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Last weekend was action packed around the neighborhood and due to family fun, like high school graduation, it seemed fine to me to stick close to home. I love our little big town of New Bern NC

We ended the week with ArtWalk/artCRAWL which is an event that takes place the second Friday of each month. The overall concept is celebrating its eleventh year and it has grown in popularity in recent years, with more artists and art groups forming in and around town. We have a lot to show off and it is always exciting to meet the crafters and painters, while enjoying the music.


If you have not come to New Bern for Artwalk/artCRAWL yet, we look forward to seeing you this Summer. Above are photos from last week’s rounds throughout New Bern. I ran into many artists, crafters, writers and musicians last week including a Marine Artist Haley Ann who spends time painting when not serving our country. She is currently seeking ways of getting her works out there. Pictured above  sitting at the table with canvas in hand, she offers a variety of artwork but my favorite are her military life paintings.

 To tell the tale of music in the city is to tell you about George Oliver and his family’s band Strung Together A very spiritually moving band that includes the budding talents of his  two young daughters and his beautiful wife as noted in the photo below.

18558956_1884394021834294_8245650158260136439_o.jpgThey play a variety of instruments and as their name implies they are Strung Together musically and it is wonderful to see. I believe a family that plays together stays together. Last week they offered their music for all who visited Isaac Taylor Garden, located on Craven St. in downtown New Bern.

To keep up to date and find out where they are playing,  be sure to visit to their website at


I found Big Jim Kohler and he was joined by Matt Miller on harmonica and for a brief while, his lovely wife Kathleen as he played outside the Black Cat Shoppe on Middle Street from 5-8 PM.

This coming weekend Big Jim Kohler Band will be live on the waterfront in Morehead City this evening. Look for them out on the deck tonight at Southern Salt Seafood Restaurant. They will be offering the best in blues tonight about 9pm.


Matt Miller’s duo, Wild Honey Hive, is where he makes music with his musical sister from another mister, Angie Cooper. The duo has a gig this evening at Floyds 1921 Restaurant & Catering in Morehead City, NC. They will be offering their best selections including original compositions. Located at 400 Bridges St Morehead City, NC, they play from 7-10 pm for the dinner crowd.


While we are on the subject of music making duos near the beach, be sure to check out  4EverAll this evening as they perform for the dinner crowd at Flipperz, located at 311 Mangrove Dr. Emerald Isle, NC. They give up their great vibes of love and music for all to enjoy from 6:30 – 9:30 pm


Speaking of local bands playing in Morehead City, Ravenz Bru out of New Bern will be rocking the crowd at Off the Hook, located at 105 South 7th St Morehead City, NC. Music kicks off at 9 pm.


Hank Barbee has a show this evening in Morehead City as well. You can catch him at Snapperz Steam Grill & Bar, which is located at 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC. He serves up the tunes from 6-9 pm, while supper is served by the attentive staff. Come rock the night away with this talented player with lots of music to share.


Just over the bridge you can check out a talented duo with two stringers who spend most of their playing time alone on stage. Together for only a few shows each year, it is Backseat Romeo players with Justin Castellano and Ed Prophet, live at the Dockhouse Restaurant. Be sure to check them out tonight from 9 pm til 1 am. On the waterfront in Beaufort, NC. They will be giving up the good grooves by the water. Come early to eat and stay late to rock!



Also performing in Beaufort this evening from 8-11 pm, you can check out the Mad Violinist live at The Cru Bar & Wine Store / Beaufort Coffee Shop, located at 120 Turner St in Beaufort, NC; they do not charge an admission for the music.


Turning our attentions back toward New Bern for a few minutes, let me tell you what is going on in the downtown tonight. 1800393_10202240972459507_1988292876_n.jpg

First up, at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC, you can check out the Durham, NC based talent, Pete Pawsey who will offer some blues, soul and alternative sounds to walk you into the weekend. This show is free, but feel free to spread some love and tip this player to ensure he has enough gas money to get on with his journey. He offers the music from 7-10 pm



Buck Loy will be live on the patio this evening at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. He offers a great variety of music to keep you grooving as the weekend arrives. He will be giving up the rock and pop and country music you love singing along with from 8-11 pm. Be sure to tip the players as free music is never free.




Live at The City Laundry, located at 901 Pollock St. New Bern offers the funk and fun grooves of Joe Brown Band live from 8-11 pm. There is a music charge of $10.00 payable at the door. The City Laundry offers a wonderful new menu and many varieties of beer and wine to sip as you enjoy this fun local talent play for you tonight.




Tonight is blues night in New Bern. They are offering a real deal blues concert this evening, featuring Cool John Ferguson & The Bull City Blues Band. This is a one night event taking place this evening at The Riverfront Convention Center, located at 203 S Front St., New Bern. Doors open at 6 pm with music at 8 pm. Opening the show will be the sounds of the Cape Fear Jazz Society. Tickets are $40 and will be available at the door.





Also taking place tonight in New Bern is the annual attraction of the Bern Summer Blast, which offers the sounds of The Band of OZ. They will be live tonight at The Farmer’s Market, also located on S Front Street. This is brought to us by our area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will be available for $20.00 at the gate which opens at 5 pm.


The final show I know about taking place downtown tonight is Bruce Lynch, who will be offering the good grooves of the 70’s 80’s and 90’s tonight at The Thirsty Bruin, located at 224 Middle St., New Bern, NC. He rocks you from 8 -10:30 pm


Each Tuesday I put out a blurb and ask who is playing where on my facebook feed.  Here are the responses I got this week:

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The Link for Live Music Options Happening throughout NC

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:

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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!

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:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

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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