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~ Restaurant Rap ~


I headed out to¬†AJ McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, located at 1914 Turnbury Dr. Greenville, NC, where I enjoyed a full night of music with special thanks to The Adam Hill Band¬†and some great food.


I had actually been out to this place before to enjoy some live music courtesy of The Roman Sams Band, who I caught a few months back when I was cruising around the town.  After so many months of plugging their live music, I decided to stop in and check it out.

It is a wonderful pub and great restaurant too. The service was good and the staff was courteous and friendly. My group enjoyed a few of the appetizers that were on the menu throughout the night. We indulged in some pretzels that were served with a hot cheese dip. We also enjoy some boneless wings which were delicious and tender.

There is also an awesome patio which serves as the smoking section, with lots of tables and dart boards for passing the time. Inside the bar is huge and there are a great many tables to accommodate your party large or small. In the room off of the bar area is the stage side of the room and more tables to enjoy the music.

If you have not made it out to AJ’s yet and have been meaning to check it out; I recommend checking them out some weekend soon, where the music is hot and the food is served the same way! For your musical enjoyment tonight you can check out¬†The Main Event Band, who will be rocking the house tonight from 10 pm til 1 am.

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Live Music Options for Saturday, April 8, 2017


~ Rockin’ Around the Region ~


For fans of the songwriter scene, there is a festival catering to the talented singers showcasing their sounds. This is a two day event featuring three¬†stages and it is all going down at¬†Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall, located at 5455 Bethania Rd. Winston-Salem, NC. This event starts at noon with the first act taking to the stage at 12:30 pm. Two of the stages are free and the main event stage will cost you. For more on who is playing and how much tickets are visit this link”



The Fairlanes¬†will be rocking the crowd out with the familiar and popular grooves of the 50’s to the 80’s, rock ‘n’ roll at¬†Finnigan’s Wake.¬†

The Fairlanes Band is a group of talented, experienced musicians who have been entertaining audiences large and small for over 20 years. They feature an eclectic song list and tightly knit vocal harmonies, along with an energetic performance that will have you dancing and singing along with some of your favorite hits

Finnigan’s Wake is located at 620 N Trade St. Winston-Salem, NC. ¬†Doors open early for food service and music starts at 10 pm.


~ Pause for the Cause ~


Mr. Mike Carr, Piedmont Blues Preservation Society Board Member, Karate Instructor, Bass Player and Family man passed away January 26, 2017 at 58 years old.

Many know Mike as a man of integrity, good humor, and worked hard to help others. Mike was a private man who didn’t dwell on a long-term medical issue he had. So when he passed there was a private service with his family, as he wanted to be remembered, a man who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he encountered.

A Memorial Jam and Fundraiser will be held to celebrate Mike Carr’s life,April 8th, 4pm-8pm at the Blind Tiger.

1819 Spring Garden Ave., Greensboro, NC

(336) 272-9888

Artists scheduled on the line up:
Seth / Jason
Special Guest Band
Not Dead Yet
The B-Sides
Lawyers, Guns & Money

All the artists are donating their time in honor of Mike and in support of PBPS.

$10 at the door.

Door staff volunteers are needed.



The final show I found out about out around Greensboro is happening at Karonda’s Sports Bar & Grill, located at 2036 Rankin Mill Rd. Greensboro, NC. Tonight come out and enjoy the grooves of¬†Rich Lerner & The Groove.¬†They deliver a jumbo mix of music styles to keep the crowds entertained and dancing the night away. Music starts at 9 pm and they groove til 1 am.


11713724_889575547781263_1092688141125897369_o.jpgThere is Jazz at John’s Place,¬†located at¬†2945 Matthews Weddington Rd. Matthews, NC. This is a fun day option to bring the kids out for music and pizza, if it fancies you. Today you can delight in the sounds of the¬†Chris Jones Trio live from 2-5 pm.




Evening Star Entertainment Presents Slaughter tonight only! This event is happening at The Official City Limits Saloon Raleigh, located at 901 Tryon Hill Dr. Raleigh, NC.

Doors open at 8 pm and music rocks til 1 am. Here are more details from the Facebook Event Page:

Evening Star Entertainment Presents SLAUGHTER with Special Guests, Kickin’ Valentina, Prowess & Hayvyn.

Slaughter hit radio, MTV and the U.S. touring circuit like a tornado coming, seemingly out of nowhere to roll through
everything in its path and turn it upside down. Touring the world with bands that they loved, Kiss, Ozzy, and others meant the
good times were just a song away , and their first hit single, “Up All Night” certainly fit into that mold, their second chart-topper,
“Fly To The Angels” was more representative of the spirituality and awareness that goes into most of the band’s music and
Five songs on their albums were #1 MTV videos. Seven of the songs were in rotation on AOR radio. Like
any group who has known the thrill of selling millions of records around the world , filling large arenas and having their
faces plastered on magazine covers, the members of Slaughter have felt the pressures of maintaining that success.
“Seven years ago , it’s all we could think about,” says Dana, “but then losing Tim and seeing music come and go over
the past few years has taught us a lot about the music business and has allowed us to re-evaluate what we’re doing.”
Slaughter has shown that with perseverance and sheer talent, a band can survive and win over the support of fans,
regardless of what others may say about the quality of their music. What’s most important is that their music is still
here and the vast majority of critics who panned them in the past are not, and that’s as good as gold.



Big Jim Kohler will be bringing his band and the blues to The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St. Kinston, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they ask for a $5.00 music charge which is collected at the door.

This band is based out of New Bern and are part of the reason the music scene grew since their arrival in 2011 from Long Island. Before making it south, Kohler spent time sharing the stage and touring with the late Son Seals. He is the real deal and worth going to see.

On bass he will have James Ford and Fred Scungio behind the kit. Helping him with harmonica overtures will be Mark Heffington. Assisting and occasionally starring on vocals will be his lovely bride of 22 years, Kathleen Kohler.  



Live on stage and offering all of you favorite Led Zep tunes, it is¬†LEDNECK¬†live at¬†Penny’s Place, which is located at 607 S Main Street F King, NC.

Music gets rocking tonight at 9 pm and they keep the grooves flowing til 1 am. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door. Doors open at 8 pm



Over at Paul’s Place tonight you can get spanked by good music with the band Spank in the house. Paul’s Place is located at 719 Starling St. Fayetteville, NC. They crank things up at 9 pm and keep the party grooving with all the fun favorites til midnight.



Just on the outskirts of PirateFest guess what I found? Most suitably,¬†Zen Pirates have a gig tonight at JJ’s Country Store and Tavern, located at the crossroads of Highway 903 and Oakley Rd. Stokes, NC. This New Bern based party outfit will be live and kicking from 9 pm til 1 am.



We find Supatight will be rocking folks after PirateFest tonight at Crossbones Tavern, located at 114 5th St. They get their show started at 10 pm and rock into the early morning before quitting at 2 am.



Live tonight at¬†Fatbacks Bar & Game Room, you can enjoy the country offerings of¬†David Lee Jones.¬†Get ready to boot scoot from 9:30 pm til 1 am. Come have a country good time tonight. Fatback’s is located at 1100 Dan Peele Rd. Williamston, NC.



Checking out the scene in Jacksonville tonight, the party gets started early for fans of the Adam Hill Band. They will be rocking at Country Time Bar located at 3155 New Bern Highway, Jacksonville, NC. They will be melting faces and soothing souls from 4 pm til 8 pm. Be sure to get rocked if you are in the area.



After Adam Hill Band finishes things off at Country Time, head over to Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern,¬†located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC, to get rocked some more courtesy of Steel Shot. They get their show started at 9 pm and rock til midnight. This Pamlico County based duo is talented and ready to play anything from country to pop to rock and blues too! Come out and enjoy shooting some pool or just enjoy the rocking sounds of this fun duo featuring Jeremy Lowery on bongos and vocals and Shawn Mitchell on guitar and vocals.



Since we are on the subject of Pamlico County, I might as well take you there and tell you that¬†Balsam Range¬†will be performing live at¬†The Red Rooster,¬†located behind¬†Silo’s Restaurant at 1111 Broad St. Oriental. This special concert event is being brought to you by¬†Pamlico Musical Society. Music starts at 7:30 pm.

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~ Cruising Along The Coast ~


Justin Castellano will be live at Church Street Deli, located on Church St. in Swansboro, NC. He will be grooving the dinner crowd from 7-10 pm



Also in Swansboro tonight, is live music in the lounge of The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, located at 103 W Moore St. Swansboro, NC. Come enjoy the sounds of True Blue from 9 pm til midnight. Come enjoy their music while dining on the fresh catch and sipping on the drink of choice.



Harrika’s Brew Haus has a special show on tap for tonight from 7-10 pm. Located at 911 Cedar Point Blvd. Cedar Point, NC. This is a free show and here is more on the artist Brooke McBride:

Originally a student of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she transferred to Belmont University and received a B.B.A. in Music Business in May of 2014. Brooke is a 2013 Carolina Music award nominee for Best Female Country Artist, has been a featured extra on the hit ABC Television series “Nashville,” and was part of a CMA Promo Commercial for the 2013 CMA Awards in Nashville. Immediately after graduating from Belmont University in 2014, Brooke released her debut EP, aptly titled, “Songs About Carolina.” She and her band then hit the road touring everywhere from Massachusetts to Kansas.
The new single, “Can’t Get Away,” is out November 1st 2016, and is a song about the differences (and similarities) of the demons and obstacles faced on and off the road. It is part of a new project that Brooke will be putting out in its entirety next year.

URBAN STREET EATS FOOD TRUCK will be set up out front.



Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade will be rocking Royal James Cafe tonight from 9 pm til midnight. Come hungry and enjoy the best burger in town. While rocking to the sounds of this southern country, surf riding, blues picker that offers great originals and a mix of eclectic favorites. RJC is located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC


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TrainWreck¬†is heading south bound and pulling into the station to play at¬†Buzz’s Roost, located at 15 S Front St. Wilmington, NC. They rock the night away from 10 pm til 1:30 am. Come get funkified and dance!


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Third Act featuring husband and wife duo Daryl & Sarah Lucas will be live at The Second Row located at 121 North Shore Dr. Surf City, NC. They rock souls and make them dance some too from 7-10 pm tonight!

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Getting Down Around Town New Bern

Pause For The Cause



New Bern’s beloved oldies band, The Bears are performing for the benefit of the Historical Society. They will be giving up the beats from noon until 2 pm.


The band will perform from noon til 2 pm at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC.


There is a community gospel event taking place tonight at Grover C Fields starting at 6 pm. Come enjoy the music of the ECU Gospel Choir and offerings of Bonita Simmons. And come meet the Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Jackie P of 101.9 KISS FM. Tickets will be available at the door and the cost is $10.



Live tonight at The Brown Pelican, come enjoy the talents of one of the Dirty Birds best bartenders, Patrick Edwards as he jams on bongos with his band The Raucous Brothers, live from 8 -11 pm.

Located at 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC… this show is free.



There is a triple bill of local talent scheduled to perform at The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce’s¬†Hoedown Throwdown, featuring¬†Cuzins, 3Day Weekend and Sutter’s Gold Streak Band. Doors open at 5 pm and music starts at 6 pm. If you don’t have a ticket they will be available at the door, as long as they last. The cost is $20.00.

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That is all my news and 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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