I have taken in a lot of music since we last got together. In fact, when I last left you it was St. Patrick’s Day. I hope yours was fun and full of good luck and making fun memories. Here is how I celebrated the night:
I started out at Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, where The Hot Buttered Grits were grooving the crowd. Before closing out their first set, the Grits welcomed special guest, piano man, Joe Brown to the stage. Brown returned to start the second set as well. I have to admit there was something tasty about the Brown Buttered Grits.
The Hot Buttered Grits are the mostly New Bern based groove band offering the talents of Zach Meadows on vocals and drums, Christ Buttita on bass, Seth Smith offering mandolin, guitar and vocal action, John Jondrow gives up the lead guitar. The final member Howard Longo was not with the band on Saturday. Longo who hails from the triangle area offers vocals and great guitar works when he jams with the band. The Hot Buttered Grits have no pending dates to speak of right now, but you can keep up with the band by giving their Facebook page a LIKE.
Joe Brown and The Band is another New Bern based band that gives up great funk and soul grooves. The band has a show lined up next month at Attituded Pub & Grill, located at 32 Shoreline Dr. in River Bend. Mark Saturday, April 21, 2018, on the calendar and make it a plan to enjoy this night of great music courtesy of one of the finest entertainers around. Music plays from 7-10 pm
Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, offered the traditional sounds for the fun Saint Day celebrated with The Earwickers. The trio delivered authentic sounds for the crowd, that gathered for the celebration of St. Patrick.
The band came together when I approach Hank Blanton at a gig in Greenville. The guitarist for the Phantom Playboys offered his services when I mentioned needing an Irish band for the middle of March.
It was a-rockin’ blues party at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC for St. Patrick’s Day where the Feral Cats gave up the blues that rocked their friends and fans alike.
The blues band with rock roots is based out of Lenoir County. I came to know them through a mutual friend, Dan Phillips. He first messaged me about the band after attending a holiday party where the Cats were playing. Since then the band has been making a name for themselves around the state as they bring the good timing blues to clubs throughout NC.
The heartbeat of the band sits behind the kit, Kim Kornegay offers the drums and vocals, Greg Howard, sings and plays the bass, Scott Carlisle gives up the guitar leads on most songs and Sam Zaroui gives up vocal support and guitar works. If you are interested in bringing this band to your venue, give me a call today. I am proud to represent them and I can be reached at 318-789-6929.
It was a good time at Beer Army last weekend with The Joe Baes Project, closing out the St. Patrick’s Day fun around town. The rocking New Bern based trio had the crowd moving and grooving into the early morning hours.
If you have yet to experience the rocking fun of Joe Baes Project be sure to come out and see the band next Saturday night at Circa 1810 Bar, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC, where they’ll be rocking from 8-11 pm under the tent.
If you can’t make it out to rock next weekend, keep up to speed with the band by giving their Facebook page a LIKE:
Speaking of rocking under the tent on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar, I closed out last weekend rockin’ with the Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot featuring the guitar work of Shawn Mitchell and the bongos of Jeremy Lowery. Both players add vocals and often harmonize.
If you are looking for a fun date night bring your love to see a show soon. These boys have a great time entertaining crowds and love when the crowd participates. Tonight they will be rocking Church Street Deli, Pub, & Inn , 99 W Church St., Swansboro, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm. Come early for a great bite and stay late for making memories with music, your love and maybe even some dancing. The show is free and so is the fun, so feel free to tip the hard-working musicians that play hard for us on our days and nights off.
I might be a gearhead nerd. I don’t really know all of the actions or reactions of pedals, but I love guitar gear. I love taking pictures of pedals and guitar gear standing alone as much as I love shooting the artists. Hank Barbee has the best set ups for my curious mind to behold. I could sit for hours, I am sure, allowing Barbee to explain and display the sounds with neat and nifty noodling from toe-tapping effects.
Last night Barbee was joined by James Durham on sax and backing vocals and Matt Henderson on bass. Tonight the fans in South Carolina get to enjoy Hank Barbee and his Dust Parade, as well as his fancy pedal rig. They will be at The Pawleys Island Tavern, located at 10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC. Music starts at 8 pm.
Last night the band made a return to the Bern and played at Circa 1810 Bar, 221 S Front St., New Bern NC. This fine establishment offers music four nights a week, offers a new menu of delectable new Italian menu and warm kind staff to serve you. Live music is offered each Thursday with Dueling Pianos live from 7-11 pm live local bands each Friday and Saturday night from 8-11 pm.
On the patio, tonight Carolina Sky will bring the bluegrass. Each Sunday acoustic acts close out your weekend with an early show from 5-8 pm. Tomorrow you can enjoy the sounds of Gene Gregory, who makes music up and down the Coastal Carolina region and keeps many motivated with his great attitude with “Get Up and Get Out with Gene!”
Here is a little background on folk artist Johnsmith:
Johnsmith is an artist so often under-recognized, yet possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CD’s to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.
With his faded jeans and infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across the country.
Last night the Down East FolkArts Society presented Johnsmith at Trent River Coffee Company, located at 201 Craven St., New Bern, NC. He offered two fun and music filled sets for the full crowd. Tonight he will be offering a similar show at Joslyn Hall, located on the campus of Carteret Community College in Morehead City at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $16, $13 for Active Duty Military and Down East Folk Arts Society Members, $10 for full-time students.
The Raucous Brothers feature the groovy guitar works of Virginia native Paul Brion and beatbox banger, Patrick Edwards. The duo has been music brothers for decades and always have fun when they join energy on stage. Last night they added a little bottom to the mix with bassman Chris Morden when they played at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC.
If you missed the magic of their music last night, you are in luck as the trio will be rocking tonight on the other side of the bridge when they bring their grooves to BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern, NC. Music is free, food truck for food and fresh beer for the palate each Friday and Saturday from 7-10 pm.
For those interested in keeping up with Paul Brion and The Raucous Brothers you can like their Facebook page by following this link:
GEM Productions offered a free music show to our community last night when they brought a double bill of punk music to Live at The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St, New Bern, NC. Opening the night with an energetic set of rock that I missed was Underground District, a New Bern based outfit that has been working with GEM Productions.
Closing out the night was the Greenville based trio Darling Fascist Bully Boys. One of the things both bands share, beyond similar genre is the familiar guitar talent of Peter Strange.
Moonshine brings their rockin’ country flavor to Buck Wild Tavern, 4052 S Memorial Dr, Greenville, NC. There is no charge for the event and music starts at 9 pm and they groove you til closing at 2 am.
The Roman Sams bring their energetic classic rock rituals to AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. The band delivers the fun from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. There is no charge for the event and you are encouraged to come early to enjoy a great meal before the fun music begins. If you have a hankering for Irish grub, this is the pub for you!
There is no shortage of music in Greenville tonight with SpazzFest IX in full swing with Day Three happening now! Here are the full detail of the event taking place throughout Greenville:
<<< Spazz Presents >>>
*SPAZZ FEST IX / SPAZZ FEST 9*
SPAZZ FEST IX continues the annual tradition of a multi-day, multi-venue event honoring the integrity of Greenville’s social community while celebrating it’s established and continually growing music and arts scene. We’re (again) honored to engage in a direct collaboration with Mixer Magazine, to help get the word out about our festival! *Greenville Mixer Magazine is the premier entertainment publication distributed *FREE* throughout Greenville and Pitt County monthly.
Christy’s Euro Pub – 301 S Jarvis St.
Crossbones Tavern – 114 East 5th St.
Fire American Tavern – 113 East 5th St.
Jarvis Street Bottle Shop – 211 S Jarvis Street.
Pedals and Pistons – 621 Clark St.
Pitt Street Brewing Company – 630 S. Pitt St.
Players Retreat – 1631 Pactolus Hwy.
Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery – 707 Dickinson Ave.
Greenville Masonic Building – 1104 Charles St.
SATURDAY MARCH 24TH
@ PITT STREET (2PM – 7PM)
THE DAY RAGER ft. FS (Reunion Set), First Marriage, propersleep (Raleigh), Zephyranthes (Raleigh), August Is Ours, Nu Clear Twins, Spaghetti (New Bern).
@ PITT STREET (8PM – 11PM)
Arson Daily (Boone), Del Sur (SC), Self Help (Boone)
@ CHRISTY’S EUROPUB (8PM – MIDNIGHT)
THE HOOTENANNY ft. The Hills and the Rivers (Pittsburgh), On The Water (Philly), Average Joey (Pittsburgh), William Smith.
@ PEDALS & PISTONS (6PM) – $8 adv / $10 day-of
PUNK ROCK SMACKDOWN ft. The Independents (SC) w/ No Brainer (Charlotte), Poison Anthem (Raleigh), Madd Hatters (Wilmington), Good Good Grief (Cape Fear), Dead Rotten (Wilmington), Voltage Divider, Underground District.
@ TROLLINGWOOD (7PM – MIDNIGHT) – $8 adv / $10 day-of
SPAZZALICIOUS ft. SWEET ACTS + RAP ROUND ROBIN
ft. Crunk Witch (ME), Sext Msg (Lincolnton, NC), Ada Band (Philly), Wilt (Philly), Free Radical (Raleigh) + THE RAP ROUND ROBIN w/ PT Burnem (Richmond), Jack Topht (Buffalo), Speak N’ Eye (Winston-Salem), Richard Benjamin.
@ TROLLINGWOOD (MIDNIGHT – 2AM) – $6
Tymellord w/ MDH Vamp, Fijiwatersplash
@ PLAYER’S RETREAT (7PM – 11PM) – $5 adv / $7 day-of
METAL NIGHT 2: SPAZZ PRESENTS x STERNUM PROMOTIONS present Unicron (Raleigh), Sharptooth (MD), Curses (WV), Lumen (GA), Valhalla.
@ CROSSBONES (10PM – 2AM) – $8 adv / $10 day-of
SPAZZ FEST IX: NIGHT THREE: Psylo Joe, Tomato Dodgers (MD), Surprise Attack (Washington, DC)
There is more fun tomorrow for the final day of year nine!
SUNDAY MARCH 25TH
@ THE GREENVILLE MASONIC TEMPLE (10AM – 5PM) / *FREE*
GREENVILLE VINYL RECORD SHOW (SPAZZ FEST EDITION)
@ TROLLINGWOOD (3PM – 8PM) / $5
COSMIC SPAZZFEST ft. Clang Quartet (Stokesdale), Clouds of Venus, Ben Mauch (VA), Honeybrandy (VA), The Sound Of Square Triangles as Digital Leaves, Bryce Eiman (Bynum), Joe Barricella, Birth Rattle
@ CHRISTY’S EUROPUB (7PM – 11PM)
SPAZZ FEST IX FINALE ft. Paleface (Concord), Scott Yoder (Seattle, WA), William Seymour.
Come and join the fun at the 2018 Rockin’ Spring Festival to be held in conjunction with Fishstrong Foundation‘s 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bryan Mayer will be arriving to provide some entertainment! Games, bounce houses, food trucks, vendors, pictures with the Easter bunny and more! An event the whole family can enjoy! A portion of all proceeds to benefit Fishstrong Foundation and all the great things they do. This event happens throughout the day from 9 am til 6 pm this evening. It is all taking place at the Rockin’ Game Party.
Mac and Juice offer the music tonight to the crowd gathering at Growler Grlz, 4810 Hope Valley Rd, Ste 110, Durham, NC. Delivering the music from 7-10 pm. This duo is always fun for grooving.
Since we are chilling around Durham let me mention that Delta Moon brings the beats to Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm but you are encouraged to come early and enjoy a delightful meal before the live music has you dancing the night away.
The Tarheel Presents
Local Artist Showcase
Featuring Some of the Best Unsigned Acts in Eastern NC
Free Advance Tickets w/ Promo Code
Faith & Scars – Promo Code: FAITH
– Raleigh, NC: High Energy Rock
Death Of Uriah – Promo Code: DEATH
– Jacksonville, NC: Alt Groove Metal
Stairwell – Promo Code: STAIR
– Greenville, NC: Modern Active Rock
DOWN TO THIS – Promo Code: DOWN
– Jacksonville, NC: Fast & Heavy Metal
Ethyrium – Promo Code: ETH
– Jacksonville, NC: Modern Metalcore
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Doors 7:00 PM | Show 7:30 PM
Purchase Tickets: www.tarheelnclive.com
Standing Room Only
Free In Advance w/ Band Promo Code
$20 Jack Daniels’ Side Stage Lounge* (LIMITED) (21+ ONLY)
* Side Stage Lounge Includes:
– One (1) Ticket
– Access to the Jack Daniels’ Side Stage Lounge
– Access to the JD Private Bar
– Seating – Though chairs and tables are provided in the lounge, seating availability is not guaranteed.
$100 VIP Booth Seating* (LIMITED)
* Booth Seating Includes:
– Four (4) Tickets
– Private Elevated Box w/ Four Bar Chairs
– Separate VIP Entrance
– One (1) Front Door Reserved Parking Space
– Waitress Service
Ryan Cain will be offering the rock and country grooves to the folks that gather at Shortway Brewing Co., 230 Chatham St, Newport, NC. This is an early show with music starting at 6:30 pm and tunes being offered until 9:30 pm.
For fans of reggae music, you can catch Selah Dub live tonight at Off The Hook, 105 E 7th St., Morehead City, NC. Music is offered from 10 pm until closing at 2 am. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door.
Stephen Poole offers the music at The Tipsy Turtle, 408 Atlantic Beach Cswy, Atlantic Beach, NC. Music is offered from 9 pm until it is time to head home about 1 am.Come enjoy the familiar rock and country sounds you love.
Dos Eddies are on tap for entertainment tonight at The Trailer Bar, 1701 N New River Dr, Surf City, NC. Music is played from 8:30 until 11:30 pm this evening. This is a free show, so feel free to show some love to the music makers and give them a tip!
March 24, 2018
The Shell – Wilmington, NC
VIP Session Noon–6pm
Regular Session 2pm – 6pm
YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT US IN CHARLOTTE AND THE TRIANGLE … NOW WE’VE MADE IT TO COASTAL CAROLINA!
The festival is a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.
What’s to Expect …
All Guests Receive a Souvenir Glass for Tastings.
All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
The first 200 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE BBBQ” Bag to celebrate the show.
Great VIP Whole Hog Session. It’s pork-a-licious. Your VIP ticket includes all of the General Admission highlights along with:
A BBQ Plate Dinner
Reduced Attendance For This session
2 Extra Hours of Fun
Special Beer & Bourbon selections
Special Whole Hog Tastings and much more!
Enjoy The Shrine of Swine! The Shrine features pulled pork – right from the source. Pork Worship at its finest!
BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and any fixins’ you could imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South.
Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage.
Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, Hot sauces, bbq accessories, and even a cigar area.
VIP WHOLE HOG SESSION: $69 Advance Only – THIS WILL SELL OUT Valid Saturday Noon – 6 pm. In addition to the all of the features above, the VIP Session offers an exclusive tasting experience with TWO EXTRA HOURS of tastes, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, bbq dinner with pulled pork and all the fixins, and all LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. These tickets are limited and will SELL OUT. Squeal like a pig!!!!!!!
REGULAR SESSION: $39 Advance / $45 On-site Valid Saturday 2 – 6 pm Enjoy a fun day of Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ. Includes admission to the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling, and all live entertainment.
As usual, there are plenty of entertainment options around New Bern this evening.
*One Million Goal Is Excited To Invite You Out To The Bruin Craft Beer And Wine On March 24th! We Will Fundraise For Our April Trip To Nicaragua, So We May Build Water Filters For School Children, And Help End The Global Water Crisis!
This Pause for the Cause is being brought to us by our friends at Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival who brings the music family Strung Together and Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon to The Thirsty Bruin tonight for a worthy night of fundraising efforts with great music to celebrate. The Thirsty Bruin is located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. Tonight’s event starts at 6 pm with Strung Together offering music until 8 pm. Closing out the night Fairlight Moriah makes her New Bern debut with guitarist Aaron Davenport. The two offer tunes from 8-10. Along with all of the great music, there will be raffles and a 50/50 event to help raise fund for this worthy mission that brings clean water to Nicaragua Schools.
Cy Coleman was a musical prodigy who gave piano recitals at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Steinway Hall before the age of nine. Despite early success in jazz and classical music, Coleman decided to build his career in popular music, teaming up with many of the day’s best songwriters. Early hits include “Witchcraft” and “The Best is Yet To Come.” Coleman would join the Broadway scenes in 1960 with “Wildcat,” staring at the time unknown Lucille Ball. His career and involvement in Broadway would last in his death in 2004. Notable songs from his catalog include “Hey Look Me Over,” “Big Spender,” “Where Am I Going,” and “The Colors of My Life.”
Andrea Owens is a singing, songwriting, actress and fiber artist. A native of Rockport, Massachusetts, she studied dramatic arts and vocal performance at Emerson College in Boston and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Recently she was the Managing Director of Ratio Theatre Company, where she was also a member of the acting ensemble and was featured in the casts of Let’s Fly Away, Songs for a New World, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Side by Side by Sondheim. Most recently Andrea played the role of Abuela Claudia in New Bern Civic Theater’s production of In the Heights.
Phil Owens studied guitar with Mick Goodrick of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a featured performer in many Boston area jazz clubs in the 1970’s. He was a frequent performer at the Central New York Jazz Fest during the 1980’s and 90’s and has been performing jazz standards and original music with wife Andrea in ENC since moving here in 1998.
Andrea and Phil Owens continue to perform concerts of original and standard jazz music throughout the Crystal Coast region. They have been featured performers for the Syracuse Jazz Festival, The New Bern Jazz and Preservation Jazz Festival, and the Cape Fear Jazz Society. In 2010, Andrea and Phil wrote and produced their own musical, F.I.S.H. They own and operate The Red Shoe Studio Gallery in downtown New Bern. Together they raised two musician children and continue to live in New Bern.
Judy Harrison has performed with the Ratio Theatre’s “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” and “Songs for a New World” programs. Judy first came to the Old North State as a graduate student. While at UNC-Chapel Hill she was keyboardist with the University Symphony. Then at UNC-Greensboro, she was opera and music theater accompanist. Most of her professional career was spent in the Washington, DC, area in teaching and church music. She was music director of the Washington Revels for 15 years, with performances at Lisner Auditorium and appearances at the Smithsonian and The White House. Upon hearing Phil and Andrea Owens making music in 2009, Judy realized that New Bern would be the perfect place for permanent residence. She is pianist and music director at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern.
Admission: $15 for Craven Arts Council Members, $20 for Nonmembers
**This show is sold out!**
Dan Jam Phillips offers the entertainment for friends and fans that gather at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., Nw Bern, NC. This free show starts at 8 pm and ends about 11 pm. Phillips always brings an eclectic mix of friends to help entertain the crowd. There is no charge for the show, but feel free to show some love and tip the music makers.
Carolina Sky will offer the music tonight under the tent, on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar & Restaurant at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music plays from 8-11 pm and I promise you, there will be banjos!
As mentioned in the feature above, The Raucous Brothers will be rocking BrÜtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. The band will rock it from 7-10 pm tonight! Here is more about the band as per the Facebook Event:
Paul Brion is a singer/songwriter who has been performing along the East Coast since at least 1984. Paul was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, and Frank Zappa during his formative guitar playing years. The first club gigs were playing Texas Swing and country music with the mysterious (and now missing) Bob Grover. In the early 80’s Paul saw the Neville Bros and swore allegiance to reggae music after hearing them play Marley’s One Love as an encore. Around the same time, he began playing with the Carribean band NuNu Balsm.
After NuNuBalsm self-destructed, Paul and some remaining members formed the Raucous Brothers. Not just satisfied with reggae the band added zydeco, New Orleans R&B (read the Meters), and P-Funk to the greasy melange.
Around 1995 Paul moved to Kona on the island o Hawaii and joined the roots reggae band Jahrhinga. Jahrhinga played many Bob Marley Day shows in Hilo some with Marty Dread and Jack Miller. While in Puna the band headlined at the Akebono Theatre (oldest theater in HI.) and the Pahoa Lounge.
Brion returned to the East Coast after his brief Jahwaiian interlude to inject everything he had learned into the new Raucous Brothers. Returning to Hawaii many times Paul would re-up with Jahrhinga and especially bassist/athlete Aja Eversfield through the years.
There are 3 Raucous Brothers Cds, one Jata Cd, and even one cassette tape (Seduction Via Riddim-from the earliest days). Several of Paul’s songs have been used on movie soundtracks and even on the Carolina Surf Report. Full blown Raucous Brothers gigs are rare now but Paul continues to play solo and duo gigs at damn near any venue that will have him. He is currently (as always) recording a new CD.
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
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.
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.
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