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Music Business 101

If you decide to put together an event that you would like the community to attend, make sure you promote it effectively.

Recently, here in my hometown of New Bern, a group put together a show. I am sure it was a good show. Actually, I heard that it was wonderful. But here is what is not so wonderful. This group worked hard, they rehearsed, it was a youth group which means parents sacrificed as well to get their kids to rehearsal and such, and they made signs and placed them all around town to promote the concert.

Once I mention these signs, anyone who is from this area will know exactly what I am referring too. Each location where the signs were placed (there were many scattered about the town.) had two signs. Each sign was very informative too. They were hand-made signs. The first sign told who: Craven County Choir. They gave their Spring Concert earlier this month. The second sign also very informative. That sign gave the dates of the shows and the times. There were three performances for this event. That was it.

I wondered daily for about five weeks how in the world it would pan out as there was no third sign telling people where.

Why bother putting forth such a great effort of making many signs and then leaving off the most important detail in getting the people to the right location! They forget to mention the WHERE!

Turns out this event was at the college and if my friend, who’s daughter was in it did not tell me that days after the fact, I still would not know! Don’t waste a team effort and the time of your organization, if you are not going carry through on the follow through.







If you leave out any other the above details, you are promoting your efforts, but not effectively!

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Live Music Options ~ Friday, May 12, 2017

Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern

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It is that time of month again...ARTcrawl/ArtWalk is happening tonight in downtown New Bern. There are many stops along the way and studios to visit. Those that particularly like the music, there is no shortage. We have an eclectic little town when it comes to creative offerings. You can find the blues at 246 Middle Street tonight in front of The Black Cat Shoppe. 


Here is what they posted earlier today: Happy Friday and Happy Limerick Day!!! On this day in 1812, Edward Lear, a prolific limerick writer was born. This day was created to celebrate the awesomeness of limericks, so learn how to create one today! Tonight at 5pm through 8pm is Art Crawl! During your time at Art Crawl, come stop by for some free snacks, refreshments, live music by Jim Kohler, and artwork by Sarah Witmer!

As noted above tonight, they will be featuring the live music of John Parker Jr., in The Isaac Taylor Garden, located at 228 Craven St., New Bern. Weather permitting there will also be many artists in the garden to meet and mingle with. Music is from 5-8 and there is always lots to see and hear on the city streets during this, the second Friday of the month.


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Since we are hanging out on Craven Street, might as well tell you, that there is an Irish music show taking place tonight at Trent River Coffee Company, located at 208 W Craven St. New Bern NC. This concert will feature a trio of talent with Sean, MaryAnne, and Simon as they perform from 7-10 pm. Here are more details I found on the Facebook:

New Bern will host a concert of Irish music on Friday, May 12. Sean MacMahon on button accordion will be joined by his daughter MaryAnne MacMahon Ford on tin- whistle, guitar, and bodhran, as well as by Simon Spalding on the fiddle and octave mandolin. The concert will feature tunes heard for the first time in decades.

Button-accordionist Sean MacMahon was born in Navan, County Meath, Ireland, in August 1926. He moved to this country in 1948, working, living, and performing in New York and New Jersey. Sean plays a rare version of the Irish accordion, the D/C# instrument favored by Joe Cooley, Sonny Brogan, and other pioneers of the instrument. Since retiring and moving to River Bend, Sean has been a mainstay of Irish traditional music in eastern North Carolina.

Maryanne MacMahon Ford is Sean’s daughter, who lives in Milford, Pennsylvania and performs with her own group, The Tara Minstrels. Maryanne sings and plays tin whistle, guitar, and bodhran.

Simon Spalding grew up in San Francisco, taking up the fiddle in 1966. Simon started playing Irish music in his teens, and has performed all over North America, in Ireland, and in other European countries.

The program will include traditional Irish reels, jigs, hornpipes, marches, and waltzes, songs from Maryanne and Simon, guest performers, and unusual selections such as “The Tara Waltz”, composed in the 1940’s by Sean’s brother Patsy MacMahon.

The concert will take place at Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern, on Friday, May 12. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Under 18 years of age free admission. The doors open at 6:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:00. For reservations or more information, call 252-514-2030.


Back over on Middle St, be sure to stop in to enjoy some great fresh beer and fine local music, with Buck Loy performing live from 8-10:30 pm at The Thirsty Bruin, which is located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. This show is free.


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Another free show is The Fearless Freaks and Bearfoot Monty playing live at Brewery 99, located at 417 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Music kicks off at 7 pm and the band performs until 10 pm. I hear there might be glitter bomb balloons, but you did not hear it from me!


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Live in the Alley for ARTwalk/ARTcrawl you can find Dan Phillips jamming behind CAW which puts him nicely situated between The Brown Pelican and Brewery 99. Come enjoy his jams from 5-7 pm. He will be kicking it solo but all are welcome to join the fun.


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Live tonight at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC, you can enjoy the music of Mac McWilliams. I don’t know anything about the guy, as there was no event just this pic and a post mentioning that his style is Texas blues, rock and country. Music starts at 7 pm and  the show is free.


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Arlin Tart Trio are on stage at Live @ The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. Come enjoy some light snacks and a beer, or go all in and get the cheese board and have some wine, all while enjoying local musicians Arlin Tart, Andrew Maune, and Miguel Delima. They’ve have come together to form a high energy funk, soul, rock trio, covering music from Stevie Wonder to Journey.
Music starts at 7:30
$7.00 Cover


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Just over the bridge, you can take part in the making of music from 7-9:30 pm. Just pack up the gig bag and bring your talent to Mama Callie’s, located at 701 US Highway 70 East, New Bern, where they will host an open mic that is fun for the whole family. Come hungry and stay for the local talent.


Cruisin’ Along the Coast

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Folkstone Stringband will perform live tonight at Waterline Brewing Company, located at 721 Surry St., Wilmington, NC. Music starts at 6:30 pm and the band offers the fun of folk and bluegrass til 9 pm.


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Another fan favorite is hanging out in Wilmington as well. The Phantom Playboys and PhatLynx are on the bill to rock you from 9 pm til midnight. This is all going down at Reggie’s 42nd St Tavern, located at 1415 S 42nd St, Wilmington, NC.


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Having a look at things closer to the hood, we find the ever-loving and talented Hank Barbee live at Snapperz, which is located next to El’s on highway 70 W in Morehead City. Barbee will be in the Boat Bar from 6-9 pm, with horn player Jim Durham


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After you finish with dinner and a good Hank Barbee show, head on over to Jack’s Waterfront Bar, located at 513 Evans St., Morehead City and party the night away with the fun and funky sounds of TrainWreck, who will be pulling in the station at 10 pm and will keep you moving and shaking til 2 am. There is a music charge and the band is always worth it!


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Popping over the bridge, you can check out the gritty good time grooves of Todd Barnes, live at Cru Bar & Wine Store/The Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and Barnes brings his six string magic til 11 pm. Come check out the new set up and enjoy some dessert, an after dinner drink and a free live music experience.


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Scott Shelby will team up with Rob Lightner, and bring their music to The Royal James Cafe. Appearing for two nights, they get you rocking with all the great hits from pop to country and southern rock hits, mixed up with great original sounds too.  Music starts at 9 pm and the groove til the midnight hour. Located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC; there is no cost for this show and this is a great place to grab a burger and fries. I love the staff and enjoy the vibe always when I drop into the RJC.



4EverAll will be live tonight at Flipperz, serving up the music for the dinner crowd from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Come enjoy the fun Fridayz Flipperz tradition with the romantic duo rocking you through it all. Located at 311 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, they offer food, beverages and fun for the family too!

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Rocking Around the Region

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An evening of Brandy Clark with Charlie Worsham is happening tonight at The Blind Tiger, located at 1819 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC. Music starts 7 pm and they offer their original grooves til 10 pm. General Admission tickets are $22.00.


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Live at The Pour House Music Hall, you can check out Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey and the thrilling funk sounds of The Chit Nasty Band

Here is more for the ticket page:

REBEKAH TODD & THE ODYSSEY: Growing up in the small town of Benson, North Carolina, Rebekah Todd has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember. At 11 years old, Rebekah’s father, a musician himself, gave her a black acoustic Washburn guitar and taught her to play. Flooding the house with sounds of classic rock and folk, her father played everything from Pink Floyd to the Righteous Brothers, leading Rebekah to instantly find her musical niche somewhere between melodic soul and alternative folk rock. Growing into her soulful voice and musical style, the singer-songwriter started to pull inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, citing passionate singer/songwriters like Lauryn Hill and Susan Tedeschi, as her inspiration and shaping the music she writes and performs today. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from East Carolina University in 2012, Rebekah has been devoting her life to writing and touring. Currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rebekah is a gifted performer with a natural, soulful, and effortless voice and two releases under her belt. Releasing her debut EP, Forget Me Not, in 2011, and first LP, Roots Bury Deep, in 2014. Playing over 170 gigs in just 12 short months, her band Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey won the On The Rise series for FloydFest 2016 and are set to play the main stage in 2017 alongside acts such as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels and Rope, and Turkuaz.

CHIT NASTY BAND: Ecstasy. It’s the mental state that fills the faces of fans at the live shows, emanates from the bodies shaking to the powerful rhythms of three guitars, drums, and keyboards. Plain and simple, this band makes people happy.

The Chit Nasty Band is the creation of Christian “Chit” Foushee-Green, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist extraordinaire. Raised in the music of the black church, Foushee-Green knows how to inspire an audience through upbeat lyrics, onstage dance moves, and expert musicianship. His trademark sound harkens back to the funk bands of the 70s and 80s, but with a contemporary flair that reflects the vibrant music scene of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Foushee-Green has assembled around him a group of expert musicians whose steady, powerful sound gives him the platform on which to freelance. Bassist Kyle Cox, a veteran of Lucky Strike, Lila, Toon and the Real Laww, and En Serenade creates the foundation with bass lines guaranteed to loosen up the tightest bod. Guitarist Jackson Manuel adds soaring, precise leads, and backing vocals that rival any of today’s professional singers. Trading leads and vocals with Manuel is guitarist John Faltass. John’s solemn, Sphinx-like expression belies a playful soul whose bluesy, soulful licks and vocal delivery will put your head in the clouds while keeping one of your feet on the ground. Drummer Evrick Lee, “E” for short, joined the group in 2013. Creative and upbeat, E is described by the band as “the drummer we were always looking for.”

The band and the songs will take you higher, make you feel scandalous, loved, accepted, and over all feel good deep down in your soul. Have a listen and get ready to take a trip to the Nasty Nation!


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Great things in rock are happening live tonight at The Maywood, located at 658 Maywood Ave., Raleigh, NC. Ghoston Road opens the night, CC Mullins & Rude Mood give up a set as will Red Dog and closing out the night with a great set of on fire original music will be none other than the Adam Hill Band.

Here is all the information from the event page:

Kick off your weekend with a night full of hot rockin’ guitars and electric boogie blues!

Adam Hill – soulful blues rockin’ trio from eastern NC. Adam has played here a couple of times and has blown us away every time!

RED DOG – electric groove rock featuring plenty of stanky riffs dished out by a super tight rhythm section.

CC Mullins & Rude Mood – rockin’ electric blues trio from Raleigh breakin’ out with their first ever all-original music set!

Ghoston Road – blues rockin’ grooves from Dustin Askew & co.

live at The Maywood
Friday May 12, 2017
658 Maywood Avenue – Raleigh, NC

8p doors, 8:30p show
ages 21+
$8 at the door

** Use venue front door for entry to this show **


The Maywood is located inside the Raleigh belt line, right off I-40 at exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road.
Follow the signs towards downtown Raleigh / NC State Farmer’s Market.
Turn right onto Maywood Avenue (after the Exxon/Subway).
We’re the second building on the left.
Plenty of no hassle FREE parking in our parking lot.
FREE overflow parking on the street.


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Garlon Mason Band will be strumming up the music offerings at Compass Rose Brewery, located at 3201 Northside Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC. Here is what I learned about the band:

The Garland Mason Band came together in the fall of 2010 and is a blues driven rock group. An emphasis on vocal performance supported by stellar musicianship creates the bands well-rounded sound. While they enjoy fusing cover songs with their unique sound their true passion lies in writing and playing their original music.

Each musician in the band brings a unique piece of the puzzle to create a cohesive and rich sound. Versatility is important to the band writing everything from all out rock to jazz and blues inspired slow songs. There is something for everybody with this band and they are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Influences – Led Zeppelin, Incubus, Jimi Hendrix, Foo Fighters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Music starts at 8:30 pm!


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The Switch will be live at Locked & Loaded, located at 305 McCormick Ave, Garner, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and they keep you rocking til 1 am.


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For those looking for some honky tonking action head out to Tavern In The Grov  located at 25 Old Drug Store Rd., Garner, NC. That is where you can boot scoot to The B-Sides. They get the party started at 9 pm and keep you rocking til 1 am


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For those in the mood for some bluegrass music, head over to Lorraine’s House & Music, located at 101 Timber Pointe Rd., Garner, NC. Tonight they offer the fun time music of Cumberland County Line Bluegrass. Admission is $5.00 and music plays from 7:30 til 9 pm.


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And now back to the honky-tonking, we find Jonathan Parker will be giving an intimate show at The Twisted Owl, located at 150 S Equity Dr, Smithfield, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and continues til 11 pm


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The Saddle Up Saloon, located at 113 N Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, NC, offers the acoustic sets of Nathan Wayne this evening from 9 pm til closing time!


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Thomas Robinson has the microphone and the floor at The Flying Shamrock, located at 115 N John St., Goldsboro, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and he wraps you in his music til 12 am


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Spare Change has the stage at The Red Room. located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston. There is a music charge at the door, but you get your money’s worth with the music they deliver. Come have some fun with the party band that loves to make you move. They rock from 10 pm til 2 a.m.


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U OK Coffee & Baked Goods presents a special night of music magic with the young duo Lauren & Harley. They will be live from 7-9 pm and if you are in the area of 1028 Roanoke Ave, Roanoke Rapids, NC, be sure to catch them tonight.


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A Full Dish is offering the music, to go with your full plate of great food being served at Mad Boar Restaurant, located at 111 River Village Pl, Wallace, NC. They dish out the music from 8 pm til closing.


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Steel County Express is the modern country band that changes up their set list to offer pop and rock too. They are now auditioning new drummers, but have a show tonight at Wild Buck Tavern, located at 4052 S Memorial Dr, Winterville, NC. Music starts at 9:30  pm and they groove you til 1:30 am


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Dubtown Cosmonauts are live at Crossbones Tavern, located at 114 E 5th St, Greenville, NC. Here is what I found on their event page about tonight’s show:

The Dubtown Cosmonauts return to Greenville, NC to play two full sets at Crossbones Tavern!!! Expect to hear an array of original material and cover songs from Phish, Grateful Dead, STS9, The Allman Bros Band, Vulfpeck, The Doors, Talking Heads, The Beatles and more… Join us for an awesome time!


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Zach Burick Band will be live at Buccaneer Music Hall, located at 2120 Firetower Rd, Greenville, NC. Doors open at 8 pm and music starts at 10 pm. Admission is $7.00


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Tony Lefavi is live tonight from 10 pm til 2 am on stage at Market Street Pub, located right there on Market Street in Washington NC. Come meet friends for a drink and party the night away to great music


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Gary’s Down East Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers live music each Friday night from 7-10 pm and tonight you can enjoy the sounds of Dropzone 67 live, as you enjoy the freshest catch of the day and a cocktail to wash it down. Gary’s is located at 7610 NC Highway 306 S, Arapahoe, NC.

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That is all my news and the many 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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