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There was a host of delightfully different things in the world of music since we last gathered here. I can’t wait to tell you about them all.


On Saturday evening I popped into BrÛttopia, 1202 Highway 70 East, New Bern, to check out Common Interests. They came as a trio last week, but this band like many, comes out as budget allows. Sometimes you can find Irish Robinson and Delancy Loftus chilling as an unplugged duo. Last week they came as a three-piece with Jared Cain joining in and offering the percussions. When I first had them in New Bern, under the tent at The Harvey Mansion, the whole band came.

The Crystal Coast-based band is actually a fusion folk quartet based in Morehead City. Bassman, Skylar Lehman is also the band’s manager. If you are looking for a fun and professional band that is chill to hang out with, contact Common Interests today. If nothing else, check out their page on Facebook and give it a Like while you are there!

Common Interests

This weekend you can catch Delancy and Irish at Promise Land Market, 909B Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC, tomorrow evening from 8:30 until 11:30 pm. They will be rocking the Irish folk tunes to get you primed for next weekend. That is when you can catch another duo from this union, when Robinson and Cain play at BrÜtopia next Saturday from 7-10 pm. Check out the green beer and fun songs.


My next stop along highway 70 East Saturday night was at Jean’s Place, 330 E Main St, Havelock, NC, to check in with fun time country rocker David Lee Jones. The award-winning country artist brought his talented band to rock the crowd.

The country singer based out of Washington, NC is spending the weekend performing in Alexandria Va. with his band.

To keep up with the NC artist and to listen to his music, check out his ReverbNation Page by clicking the link below:




On Sunday, there was a benefit that was held at a private residence on Trent Road in New Bern. Opening the night of festivities was local singer and stringer, Randy Moore. Following his acoustic performance, the dance team known as Radiance Aglow performed two sets of magnificent dance routines.

Heather Bunn offered hula and fire dancing, Kaitlyn gave us a great show of belly dancing and Katie Spades provided many firey displays of native fire dancing. This dance company travels and performs for festivals and private occasions.

I caught their show when they rallied for Kelly, a man who was cycling from Washington DC to California. They helped him and Journey of Hope, reach the goal for Kelly to ride with his message of HOPE.

To learn more about this dance company and to how hire them for your next function, check out their Facebook Page and give them a thumbs up or a like!


The fun and funky Asheville based band Dr. Bacon blends funk, fusion, rock, and grunge together for a fresh and fiery sound, that sizzles much like the band name should! Dr. Bacon visited us in New Bern, NC this past week, when they performed at Live at the City Laundry for Local Band Tuesday, which is now being presented by Folks Journal and is out now for your reading pleasure!

It was a fun night that opened with New Bern’s newest folk-infused rock act, Spaghetti taking the stage from 8-9 pm, for a solid set of original tunes.

Following their show, the seven-piece and featuring horns, fiddles, harmonica, guitars, bass and drums offered an intense set of fun music for all to enjoy! The traveling band has been making a name for themselves for a few years now and with more appearances on the East Coast, it is a win for the whole state.

To learn more about the band or to get them booked in your room soon, check out their online press kit by following this link:

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Live Music Options

Friday, March 9, 2018

Getting Down Around Town, New Bern




Come to downtown New Bern, to participate in the festivities at the local ArtWalk businesses. Downtown art galleries and restaurants stay open for extended hours and sponsor special events every second Friday of the month!

Craven Arts Council will feature “Downeast Home & Garden” in the Main Gallery and “Mixed Media Abstractions” by Brenda Gear in the Director’s Gallery.

ArtWalk is the second Friday of each month and it happens from 5-8 pm!



Rob Lightner and Nathan Saffer are on tap for music and are live tonight at BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. You can come enjoy freshly brewed beer, tasty food from a local food truck and classic rock and country sounds offered by this touring duo in the area again to entertain us all.
West Virginia native Rob Lightner’s love for music and travel are rooted in his preschool memories of road trips in the family station wagon, with his eyes on the road and his ears tuned the to Late 70’s/Early 80’s FM Radio. His eclectic musical taste and love of the road, decades later is now stronger than ever!!! After years as a regional and national touring guitarist/vocalist with groups such as Rick K and The Allnighters and The Brass Knuckles BandRob has spent the past few years exploring his roots, acoustic guitar in hand…sharing with friends and fans, with influences that include artists such as James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Lyle Lovett, Rob Thomas, Keith Urban, and Kristian Bush of Sugarland fame. Rob currently spends his time on the road with his band SteelTown Cowboy and touring in acoustic duos, featuring fellow SteelTown Cowboy bandmates, Scott Shelby, Nathan Shaffer and Maciej Olszewski, as well as performing his own music at Concerts Nationwide!!! Rob Lightner’s shows include a mix of Acoustic Rock, Country, Soul, and More…with the possibility of anything from the past 50 years finding its way into the mix…as well as his own original music, offbeat storytelling, and a playful, infectious laughter heard frequently during his banter with the audience. A Rob Lightner’s show is all about kicking back and enjoying the trip…through uplifting, inspiring stories…through deep, thought-provoking moments…and through times of laid back and carefree fun!!!
The show is free and the music is worth it, so please tip the music makers who travel near and far to share songs with you.



Have you heard the news? Adam Hill picked up a few dates with New Bern based party band Limited Engagement, featuring James Ford on Guitar and vocals, Freddie Scuggio on drums, and Hill’s longtime music brother from another mother, Billy Mobley on bass. They will be rocking James City tonight at Triple Play Restaurant and Sports Bar, 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC, from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am.



Jill & The Authentics will bring the party to the patio tonight with live music being offered from 8-11 pm. This is the band’s first appearance and rescheduled from earlier in the year. It should be a fun time tonight with Jill and the boys. Be sure to slip on your dancing shoes for this show!



Madame Z and the Pollock Street Diva’s present our Monthly Pride Dance. Come and party with a diverse and fun group of friends. The dance floor is always full and a good time is had by all. 9pm, $8.00 Cover charge. Live at The City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC.


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Brian Mac brings the music to The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC. He offers the songs you know and love from 7-10 pm. Come enjoy his acoustic sets and unwind from this long work week. While you are out, pick up a copy of the new FOLKS Journal.

This show is free for all members and you can get your membership by filling out the form and paying one dollar tonight! Then get down, with enjoying the benefits of free music each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!



This marks the final weekend offering of the grand production of Chicago, being offered at Rivertowne Players Theater, located at 514 Hancock St., New Bern, NC. Showtime is 7:30 and tickets for tonight and tomorrow’s finale are sold out!

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Rockin’ Around the Region

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Join us for the delightful sounds of Tim Meineke at The Wine Crate, 132 E Water St., Washington, NC. Friday, March 9th 7-10pm!! Kick off the weekend with music, fun, friends, food and a cold beverage!



New Bern based rockers, Stairwell will be live on stage at Market Street Pub, 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. This indie alternative rock band hails from New Bern and has been gaining in popularity with their new release. They are an original outfit that is ready to impress and as they rock… til you drop. Tonight’s show kicks off at 10 pm and wraps up around 2 am.



While we have New Bern on the brain, I will tell you that Bryan Mayer will be rocking Ducks Grille and Bar, 1202 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville, NC. Music plays 10 pm until 1 am. Come enjoy the sounds of this local country favorite, as he unplugs and unwinds with you tonight!


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The always fun and energetic party band Spare Change will be on stage and be offering the good times to the folks at The Tarheel, 145 Blue Creek School Road, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Music starts at 8 pm and the party goes til 11 pm. Come out and dance in celebration of the weekend ahead!


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The Concert in the Dark, which was first held in 2015, has become a popular event on the Grahamstown music calendar.
The audience literally listens to the music in the dark. A comment from an audience member at a previous concert: ‘With the music playing from on high and behind, I felt as awed as a novice monk upon entering an ancient abbey.’
The programme will feature chamber music by composers from the Classical era to the 21st Century performed by Kingswood College teachers and pupils.
All welcome. Entry is by donation with all funds going to the St. John’s Eye Clinic.

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Cruising Along the Coast



It will be a special night at Harrika’s Brew Haus, with Will Baker offering the music. Baker is the one who got the live music train rolling at the Haus some 11 years ago. It is nice to know some things don’t change, like one’s love for live music. Come enjoy WilB Music from 7-10 in the Garage, at the Haus. Harika’s Brew Haus is located at 911 Cedar Pointe Blvd. Cedar Point, NC. Music is offered from 7-10 pm.


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Lees Cut is an up and coming band based in South Carolina and tonight they will be in the lounge of the Saltwater Grill, 99 W Church St., Swansboro. Come check out their sound live from 7:30-10:30 pm.


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Live music will be offered for those looking for dinner and music tonight at Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St, Swansboro, NC. The music offered will be the acoustic sounds of Kevin Siebold who plays from 7-10 pm.



Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade make their maiden voyage to The Satelite Bar, 120 Greenfield St., Wilmington, NC. Live music is offered by the quartet from 9 – 11:30 pm.

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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

March 6 at 7:21pm

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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