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~ Live Music Options for Saturday, February 18, 2017 ~

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~ Rockin’ Around The Region ~



Justin Castellano heads west to perform this evening and will be offering his selections to the folks visiting Afton Village. His show will be in the The Wine Room located in Concord, NC. He plays from 8-11 pm.


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There is a one of a kind event taking place this evening at Won Buddhism of North Carolina located at 8021 Old NC -86, Chapel Hill, NC

Do not miss this one-of-a-kind event that allows us to experience the fusion of East and West as Jennifer Curtis and Mi Ja Kim collaborate to present a unique performance of instrumental music and traditional Korean dance movement.

Combining performances of violin, mandolin, kayakeum, drums, and dance, Jennifer, an acclaimed American violinist, and Mi Ja, a master of Korean dance, drums, and Kayakeum, will bring East and West together in this varied program.

This is a fundraiser to support the temple and will replace the Spring Equinox Benefit Concert in March.

Admission at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for students and children


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Hank, Pattie & the Current are a Raleigh NC based quintet fronted by Hank Smith (Barefoot Manner, Kickin Grass Band) on Banjo and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw (Kickin Grass Band, Long Bay Symphony) on fiddle and vocals. The sound is a soulful evolution of American acoustic music weaving Bluegrass into the tapestry of jazz, blues, and classical styles.

Tonight the band will perform live at Community Church Concerts located at 106 Purefoy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC.  Music starts and 8 pm and the band plays til 11 pm.

For tickets in advance follow this link:


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Red Line will be live at Mac’s Tavern located at 1014 Ryan Rd., Cary, NC. They are a four piece party band based out of Raleigh, NC and they look forward to making people dance from 9 pm til the midnight hour.


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Live tonight at Tony’s Oyster Bar you can get ready for Mardi Gras with the party that starts tonight at 10 pm with the Magic Pipers. TOB is located at 107 Edinburgh Ave., Ste 129, Cary, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and the party last til Tony makes us go home. Here is what I found on the Facebook event page:

THIS SATURDAY PARTY WITH THE PROS, as Ron Ross AND NEWLY ADDED MEMBER Donnie Sasser BRING THE MAGIC PIPER SHOW BACK TO TONY’S to keep the MARDI GRAS PARTY ROLLING! Make plans for dinner and the show, with fresh steamed seafood, Cajun /Creole cuisine, oysters, clams, shrimp, and whatever else your heart desires at Tony’s Oyster Bar in Cary’s MacGregor Village! Call 919-462-6226, or visit!


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The New Hillbillies will be rocking the room tonight at The Corner Tavern located at 1301 NW Maynard Rd., Cary, NC . Music starts at 9 pm and they will rock you til the midnight hour. There is no charge for this show.


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Heading a bit north we find that Jukebox Revolver will be rocking with the folks at Blue Bourbon Jacks,  located at 1310 N Main St., High Point, NC. Music starts a 10 pm and the band will keep you dancing with a variety of genres and familiar hits. Check them out tonight as they rock you til 2 am.


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Tonight it’s a double bill of tribute shows at Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store, located at 39 West St., Pittsboro, NC . Opening the night you can rock to the sounds of ZZ Trip as they offer the best dose of ZZ Top tunes around! Following their set get ready for the Ultimate AC∠DC Tribute Show with NC’s own Thunderstruck. Doors open at 8 pm and the cost for the show is $10.00 at the door.


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Heading down to the RDU area we find a fine bill of rocking originals on tap for tonight at Pour House Music Hall located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Tonight you can check out the grooves of Lactose Quervo  who open the night before welcoming Pivot to the stage and closing out the night with a reunion show is Viva La Venus. Here is more information about the bands which I found on the Facebook event page:

Viva la Venus is a female-fronted guitar rock band from North Carolina founded by vocalists/guitarists Wendy Brancaccio and Susan Darney. The two began writing music that combines powerfully seductive vocal melodies with complex and intricate guitar leads wrapped around sexy rhythm guitar hooks. Mary Anne Barckhoff soon joined with grooving bass lines, adding rhythmic vocal harmonies and occasionally trading bass and guitar duties with Susan. Trey McLamb’s thunderous drumming intensified the Viva la Venus sound: not quite metal, certainly not pop, but well-written, solid rock songs to keep your body rocking and mind rolling. The band quickly gained popularity through constant touring, radio airplay, press, and winning “battle of the bands” competitions.
The band’s debut CD release, The Never Ending Mending Story, proved the group’s strong songwriting and musical talent landing them a deal with Sony Music Television. Their second CD release, Forget the Fairy Tale, quickly skyrocketed, gaining them national attention and was selected as one of the Top 25 CDs of the year by . The band toured heavily and gained popularity throughout the East Coast and Midwest club circuit. The band’s most recent CD release, Bleeding on the Edge of Happiness, shows a clear maturity of seasoned musicianship and proves how well they complement each other as a solid unit, delivering their own brand of rock.
The band has made television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the North Carolina band TV showcase, Barchords. The music of Viva la Venus has been featured on national TV shows including Lifetime Network’s Strong Medicine and in the film, The Forever Dead written and directed by Christine Parker. Their music is available online at, iTunes and other online outlets.
Hailing from Raleigh, NC (USA), Pivot is a modern progressive rock group in relentless pursuit of perfection and constant change. Its members share more than just a passion for their work. They have a sense of urgency in re-inventing themselves and the sounds they create. While there is no mistaking the band’s signature sound, Pivot instills a uniqueness into each release with hopes to provide their fans with an enjoyable and lasting listening experience.


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The North Carolina Symphony is offering Romantic Nights which features music from Phantom of the Opera and more. This performance is taking place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts located at 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC. Tickets are $75.00 for this performance and you can get yours via this link:

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Jonathan Parker & His Band of Outlaws will be riding into Seven Springs this evening for a show at Maynards located at 5404 NC Highway 55 E, Seven Springs, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and they will rock you right til 1 am. This is a BYOB establishment and there is a music charge payable for this show at the door. Admission is usually $10.00


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For just $5.00 you can head out to the North Street Pub & Eatery located at 115 W North St., Kinston, NC and enjoy some great live music with the band Wicked Shimmies who will be on hand to rock you from 10 pm til 2 am this evening. You are encouraged to come early and enjoy a great meal before the music begins.


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Live tonight at Mad Boar Restaurant you can enjoy the acoustic sounds of Mark Daffer as he rocks the crowd this evening from 8-11 pm. Here again we have another great pick for dinner and live music. So come early to fill up then stay late move and groove to the music.


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Freeway has a show this evening at Anytime Billiards & Grill located at 1167 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC. They get the music started at 9 pm and rock you through the night with all the fun songs that keep you locked in the groove! Here is more on the band which I learned when reading their Facebook page:

Freeway delivers a high energy musical experience! Be prepared to embark on a musical journey thru the decades. Freeway, the ultimate party band, plays classic favorites that stand the test of time. Join Freeway Nation and enjoy the sights and sounds of Freeway at your next event. Freeway also offers intimate acoustic performances for that special occasion. Have instruments, will travel. Available for private parties, weddings, clubs, festivals, bike events or any other special event.


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Have a look at the Highway 17 to our north we stop in Ayden on our way North to check out the fun country grooves of Eli Craig Bandwho will be rocking The Grey Goose located at 9527 Hwy 903 N, Ayden, NC.  Doors open at 7 pm and the music cranks up about 10 pm. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple.


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The Southerner’s are throwing a party ! Come out on to  JJ’s Country Store and Tavern located at Hwy 903 & Oakley Rd., Stokes, NC. They want you to help them celebrate 5 years of rocking out around the East!! They will be laying down the Blues  Classic Rock  and Country from 9 pm -12 am. They look forward to saying thank you for your support over the past 5 years.


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Mac & Juice Quartet make their way back to their stomping grounds as they return to the Greenville area this evening for thier show at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. They get the grooves going at 9:30  pm and will have you rocking til 1:30 am. There is no cover charge for this show.

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Big Mean Sound Machine  will be ready to rock you tonight at Crossbones Tavern located at 114 W 5th St. , Greenville, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and they rock til 1 am!


Live tonight at Villedge located at 207 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC you can enjoy the music of Lisztomania Duo with special guest Abigail Jensen. Music starts at 9 pm and they offer a full night of tunes til 1 am. Come early and eat before the music begins.


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New Bern’s own classic rocking party band Zen Pirates will be invading Fire American Tavern  located at 113  W 5th St., Greenville, NC. This sounds like a winning combination for folks in that area. Come early to grab a great bite to eat and stay late to dance those calories away! Music starts at 10 pm and they rock you til 1 am.


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Over at The Tar Heel Variety Theater located at 485 Carrow Rd., Chocowinity, NC they are offering an oldies show like no other this evening. They will have acts bringing back all the great music of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and more! Come relive the days of young rock n roll and Motown too! Tonight at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and avail at the box office.

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~ Cruising Along the Coast ~


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Live tonight at The Palm Room located at 11 Salisbury Rd., Wrightsville Beach, NC it is Bibis Elison Band on stage from 10 pm til 2 am.


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Caliber .45 will be rocking the room with their brand of country and familiar favorites at Halftime’s Sports Bar & Grill located at 1107 New Pointe Rd., Leland, NC. They get to grooving at 9:30 and keep you boot scooting til 1:30 am.


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Tonight at Gibby’s Dock n Dine located at 315 Canal St., Carolina Beach, NC they are setting things up for TrainWreck to pull in to rock the crowd this evening from 8 pm til the midnight hour. Guitar player for the band Adrian Watts is Guitar Resources Featured Player for February. Be sure to like that page on Facebook and check out some of the videos I recently posted during my interviews with Watts last month.


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Steel County Express has a show tonight at Shelby Jeans located at 15 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach NC. They will be rocking the room with their brand of country tonight from 8 pm til the midnight hour. Come early and eat stay late and boot scoot with this fun rocking country band.


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Daryl Lucas will bring his live show to Rack ‘M Darts and Billiards located at 415 S College Rd., Wilmington, NC. He will be giving up the grooves with his wife this evening from 9 pm til 12 am.


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Rocking  tonight at Throne Theater located at 208 Market St., Wilmington, NC will be four bands on stage to rock you right. Here is more on the bands and details on the show from the Facebook event page!

The Throne Theater | Presents:

Puddle of mudd
wsg: STRICKEN | Break the Skyline | Kiss the Curse

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Doors: 7:00 PM | Show: 8:00 PM
$20 GA Advance | $30 Balcony

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Staind, Fuel, Saliva, Saving Abel, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Trapt, Hinder, Shinedown, The Exies, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Creed, Sick Puppies, Alter Bridge, etc
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“Psycho” 9.4M Views

“Stoned” 2.5M Views

“Spaceship” 3.2M Views

“We Don’t Have to Look Back Now” 2.6M Views

“Blurry” 949K Views


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David Dixon has a show tonight at The Pub 2012 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC. This singer songwriter is out of the Greenville area but heading south for his show this evening. Music starts at 7 pm and the grooves last til 10 pm.

Here is what else I found on the Facebook event page:

“David Dixon is a guitarist/singer-songwriter from Greenville, NC. He studied guitar performance and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and at East Carolina University. His rock band, “”The David Dixon Trio”” is currently touring the southeast. Dixon regularly performs solo acoustic in addition to the DDT shows. Dixon performed with the well-known beach music band, “”The Embers”” from 2008-2011.

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Having  a look at things along the Crystal Coast, I learned that Wild Honey has a show tonight at Church St. Deli  located on Church Street in Swansboro, NC. They offer the music accompaniment for dinner from 7-10 pm.



Ed Prophet is a fine choice for dining with great music for folks that find themselves around Atlantic Beach. He has a show this evening from 6:30 – 9:30 pm  at Sea Monkey 58 located at 2604 West Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC. To find out more or to reserve a table call:  (252) 222-4353.


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Faith Bardill will perform solo this evening at Southern Salt Seafood Company located at 701 Evans St., Morehead City, NC. Music starts at 6 pm and will be heard til 9 pm. Come out and enjoy some fine fresh seafood  and music by this talented performer.Bardill was the female country artist of the year at last year’s NC Music Awards.


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Just over the bridge in Beaufort we find New Bern’s own, Spencer Scholes ready to rock you tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Scholes is an energetic and talented singer songwriter that delivers a great show each time. He will be live tonight for folks around Beaufort from 8-11 pm.



Just across the way at Royal James Café located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC, you can catch another fun and energetic singer/songwriter as Hank Barbee and his band The Dust Parade will be rocking the folks from 9pm til the midnight hour. Barbee has a brand new release available now for purchase at his shows and via his website. To get your hands on Son Royale today visit

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~ Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern ~

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Tonight is phase two of Tracey’s Birthday Weekend at The Brown Pelican and tonight we feature the music of The Adam Hill Band from 8 pm til ??? They might have to tell us to go home because I have been really enjoying this party!! It has been a while since I checked in with the band and I am looking forward to more celebrations and festivities tonight as friends gather to celebrate Adam Hill’s birthday which is Monday and my friend Rick Phillips who is having his tonight!

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 tonight at The City Laundry located at 901 Pollock St, New Bern it is The Vagina Monologues.

Here are all the details on this live show:

Tickets on sale NOW at

Directors Judy Long and Lori Favre are bringing this worldwide pop culture phenomenon to a stage near you!

“Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving…written with a bluntness that is nevertheless intensely lyrical, it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem, and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction.” ~ Variety

A local all-star cast will bring the show to life on February 18th at the City Laundry in New Bern and February 25th at Carteret Community Theatre in Morehead City at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00 each night. Beer and wine concessions will be available (and, perhaps, a little bit encouraged) prior to each performance.

Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, The Vagina Monologues gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who sees it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. It is witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise. ‘At first women were reluctant to talk,’ Ensler writes. ‘They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them.”

General admission tickets are $20 for all performances. Advance tickets will go on sale soon and may be purchased at for the New Bern show and at for the Morehead City show.

For additional information please contact 252-726-8971.

The shows are Rated R for adult language

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Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to present the music of Marilyn and Alan Bergman, performed by Andrea and Phil Owens with Judy Harrison. This award-winning power couple of the Great American Songbook wrote many songs for the stage, television, and movies. The concert will begin at 7pm, with a pre concert discussion of the composers’ lives at 6:30. All of this is taking place at Bank of The Arts located 317 Middle St., NEw Bern, NC.


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Heading across the bridge the fun original trio The Dick Richards will be rocking the crowd at BrÛtopia located 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. They will rock the room from 7-10 pm and for those who are not familiar with this wonderful local outfit, here is more I found on the Facebook event page:

Come on by this Saturday to enjoy a unique local talent, The Dick Richards. While you are here, The Tiny Tornado will be on site to offer up their awesome menu. Sit back, enjoy yourself and have a beer.

The Dick Richards are an indie trio out of New Bern, NC. Through happenstance and luck The Dick Richards own Jake Ross, the band’s drummer/bassist/guitarist/vocalist, found a beat up vinyl containing the hits of the legendary Ol’ One Eyed Blind Willy Dick Richards, who by himself released over 15,000 albums all of which were good.

Parker Millar, the band’s drummer/bassist/guitarist/vocalist was inspired by the legacy of this legendary rock and roll musician and together Jake Ross and Parker Millar gave their band his namesake to carry on the tradition and spread the word of Ol’ One Eyed Blind Willy Dick Richards.

Rounding out the trio is Justin Tinkler, the band’s drummer/bassist/guitarist/vocalist, joined the Dick Richards after being found on the side of a busy highway in Oriental, NC selling exotic rocks. He soon ditched this endeavor after hearing the good news of Blind Willy. Justin has stated that if this whole band thing doesn’t work out he can just go back to selling rocks anyways.

Check them out here:


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Last but never least, it is the crazy and fun duo Steel Shot who will be live tonight at Taberna Country Club located at 401 Taberna Way, New Bern, NC. They get the party started at 7 pm and you can enjoy their music while you dine til 10 pm. This talented duo hails from Pamlico County and offers a great mix of familiar songs.

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p style=”text-align:center;”>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.

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