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It’s My Birthday and I’ll Dance if I Want To ~ ♥ ~

~ Live Music Options for Friday February 17, 2017 ~

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 Tonight Hank Barbee will be bringing his Dust Parade to New Bern for their debut at The Brown Pelican, to help me celebrate my birthday! Barbee has appeared at the Pelican several times in the past, but always solo. Friday will be extra special as he calls in some talented players to back him rhythmically. Check out the great grooves of this music maker from 8-11 pm.

Barbee with his Dust Parade, will be bringing new merchandise including their new release; Son Royale.  

I know birthday parties always mean presents and hoopla, but really your presences is a great enough gift for me. I would love for you to check out the artists I am currently representing and dance, as we have fun in one of my favorite watering holes, in the place I love calling home!

 I am however willing to accept donations for Promise Place. They are the Sexual Assault Agency, located at 1401 Park Ave., New Bern, NC. Unfortunately, whether we wish to talk about it or not, sexual assault and rape; incest and sexual deviance blankets our culture and fills our communities. This non-profit organization helps victims and families that have suffered this trauma and help them heal. Healing is an important key to keeping people together after such horrible tragedies. Your donations will help those families.

The other way to help the cause is to consider buying some of Laura Gammons original artwork which is on display at The Brown Pelican. Her paintings are located in the piano room at The Dirty Bird. Please check out all her works hanging there and then pick the one that calls to you. Any painting purchased between now and March 31, 2017; 50% of all sales will be donated to Promise Place on behalf of the awesome artist.


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Live at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern NC, it is Latin Dance Night and here are all of the details from the Facebook event page:

Wepa! February is for passion! Salsa, bachata, cha-cha! or just come and shake your hips! Come at 8pm to brush up your Latin dance skills with dance instructor Cindy Riggs from Rivertowne Ballroom. We’ll be offering Latin specials all night from our kitchen and bar. DJ starts at 9.
$5.00 Cover



Matt Livingston will be live tonight at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. He will be offering his acoustic accompaniment from 8 -10:30 pm. He plays a variety of familiar tunes to get you ready for the weekend.


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In the world of theater and live productions, New Bern Civic Theater, located at 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC, offers Gem of the Ocean, which will have several performances each weekend over the next two weeks, beginning tonight. Here is more information on tickets times and price from the Facebook event page:

“Gem of the Ocean” (Rated R)
Evenings: February 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees: February 19 & 26 at 2 pm
Tickets: Orchestra – Advanced: $18, Door: $20, Students & Active Duty Military w/ ID: $12
Balcony – Advanced: $17, Door: $19,
Students & Active Duty Military w/ ID: $10, (plus tax).
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 252-633-0567 or by ordering online
Rated R due to language
— at New Bern Civic Theatre.

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~ Rockin’ Around the Region ~

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Jukebox Revolver will be offering all the great classic rock hits you love tonight at the Buckhead Saloon, located at 1720 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC. They get the grooves going at 10 pm and rock you til 2 am. Come early for some good grub and stay late to dance to all your rockin’ favorites!


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Thick n Thin have a gig tonight. They will be playing their tunes for the folks dining at Bistro 150, located at 2205 Oak Ridge Rd., Ste. R,  Oak Ridge, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and they will play all the favorites you love til 10 pm.


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There is a double stack of talent on tap tonight at Abbey Road Tavern & Grill, located at 1195 W Chatham Rd., Cary, NC. Opening the night with a great variety of acoustic favorites and playing from 6-9 pm will be Jason Lutz. Closing out the night from 9 pm til midnight will be Bill West, giving up all the classic tunes you know and love for dancing.


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Live tonight at Nightlight Bar & Club, located at 405 W Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC, they are holding a fundraiser for the Prison Books Collective, which collects books and sends them to prisoners. Music starts at 8 pm and the program will last til 11 pm.As part of the fundraiser the following talents will also be performing:

Nicki Rivers + band
Nicki studied vocal performance at the New School of Jazz, New York, NY. She has performed in various venues from Japan to Paris, and has studied with Jazz masters from Shelia Jordan, to DeeDee Bridgewater, Drum Maestro Chico Hamilton, bassist Harley White, and mentored by pianist Jim Bell.
Reflex Arc + friends: extended set.
A two piece experimental and improvisational band. Crowmeat Bob plays a variety of horns + sometimes electric guitar while Ginger Wagg plays a variety of body parts, spaces, and emotional states.
UNC Wordsmiths
Spoken Word Poetry
ALL money from the event will go to Prison Books Collective to help them support people in prison by sending them books and zines.
If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting here:
$10, $8 student/senior, $5 low-income
All Ages


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There is a great event taking place at the Historic Playmakers Theater, located in Chapel Hill, NC. They are offering Clefchella an annual acapella invitational. It is a two-day event and you probably want to check out both programs. Here is more information on the event from the Facebook page:

The Clefs are super excited for the 2017 installment of our annual a cappella invitational, Clefchella. Widely believed to be nearly as fun as the actual Coachella, you’re going want to catch one or both nights of this jam.
Both days of the concert are sure to offer something a little bit different, and we can’t wait to hang out with the six awesome groups who will be joining us. Friday night, we’ll be singing with The Michigan G-Men, Sweet Signatures and Acappology. In honor of the UVA-UNC basketball showdown on Saturday night, we will be teaming up with the Loreleis and hosting the UVA Hullabahoos and The Virginia Sil’hooettes for a pregame rivalry concert at 3:15 p.m.
The event will be hosted at Historic Playmakers Theatre. Be sure to get your tickets while they’re still available!


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Tom Walsh will be bringing the music to the folks gathering this evening at The Char 7 Bar, located at 6300 Camel Rd., Charlotte, NC. He offers a variety of great tunes with awesome vocals and high energy guitar to get you going tonight. Music plays from 8-11 pm.


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Bill Lyerly Band will be bringing it to the people at Aviator Brewing Company, located at 525 Broad St., Fuquay -Varina, NC. Music starts at 9 pm the trio will rock the house til 1 am.


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Barefoot Wade will be found East of Raleigh tonight as he jams his tunes at Grounds Café, located at 320 Vintage Point Ln. Wendell, NC. He offers his tropical warming melodies from 6:30 til 9:30 pm.


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The Golden Link Lounge, located upstairs at 520 Third St., Ayden, NC, will offer the music of JazzMo featuring Who Pooted? There is a $5 music charge. Doors open at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. For more information call 252-746-0677.


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The rockin’ Roman Sams Band will be rocking the room at AJ McMurphy’s, located at 1914 Turnbury Ct., Greenville, NC. They get the party started at 9 pm with all your favorite classic rock tunes. This is a fun band always ready to have a good time with their audience. Check them out tonight.


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Mason Jar Bonfire will bring all the southern rock and country stomping favorites to Buck Wild Tavern, located at 4052 S Memorial Dr., Winterville, NC. They kick off their show at 9 pm and promise to keep those boots scooting til 1 am.


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Check out the young rising singing sensation Caroline Dare, who will be performing live tonight at The Turnage Theater, located at 150 West Main St., Washington, NC. Tickets are $5.00 each and will be available at the door for purchase. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Dare will offer her selections til 9 pm. She will blow your mind when you see her live. She is the future in country music coming out of our great state, so keep an eye on her.


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Chris Nash is ready to rock the night away with all the folks who come out to Market Street Pub, located at 143 N Market St., Washington, NC. He will get the party started at 10 pm and rock you with all the fun tunes and country favorites you love til 2 am.


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Since I am an advocate for dancing as much as live music, as the two walk hand in hand quite nicely, let me fill you in on a night of dance lessons that will be taking place this evening at Biaggio’s, located at 622 Court St., Unit 100, Jacksonville, NC. Leading the class will be Dawn Cattaneo, who will dance you through the motions of rumba, salsa and lots of other fun dances. Come out tonight and learn to dance with your partner via great instruction while having great fun. 6-9 pm is the time to get your groove mastered.



Spencer Scholes will be rocking with the dinner crowd, dining at the Marina Cafe located at 110 S Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. He serves up the music from 7:30 – 11:30 pm while the staff serves up the great food. This show is free and a great choice for those looking for great music and good food tonight.


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Caliber .45 have a show tonight at Flipside Restaurant & Pub, located at 408 E 2nd St., Clayton, NC. They will provide a mix of modern and classic country grooves to keep you boot scootin’ from 9 pm til 1 am.


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Folks who head out for supper at Mad Boar Restaurant, located at 111 River Village Pl., Wallace, NC, will be in for a special music treat this evening, with the skilled and classically trained guitar maestro Justin Castellano, who will perform from 8-11 pm


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Checking things out in Fayetteville, they are offering a rocking night of talent tonight at The Twisted Kitty, located at 2918 Fort Bragg Rd., Fayetteville, NC. They are having a going away party for staff member Matt! Here is more on the night ahead:

We might be saying goodbye to one awesome dude, but we are doing it up right!!! LIVE all the way from Birmingham, Alabama comes national band BrokenRail. Joining them is Charlotte heavy rockers Prowess along with Raleigh favorites LaureNicole and Dethcadence. One of the best shows I have ever booked in my 3 year tenure in the Carolinas, so don’t miss this one time only ball buster!!! It ALL happens right here at The Twizted Kitty!!!!

Cost is just $10 and it all starts at 8pm. Don’t be late because it will sell out!!!

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~ Cruisin’ Along the Coast ~

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Starting things off around the southern shores, we find Folkstone String Band will be live this evening for the dinner crowd at Moe’s Original BBQ, located at 5818 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC. They get to picking about 5:30 pm and keep you grooving to the folk and bluegrass offerings til 8:30 pm.


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Feather will offer two shows this evening at Bourgie Nights, located at 127 Princess St., Wilmington, NC. Either show will cost $10.00 and the show times are 7:30 pm or 10 pm. Doors open at 7 pm and 9:30 pm for the show that follows.


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Dirty White Rags will be rocking the Satelite Bar & Lounge, located at 120 Greenfield St., Wilmington, NC. They take to the stage at 9 pm and rock you til midnight.There is no charge for this show, but feel free to tip the players, as free music is never free!


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Closin Tyme got in touch with me, to tell me that they would be rocking Halftime’s Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Leland, NC. They get the boots kicking by 9:30 pm and will have you boot scooting til 12:30 am. This show is free so come one, come all and enjoy great country music and great grooves of this hard-working regional act.


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The acoustic duo Now & Then will be offering a great selection of beautiful songs from the 70’s thru the 90’s tonight at Sea Monkey 58, located at 2604 Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC. They will serve up the music from 6:30 pm til 9:30 pm.


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Having a look at the happenings in Beaufort, NC; Travers Brothership will be bringing their show to The Backstreet Pub, located at 124 Middle Ln., Beaufort, NC. There is a music charge to get in but the music is always worth the price of admission. Doors open at 8pm and music usually starts at 10 pm . For more information call the bar at 252-728-7108.


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4EverAll offers a great mix of melodic harmonies and good grooves to make you feel relaxed and ready for the weekend. They will be performing live at Cru Bar & Wine Store / Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort NC. They rock the room from 8-11 pm. There is no cover charge, but you can come early for wine tasting, then stay for appetizers and great music.


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Just across the road at Royal James Café you can enjoy the acoustic grooves of the talented Brian Burke, who will be offering his music from 9 pm til midnight. Come out to enjoy the sounds of this music maker and grab a bite to eat too. They make an awesome burger here and the staff is as sweet as can be too.


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The Limits will be live tonight from 10 pm til 2 am and rocking the room at The Emerald Club, located at 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC. This fun party band will keep you dancing and having a great time. To get familiar with the band follow these links:



Ed Prophet will be live tonight at Boro Restaurant & Bar, located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. He offers his eclectic mix of awesome melodies from 7-10 pm this evening, for diners and drinkers a like. Come out and enjoy the great food and bask in the music from 7-10 pm.

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That is what I found for music options for your dancing pleasure for tonight. 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! Thanks for keeping me informed!
Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance.


Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook and you will end up in the list of options 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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