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Last night I stopped down at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC, to have a listen to Pete Pawsey and Patrick Edwards work things out for the crowd. The duo will turn into a trio this evening a perform live under the tent at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansio, 221 S Front St., New Bern NC.

Pawsey is a singer-songwriter, that stays busy performing his music on the western side of our state. Based out of Durham, this is not his first visit to the Bear City. Edwards is familiar with our music scene, often running sound, helping with gear and serving drinks at The Brown Pelican. If you missed the duo there last night, come see the expansion of the Pete Pawsaey Trio from 8-11 pm tonight.


Offering up the classic rock and blues grooves that this blogger loves was The Big Drink Music Company. Based along the Crystal Coast, this quartet of rockers came ready to groove onlookers, even if they were too shy to dance.

I knew the band was going to be great based on the music they play, but I was truly impressed with their show. They offered great guitar leads and chops swapped between guitarist Will Baker and Davis Lott. On drum was Tony Johnston and lending the bass and occasional vocals was that of  Jon Wood. 

The band stays mostly busy along the coast, but I sence you will see them back in New Bern before long. If you care to mark a date with them in mind, be sure to put Saint Patrick’s day down now, as the band will be rocking under the beer tent in Emerald Isle for the town’s Holiday Celebration! To keep up with the band follow them on Facebook, give their page a like by following this link:


Live Music Options for

Saturday, February 10, 2018



Singer-songwriter and entertainer Kristie Lynn is live tonight at BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. She offers the sounds from 7-10 pm while Nest Cafe Food Truck creates the delicious offerings on-site starting at 5 pm. This music event is free, but please remember free music is never free, these players are working hard for you so please tip the music makers.



It is the return of The Hot House Quartet, our talented active duty Marines return to the  Dirty Bird tonight, offering live music from 8-11 pm. This show is free and you can become a member of this private club very easily. The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC, offer live music three nights a week. Stop in and let them serve you, your next cold brew and the good time!


Ghent Mardi Gras Masquerade

The Ghent Neighborhood Association is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the third annual Mardi Gras Parade. Join us for an evening of great food and entertainment. Popular New Bern Singer Alisa Mike will entertain for your listening and dancing pleasure. There will be plenty of beads, masks, and prizes on hand! Plus we’ll be offering some delicious New Orleans specialties from the kitchen and bar! Be sure and wear your “finery”. There will be a costume contest and the winner will ride in the parade with the Royal Court! Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $10. Live at The City Laundry is located at 01 Pollock St., New Bern, NC


Leaving Town


Nicks Blacksheep Tavern, 140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC, offers the romantic music of Backseat Romeo, live from 9 pm till midnight. Come enjoy the sounds of best friends and music brothers Justin Castellano and Ed Prophet rocking the room, with love for the Valentines in the house.



For fans and friends of the rockin’ blues band Built For Comfort, the band will be rockin’ AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music plays from 8:30 -11:30 pm and this music event is FREE. Come early to eat and stay late to dance!



While we are on the subject of covering the blues, let’s switch gears and roll west to check out two original artists. Opening this show will be the local artist Abe Reid. Here are more details on the event page on Facebook:

The Eric Gales Band with Special gust Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers at The Blind Tiger
Saturday February 10,2018
doors at 8pm show at 9pm
Eric gales band

“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world” Joe Bonamassa
“He is absolutely incredible” Carlos Santana
“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” Dave Navarro
“This guy could be the best player on Earth” Mark Tremonti

“I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid…you gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.” Eric Gales
You want the blues? “Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free”, says Memphis born Eric Gales. “Now, I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid”, he opens up. “You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.”

The title of his new album Middle of the Road is the running theme throughout the record. “It’s about being fully focussed and centred in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”

Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish.

It’s well documented that Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations, one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).

Talking about working with Eric, Fabrizio Grossi offers; “I’ve been a fan of Eric since I first worked with him 15 years ago on a project with George Clinton & the P.Funk. His tone and his playing was wicked. Personally and musically Eric grew into a ‘monster’ , a really good one and he’s set on a path of huge success with a ‘taking no prisoners’ type of attitude! I know a very few musicians with such a musicality and Eric is right there a head of the bunch. I hope fans will dig. There’s lots of love, tears, sweat and “truth” in this record, which is what classics are made of. As far what I think about him: Eric is simply Miles Davis’ and Jimi Hendrix’ love child, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

Recent years have seen an array of musicians singing the praises of Eric Gales. Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction – Red Hot Chili Peppers) exclaimed that “How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery”, modern blues icon Joe Bonamassa said he is “One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”, whilst Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) said in a Classic Rock Magazine interview (Oct 2016) that “me and Myles [Kennedy] were on the bus looking up clips and we ran into some Eric Gales clips and we were just like ‘this guy could be the best player on Earth.’”

Talking about the accolades he is starting to receive he humbly adds;” It’s absolutely great, I’m grateful to see the recognition for the work that God has allowed me to continue to progress with. It’s beautiful to see the recognition to be finally coming and in the proper way, unlike times where I was engaged into heavy addiction, where it wasn’t such good publicity, but to see it be changed around, it’s a great turn of events.”

This refers to the time he spent in jail serving at the Shelby County Correction Center in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. Elaborating he adds; “While I was in there all the officers and guards were like, ‘bro you know this isn’t where you’re supposed to be. When you get out of here, go take the world by the horns and ride it all the way out.’ It took a couple of years after but, I’m here.” Whilst he was incarcerated he was able to play shows, for the Mayor, the city and festivals, his own version of Johnny Cash Walk the Line.

This is where Middle of the Road finds the rebirth of Eric Gales. A new album that has seen him more free than he’s ever been and on the biographic songs you take this journey with him. Along the way he brings in not only a host of guest and collaborators, but also those closest to him; Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr, Eugene Gales, LaDonna Gales, Lance Lopez, Raphael Saadiq and Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram.

“When I say the world will hear about it, you’ll see what I mean when you hear the record,” he says. “This record is going to take me everywhere that I’ve never been, and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to go.” Eric Gales




Live tonight at Freebirds, 302 US Highway 301, Lucama, NC, it is The Steel Standing Band. Music starts at 9 pm with music rocking the room till 2 am. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the fun times tonight. $5 for singles $7 for couples. Y’all come on out and let’s rock Lucama out!



The all-female AC/DC tribute band Shoot To Thrill will be rocking the Ritz in Raleigh tonight. Doors open tonight at 6:30 pm with music starting at 8 pm. Tickets for the show are $15.00 and this band never disappoints.





Live tonight at The Deep River Brewery, 700 W Main St., Clayton, NC, is the music of Tennessee Jed. Come enjoy a cold beer and the great sounds of this music maker. Live music is served from 6-10 pm.



Tommy Redd will be offering the sounds that delight friends and fans at Tippett’s Mill, 15528 Taylors Mill Rd, Zebulon, NC. They will be celebrating the singer and player’s birthday, so come on out and dance. Live music is offered from 7-11 pm. This show is free.



Often found playing on stage with Redd, it’s Adam Hill who will provide the entertainment at Crossroads Grill & Bar, located at 8136 Highway 55W, Seven Springs, NC. Live music is played from 10pm until 2 am. Come enjoy the tunes you know, as well as many of Hill’s own works that rock. He will be unplugged and powerful still.


Joining Brewmasters February 10th is The Oblations, playing from 7-10pm. The Oblations are a two-man Independent Blues/Funk/Psychedelic Rock two-man band based in Carrboro, NC. Joe MacPhail plays keys and drums at the same time, Daniel Fields plays guitar, they both sing. They perform original material and covers that range from Howlin’ Wolf to Jimi Hendrix to Outkast. With a combination of soulful songwriting, funky grooves, and an understanding of how to grab an audience, The Oblations are one of the hottest up-and-coming live acts in North Carolina.

Brewmasters is located at 2402 E Ash St., Goldsboro, NC.



Come out and enjoy the sounds of singer-songwriter Hank Barbee, live at Church St Deli, 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. He gives up the original groove that moves you from 7-10 pm



One would be hard-pressed to find a better “Ann” and “Nancy” than Heart Breaker’s
Suzi Nelson and Joan Burton. Coupled with a backing band that goes the extra mile to not
only sound like, but invokes the image and vibe of these epic bands. A cash bar will be offered. Come out for a fun time being present by Town of Swansboro
601 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro, NC. Music starts at 7 pm.


27459929_760781404118621_5035641624678327501_n (1).pngWebb Brothers will be playing tonight at IceHouse in Swansboro.
Grab a few friends and come on out for some great music! Music plays from 9 pm til midnight in the lounge!

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Building Community Relations with a Concerts in the Community


Last month I got together with Chris Rivera, when she asked to write a feature article about me recently. We came together for a dinner meeting and interview for an article that is running in this months issue of The Beacon, a Community Newspaper publishing all the news and events happening here in my neighborhood of Fairfield Harbour.

One of the things that came up in that meeting was, my desire to bring live music to our many communities. Where I live there are many smaller communities here in my little town. My thought is that there is room for music in all of these communities. I would love to create a concert series for every one of them.

As a means of putting the plan to action, Rivera booked six dates at the Community Center throughout the year for us to present Fairfield Live, a Covered Dish Community Concert Series for our residents to enjoy.

Our first show presented by NCMZ.LIVE for Fairfield Live will be the talented singer Tracey Brenneman.

The first event will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 7 pm till 11 pm. Community residents are asked to bring a covered dish to share and their own beverages. The music charge for the event will be $10 per person or $15 for two. Kids under 15 are Free.

Along with this series of music events, we are looking into a Summer Concert Series for Picnic In The Park. For those events, we will be offering live music one time monthly from May thru September from 2-5 pm, on Sunday at Red Sail Park in the Fairfield Harbour Community.

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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

February 6 at 6:15pm

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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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 the 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!


Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the 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 events 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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