It was another magical week on the local music scene. I made it back to town last week just in time to catch Hank Barbee and The Dust Parade. They were playing live on the patio at Harvey Mansion last Sunday afternoon. It was a great way to end a weekend and start a new week.
Barbee is such a talented player. One of the most unique things about him is his band, the combinations and the magic this often creates. The singer songwriter rolls out on the road as a solo act, a duo with bass or a duo with horn. He presents with a full band, like nobody’s business. And he is awesome in any trio formation.
Over the past year I have seen the many varieties of the Dust Parade and each one offers a unique blend of seasoned sounds. It is wonderful to watch Barbee fly off on the inspiration of other great players. That is what happened last Sunday when he invited local keys player Joe Brown, known for his own mastery of funk and soul grooves and local horn man, James Durham. I have enjoyed him with a number of projects over the past year and of all the gigs, I notice how much he enjoys being stage side with Barbee.
Sunday also marked the day I learned the answer to a good question. Who needs a rhythm section when you got Mo-Joe’s soothing sax and good guitar grooves to fatten the sound and deliver the punch? Certainly not this player. If you have not seen this class act yet, do yourself a favor and visit Barbee’s site and pick a date to treat yourself to great music.
For those who find themselves in Beaufort this evening you can check out the band at Royal James Cafe. Located at 117 Turner St. Beaufort NC; this place offers a great vibe, good burgers and quite often AWESOME music. Music starts at 9 pm and plays til 12 am and admission is always FREE! Barbee will be back in New Bern on July 14th when he performs at The Isaac Taylor Garden for Bernaroo Arts & Music Festival. That will be a good time so make your plans now!
Later in the week, I met up with most of The Wannabees during a vocal rehearsal where three of the four players worked things out for their set last night at Frank & Clara’s Restaurant in Indian Beach, NC.
I first heard and met this band when they performed a benefit for Promise Place in 2014. They were the entertainment for Barn Bash an annual fundraiser for a local sexual assault agency. Since then, I have enjoyed their shows several times. They offer a great mix of classic rock and cover the Beatles better than some Beatles tribute bands I have seen. If you are connected on Facebook you can keep up with them there by clicking https://www.facebook.com/classicrockdoneright/. For those who are not on social media you can find the band at http://larryswinson8.wixsite.com/my-band.
For venues looking for a party band this music season, this is a great pick for your weekend crowd!
My next stop on Wednesday night was Open Mic at Mesh! I love this! I am a great fan of open mics for several reasons. First of all, variety is the spice of life and Open Mic events always offer that.
They are a smart option for the venue as well, as it allows you to showcase the talent in our area and decide who is going to bring in the most bang for your buck. It does take some time to get things going, but consistency is key to any success.
If you are offering music as a means of bringing community together, be sure to include a night that brings your best music crowd together. This leaves out Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You of course can pull such an event like that off, if it is specialized or monthly. Eventually, every player in your community will be off that last Saturday of the month and stop in for a jam! But that is a slow way to go. What works well are, Sundays thru Wednesdays. Pick a day and then decide which local talent thrills you most. Invite them to be your weekly host for a fee of say $75 and a $25 bar tab.
On Wednesday I got to see a handful of talented players, all original, all magnificent and all local to my area here in New Bern, NC. This event gets started about 10 pm and rocks until closing with a good number of acts passing through. The first time I went, I found Joe Brown offering vocals on a Hawaiian tune, with ukulele player and flame throwing acrobat Heather Bunn
I have attended this fun event a couple of times and both times offered me a handful of local talent that rocked in their own special way. It’s nights like these that make me so happy to be a part of our music community.
On any give week you can hear any of these awesome players.
Above we find Justin Hargett as your host . He is also the strong vox and edgy guitar player in the New Bern based original rock band Bearfoot Monty. They have been making waves since hitting the scene just last year.
Tom Spellman is an awesome guitar man who plays many instruments, teaches and plays in several bands local, regional and national.
Parker Millar is the raw and original talent that I have seen featured in a couple of area bands including The Fearless Freaks and The Dick Richards.
Terry Mc is one of the bright minds behind Bernaroo Arts & Music Festival. His company GEM Productions represents many great acts and they have been helping to build our local music scene, with their unique out of area talents. I appreciate each of these players for what they offer my town.
Having a look at the above pics from the bottom to the top we find young local talent Aaron Davenport, who plays around our area quite a bit. He is talented, charming and fun. When he plays live, he offers everything from blues to rap, country to modern pop. Throughout his program he blends in his own music which keeps the feet tapping to the beat, just as much as any cover song.
Samuel Rubin has a great number of colorful tattoos and songs to match. He is a singer/songwriter breaking out onto the local scene. He is a Marine that comes to town from Havelock to share his music each week. He offers good energy that blends well with his rock sound.
Mike Galloway plays bass with Joe Baes Project and this week I learned he has a great voice and plays a good guitar as well. He was joined by Tom Spellman at times and John Morgan, talented singer and bar manager of Mesh.
On Friday I took in four awesome shows. I started things off in town at Trent River Coffee Company, where they opened the floor to a lesson in The Blues courtesy of Arthur Shuey, a formal bluesman hailing from Shreveport, LA and making a home in Wilmington, NC. Part of the Cape Fear Blues Society, Shuey offers comedy, educational stories and awesome music that represents Keeping The Blues Alive. Shuey has a page on ReverbNation that will help you keep in touch with his music and live performances.
While performing here in town he was accompanied by Simon Spalding a local talent, who teaches lessons on several instrument’s at Fuller Music and plays in a couple of area bands. He is a big supporter of our live music scene and helps to organize many shows with Coffee Co. owner Eduardo Ruiz, who joined them on guitar. Listening to this trio brought me back to days when I got to hang out with the Holmes Brothers and Rufus Thomas.
The next stop brought me to The Harvey Mansion, where I hung out with The Feral Cats. This provided an opportunity to enjoy more blues music, as they offered BB King’s “Thrill is Gone,” as I entered and Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man”, I was exited. Now, that my friends is my kinda grooving and they do a great job giving it up!
This four piece rockin’ blues band is based out of Kinston and they are fairly new on the scene. The players teamed up around the holidays for fun and liked the result so much they formed a band. On lead guitar is Scott Carlisle, who is known for sitting in with local New Bern stringers, Dan Phillips for Dan Jam and Vincent Farro with Cochise Cowboys. Offering up the rhythm sounds with six strings is Sam Zouari. On bass and giving up some vocals work we meet Greg Howard, behind the kit and offering most of the vocals is Kimberly Kornegay.
The band is still working out their set lists as they start booking dates in the region. To keep up with what they are doing check out this link:
My next adventure brought me to Kinston where I checked in with two hot slinging stringers. First I dropped by The Red Room to give Bill Lyerly a hug. I got to see Dex Horton behind the kit and I met Daniel Grant who played not just a solid bass, but a five string banjo for a few selections.
Lyerly is a legend on the North Carolina music scene. Being one of the founders Of Super Grit, Lyerly has enjoyed a busy career playing music around the world. He currently splits his time between his home in NC and a home in Spain. The roadhouse rocker will be jet setting across the ocean early next month. You have a couple of opportunities to catch him before he goes. Next weekend he’ll have his final three shows.
Friday June 2nd… legendary, blues, country and R&R comes to the Brick Kiln Tavern (3613 Brick Kiln Rd. Greenville, NC). Special guests will be Jason Patterson (Cry of Love & Nantucket) and Alan Hicks (David Allan Coe & Super Grit). 9 o’clock start time and the house will slowly start coming down!! Don’t miss it!
Saturday June 3rd I’ll be at the Aviator Tap House in downtown Fuquay-Varina– start time will be 8ish. Joining me will be Daniel Grant on bass and banjo plus you never know who else might show up. This is his FINAL show west of I-95 for 2017–so get on out!!!
Sunday June 4th it’s back to Koi Pond for the FINAL 2017 USA performance. Hope Eric will join me on some songs–also hope to see all my Rocky Mount, Nashville and Edgecombe County friends, including Crawdads, Crawdettes and Burnouts!! From 3 to 6– let’s take it out in style yall!!
Saving the best for last, the final show of the night that I truly enjoyed was that of, The Adam Hill Band live at North Street Pub & Eatery, located on North St in Kinston.
Seems to me this band is getting better with time. With new drummer Cecil Pittman, Jr rocking the sticks for nearly five month, there is a gel effect taking place with this band and it is very exciting.
This rocking trio offers original music and plenty of cover songs to fill a set. They hail from Pink Hill and have been working together as a unit since February. Last year Hill made a commitment to himself and his music. In doing that, he put down all other band projects and focused on making his own thing stronger. They meet new fans every where they go. Check out their music and keep up with their band news and live performance schedule, by visiting the site I personally created for them.
On Saturday, I had a rather frustrating day, trying to write the blog. I decided to stay close to home and chill in town. Once the time felt right I headed over to the Harvey Mansion to enjoy a night of Aaron Davenport. This young stringer is a lot of fun and very talented. He offers everything from rap to modern pop sounds, southern and classic rock grooves and even some country and blues offerings. His original music is fresh and easy to follow.
Davenport plays often throughout town. I have caught him strumming at The Thirsty Bruin, Bear Town Market, Harvey Mansion and even the Mesh open mic night. Keep an eye on this young player. This 22-year-old has been playing for more than a decade with no signs of stopping.
Following Davenport’s set he passed off his guitar to local singer and player Jill Adair. She sat on the couch with Tom Spellman, Aaron and myself and played a fine set off stage. It was so good that I call the general manager and asked if he would have Tom and Jill as their music offering next week. He agreed. So next Sunday look for these two talented players on the patio.
They will be live on the patio from 5-8 pm next Sunday, June 4, 2017; should you find yourself in town craving music and fine food!
Tonight on the patio, you can enjoy local crooner Cheri Moyers with guitar artist Kyle Whitford.
The Harvey Mansion is offering live music each weekend. On Friday and Saturday you can enjoy live acts on the new patio from 8-11 pm. Each Sunday they offer music from 5-8 pm.
Located at 221 E Front St. New Bern; the new owners are committed to bringing local talent to their stage and for that I applaud and support their efforts.
Also going down tonight in New Bern at Christoph’s and the Double Tree, located on the water, they’re offering jazz on the deck tonight with John Van Dyke. He will be there with his band mates and friends from 5-9 pm this evening.
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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. 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!
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