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Live Music Options for Saturday, January 21. 2017



~ Gettin’ Down, Around Town, New Bern ~



Taberna Country Club will host the music of Casablanca, on Saturday January 21.

Casablanca is an instrumental trio, playing Jazz Classics and exotic World Music – as if Sam the Piano Man had taken the night off from Rick’s American Bar, and a motley but talented trio had taken his place. Casablanca’s music, laced with favorite themes from the Silver Screen, takes you from Russia to Brazil to Persia to who knows where?

Tom Spellman plays nylon-string and steel-string guitar.

Glenn Druhot plays drum set, djembe, bongos, and other percussion..

Simon Spalding plays violin, guitar, and oud, the fretless lute of the Orient.

The music starts at 6:30 pm and continues until 9:00, with a $5 cover for non-members. Regular menu items will be available for those who choose to dine.

Taberna Country Club is located at 401 Taberna Drive, south of New Bern in the Taberna Community. For reservations or information, call Taberna Country Club at 252-634-1600, x.2. For information on the band, contact Simon Spalding at 252-636-1256, or

“Casablanca will take you on a musical magic carpet ride to destinations both familiar and exotic
 the sound of Casablanca is an exotic mix, as if Gypsy Jazz musicians from Paris were joined by local Moroccan players.” –New Bern Magazine

To hear live performances of Casablanca, follow these links:

Swing 42 –

Katyusha –

Take Five –



Joe Brown Band will be turning up the fun tonight at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern NC. They get the party started tonight at 8 pm and will rock your soul with fun music til 11 pm. There is no charge for this show and the Dirty Bird is always a great place to gather and create memories. They have a great beer selection, a friendly staff, drink specials, an awesome patio and a warm atmosphere. If you have never been there, tonight will not disappoint!


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Entertainer and sometimes showgirl, John Van Dyke will be back at The City Laundry for an intimate evening of Musical Theater. Come early to delight in their wonderful and healthy menu selections and stay late for this show, featuring the talents of Ciara DiNapoli and Bryan Jones.  Broadway In My Soul starts at 8pm and tickets are $15.00 at the door.

~ Rocking Around the Region ~

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Looking to our north, there is an old country tribute show that will be taking place tonight at The Tar Heel Variety Theater. Located at 485 Carrow Rd, Chocowinity, NC. That is where they will offer an evening of great entertainment featuring the music of Chad Delph & The Country Revivers. Also appearing on stage will be Dana Lewis and Angie Lewis. Show starts at 7:30 and you will hear a great variety of old time country grooves til 10 pm. For tickets visit their site at:


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Just a little further up the road; they are taking a pause for the cause as four bands gather for Mason Overton. This benefit is taking place tonight at The Turnage Theater. Here are the details I found on the theater’s website:

Liverpool headlines Music Benefit for Mason

When: Sat, January 21, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Turnage Theater Foundation, 150 W Main St, Washington, NC 27889, USA 
Description: Join this music benefit concert for Mason, a young boy in our community who is battling a rare cancer supported and organized by family friends. Tickets are $20 from Arts of the Pamlico.
The event is hosted by Greenville Nissan, ViaMark Advertising & Smart Management. The concert will be held in the Turnage Theatre at 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC from 6 – 11 PM. Benefit starts at 6 PM with opening bands, intermission with finger foods provided by the sponsoring group and closing with band Liverpool, a Beatles tribute band.
Buy tickets at the Arts of the Pamlico box office or online at


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Live tonight at The Grey Goose, located at 9527 Highway 903 N, Ayden, NC, you get grooving to the good time country sounds of Closin’ Tyme. They will be rockin’ this fun little honky-tonk from 9 pm til 1 am and there is a $10 music cover for the band! Awesome music should never be free! So put on your boots and get ready to shuffle in time to Closin’ Tyme!


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Speaking of country music, we also have Steel County Express who will be rocking some modern country and rock classics, to make it a night of fun music and great dancing. They will be live at JJ’s Country Store and Tavern, located at the intersection of Highway 903 and Oakley Rd, Stokes, NC. They get the party started at 9 pm and rock you til the midnight hour.


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Tonight at AJ McMurphy’s, located at 1914 Turnbury Dr. Greenville, NC, you can get rocked by the sounds of Dauntless who will be live on stage for a fun night of great music from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. This is a great place for live music so come out and show your support tonight.


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The Still Shakers also have a show tonight in that area. They will be performing live from 8-11 pm this evening at Trollingwood Tap Room & Brewery, located at 707 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC. To learn more about the band check out their website at:


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The final gig I found in around the Greenville region is The Limits, who will be performing live tonight at Tavern On 4th, located at 110 E 4th St, Greenville, NC. They get the music started at 10 pm and rock you until 2 am. They are a fun party band with lots of cover tunes that will make you dance.


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Having a look around other regions in our state, I found that Dennis Tolbert will be live and unplugged tonight at Tippetts Mill, located at 15528 Taylors Mill Rd., Zebulon, NC. Music starts at 7 pm and you are invited to enjoy the great grooves until 10 pm.


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Through the magic of Facebook I found out about another benefit that is taking place at Scotland Neck Municipal Complex located at 1310 Main St, Scotland Neck, NC. This event is starting at 7 pm ,and here is what I learned on the events page:

The Hobgood Players, along with other talented artists, will host a benefit concert for a local family at the Scotland Neck Auditorium on January 21 at 7pm. Enjoy some fabulous entertainment with lots of variety, and support a good cause. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any of the Hobgood Players.


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The Uncorked Band will be live tonight at WatersView Restaurant, located at 2701 Eaton Ferry Rd., Littleton, NC. They’ll uncork the entertainment at 7 pm and will have you dancing to their good grooves til 10 pm. This event is free, but please feel free to tip the musicians!


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The will be riding the waves in Wallace tonight when Jim Quick & The Coastline crash the Mad Boar Restaurant, located at 111 River Village Place, Wallace, NC. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Come on out for some great food and a little shagging tonight. Tickets will be available at the door.


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Tantrum have a show tonight at Buddy’s Point, located at 350 E Franklin St., Monroe, NC. This award-winning party band gets the music started at 9 pm and promise to keep you grooving til 1 am. Come on out and enjoy the sounds of this fun five pice cover band!


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Nowhere’s Home will make their home on stage tonight at Maynard  Entertainment, located at 5404 Nc Highway 55 East, Seven Springs, NC. This venue is a BYOB establishment that supports some of the best live music around! Come out tonight from 9 pm til 2 am to get rocked!


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Making our way out to Garner, I find Real Rowdy will be rocking the roost at Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar, located at 1411 Aversboro Rd., Garner, NC. They get the party started at 9:30 pm and rock you just past midnight.


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Making our way around the RDU area…It’s a great night of rock  with Bike Night and a FREE concert at The Ritz in Raleigh. Featuring the tribute sounds of Strutter, The Kiss Tribute Band who will rock the Ritz tonight at 9 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for this event with a pre-party celebration. To be a part of the fun you can claim your free tickets at Ray Price Harley Davidson located at 1126 Saunders St., Raleigh, NC. Ride out to The Ritz and parking is free too.


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From the rock n roll to the melodic sounds of young talent, we find Brooke Hatala live tonight at The Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen, located at 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC. She will be offering her guitar grooves to the crowd from 8-11 pm. Come out and show support for this young and talented artist tonight.

Here is what she said on the Facebook event page:

I am Brooke Hatala, a 15-year-old singer and songwriter that performs locally at different venues throughout the area. I have performed at Bass Lake Festival, Pullen Park for the Holiday Festival and Concert in the Park series, Lee County Fair, Sparkcon, Carrboro Music Festival, Greenway Club, La Volta Restaurant, Niche in Holly Springs, and Fletcher Park in Raleigh.

These are some of the events I have performed at within the last year and I also do private parties such as Holiday Parties and Weddings. I play a mix of pop and country music which consists of Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Miranda Lambert, Cold Play, John Lennon, Phillip Phillips, Chris Tomlin and many others. My dream is to make it big and play in front of thousands of people someday. I am a faithful person and feel if it is meant to be God will lead the way.


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There is a triple bill of rocking fun at Deep South The Bar this evening. Be on hand to get rocked by Veronica V, as well as Michael Daughtry Band and Same Ol’ Sins. Doors open at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. To check out each of the artists, visit their FB pages:

Michael Daughtry Band
Veronica V
Same Ol’ Sin

Deep South The Baris located at 430 Dawson Ave S, Raleigh, NC.


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Making our way out of Raleigh we stop by the Real McCoy’s, located at 3325 Rogers St., Wake Forest, NC, where on stage tonight you can enjoy the sounds of Redline live from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am.


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The Switch will be live tonight at Tony’s Oyster Bar, located at 107 Edinburgh Dr., S., Cary, NC. Tony himself requests that you sweet peeps come early for some great eats and please stay late for the awesome show that will keep you moving and grooving from 10 pm tl 2 am! It is gonna be a fun party tonight, so put on the dance shoes.


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Singer, songwriter entertainer and performer Amanda Daughtry has a show tonight at The Junction, located at 791 Tarheel Rd., Benson, NC. This local favorite does not make it home as much as she would like, but tonight she will be in the house for the first of two shows in the area. Please come out and enjoy her show from 9:30 pm til 12:30 am.



My good buddy Justin Castellano has a show tonight in the middle of this great state. He will be jamming tonight for the folks at The Wine Store in Afton Village Farmer’s Market, located at 5400 Village DrNW, Concord, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and continues til 11 pm.

Check out Justin and his sweet sounding guitar in this recent video:


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Live tonight at Schooly’s Bar & Billiards, located at 102 East Trade St., Sanford, NC, you can get a dose of the Ultimate Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd with Tuesday’s Gone, rocking the room from 9 pm til 1 am with all your southern fried favorites.


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That fun party band and activity we all know as Spank will be live tonight in a new venue, when they rock Paul’s Place located at 719 Starling St., Fayetteville, NC. They get the party rocking at 9 pm ad groove til the midnight hour.

Here is a the band covering a favorite of mine. Check them out doing The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter


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Our final even around the region before going coastal takes us to The Red Room, located at 220 N Heritage St., Kinston, NC. That is where the boys of Salazar will be on stage to rock you from 10 pm til 2 am. There is a music charge for the music and you can pay it at the door.

Here is what I learned about them on the Facebook Event Page:

The Boys of “SALAZAR” have only been together a short time. In that short amount of time Salazar has been blessed with great success. Driven by our own unique sound and energy, on and off the stage, we have quickly established our own brand of music. Extremely loyal to our growing fan base….Humbled by them at the same time. We are truly grateful. We also have original music written and recorded and are currently working on an album. There’s a good number of years of experience and stage presence that hits the stage every time we do a show! SALAZAR is all about the crowd. From our “in your face” “guitar driven” “party songs”….to our SALAZAR inspired ballads…we love to put on a show! We have shared the stage with many of the local artists in the Ga music scene such as Highway 55, The Tiger Creek Band, Lance Stinson, Hatton Still, as well as a few signed artists such as Molly Hatchet, The Lacs, Twang & Round, Colt Ford, Saving Abel, Jeff Bates, and a couple more coming up soon. We look forward to rocking a stage in your hometown!

~ Crusing Along the Coast ~

Caliber .45  have a show tonight at Halftimes Sports Bar & Grill. They get the grooves started at 9:30 pm and rock you til the early morning hours with their brand of country music. This is a free show and HSB&G is located at 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Leland, NC.


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Keeping it along the southern shores, Better Off Dead will be live tonight at The Calico Room, located at 107 S Front St., Wilmington, NC. They get the party started at 10 pm and keep the grooves going until 2 am. This is a fun band that plays lots of Dead music. Here is what the event page said:

We love seeing y’all. Come join us.

A love of the music, philosophy and spirit of the Grateful Dead was the basis of the formation of the band in 2008. We have had changes in the line up ever since we began but believe our current roster is the best since we started.

Whitney Pearsall, our lead vocalist, is one of the original members of the band. Music has been a huge part of her life. She was an entertainer at a very early age. She has been the featured vocalist in bands in Maryland and North Carolina.

Rich Saltz, one of our guitar players, is also one of the original members of the band. He draws on his love of the music of the Grateful Dead, having seen over 150 shows. Jerry Garcia’s influence is easily evidenced in his playing style.

Jonas McAlarney is a seasoned player who has appeared in many bands in North Carolina. He was formerly a member of They’re Only Mostly Dead. His talent adds to the intricate mix and sound that the band produces.

Brant Kay plays keyboards and shares the lead vocal responsibilities. He is also an accomplished guitar player. He has played in bands in Virginia, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina. He grew up with the music of the Grateful Dead in his family and it continues to be a vital part of his being.

Lars Hartmann is in his second tour with the band. He has been involved in many projects in the Triangle. He brings a sense of spirit and reckless abandon to the mix. To say it simply, he is a MONSTER behind the kit.

Sean Geist is the newest member of the band. The are no holds barred when he is playing. He has been a member of a number of bands in North Carolina.

The bands goal is not to present note by note recreations of what the Grateful Dead produced but to pay homage to the music that has affected us deeply.


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Also happening tonight in Wilmington you can get down with the eclectic sounds of Pamoja. Here are all of the details:


January 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Morning Glory Coffehouse
1415 Dawson St
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

About the show:
Come enjoy some awesome music in the relaxed atmosphere of the Morning Glory Coffehouse!

About Pamoja! MUSIC:
Pamoja is Southeast North Carolinas’ premier live band. This exciting ensemble is ready to bring exciting musical fun covering the best R&B, funk, latin, smooth jazz and more from today and yesterday as well as amazing original compositions. Dance the night away or just groove to the smooth vibe of Pamoja.


Ed Prophet

Having a look around the Crystal Coast, Ed Prophet will be giving up his great grooves tonight at Cru Bar & Wine Store/Beaufort Coffee Shop located at 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. He gets to playing at 8 pm and will move you until 11 pm. This show is free, but please feel free to tip the talent!


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Over in Swansboro is where you can enjoy the sounds of the Pamlico County based duo, Steel Shot. In the bar tonight at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant located at 103 W Moore St., Swansboro, NC they will be featuring Shawn Mitchell on guitar and Jeremy Lowery on bongos,with the two alternating turns on vocals . They have a great time with crowds as they offer their mix of country, rock and pop selections. Music start tonight at 9 pm and they will rock you until midnight.


Well kids, those are your live music options for this evening. I hope you pick one of these shows and get out to enjoy and support some live music tonight. It does a body and soul good.

Life is too short for misery and muck, so be sure you find some time to gather with friends, make memories that will last and laugh as hard as you can at yourself and never others. Whatever event you pick please take kindness with you, hug strangers often, tip your servers and bartenders big so they never forget you and please give money to all the music that help you enjoy the dance!


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