-maker, and the North Pole has plenty of those. Mother Christmas calls a council of fictional Christmas characters, to help her find the villain who has kidnapped Father Christmas. Join the council of zany and familiar Christmas characters, as they navigate some tricky clues and interact with the audience to solve the crime. Our kitchen and bar will be offering specials and our regular menu will be available. See you at the North Pole! Show Tickets $12.00. Dinner is not included. Show Time 7pm . Doors open at 6pm.”




The Story of Christmas is being present tonight and tomorrow at Parkers Chapel Free Will Baptist. This program starts at 6:30 pm both nights and it is FREE.



Celebrate Dance Art’s Theatre’s 26th season of The Nutcracker accompanied by Eastern Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of conductor, Jorge Richter, discover the magic where Christmas trees grow and Tchaikovsky’s captivating score is brought to life!

Since 1985, Dance Arts Theatre has presented The Nutcracker to thousands of people all over eastern North Carolina. Due to its universal appeal to young and old alike, the ballet has become a memorable holiday tradition for many families.

Net proceeds from this special event will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Three performances will offer an opporunity to travel in time on an enchanting journey, where Christmas trees grow and toy soldiers come to life.

Participating in this wonderful holiday event will allow not only you and your family an opportunity to enjoy the magic of the season, but a time to share this magic with the many children and their families throughout our community and region. This is more than a ballet…it is kids helping kids. It is about a community coming together to make a difference.

This event is taking place at Wright Auditorium located on the Campus at ECU.




Jamhouse will be live at Korner Pocket Sports Bar & Grille, located at 8508 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC.

Please come out to the annual Jamhouse Christmas Party and Open Jam. We will have boxes to collect new unwrapped toys to be delivered to Toys for Tots. Please remember that teens are often forgotten during these drives, so please consider including some gifts that age group as well.

Let’s enjoy some time of fellowship with friends, family and music.




You are invited to take part in celebrating the holiday season with The Drifters. This year, in honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, The Drifters have brought back the Holiday Hop as an eclectic mixture of music and songs from the Great American Songbook for which they are so noted.

Starting with their mega hits which include, Under The Boardwalk, Up On the Roof and On Broadway, The Drifters craftily meld in an array of America’s most popular holiday rock ‘n’ roll songs, Jingle Bells, Rudolph, The Christmas Song, and their famous gospel version of Silent Night.

Through the years, The Drifters have had over 20 million selling records, and over 15 Top Ten tunes. Two of the individual lead singers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Ben E. King and Clyde McPhatter) and were inducted as a group in the most famous of all induction ceremonies, along with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones in 1976.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of.

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is where to go to get inspired by this oldies band.


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“We gather to tell the story of Emmanuel, God with us! We gather to remember this story, to wait, and watch for Him to come again – even now. Come, Lord Jesus!”

This December, the Asbury Celebration Choir presents “Sing Joy to All the World,” a Christmas Cantata with orchestration and narration. It celebrates the promise that joy comes to those who wait; that following the long dark night, the breaking of dawn brings joy for the new day. Incorporating new melodies with familiar carols, in a work that ranges from contemplative to celebratory, you will not want to miss this moving musical celebration. “We gather to tell the story of Emmanuel, God with us! We gather to remember this story, to wait, and watch for Him to come again – even now. Come, Lord Jesus!”

Come out tonight to Asbury Church  for this program being offered from 7-8:30 pm.



There is a Holiday Concert on base at Camp Lejeune this evening.  Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music at the annual Holiday Concert featuring the 2d Marine Division Band! Enjoy listening to holiday classics, inspiring orchestral masterpieces, unique 2d Marine Division arrangements of old favorites and sign-a-longs to festive Yuletide tunes. Performance time is 6:00 PM. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Admission is free. Open to all patrons and their guests. For more information, please call 910-451-2785.



Nash County Arts Council is also offering A Christmas Carol for the folks in the Nashville, NC area. You can enjoy this classic tonight from 7:30- 9 pm. Nash County Arts Council
100 E Washington St, Nashville, North Carolina, is where to go for the show and for tickets check here.

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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

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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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