NCMZ.LIVE ~ NC’s Best Source for Live Music Options and Local Band News

Welcome to the Weekend! Thanks for Starting Here!

I just wanted to say thanks for all of the likes and the shares and YES!!! I am finally getting comments on the blog itself. Thank you so much. I am interested in keeping this site live and lively and most specifically, about live music and the players that are making it and the venues that are supporting them.

Thank you for turning here to start your weekend. In this installment we will talk role play, restaurant rap and I will of course send you around the state moving and grooving to all the live shows I found from the mountains to the coast!

~ Role Play ~

Any band or artist that wishes to accomplish anything in this business can expect to work hard. It’s not all glamorous and glorious like it seems when you watch the Grammy’s. In fact getting to that red carpet is a long haul. People have to like you of course, but that is not hard. It is easy to find people to like you, but swaying the mass population so that you become “main stream” and a  household name, that’s a trick that takes good teamwork..

It’s not something that happens overnight and it is nothing that one single person can do alone. It takes a team to bring an artist from the bedroom where they worked out 50 songs, in their spare time, to the studio to the stage. It takes a good team to keep that artist inspired so that another 50 songs come to them as the working days unfold.

There are many roles and job titles need to be filled as you form that team. I advise many bands to use the people they trust as a starting base. Once you decide who you trust, figure out that person’s talents. Are they a talker? Do they sell you on life and whatever they are into that week? Well, you just found your booking agent. Pay them 10% to start and once money starts being made, give him a raise. If you find a hardworking and honest booking agent you best bronze that best friend, cause that is a rare commodity.

Do you have a sister that likes writing? Guess what ? It looks like you found your media and marketing manager. This is the person is the one that will help to brand you so that the public becomes familiar with you.

Do you have a parent that has your best interest at heart, and a good brain for business? Perhaps mom or dad would consider managing your career.

If you assemble your team well and everyone works well together, that team will increase productivity for the operation and income as well. As income grows, so too will the demand of your friendly team to earn a living as well. Fact is, when we start out we all have a goal in mind. It the goal is to make money and survive, a good team is essential to the structure of your band’s business model.

I will talk more about the many roles that must be filled for success to be tasted so sweetly. I will also discuss why you might want to consider having a formal agreement with everyone in the next segment of Role Play! Look for that next week.

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~ Restaurant Rap ~


Last night I ventured out to North Street Pub and Eatery  located at 115 W North St., Kinston, NC where I got to speak with the owner Nicky Rapoza.

This is not Rapoza’s first bar nor business venture,  in fact, this is his third; and it seems most charming now that he has ventured in so deep as to incorporate food. This pub is a great little stop for folks looking to grab a quick bite and a beer. They are offering some outstanding home cooking options for customers to enjoy. I’ve enjoyed the chicken wings and chips for starters. I have also dined on their burger which by the way, they offer several and the fries are outstanding as well.

They opened their doors in November and are getting set to change things up on their menu with the ushering in of spring. this week. So key an eye out for new features coming to delight your tastebuds. They offer live music three nights a week. They feature an acoustic act on Thursdays during the dinner hours of 7-10 pm. They offer a stage for bands to play each weekend from 9:30 pm til 1 :30 am. There is a music charge of $5.00 payable at the door during on weekends, but the music is always worth it!

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Looking ahead to April Rapoza is going to incorporate an open mic night in the routine. Look for that to start next Sunday, the first Sunday in April. Look for more details in my Open Mic Madness next week.

If you are looking for good food at a fair price, come check out the great service of North Street Pub & Eatery. They offer drink specials, food specials and best of all they support live music, so please support them and bring the family for a bite to eat tonight.

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~ Where to Go to Find Music to Move You ~

Getting Down Around Town New Bern

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The Downeast Folk Festival is at it again and offering another great season of fine folk music which is being present throughout many area locations.

Tonight New Bern will delight in the sounds of The Blue Eyed Bettys live this evening at Stanly Hall Ballroom located at 249 Craven Street, NEw Bern NC.

Opening the night will be the music of Lipbone Redding. Music starts at 7 pm and tickets are $20.00 and will be available at the door.



Bearfoot Monty will be rocking souls tonight 10 pm  at the Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern., NC. This free show and features the talent of a few other local players including Jamie who starts things off at 8 pm and Asha who keeps them going at 9 pm. Closing things out with a rocking set of great grooves and original beats is New Bern based band, Bearfoot Monty.


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Another local talent will be giving up the grooves to his hometown folks tonight. Catch the talented stringer and country star Bryan Mayer for an unplugged night at Beer Army Burger Company located at 313 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. He will be offering up the country songs you love and the rock hits that move you from  9 pm til midnight.



Live tonight at Bear Town Market  located at 402 S Front St., New Bern, NC you can get lost in the grooves of Aaron Davenport from 10 pm til 1:30 am. This concert is free and the staff is friendly and ready to serve you the best beer around.



Arlin Tart is the featured entertainer this evening at The Thirsty Bruin located at 224 Middle St., New Bern. This free show will start at 8 pm and music will play until 10:30 pm. Come out and enjoy all the familiar favorites you love while you sip on wine and dance.


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There is a cultural series taking place for those that like to bask in the era a Shakespeare.Live at The City Laundry presents

ALL of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets performed by three actors! Come join us for a raucous romp with The Bard. Dinner reservation are encouraged. The kitchen will close half an hour before curtain, so make your reservations early!

Show starts at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night from March 24-April 8 (March 24, March 25, March 31, April 1, April 7, April 8). Facebook limits events to two weeks, but please note that there IS a show on Saturday, April 8 as well!


~ Rocking Around The Region ~

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It’s Closin’ Tyme live tonight at Buck Wild Tavern located at 4052 S Memorial Dr., Winterville, NC. They get the boot scooting country songs cranked up at 9:00 pm and you can line dance til 12 am.


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@ Crossbones Tavern
114 East 5th St., Greenvill, NC
$6 / *Free w/ Golden Ticket 😉

*Working hand-in-hand w/ InFinnity Promotions we are super excited to team-up once again for a very special collab night during Spazz Fest to present…

Zack Mexico (OBX, NC)
Kill Devil Hill’s Zack Mexico have spent the past few years honing their own unique brand of THC-enhanced avant-surf rock and spreading it to the masses. The five piece has garnered significant attention for their live performances which combine quicksilver guitar excursions with the weirdo crooning and combustive theatrics of lead singer John Saturley (which include, but are not limited to, performing the majority of a recent set in the nude). Ultimately, what truly distinguishes the band is the skill with which they craft their own insular universe and simultaneously make it accessible to the masses via an inclusive ethos and lifestyle. Come weirdos, come outcasts, come stoners — you’re all welcome in strange and warped world of Zack Mexico.

Lonnie Walker (Raleigh)
Story-driven songs that tie-up Southern narratives in a country, indie, poppy/punky offering. Restless, nervy music that remains hook driven, perceptive, and technical. Lead songwriter Brian Corum’s energy skitters contagiously between absurdist detail and keen observation in the space of a bridge. Having these fellas play Spazz Fest again is a real honor. Foremost friends, but these cats are part of the first wave of musicians that inspired us folks behind the scenes to fight the good fight and to do the best we can to showcase artistry truly capable of expressing and emoting at a level that can astound. Music as a gift — that you can wiggle your rump to.

The Mumz
Primitive garage rock n roll with a sprinkle of balladry. A reformated 4-piece version of Spazz Fest veterans The Goblins — now with a lead guitarist!

*Official Spazz Fest VIII FB event page listing ALL the good stuff:



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@ Jarvis Street Bottle Shop
211 S. Jarvis St., Greenville, NC


*As per tradition at Spazz Fest we’ll be hosting another acoustic singer-songwriter round-robin. This time at the newly opened Jarvis St. Bottle Shop adjacent to Christy’s Europub!


Jessy Esterline, Richard Benjamin, Rebekah Marie, Briana Brown, Ray Wolve Luna, Ben Griffith, Katelyn June + more!

All invited participants will have their names written on a slip of paper and placed in a box. The show runner will pick the 1st name — all names after that will be picked by the next subsequent performer following the performance of one of their songs (ie. after the person plays they’ll reach into the box, pick another slip of paper, announce the next performer, etc.)

Past performances (to give you an idea of the specialness of this event):

PLEASE NOTE This event takes place right after our 4th annual Spazz Fest literary gathering at The Greenville Museum of Art (802 Evans St.) from 11:00AM – 2:00PM:


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There are four seasons, four moon phases, four cardinal points, four winds and four elements. And now, Cosmic Spazz Fest enters its 4th year. Conjured up and carried onward by the fine folks of Cosmic Sound, Cosmic Spazz Fest has been a staple in providing experimental/noise/fringe acts in conjunction with Greenville, NC & Spazz Presents’ annual Spazz Fest music festival.

This year’s Cosmic Spazz Fest will occur on Friday, March 24, 2017. All sets are 15min. Please bring monetary donations and/or support these artists by purchasing merch directly. Thank you!

6:00pm Talons (Greenville, NC)
6:15pm TyLake (Triangle, NC)
6:30pm Reunion (Wilson, NC)
6:45pm Cann”d (Charlotte, NC)
7:00pm The Waking Life (Wilmington, NC)
7:15pm Bitter, Inc. (Rocky Mount, NC)
7:30pm RaNT KisSy (Charleston, SC)
7:45pm subterrene (Wilmington, NC)
8:00pm Shifter Drifter (Myrtle Beach, SC)
8:15pm Electric Bird Noise (Myrtle Beach, SC)
8:30pm Phoenix Auto Group (Fredericksburg/Culpepper, VA)
8:45pm Proxevita (Mama) (Winston-Salem, NC)
9:00pm SumbGlitch (Raleigh, NC)
9:15pm Hiatu$ (NC)
9:30pm Heat Death (Baltimore, MD)
9:45pm Dendera Bloodbath (Atlanta, GA)
10:00pm Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III (Greenville, NC)
10:15pm Torch Americans (Baltimore, MD)
10:30pm Jim Capps (Greenville, NC)
10:45pm Big Ed (Chapel Hill, NC)
11:00pm Joules (Charlotte, NC)
11:15pm Bryce Eiman (Bynum, NC)
11:30pm Spookstina (Raleigh, NC)
11:45pm Tumult Menagerie (tentative all-artist improv, time allowing)


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@ Fire American Tavern
113 East 5th St., Greenville, NC
$5 / *Free w/ Golden Ticket 😉

*THE JAZZ JAM opens and closes the event with VERY special guest DAVID DONDERO performing a set in-between:

Eddie Sids – 8:00PM – 8:45PM
ACT TBA – 9:00PM – 9:45PM
Jazz Jam (Set 1) – 10:00PM – 11:00PM
David Dondero – 11:05PM – 11:50PM
Jazz Jam (Set 2) – 12:00AM – 1:00AM

The JAZZ JAM is led by ECU jazz studies students. Throughout the night 5 – 15 players will make their way up to perform (not at once — but throughout the night). However for the duration of the JAZZ JAM portion of the night ALL ARE WELCOMED to hop on up and participate via the provided amps, drum set, upright and electric basses that will be available for anybody who wants to come up and play on a tune or two! Each occasion offers a unique and engaging experience for audience and player alike.

David Dondero (Portland, OR)
David Dondero is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. NPR’s All Songs Considered named David one of the “best living songwriters” alive today right alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits. Dondero has called places home and played corners of this world that would make average guitar-slingers crawl back to the college town from whence they came. His unwavering commitment to the life of a music maker comes through in his live show where he becomes completely possessed by his songs and the characters within them. So, no matter where he is the songs come alive. He has toured with such acts as Crooked Fingers, Jolie Holland, Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, Spoon, Laura Jane Grace, David Bazan, and Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst cited him as the main reason he makes music). Dondero continues to refine a catalog that explores the folk tradition culling stories from endless travels throughout the states and a deep love of American culture.


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Checking things out in other towns and regions, we have DJ Tanya and the music of Jason Karnes happening tonight at The Brown Derby Pub located at 1940 Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and the fun last all night. Come out and start the weekend right at The Brown Derby tonight!


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Gritty Shades will be giving up the tunes tonight at Tavern In The Grove located at 25 Old Drug Store Rd., Garner, NC. This show starts at 9 pm and this band is all about the rock n roll so get moving on over to Garner tonight.


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Diamond Creek will b offering up the music to welcome you into the weekend at Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music. Located at 101 Timber Dr., Garner, NC. They are the fun bluegrass band that will have you tapping along to their picking styles. Music starts at 7:30 pm and they will play til 10:30 pm


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The Switch is the final show in that neighborhood I found. They will be rocking the crowd with all the fun rockin’ hits from 10 pm til 2 am at Locked & Loaded located at 305 McCormick Ave., Garner, NC. Come get rocked right to kick the weekend off tonight!


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Born Again Heathens will be doing it right for the folks at Clayton Beverage Taproom & Bottle Shop located at 11679 US 70 Business Highway, Clayton, NC. Music starts at 7:30 pm and they will rock you til 10:30 pm.



The Roman Sams will be rocking tonight at The Red Room  located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. Doors open at 8 and the music that rocks your soul will start at 10 pm. This local party band plays all the hits and keeps you in the groove til 2 am. Music charge is payable at the door and $5.00 gets you in to hear the music.

~ Cruising Along the Coast ~


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Live tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store / Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St., you can enjoy the sounds of great jazz standards courtesy of Blue Moon who will be live from 8-11 pm. This show is free. But you are encouraged to come early for wine tasting and get the best seats in the house too!


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The Embers will rock souls at SALT Ultra Lounge located at 325 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle., NC. Come enjoy the great beach music of the Embers live tonight at the beach. Sounds like a great way to kick in a fun weekend. Doors open at 8 pm and music starts at 9 pm with a cover charge payable at the door.


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For folks down at the beach looking for courty grooves to get rocked right, head over to The E-Club located at 88102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle., NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they have your boot scootin’ til 2 am.




Justin Castellano will give up pretty guitar songs on his beautiful guitar tonight at Boro Restaurant & Bar located at 109 W Front St., Swansboro, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and he plays all the hits you know and enjoy til 10 pm.


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That is all my news and all of the gigs that I found for your dancing pleasure for the evening. 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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