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~ Friday, January 20, 2017 ~ “Break Out the Dancing Boots Baby, it’s Friday Night. Let’s Do The Two Step Shuffle!”   ~ Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern ~ Tonight you can enjoy the food from Tiny Tornado Food Truck which will be at BrÚtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern. On tap for […]

~ Friday, January 20, 2017 ~

“Break Out the Dancing Boots Baby, it’s Friday Night. Let’s Do The Two Step Shuffle!”


~ Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern ~

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Tonight you can enjoy the food from Tiny Tornado Food Truck which will be at BrÚtopia, located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern. On tap for your entertainment will be Daryl Lucas Live. He will be there to rock you from 7 -10 pm. BrÚtopia offers a great selection of fresh beer and some tasty wine selections too. Their service is great and the show is FREE!


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On stage at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle Street, New Bern, NC, is where you can go in town to enjoy some great selection of fresh wine an beer.Tonight you will be delighted by the rocking sounds of singer James Ford, a talented local business man with a strong voice and awesome chord progressions. Ford plays everything from soul to funk, to rap to  blues and he is a power house with 90’s rock too. Check him out in town for free from 8 -10:30 pm.


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There’s a huge 80’s wave about to crash through the doors of The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. Tonight for your dancing pleasure you can get down with Madame Z. Known to the on the music stage as talented actor and jazz crooner  John Van Dyke is stepping out as Madame Z all weekend and taking a few friends a long for the ride. It starts with a dance party tonight. Always entertaining, this night of fun only costs $8.00 and tickets are available at the door.



Live tonight at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad Street, New Bern, NC, you can rock to the blues based tones of  Lil Cecil & No Credit. The four piece rocking blues cover act hails from Carteret County and they will have you dancing the night away. Come see them tonight from 7 -10 pm.


~ Crusin’ Along The Coast ~



Live at Boro Restaurant & Bar, located at 109 N Front St., Swansboro , NC, you can enjoy the sounds of New Bern’s own singer Ed Prophet. He gets the music started about 8 pm and rocks you til 11 pm. Come early, enjoy some fine food and stay late for the amazing sounds of this talented singer.


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Tonight at Emerald Isle’s premiere hot spot, Salt Ultra Lounge, located at 325 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, you can swag the night away with Jim Quick & The Coastline. It is going to be a beach party blow out that you don’t want to miss. Admission is $10 at the door and the party starts at 9 pm.



The New Bern based  romantic trio Casablanca will be playing this evening at Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Their show is from 8 -11 pm and there is no charge for the performance. Take a trip back in time with music that will move you throughout the night.


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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are ready for a show tonight at Carteret Community Theatre, Located at 1311 Arendell Ave, Morehead City, NC. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets range in price and you can find them in the links I found on the Facebook event page:

Carteret Community Theatre is extraordinarily proud to present ANOTHER fantastic concert!

Start YOUR 2017 with a bang as Morehead City welcomes the one and only Grammy Award winning Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives!

One of country’s most historically minded new traditionalists, Marty Stuart is also one of the most eclectic, moving between honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country, and bluegrass. He has also been one of the more flamboyant showmen, supporting his party-hearty image with a wardrobe of rhinestone-laden suits.

Plan NOW to make one cold Friday night in January HOT HOT HOT with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and all of your friends at Carteret Community Theatre by clicking the ticket link and securing YOUR seats today! is YOUR ticket portal to “Home of the BEST live shows on the Crystal Coast!”

“Home of the BEST live shows on the Crystal Coast!”
— at Carteret Community Theatre.


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Looking around the southern shores area I found that Machine Funk, a Widespread Panic Tribute Band will be performing this evening for the folks at The Whiskey, located at 1 S Front St., Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 10 pm. Come get rocked tonight at The Whiskey!


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It’s a legendary night of music with Justin West Band, opening the night for the one and only David Allan Coe. This show is taking place tonight at The Throne Theater located at 208 Market St., Wilmington, NC. Here is what I found out for links to the bands , showtime, and ticket information from the Facebook Event page:

The legend himself-
Official: David Allan Coe with
Justin West Band

Friday January 20th
doors 7 show 8

there is a limited seated GOLD CIRCLE (46)
seats in front of the stage available

ticket price

Gold Circle- $42.50 (very limited remaining)
Balcony (2nd floor access) – $30
General Admission (standing only) Lower Level- $20


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For folks out on the town for a funky good time, ought to head over to The Calico Room, located at 107 S Front St., Wilmington, NC, where Litz will rock your funk away. The band will start tonight at 10 pm and here is the description of music I found on the Facebook event page:

Funk/ Psychedelic/ Jam

LITZ brings together a wide array of musical influences ranging from funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronics and just about everywhere in between to amalgamate a new sound for ears of the world. Their sound strides to sonically transport its listeners to another planet free of the stress, struggles and tribulations of modern day life through the use of funky horn riffs, was-way keys, pounding bass, driving/ progressive rhythms and melt your face guitar.


~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~


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Blackwater Hollow will perform tonight at Riders In The Country, located at 5701 Randleman Rd., Randleman, NC. They take the stage at 9:30 pm. They are an outlaw country band based out of Burlington, NC, ready to make you dance the night away.


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Looking around other parts west of state you can enjoy an evening of song with Laurelyn Dossett, who will bring her band in for a show tonight at Common Grounds, located at 602 S Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and here are more details about tonight’s gathering found on the Facebook event page:

Come out this Friday to hear Laurelyn Dossett here at Common Grounds! She will be accompanied by Alex McKinney on Dobro, Faye Petree on fiddle, and Alex Bingham on upright bass. Don’t miss out!
Show starts at 8:00pm.
Tickets $8 presale/ $10 at door
Call ahead to purchase tickets at 336-698-3888.


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Tonight it is the kickoff of Elvisfest in Carrboro, NC. This weekend long event was originally slated for the first weekend of the month, to honor the King during the weekend of his birthday. But due to the unusual snowstorm we experienced it was held over for this weekend. On the bill for tonight you can delight in the sounds of The Phantom Playboys, TBC 56 (all Elvis) and Phatlynx live on stage in the back room at The Cat’s Cradle, which is located at 300 East Main St., Carrboro  NC. Admission is $10.00 at the door.


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Tonight at Tony’s Oyster Bar, located at 106 Edinburgh Dr., S; STE 129, Cary, NC you can rock the night away with Shine. They will get the party started at 10 pm. But you are encouraged to come early and enjoy the great food before you get rocked right. This show is free.


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Having a look around Raleigh, The North Carolina Symphony presents their Star Trek Spectacular, for three shows this weekend at Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts, located at 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC. For tickets please follow this link:


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For all you night owls you can groove with The Gaslamp Killer and Trackstar the DJ live tonight at Kings, located at 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC. This show starts at midnight and here are the details I found on the event page:

Friday Jan 20th at Midnight

Intergalactic traveler THE GASLAMP KILLER


Run The Jewels Tour DJ Trackstar the Dj

light up Kings for a late night delving

come early for The Old Fashioned Unamerican Barn Burner at Kings, stay late with a ticket to the after party

$12 adv
$15 dos


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The Band of Heathens have a show tonight at The Lincoln Theater, located at 126 Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC. Tickets for the show are $15 and will be available at the door.

Music starts at 8 pm and the show is scheduled through 11 pm. The band is out in support of their latest release Duende, which will be available at the show.


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Over at The Real McCoy’s, located at 3325 Rogers Rd., Raleigh, NC, you can enjoy the sounds of of the Jared Place Duo.  Who will start rocking the room at 9:30 and give up their great grooves until 12:30 am.


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Tim Hair with Steel County Express will all be on display for your good time, as they bring their modern country and rock covers to The Flipside Restaurant, located at 408 E Second St, Clayton, NC. Come early and stay late. Music starts at 7 pm and the room is going to be rocking until closing at 2 am. So come early, fill up on some good grub and get down on the dance floor.


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New Bern’s own rocking party band Zen Pirates have a show tonight at The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. They get the party started at 10 pm and promise to rock you until 2 am. They give up all the great grooves that make people want to dance.


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It is a three day rock, Women Who Rock extravaganza this weekend at The Twisted Kitty, located at 2918 Fort Bragg Rd., Fayetteville, NC.  Here is the line up they posted on the Facebook event:

This 3 Day Event Is Going To Rock
Friday January 20th
7:00-7:45 YEAH
8:00-8:45 Rodger That
9:00-9:45 We Were Once
10:00-10:45 Forever Chained
11:00-11:45 Butterfly Corpse
12:00-2am Suicide Karaoke With The Bands.

Saturday January 21st
7:00-7:45 The Devil’s Daughters
8:00-9:45 Dixie Dust
10:00-10:45 Lauren Nicole
11:00-11:45 Reason Define
12:00-12:45 Paper Dolls
1:00-2am Karaoke With The Bands

Sunday January 22nd (Acoustic)


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Steel Shot have a show tonight at Fat Backs Bar & Game Room, located at 1100 Dan Peele Rd., Bear Grass, NC. This Pamlico County duo get to rocking about 9:30 pm and keep the party going until the crowd is ready to quit. Come out and have fun with the boys while you dance with friends!


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I found a few shows to tell you about around Greenville and all of them offer something special. First we have a great country show at the Buccaneer Music Hall, located at 2120 Fire Tower Road. Greenville, NC. Raised up from the moonshine swamps of Johnson County, NC, Jonathan Parker came Back to Earth  on his last release and he will bring a taste of his take on country music from 9 pm til 1 am.


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For those looking for a funky, fun and rocking good time, local party players TrainWreck will be turning up the fun factor tonight at Fire American Tavern. They will be extending the stage to make room for the area’s best party band in town. This eight piece unit can go from rock to pop to funk to soul in 20 minutes. They are a great treat, always fun to watch and offer great music for dancing! Come early for some great grub and stay for the band that gets rolling about 9 pm. Fire American Tavern is located at 113 E 5th St., Greenville, NC


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Tonight, just across the way at Crossbones Tavern, located at 114 E 5th St., Greenville, you can enjoy the rhythms of of techno funky Psylo Joe for his debut release A Peasant’s Life. Here is more about Joe, the band he will bring in and his career:

After 3 strong years of playing live music and touring over bits of the East Coast of the country, Psylo Joe finally comes out with their first album called ” A Peasant’s Life”. Join us on FRIDAY the 20th at Crossbones Tavern for a special EP Release Party held at the venue they had their first show. See you there JOES~

Backup Planet is a progressive funk-rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. To see Backup Planet perform live is to simultaneously travel back in time and forward into the future. Their truly unique sound emanates from a place that seems familiar, yet uncharted. Elements of jazz, funk, roots, blues, electronic, and progressive rock all emerge during the course of their shows. Their sound draws from so much you’ve heard before—‘70s rock and funk, high-energy improv, a touch of pop, and a sliver of metal. But the members of Backup Planet mix and match those elements—with just a hint of modern tech to burnish a sturdy nucleus of retro-minded organ and guitar—in ways that never fail to astonish. With a fantastic repertoire of original songs, they’re able to build fluid sets interspersed with extended improvisation.


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The Adam Hill Band have a show this evening at Dukenfield’s Bar /TAVERN, located on 4285 Gum Branch Rd., Jacksonville, NC. The rockin’ trio from the Pink Hill region will be offering their great grooves from 8 pm til midnight. If you have not heard Hill and his band, make it a point to visit their site, sign up on their mailing list and come see them when they roll through a town near you.

Looking ahead in Hill’s career; he will be a guest on Music Monay on Monday, January 30, 2017. Hosted by John Jones the live music radio segment is a regular feature of Raeford Brown Show on Thunder Country 96.3 FM. You can hear it live from 8:30-9:00 am.


Well America, it is a new day and I graciously welcome our 45th President, Donald J. Trump.  I hope you join me in wishing our country well under his leadership. I hold hope in his promise to make America great again. I believe we do have to “think big and dream ever bigger!”

Whatever great event you pick to support live music tonight, please take kindness with you and be sure to tip the servers and bartenders that serve you. Also share some love with all of the music makers that make you dance. Life is short so take some time tonight to enjoy the dance!


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