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Live Music Options ~ Sat., May 13, 2017

Rockin’ Around the Region

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Tracks Bazaar is proud to host the 4th Annual Hopfest on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 5pm-10pm (VIP only from 4-5pm). At Hopfest, guests enjoy more than just beer. Born from a vision of revitalizing tired spaces in growing cities, Hopfest brings together exceptional craft beer, a solid selection of food trucks, local vendors, artisans, and makers in a pop-up flea market, and marvelous musicians. A one-of-a-kind festival right in Greensboro’s backyard.

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FLat Blak Cadillac is live at The Blind Pig located at 2225 S Main St., High Point, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and the keep you rocking to the tunes til 1 am. This is the band’s first time in the venue’s new location so come on out and show your support.


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ShiLo Hill will be the music entertainment this evening at Compass Rose Brewery located at 3201 Northside Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC. There is no admission and the music starts at 8:30 and plays til 11:30 pm. Here is more links to familiarize yourself with this artist:

“Seasons” Live:
Cover of The Lumineers’ “Ophelia”:


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Jacob Lutz will entertain folks at My Way Tavern located at 522 St. Mary’s St. Raleigh. Live music starts at 9 pm and continues til 1 am. This is a free admission event and you are always encouraged to TIP THE MUSICIANS!


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Live tonight at Korner Pocket Sports Bar & Grille  you can check out the sounds of Stranger Blues Band who will keep you located in the groove from 9 pm til 1 am.  Located at 8508 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. This venues serves food and offers great music often so stop out tonight for some great blues and good grub.



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Fresh off their world tour, and with a last-minute cancellation, the fabulous Sugarnators will lay their funky, groovy and bluesy vibe on to 5 Diamond rated Rock Harbor Grill,  132 S. Fuquay Ave, Fuquay-Varina, NC. SATURDAY NIGHT, MAY 13!! Tommy Hartley, Drew Questell, Kevin Johnson and Joel Sugarman will get the music rolling at 8. Come early and try the Hawaiian grilled Monchong. It’s to die for.


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The New Hillbillies will be giving up their grooves for the music appreciators at Twisted Owl Sports Bar located at 150 S Equity Dr, Smithfield, NC. This is a family friendly environment and the food is great as well as the music. Come enjoy a fine night with the family. Music plays from 6-9 pm.


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McCullers Crossroads will offer their country sounds live at Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music located at 101 Timber Pointe Ln, Garner, NC.  This event is free with music starting at 7:30 and playing until 9:30 pm.


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Live tonight and sharing music with friends and fans at Brewmasters located at 2402 E. Ash St., Goldsboro, NC. They will be offering the freshest in beer will Fireside Collective serves up the warm music from 7-10 pm.


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Dakota Blue is live at The Red Room located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. There is a $5.00 music charge at the door and the roadhouse boot scooting begins at 10 pm. Come get your country fix for the weekend and boot scoot til the morning.



Live at North Street Pub located at 115 W North St you can enjoy the music of Adam Houston from 9 pm til 1 am. Come early and enjoy some good grub and stay late to support live music.

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Cutting over and heading into Jacksonville, we find New Bern’s own talented slinger James Ford. Look for a great show going on tonight at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern, located at 1140 Old Maplehurst Rd., Jacksonville, NC. Music starts at 9 pm and this guy can rock and groove you funk and blues you until 1 am!


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Coming out of Jville and heading to new territory we find  Music Break Promotions Presents Laura Davis live at Woodland Restaurant and Lounge  located right on Main St in Woodland, NC.  Music starts at 9 pm and continues til midnight.


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Speaking of uncharted land for the music bus, I found banjos and all things bluegrass happening tonight on Old Ramsey Road in Burgaw, NC. Fun starts at 4 pm and carries on til 2 am.  There will be pig pickin’ and music pickin’ and a cotton pickin’ good time tonight. Here are the details:

Food! Bluegrass Music! Food! Country Music and more Food!
There will be a big Pig Pickin held in honor of Mr. Robert Ramsey the owner of the “Picking Palace”. Mr Ramsey has been fighting leukemia and we want to show him our appreciation for all he does for the community! Everyone is invited. This is a free event but please bring a side dish or dessert. Camping spots and limited RV spots are available. Dinner will be around 5pm with music that evening. Providing music along with CCL Bluegrass will be the Telluride Band and the Blackriver Pickers. There will be plenty of jamming going on outside too so bring your instruments. For more information contact Mr. Wade Blackburn (910) 590-8202


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Coming back round to more familiar territory, I find a great blues band making a stop at the new County Line Bar & Grill. I told you about this place a couple of months ago when it was the Grey Goose. Same location, 9527 Highway 903, Ayden, NC. The new owners have revamped the venue and are welcoming live music on weekends regularly. Tonight they will offer the fun rockin’ blues of Build For Comfort. Music starts at 10 pm. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. They offer food and cold beer and you are welcome to bring your brown bag.


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The Wicked Shimmies will be offering the music over at Crossbones Tavern 114 E 5th St., Greenville, NC. They look forward to playing back at the place they first started. Come out and show your support by grooving to the music and making memories.


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Over at AJ McMurphy’s located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Come check out the rock n soul review of Spank live on stage and offering the grooves from 9 pm til 1 am. This show is free and the music, lots of fun. Come have a party! Call friends and put on the dancing shoes.


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Side Project gives up the goods from 10 pm til 2 am tonight at Market Street Pub, located at 143 N. Market St., Washington, NC. Playing all your favorites from new country to classic rock, they will give you a reason to dance.


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About to take the stage at The Strawberry Festival in downtown Wallace, it is Nantucket.

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Following all of the fun at Strawberry Festival tonight head on over to Mad Boar Restaurant to keep the party and live music alive with Brad Benson live from 10 pm til midnight.  He offers some great modern rock grooves and the show is free.


Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, text and outdoorLive tonight at 217 Brew Works you can catch The Smashed Cardinals who start the live music at 7 pm. Wards Steak & Cheese will be on site offering food and you can find it all at 217 South St., S., Wilson, NC.


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Sixteen Penny is live in the lounge at Michael’s Showside Grill located at 102 N Pine St.. Spring Hope, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and you are invited to come early for a great dinner and stay late for dancing the night away in the lounge.

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Gettin’ Down Around Town New Bern


The Bears are hosting a spring dance at The Elks Lodge in New Bern this evening and the public is invited. The cost is $10. Music starts at 7 pm and they roll you in the grooves til 10 pm.


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Sam Lewis will be live at BrÜtopia located at 1201 Highway 70 E, New Bern, NC. He will be offering the music and TaTa Jo  Food Truck will be serving up the good tastes from the food truck. Come support live music, local talent, local food, and local beer all in one stop. This show is free.



New Bern’s own party band Zen Pirates will be staying in town to rock you tonight at The Brown Pelican located at 411 Broad St., New Bern NC. They play all the fun, rock and pop and funk songs to get your good groove on from 8-11 pm. This show is free so come dance at the Dirty Bird!


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Benjamin Herring is live tonight on the patio at Harvey Mansion located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. Music starts at 8 pm and continues til 11 pm. They put up a new text this week with lights all around so be sure to come check out the fun vibe happening each weekend with live music.

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~ Cruisin’ Along The Coast ~

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It’s been nearly a year since the last time, and now finally Zebbler Encanti Experience returns to The Calico Room. This time around they’re bringing one of Psy-Bass’s most talented new(er) names Sixis along with them! Last years event marked a starting point for so much that has happened for Liquid Culture and Wilmington’s Creative Community over the last 9 months and to bring ZEE back around is such a special opportunity for the experience to come full circle. If you somehow are not familiar with the psychedelic audio-visual powerhouse of Zebbler Encanti Experience we have provided all you need below to get familiar with them, SIxis, and the rest of our support lineup. So find your dancing shoes and your trippy outfits and let’s get weirder than weird!

Zebbler Encanti Experience

Zebbler Encanti Experience (aka “ZEE”) is an audio/visual collaboration between video artist Zebbler and electronic music producer Encanti, based out of Boston, USA and Valencia, Spain. The Experience is an immersive performance of mapped visuals on three custom winged projection screens, synchronized with heavy peak-hour psychedelic bass music, resulting in the creation of a fantasy world for audiences to lose themselves in.

ZEE have seen a considerable amount of road time in the last few years, serving as integral members of multiple tour teams. The architect behind the projection mapped projects for Shpongle and EOTO, and assisting with Infected Mushroom’s stage construction, Zebbler has toured the United States nonstop producing visual shows and performing as a VJ at hundreds of high-profile events. In addition to ZEE performing as direct touring support for EOTO in venues throughout the country, and performing in Shpongle Live band during their first few shows in the United States, Encanti has carved out some time to teach electronic music production to graduate students in Valencia, Spain wing of Berklee College of Music.


The Sixis project fuses distinct sonic spaces with danceable bass music aesthetics to create a thought-provoking and emotive experience. Synthetic and organic elements blur through field recording and electronic synthesis, generating a familiar yet alien trip through the body and out of the imagination. This is done in order to stimulate people to think about what is really going on and what connections can be made beneath the surface, even once they have left the dancefloor. Inspired by the ever-changing world around us, this is merely a reflection of what has been and will be experienced.
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Psynatra is a Multi-Genre Dj and Producer based in Jacksonville NC. With a focus on heavy bass and psychedelic glitch, Psynatra crafts a unique and atmospheric groove evident in both his mixing and production styles. Since 2015 he has shared the stage with acts such as Zebbler Encanti Experience, Jade Cicada, Run DMT, Brightside, Spundose, Shanti, Project Aspect, Unlimited Gravity, and Unlimited Aspect, while elevating dance floors across SC, NC, and VA. With the support of The Undergrowth, Liquid Culture, this young creative is poised to bring his sounds and ideas too much wider audiences in the very near future.
With every set he performs and every event he facilitates Psynatra shows nothing but dedication to creating magic and community through dance art and intelligence.


-The Undergrowth Collective Artist-
-Multi-Genre Producer-
– Has Previously performed as support for; Buku, DMNDZ, Cyberoptics, Kicks N Licks, LIMINAL, Leah Culver aka MK Ultra, Mayhem & Antiserum, Riven, Sirens Ceol, and ZAXX under his previous alias MURKEL

Doors @ 9:00
Show @9:30
Cover $15

Calico Room located at 107 S Front St., Wilmington, NC.


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Live tonight at The Church Street Deli it is the romantic duo 4EverAll. Located at 105 W Church St, Swansboro, NC, they offer great food and a nice atmosphere with live music to go with it. Music starts at 7 pm and they keep you in their groove til 10 pm.


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Balsam Range live on stage.
Join us for a fun-filled evening with Saturday May 13, 2017.Tickets may be purchased at This a fundraiser for scholarships and community projects.


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Live at Cru Bar & Wine Store Beaufort Coffee Shop located at 117 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. come enjoy Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade live tonight as they offer new songs from their latest release, Son Royale which will be available for purchase at the show. Music starts at 8 pm and they rocks til 11 pm. This show is free and the venue has made some great new changes, come out and see!



Justin Castellano is live tonight at Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Catering  located at 400 Bridges St. in Morehead City, NC. He is giving it up for the dinner crowd there from 7-10 pm. He always washes down nice with dinner, come give his music a taste!


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That is all 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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