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A Little History of Arts Promotion in Downtown New Bern

For those who were taken back by the announcement that ArtWALK was held last week in lieu of this week; but then heard that ARTcrawl is this week; I am here to clear up some of the confusion. When I reached out to my artist friend Laura Gammons, here is what she explainsed, about the two organizations that help keep art alive and well on the streets and in the shops of New Bern:

More than a decade ago the Craven Arts Council worked with local downtown merchants to create a quarterly event called ArtWALK, to promote the arts in the Greater New Bern Area. Promoters of the arts worked together to sponsor the event and many businesses agreed to extend their hours on the selected Artwalk Fridays, to help build recognition and support for the arts. This event was held once quarterly or four times annually for several years.

Over time the event became so popular with residents and tourists alike, that a second group of artists and musicians joined together to form Community Artists Will, to help promote the arts on an even more frequent basis. This grassroots effort became known as ARTcrawl and with the participation and promotion by even more artists, local merchants, musicians, authors, chefs and other proprietors inspired even greater passion and appreciation for the arts.

As the two groups and their events grew in popularity, Craven Arts Council and Community Artist Will, have joined forces to achieve a common goal, local artists and merchants have seen the tremendous benefit of community involvement and participation in this monthly event.

Every so often due to scheduling conflicts of one or the other nonprofit organizations, The community is blessed with not one but TWO arts events in Downtown New Bern. This April has been one of those fortunate times! Last Friday ArtWALK happened a week earlier than originally planned to accommodate the Twin Rivers Artist Association exhibit at the Bank of the Arts. It was a packed house, as local artists were recognized for their beautiful work, being shown at the Craven Arts Council. The bonus prize for the public is that ARTcrawl is still taking place this Friday as planned. More art, music, poetry and extended business hours for New Bern residents and vacationers to enjoy!

Since we are on the subject, we might as well tell you that one of the shifts in the history of these two groups and working in unity came, when the new group put out a call to artists to set up in The Isaac Taylor Gardens to display their talents. That particular event was so spectacular that the current day art offerings still put out a call for Artists.

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After work, head over to The Isaac Taylor Garden, located at 228 Craven St. and take in the works and enjoy the sounds and sights of our area artists, as they bring art alive on the streets of our great little city.

Music is offered by Gypsy Sunrise, which is led by stringer and legendary player, The Peace Soldier himself, Bobby Hurff on guitar and vocals. Hurff is a talented player that uses his craft and talents to help the greater good of our veteran community. Come out and show your support for all of his hard work by enjoying his music tonight! You might enjoy the folk grooves this new band combo offers.

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Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern

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Live tonight, for those looking for some family fun, come check out MaMa Callie’s Louisiana Seafood, located at 701 Highway 70 East in James City, New Bern. Not only can you come out and enjoy the great flavors of the southland, but the music of area kids and teens. If your kids have talent and are looking for a stage to express it, come on out from 6-8:30 pm and make Good Friday memories that will last a lifetime.



Live tonight at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC, is Paid Time Off, featuring Rick Huff, daughter Jenna Huff and Tod Stilley. They will be rocking the ArtCRAWL crowd from 7-10 pm. There is no cost for this show and the trio will rock you with all the favorites you love for grooving! They know all the big hits and they offer pop to rock, country and folk sounds are always favored.


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For music after ArtCRAWL, tonight at LIVE at The City Laundry, come out end enjoy the sounds of local band Joe Brown Band and then The Sunday Special

This event is brought to us by our fun music loving friends at Bernaroo and here is what they want you to know about the show tonight:

“New Bern music fans, mark your calendars for April 14th because GEM Productions is bringing you a show you definitely won’t want to miss. Join us LIVE at The City Laundry for a night full of funktastic, soulful musical excursions from Raleigh’s The Sunday Special and New Bern’s own Joe Brown Band. The City Laundry is located at 901 Pollock St. The show will start at 9:00 p.m. and admission is $7, but we highly recommend getting out early to check out some of City Laundry’s fantastic food and drink!

The Sunday Special will be making their New Bern debut, bringing their infectious blend of R&B, funk, jazz and soul to the stage and beginning what’s sure to be a long and illustrious relationship with the Bern-town music fans. The Sunday Special is driven by smooth bass grooves, tight rhythms and expansive musical explorations. Fans of acts like Snarky Puppy, Chit Nasty Band or James Brown will feel right at home here.

Joe Brown Band will be kicking off the evening with musical stylings that leave most listeners in awe and craving for more of their sweet sanguine sounds. Driven by the gospel-influenced keys and booming vocal presence of Joe Brown, this free-flowing soul crew seamlessly traverses through decades of popular music. Ranging from Bill Withers to Sam Cooke, to modern top 40s jams. These timeless tunes have new life breathed into them, with bouncing hand drums, effortlessly sleek bass lines and adventurous guitar licks.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a show as diverse or downright groovy as this one. So tell your momma, your daddy, your sister, your brother, and your friends to get on down to City Laundry on 4/14, for another fantastic night of local music with GEM Productions!”


Live tonight at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St. New Bern, NC, you can sip the finest craft wine and freshest brew on the market tonight. While jamming to the sounds of Brian Burke, who will be live from 8-10:30 pm. Live rocking music for free and great service too. Come meet your friends at the Bruin.


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Davy Williamson will be grooving out acoustically on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, located on S Front St. New Bern, NC. Free music outside from 8-11 pm tonight. Come enjoy the music and making memories with friends.


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FUN FEST is in town and taking place at the Craven County Fairgrounds. Tonight on tap for your music entertainment, you can enjoy the grooves of The James Ford Trio,  rocking one of the stages tonight from 7-10 pm

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Cruising Along the Coast


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Big Drink Music Company will be live at The Trading Post Southern Food & Spirits, located at 8302 Emerald Dr. Emerald Isle, NC. Music starts at 6:30 and they will groove ya through dinner and rock you til 9:30 pm.


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For those looking for a family fun night, that also offers live music, head over to The Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt. Which is going on tonight at Salty Air Open Market, located at 307 Cedar Pointe Blvd. Cedar Point, NC.

This is a free event, but donations will be collected for the Ronald McDonald House. So grab the kids and come out for a night of fun and memories, that end with dancing to live music.

Here are all the details from the Facebook event page

“Come on out enjoy this awesome glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT (DONATION WELCOME) proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House.
There will be vendors, live music, food trucks and a bouncy house out at the market all day. We’ll be serving one free hot dog per child during the Easter Egg hunt. The hunt starts at 7:30 pm.
Kids will be split up into three groups, ages 0 – 3, 4 – 6, 7-12.



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Over in Beaufort you can catch the loving and romantic duo 4EverAll, featuring the grooves of husband and wife act Chris and Allie Whitaker, from 8-11 pm at Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St. Beaufort, NC. Come early for wine tasting and the best seats, then stay for the great music this hot duo serves up.


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Just over the bridge in Morehead City there is a double bill at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St. Morehead City, NC. You can catch two great country acts on the rise. First come for the private concert of James Wesley from 8-10 pm, followed by the rocking modern country grooves of Stretch himself, Bryan Mayer and his band. Here are the details I learned on the Facebook event page:

“Live music event at Jack’s Waterfront Bar featuring James Wesley and Bryan Mayer.
James Wesley, whose Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament theme song “Hooked Up” made a splash on the Country music scene, will be back in Morehead City!! The “Hooked Up” video is a spectacular compilation of life on our coast and we are proud to have James Wesley join us at Jack’s Waterfront Bar once again to perform for all the fans he made while he was here.
James Wesley will be performing an exclusive Private Acoustic Concert upstairs at Jack’s from 6:30pm – 8:00pm for ticket holders only.
Then join us downstairs for more live music by James Wesley starting at 8:30pm followed by The Bryan Mayer Band!!
Tickets are $10 in advance and will be $15 at the door, if space is still available. This ticket price includes admission to the downstairs live music event as well as the upstairs private concert.
General admission at the door for downstairs live music by both James Wesley and The Bryan Mayer Band will be $10. After 10pm general admission for The Bryan Mayer Band will be $5.
Doors open at 5pm for the upstairs event.”

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Heading south some more, we find Hank Barbee teamed up with cousin Les Britt for a show tonight at Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Drive Southport, NC. Come out and eat and enjoy some great tunes from 6:30 pm til 9:30 pm.

*******Steel County Express @ Halftime - Leland, NC

Halftime Sports Bar & Grille, located at 1107 New Pointe Blvd. Southport, NC. They offer the modern and favorite classic songs that keep you boot scooting. Come early and eat, and stay late to dance. Music starts at 9:30 pm and they stay til closing!


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 Gene Gregory has a solo show tonight at Slainte Irish Pub, located at 5607 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and he grooves you til 11 pm.

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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.


Send all of your event invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

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Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!


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