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Last weekend was fun-filled and music filled. One of the acts that I caught up with and mentioned last weekend was Tiffany Elaine. This young singer from the Crystal Coast is a single mom following dreams. The mother of two has been traveling around our state, visiting Nashville and seeking any music opportunity offered. Look for more new music by this young country girl from the coast. For those looking to celebrate and dance with Tiffany Elaine, be sure to make plans to join her tomorrow night at Time Out Tavern, located at 360 Chatham Rd, Newport, NC. Tomorrow the country singer-songwriter turns 29 and looks forward to sharing her music with all before age 30, #GOALS! Music starts at 9 pm and all birthday tips go to future recording costs. 21032393_817830108377192_6769844938127301808_n.jpg


I caught up with New Bern’s newest party band Limited Engagement on Saturday night. Never a disappointment, they had themselves a party going on when I made it to Christoph’s to join the fun. The band was scheduled to play on the deck at the DoubleTree for the holiday weekend, but they moved indoors given the elements last week.

Tonight the band will be rocking the grooves at Triple Play Restaurant, located at 111 Williams Rd, New Bern, NC. There is a music charge for the show and the music starts at 9:30 pm. Come enjoy the grooves of the talented James Ford on guitar and vocals, Billy Mobley on bass and vocals, and Freddie Scungio on drums and vocals.


I also caught up with Wick Wickline last Saturday evening, as he served up his rocking dose of music to folks on the patio at The Harvey Mansion, located at 221 S Front S., New Bern, NC. He is all about rocking people to the core and that is what he did from 8-11 last week. Coming up next week Wick will be joining his band buddies in The BiPolar Express and heading to the coast to rock the folk at Off The Hook on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Music starts at 9:30 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge at the door. Off the Hook is a great option for dinner, rocking the night away. They are located S 7th St., Morehead City, NC. This will be the second time they welcome these trio of rockers from New Bern.


The Hot Buttered Grits were the music entertainment for the after party at The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. Last weekend the town featured the Pickin’ & Grinnin Festival at Tryon Palace. Following the event the Grits kept the jams going and local banjo player George Oliver brought in his birthday right, doing what he loves on stage, playing music.

This week and for the next couple weekends Oliver will be found on another kind of stage. Be sure to catch him acting out his other passions on stage, at The New Bern Civic Theater in the production  Around The World in 80 Days. The theater is located at 411 Pollock St.New Bern, NC. See the ad below for dates and times.



My next and final stop on Saturday night was at The Red Room located at 220 N Herritage St., Kinston, NC. That is where I caught up with Adam Hill and his band who rocked souls and melted faces with a great mix of originals and rocking cover tunes too. The trio has a busy weekend ahead. I will be traveling with them as they make an appearance here in Greenville, NC tonight, as they rock the college town from the stage at AJ McMurphy’s, located at 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. They get the party started at 9:30 pm and rock til 12:30 am. This show is free and the venue offers a full bar and menu for your delight!


Tomorrow the band heads west to Winston-Salem to be a part of Camel City BikeFesttaking place downtown in Winston-Salem, NC on Liberty Street. Here are more details from the Facebook Event page:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages! Camel City Bikefestpresented by Smokin Harley-Davidson is coming back to Downtown Winston-Salem! This year is going to be even bigger and better than last year. Mark your calendar folks for a full day of Bikes, Bands, Beer, and Babes!

We will also have vendors, food, and bike builders for all of your motorcycle needs and biker bling.

We are excited to have the one and only Radical Randy back again this year bringing us his Battle of the Baggers competition and bike sound show. We had some amazing bikes last year so you don’t want to miss this!

We also will have the first ever Miss Camel City Bikefest Pinup Contest brought to you by Irvin Robert Salon and for the fellas we have a Beard Competition presented by Ardmore Barbershop. 

The Ted’s Kickin Chicken Stage has an awesome line-up of bands featuring the winner of the BTN Battle of the Bands The Adam Hill Band, Soapbox Arson, Eyecon, Honky Tonk Outlaws, and the most badass AC/DC tribute band out there…Thunderstruck!

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements and be sure to share this event with your friends. 

Camel City Bikefest will be held in partnership with Camel City BBQ Factory on Liberty Street between MLK and 6th Street. 

There is NO admission charge.

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Gettin’ Down Around Town, New Bern, NC

The Harvey Mansion

The Harvey Mansion Circa 1810 Restaurant & Bar offers live music on the patio each weekend. Tonight you can enjoy the fun sounds of Pamlico based duo Steel Shot, who will be offering the music from 8-11 pm under the tent.


On Saturday you can come out to rock your blues away with the Feral Cats, who will be under the tent and playing live on the patio from 8-11 pm tomorrow night. This four piece band from Kinston has been gaining a good following around New Bern, come see them tomorrow night as they take part in the “JAMMMIN FOR JIM” Tip collection with all tips collected going to the Kohler Family


For those that like modern country music, come out on Sunday to enjoy dinner with country duo from Steel County Express. They will offer their music from 5-8 pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017.



Live at The City Laundry

Live at The City Laundry host another installment of music after ArtWalk this month featuring the old world and jazz sounds of Casablanca. Located at 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm



Tomorrow hey welcome singer songwriter Pete Pawsey to the stage. Doors will open at 7 pm with music starting at 8 pm. Here is more on that show from the Facebook event page:

A devotee of Tom Waits and Randy Newman amongst many others, Pete Pawsey explores the – sometimes fractious – defining moments of human interaction with humor and honesty. Deeply immersed in the music of the Piedmont, Pete has served both the NC Songwriters’ Co-op, and Carrboro’s WCOM FM Radio station, and as director of Hillsborough, NC’s Lilac Lounge musical gathering. Pete hosts the longest-running all-originals open-mic in the Triangle at Chapel Hill’s historic Cave, as well as fronting blues-soul ensemble Radar’s Clowns of Sedation, and ska octet The Spectacles.Tickets for tomorrow’s solo performance are $7.00 each.


The Brown Pelican ~ The Dirty Bird

 Live all weekend at the Brown Pelican you can enjoy the music of Salina Solomon, who will perform tonight from 7-10 pm and tomorrow from 8-12 pm, as they celebrate owner Heather Haiss’s Birthday. Come celebrate and enjoy the music. Both shows will be free, so feel free to give a tip to the entertainer working hard for you this weekend.

Of course tonight is the second Friday of the month, which marks another installment ArtWalk /ArtCRAWL. Which means the streets of New Bern will be full of creative spirits who will delight in sharing their works with people passing by. Come meet our many artists throughout town and enjoy the sounds, tastes and delight in the wonder and mystery of the art world, as your roam about town from 5-8 pm. Many shops stay open late and many galleries have offering on display. Come have a look tonight and meet the artists.



Live tonight at BrÜtopia, located at 1201 E Highway 70, New Bern, NC, you can enjoy the great grooves of Justin Castellano, who will be rocking the crowd from 7-10 pm. I last caught Castellano out on the patio at the Harvey Mansion. You are seeing shots from that gig. He will return to The Harvey Mansion at the end of September with his good friend Ed Prophet, when the duo best known as Backseat Romeo performs on Sunday, September 24, 2017 5-8 pm.


Since we are hanging around and drinking local beer and supporting local music. Come out tomorrow night as well, for more fun sounds and other great flavors with The East Brogues Band, serving up the rocking hits from 7-10 pm this Saturday.


Pause for the Cause

Since I am talking about Saturday a lot,  we might as well take a minute and shine a light on the survivors of rape and victims of sexual abuse. My heros! The boys and girls and the men and women who don’t let this horrible crime set them back. Much because we have an agency that helps to set them free from their pain by offering therapy that heals their trauma.

Promise Place is located in New Bern and they serve all the communities and the families living in Jones, Pamlico and Craven Counties. They work with victims and their families as they heal and recover from the painful ails of life.

Tomorrow they will be hosting their annual fundraiser Promise Place Barn Bash which kicks off at 5 pm and the fun concludes about 10 pm. It is a great night of raffles, auctions, food, fun, community and music, all for the sake of raising funds for this agency and their important work. Tickets for the over 21 even are $50 and will be available at the door. for more information please check out the event on Facebook:

The entertainment for the Fourth Annual Barn Bash taking place at The Batten’s Farm on Old Airport Road, will be local country crooner Bryan Mayer. If you have no plans for the evening, please consider this event.

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Rockin Around the Region


There is a huge music festival taking place in Raleigh all weekend. If you have not heard about it yet, just google Hopscotch Music Festival and pick your event of choice. It kicked off last night and runs through Sunday. Here are the many events and venues that are a part of this great live music event!



Live tonight at North Street Pub & Eatery you can enjoy the grooves of Jon Riggs live from 8 -11 pm. This show is free, but please feel free to tip the players you see working all weekend, to make you dance and have a good time. Come early and come hungry as they serve up a great burger and many other awesome food offerings.  North Street is located at 115 W North St., Kinston, NC.



Hip Pocket Band will be on stage at The Red Room, located at 220 N Herritage St., New Bern, NC. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a $5.00 music charge to get in the door. The music is always worth it. This club has worked hard to keep music on the stage each weekend. Tomorrow night you can enjoy the sounds of local classic rock cover band The Roman Sams Band.

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Answering the Call

Now then those are not the only gigs to tell you about. If you have a Facebook account there are plenty of other events going down. Each week I ask where everyone is playing in the days ahead…here is what the fine folks told me this week:

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The Link for Live Music Events Happening throughout NC

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

Happy Dancing

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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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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. Party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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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